» 10/31/2016, 09.36
First Masses held in Qaraqosh cathedral devastated by Islamic State
The Syrian Catholic Archbishop visited the most important Christian city of Iraq, recently wrested from the jihadists. Qaraqosh bears the "scars" of the fighting. Need to de-mine land strewn with unexploded bombs before his people can return. Rebuilding infrastructure a priority. Republished courtesy of L'Orient-Lejour.
29/10/2016 11:16:00 IRAQ
Mosul’s rebirth after systematic destruction of the Islamic State
Analysts, politicians and religious leaders claim that Daesh has not destroyed the multicultural spirit of the city. However, it will take time for it to return to being a crossroads of ethnicities, cultures and religions. The hope is that the young people will return to Mosul. From the rise of the jihadists in ancient Nineveh to the final offensive, the story of two years of violence and terror.
02/11/2016 08:57:00 IRAQ
Iraqi troops enter eastern Mosul
The eastern gate to the city is liberated. Several jihadists killed in battle, no losses among government ranks. An estimated 3 to 5 thousand fighters still in the area; civilians used as human shields. Local sources speak of mass murder and forced displacement imposed by ISIS. Tensions between Ankara and Baghdad.
27/10/2016 13:35:00 IRAQ
Patriarch Sako in Nineveh villages freed from ISIS: "These are Christian lands" (PHOTOS)
A 12 hour visit to six villages across 200 km, a source of "sadness and suffering," but also of "great hope". The goal is the "reconstruction" of the villages and the return of refugees. But first it is essential to ensure safety. Gratitude for the generals and the soldiers leading the offensive. The new call for peace and unity.
26/10/2016 12:08:00 IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch: A multicultural Mosul, for peace and reconciliation in Iraq
The rise of the jihadists has wiped out the "beautiful mosaic" of ethnic groups, religions, cultures and dialects that made Mosul and Nineveh Plain. Mar Sako: the defeat of the Islamic State should serve to relaunch this diversity. Necessary to guarantee rights and protections for all people, fight corruption and discrimination. Christians rediscover confidence in their Muslim neighbors.
17/11/2016 11:23:00 IRAQ
Mosul: Shiite militias battle IS for Tal Afar Airport
Fierce fighting in the area. The goal is to eliminate the pockets of jihadist resistance and cut the supply route to Mosul. The presence of Shiite forces in the context of the offensive source of controversy. According to critics would be responsible for violations and abuse against Sunni Arabs.
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