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IRAQ - MIDDLE EAST
US air support is not enough. We must save Islamic-Christian coexistence and Iraq
The raids near Erbil risk fuelling the division of the country. Oil rich Kurdistan attracts a lot of interest. The dream of a disintegration of the Middle East along ethnic and religious lines will not eradicate the danger of fundamentalists. The Chaldean Patriarch and Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani campaign for Islamic-Christian coexistence and the unity of Iraq.
Massoud Barzani launches a referendum for the independence of Kurdistan
It has been the Kurds’ dream since the end of the First World War. But the UN and the United States are calling for national unity to oppose the rebels of the Islamic Caliphate. Maliki opens to the generals of Saddam Hussein. Saudi Arabia deploys 30 thousand troops to the border: it fears the very rebels that it has financed.
Kurdish Video mocks ISIS, "We are beaded, dirty and filthy. We are brainless"
Clip shows bearded men, dancing, with guns as musical instruments. "We are ISIS, we milk the goat even if it's male". The parody however carries a tough political attack: "We are Isis" and "Our pockets are full of Qatari money".
Baghdad: as a new premier is named to stop the Islamist advance, al Sistani expresses solidarity to Christians
President Masum names Iraq's deputy parliamentary speaker as the new prime minister, a decision approved by the White House and the United Nations. However, outgoing Prime Minister al Maliki says he will resist the move. In Najaf the Chaldean patriarch and Iraq's highest Shia religious leader meet. Both are committed to Iraq's national unity, territorial integrity and all its components.
07/02/2008 SYRIA - IRAQ - UN
UN: More fleeing Iraq than returning
A report from the UNHCR denies the figures of the Iraqi government on the number of refugees returning from Syria: there are 1200 per day who cross the border, compared to the 700 who return. 46 percent of those who come back to so for economic reasons, and 25 percent because they cannot renew their residency permits. And for the religious minorities, above all the Christians, thinking of coming back is like "going toward certain death".
01/10/2008 ISLAM - IRAQ
Archbishop Sako, how Christian-Muslim relations have changed in Iraq
Interreligious dialogue and peace in Iraq at the center of the meeting last week in Austria. The archbishop of Kirkuk, Louis Sako, reiterates the "role of Christians in the development of the Arab world". Fr Samir Khalil Samir recalls the pope's appeal for "courageous and sincere" dialogue.
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