» 08/18/2014, 00.00
As Iraqi forces retake Mosul dam, a claim Islamists deny, Chaldean Church makes an appeal for the displaced
Peshmerga and Iraqi forces retake strategic facility with US air support. The dam provides power to northern Iraq. Islamic State militias claim to have repelled the attack. Some reports say fighting in the area continues. Germany opposes an independent Kurdish state. Patriarch Mar Sako and Card Filoni meet refugees.
03/05/2016 14:43:00 IRAQ
Islamic State attacks the Christian village of Teleskuf, in the Nineveh plain
Some Christians guarding the village are wounded, and rushed to hospital. Residents had fled in August 2014 when Daesh stormed the region. Lately, the village had been under the control of Peshmerga and Christian volunteers. The Chaldean Patriarchate fears Jihadi attacks will drive out more people.
28/05/2016 18:37:00 SYRIA
As Raqaa gets ready for an attack, IS gets to flee into the desert
Kurdish come within 45 kilometres of the city. Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohamad Al Adnani is already talking about “defeat” and “pullout”. US servicemen helping Kurdish fighters on the ground irks Turkey. An autonomous Syrian Kurdistan is in the making.
29/08/2014 IRAQ - SYRIA
From Syria to Iraq, new horrors (and beheadings) by Islamic State militias
After seizing the Raqqa air base, Islamists killed dozens of Syrian government soldiers. The UN calls for the immediate release of UN peacekeepers captured on the Golan Heights. In Iraq, jihadists behead a Kurdish fighter, threaten the leaders of the autonomous region.
Kurdish Peshmerga launch offensive to regain Sinjar from Islamic State
At least 7,500 soldiers are engaged in the operation. The ground attack, which also involves yazide militias, supported by US coalition air strikes. The goal is to cut off Jihadists main supply route between Mosul and Syria. The offensive planned for some time but postponed because of weather and conflicts within the various groups.
As the liberation of the Nineveh Plains gets underway, Kurdistan bishop waits for Pope Francis
For Mgr Rabban Al-Qas, bishop of Amadiyah, bomb disposal experts are needed to clear mines. The terrorists of the Islamic State have laid scores of them, slowing down the push by peshmerga and regular Iraqi troops. The Kurdish government allocates US$ 12 million for Christian refugees. A possible papal visit is raising hope.
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