» 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.
16/10/2009 SRI LANKA
War between men and elephants in the central regions of Sri Lanka
The elephants on the island are now 8 thousand 500. In some areas their raids destroy homes and crops and even claim victims among the population. The example of Diyakepilla village where the inhabitants are forced to spend the night in trees to defend themselves and monitor the fields.
07/10/2014 SYRIA - TURKEY
Islamic State take Kobane, thousands flee to Turkish border
After days of siege, the militants have occupied three neighborhoods of the town, between Syria and Turkey, raising the black flag on buildings and hills. At least 2 thousand people have fled their homes, seeking shelter across the border. The Kurdish resistance is getting weaker, amid Ankara’s inertia and ineffectiveness of Arab-American air raids.
16/02/2016 09:22:00 IRAQ
Islamic State using chemical weapons in Iraq
Confirmed by experts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPAC). Traces of pyrite emerge from blood tests carried out on 35 Kurdish peshmerga. Material may be from Syrian army stocks taken by jihadists.
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.
02/09/2014 IRAQ - UN
Army, Peshmerga and Shias unite against Islamic Army, a "terrorist monster"
UN launches an investigation into the atrocities committed by Islamists. In August alone 1,420 people killed; 850 thousand displaced including Christians, Yazidis, Turkomans. European governments concerned about citizens who have joined terrorist militias.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
14/02/2017 UNITED NATIONS - SYRIA
15/02/2017 LEBANON - VATICAN
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.