Syrian City Overrun by ISIS, Prompting Masses to Flee

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Christians leave Hassakeh en masse, reminiscent of Mosul in 2014
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Nearly 4,000 Christian families have fled the northeastern Syrian city of Hassakeh with the advance of forces of the Islamic State group, Fides reported. Continue reading

Iraqi priest tells West: ‘Wake up over IS’

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Iraqi priest Fr Douglas Bazi, who takes care of thousands of refugees forced to flee Mosul after Islamic State took over the city last year, has a simple but pointed message for Western Europe: “Wake up!”
Fr Bazi, once a torture victim, was in Gozo yesterday to celebrate the feast of St Peter Continue reading

Assyrian families escape Hasakah after ISIS offensive

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Displaced civilians from Hasakah. Photo: ARA News
Qamishli, Syria – Subsequent to a major offensive by the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) on the city of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, some 1300 Christian families have been displaced from the city, the Assyrian Network for Human Rights reported on Monday. Continue reading

How the Kurds Helped Draw the United States Back to Iraq

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Renad Mansour
Through its pragmatic foreign policy, the leadership of the Kurdistan region has won trust in Washington and other capitals.
In August 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama launched air strikes in Iraq against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. This decision ran counter to his presidential campaign in Continue reading

Fighting for the ruins of Christian Iraq

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By Andrew Doran, Special to CNN
Telskuf, Iraq (CNN)Safaa Elias Jajo, a Chaldean man in his 40s, stands in the wreckage of a home in Telskuf in Iraq’s Nineveh province. The home served as ISIS headquarters in this area until a U.S.-led coalition airstrike leveled it last year. Continue reading

Daesh sells 42 Yazidi women to militants in Syria

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Iraqi Yazidi women who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar. (AFP/Safin Hamed)Iraqi Yazidi women who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
More > Mayadin, Sinjar, Deir Ezzor, Rami Abdel Rahman, Zainab Bangura, United Nations Continue reading

A century after the massacres, Syriac diaspora head home to Turkey

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by Olivia Dehez
Some 30 people live year-round in Tur Abdin, a village set in the Wild West landscapes of rocks and dry grass, in southern Turkey – less than 100 kilometres from Syria.
In Arbo, a small village near Kafro, Syriacs attend the funeral ceremony of a fellow Syriac whose body was repatriated to lie to rest in his ancestral homeland. Continue reading

Papal envoy visits displaced Christians in Iraq

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by Catholic News Service
Iraqi children play outside a tent in Ainkawa, near Irbil (CNS)
Cardinal Angelo Scola was joined by the Maronite Catholic patriarch on a visit to Irbil
Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan, representing Pope Francis, and Cardinal Bechara Rai, the Maronite Catholic patriarch, traveled to Irbil, Iraq, to meet with Christians who had fled from ISIS forces. Continue reading

Melkite, Maronite Catholic synods address Middle East violence

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BY CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE , IN: WORLD
Iraqi and Syrian Christians march during a Palm Sunday procession in Beirut, Lebanon, March 29. Synods of Melkite Catholic and Maronite Catholic bishops in Lebanon called on the world’s governments to help resolve the conflicts in the region so that Christians can remain in place. (CNS photo/Wael Hamzeh, EPA) Continue reading