US-backed Syrian Group Pardons 96 IS Members in Raqqa

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Rikar Hussein Mahmoud Bali US-backed Syrian Civil Council Pardons Dozens of Islamic State Members A U.S.-backed Syrian group known as Civil Council of Raqqa granted amnesty to 96 alleged members of the Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday in what it said was an attempt…

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Help us go home in time to start school

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By Murcadha O Flaherty (original interview by Danielle Piccini) AN urgent call to speed up plans to rebuild homes in one of the Iraqi Christian towns worst affected by Daesh (ISIS) violence has been made by the leader of the local Church community amid signs that the district is at last coming back to life.…

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ISIS ‘Genocide’ Seriously Threatens Religious Freedom

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Kurdish Yazidis, relatives of a Peshmerga fighter killed in a suicide attack in Sinjar province, mourn with another relative, also member of the Peshmerga, before the burial ceremony at Mazar Sharaf Eldin, a sacred and cemetery area for the Yazidi minority, north of Sinjar, March 2, 2015. A number of Peshmerga were killed and others…

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Armed disputes reveal Iraqi Christians’ discord

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Iraqi Christians attend Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in the predominantly Christian Iraqi town of Qaraqosh, Ninevah province, Iraq, July 24, 2017. (photo by SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images) BAGHDAD — Iraqi Christians will have to unite under one banner and work past their…

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Aleppo’s Melkite archbishop looks to rebuild city from the ashes

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By Catholic News Agency Banner easter attack on christians in aleppo syria credit melkite archdiocese of aleppo syria cna 5 14 15 Immaculate heart radio square 300×250 After the Syrian city of Aleppo lost over half its Christian population during the conflict among government forces and various rebel groups, its Melkite archbishop is…

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Christian Genocide In Iraq: The Patriarch’s Plea

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Photo of Kenneth Timmerman President, Foundation for Democracy in Iran Once again, Christians are fleeing Iraq. But this time, it’s not because they are under attack from the jihadi extremists who have terrorized their communities for the past fourteen years. It’s not even because of ISIS, which physically occupied the Nineveh…

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Courage to live peacefully in Iraq

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By Murcadha O Flaherty A SENIOR Iraqi bishop has urged the faithful to support Christian families returning home after being driven out of their towns and villages by jihadist group Daesh (ISIS). Syriac Catholic Archbishop Petros Mouche spoke to leading Catholic charity, Aid to the…

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By Rudaw Mithal al-Alusi leads Iraq’s Ummah Party. Photo: AP BAGHDAD, Iraq—Iraqi Sunni politician and leader of the Ummah Party Mithal al-Alusi says that Iraq has failed its people and that the Kurds are justified in their quest for separation and the establishment of a state of their own.…

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UNHCR Iraq steps up help to families in Mosul

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UNHCR, the United Nations’ Refugee Agency, has been stepping up its help in Iraq for families inside Mosul, including thousands who have recently returned to the city after fleeing the fighting. UNHCR, and its partner, Human Appeal, have already distributed shelter kits to more…

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Don’t forget the Yazidis: To avoid the next genocide, remember the last

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Iraq’s religious minority were deliberately targeted for extermination Tom Holland (Photo: Getty) As the floodwaters subsided, the Ark drifted across northern Iraq. Finally, with a crunching jolt, it hit dry land. Its timbers had scraped the peak of a mountain range called Sinjar. Water began to pour in. Fortunately, a black serpent, its coils as…

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Fipronil in your breakfast- eggs & honey?

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The scandal over contaminated eggs in European countries is growing. To protect customers from the toxic Fipronil, some food discounters started already pulling out all eggs from the shelves. But what about other foodstuffs like mayonnaise, pancakes and pasta, or salads containing eggs? The Netherlands Food and Consumer Products…

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Bishop speaks about Nigeria Church attack

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• Armed men open fire, 13 dead and 26 wounded • Pope Francis sends message of condolence By Marta Petrosillo AFTER armed men opened fire on Massgoers in Nigeria – leaving 13 people dead – the…

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