» 06/25/2013, 00.00
A series of attacks shakes the country, a church hit in Baghdad
The provisional toll is 41 dead and 125 injured. Attacks hit Baghdad, Mosul, Tikrit and other cities, especially crowded places. So far, no one has claimed responsibility. Unknown attackers fire at St Mary Assyrian Church in east Baghdad. Christian-owned businesses are also targeted. Sources tell AsiaNews that people are starting to be scared.
Series of bombings in Iraq: over 40 dead and dozens wounded
The attacks in Baghdad, Hilla and Balad. Shiite pilgrims targeted during celebrations for anniversary of the death of the grandson of Muhammad, police also killed. In the capital alone there were nine different shootings and explosions.
Overcrowding and Kurdification threaten Christians in northern Iraq
AsiaNews talks to a group of Iraqi Christians who are back in Italy after a long visit to northern Iraq, the area where two Syro-Catholic priests were recently abducted. Christians experiencing persecution in Baghdad and Mosul are fleeing to this area, but their arrival is causing a lot of problems. They face discrimination; their arrival is pushing prices up, especially rents; and their presence is putting strains on local health services. From this experience and Fr Ragheed Gani’s martyrdom the Church is drawing strength. Every Sunday a large number of people join his parents at his tomb in Karamles to pray for peace.
Disabled and beggars banned from the streets of Baghdad
The initiative has been launched by Iraq's Interior Ministry and is aimed at avoiding that this vulnerable group be exploited as terrorists or suicide bombers. The disabled and homeless will be transferred into public care centres.
Mosul, another "targeted murder" against the Christian community
A disabled 25-year-old shopkeeper was killed yesterday, not far from the shop that he owned. The objective of the fundamentalists is to shut down the activities of Christians and force them to flee. A source for AsiaNews denounces the "complicity" of the police, and the "curtain of silence" that has fallen across the slaughter.
Chaldean Christians, after five years the crestfallen dream of Iraq
Five years after the American invasion of Iraq, we publish the testimony sent to AsiaNews by a Chaldean Christian in Mosul. The community is still in shock over the loss of its pastor, Archbishop Rahho, killed by his kidnappers this month. The questions that still surround what is today the last stronghold of al Qaeda in Iraq.
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