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The Uncertain Future of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units

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By: C. Alexander Ohlers PMU fighters (Source: al-Monitor) At the end of 2017, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the defeat of Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, an achievement that has paved the way for a new challenge—that of controlling and integrating the powerful, expansive paramilitary…

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Kurdish militia try to enlist Christians, group says

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A Kurdish militia in northern Syria has seized seven Christians and attempted to force them to enlist, said the World Council of Arameans (WCA), a non-governmental organisation of Christian Syriacs. It said the People’s Protection Units (YPG) had released six of them – four Armenians…

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On the state of shock for Christians in Lebanon

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Ali Al-Amin The confrontation that recently erupted between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Amal Movement in Lebanon exposed the disharmony between allies, which has existed ever since the FPM joined the so-called March 8 coalition, or the resistance coalition which is led by Hezbollah and which was formed in 2005 when the Syrian army…

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Israel’s double game with Daesh

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Israel is inadvisably but increasingly involved in conflicts raging in its northern and southern neighbours. In the north, Israel has for several years provided aid and comfort to Daesh, Al Qaeda, and other insurgents fighting the Syrian government. This began by offering medical treatment to anti-government fighters and gradually involved…

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Colosseum to be lit red for persecuted Christians

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By Hannah Brockhaus Rome, Italy, Feb 7, 2018 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Roman Colosseum will be illuminated by red lights later this month to draw attention to the persecution of Christians around the world, and especially in Syria and Iraq. On Saturday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. the Colosseum will be spotlighted in…

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Are Iraqi Mandaeans better off in Jordan?

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Mohammad Ersan A Mandaean priest baptizes a worshipper in the Tigris river during the Benja festival, Baghdad, Iraq, March 16, 2016. AMMAN, Jordan — Bashir Nader, a 55-year-old Iraqi, lives with his family in al-Hashmi al-Shamali neighborhood in Jordan’s capital, Amman. Nader fled the city of Samarra in…

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Pope Francis hosts Erdogan, then Chaldean clergy from Kurdistan

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By Rudaw Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Photo: AA ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday morning. The Pope later hosted Chaldean Church leadership including Patriarch Sako.…

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Official: Christian community in Nineveh Plains fear demographic change

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Baxtiyar Goran Crucifixes and icons are seen at the heavily damaged Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh (also known as Hamdaniya), some 32 kilometers east of Mosul, on April 9, 2017, as Christians mark the first Palm Sunday event in the town since Iraqi forces recaptured it from the Islamic State (IS). (Photo: AFP)…

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“Jajee D’Beh Nasimo, Revisited”

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” (Martin Luther King, Jr. American Baptist minister, activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader 1929 – 1968). Lucid, invigorating talent between two artists teaming up across continents will likelyproduce a quality outcome, but in this particular time capsule, it…

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