» 09/17/2014, 00.00
Kurdish Peshmerga free some Christian villages occupied by jihadists
US air raids fundamental. The Islamist militants mined many houses before fleeing. Syriac Christians return to the city of Alqosh, liberated days ago, and celebrate the feast of the patron saint.
Erbil (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least seven Christian villages in northern
Iraq have been freed after a series of clashes between Kurdish Peshmerga and Islamic
The seven villages are located west of Erbil, on the
Nineveh plain. The Kurdish military commanders emphasize the fundamental
contribution of the air raids carried out by the United States and report that the
jihadists mined many houses before fleeing.
Since early August, hundreds of thousands of Christians, Yazidis,
Turkmen and Shiites have fled the plain conquered by IS militias, which kills anyone
who opposes their fundamentalist Islam and force Christians to choose between conversion
to Islam, payment of a "protection" tax or death. The jihadists have conquered
about a third of Iraqi territory, including the cities of Mosul and Qaraqosh. The
United States has intervened with airstrikes to aid the peshmerga fighters and
launched an international coalition to defeat the IS.
The villages that have been freed are close to city of Bartallah
and Qaraqosh. In recent days, the city of Alqosh was also liberated. It lies about 50 kilometers north of Mosul. According
to Aina news agency, 75% of the Syrian Christians who had fled, have returned
to their city, and on September 12 they celebrated the feast of the patron
martyr, Mar Qardakh, with a Mass and a procession (see photo). Several people say
that life Alqosh is returning to normal, although there is no water or
electricity in nearby villages.
The economy, however, is disastrous. Just one example:
For more than three months public employees have not received any salary and
their families are living on donations from abroad.
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Army, Peshmerga and Shias unite against Islamic Army, a "terrorist monster"
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Rethinking China-Vatican accords (with a touch of irony)
Il prete eremita del Nord (华北的山人神父)
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