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Sterling Heights man among Iraqis deported on flight

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Kim Kozlowski , The Detroit News The first U.S. plane since 2010 to deport Iraqi-born residents to their native land left Wednesday — and included at least one Metro Detroit man who went voluntarily, but not one who has been fighting to stay out of the country, officials said.…

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Christians in Iraq celebrate their post-Daesh first Easter

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The extremists worked to erase any signs of Christianity from Qaraqosh after they overran the town in 2014 as part of a sweeping offensive that saw them seize around a third of Iraq. (AFP) Qaraqosh is quiet except for a church bell ringing as Iraqi Christians gather for the first…

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Celebrating Easter in an Iraqi Town That Has Lost Its Christians

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Photographs and Text by RUKMINI CALLIMACHIAPRIL 17, 2017 QARAQOSH, Iraq — Islamic State militants overran the Christian town of Qaraqosh nearly three years ago, smashing every crucifix they found and using the walls of churches for target practice. Residents fled by the thousands, and the few who stayed…

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Christians in Syria say: “God will save us”

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The world no longer remembers what Syria was like in times of peace. There is no consensus on the number of victims from a war that seems to have no end. Nor is attention being paid to the more than five million people who have been forced to leave the country.…

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Iraqi Christians celebrate Easter, dream of returning home

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A priest leads the Easter Mass in Mar Gewargis (St George) Chaldean Catholic church, which was damaged by Islamic State militants, in the town of Tel Esqof, Iraq, April 16, 2017. REUTERS/Marko Djurica By Maher Chmaytelli | TEL ESQOF, Iraq Hundreds of Iraqi Christians gathered on Sunday in a church damaged by Islamic State…

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What Christians of the Arab world are facing this Easter

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From the church bombings in Egypt to the restrictions on movement in Palestine to an exodus from Iraq, Christians of most Middle Eastern countries are at serious risk. By James J. Zogby Orthodox Christians participate in a Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Nativity in…

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Syrian Christians Stress Unity to Fight Back Terrorism

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Damascus, Apr 16 (Prensa Latina) Christian denominations in Syria have celebrated Easter Sunday with prayers and masses in churches and places of worship, in which they called for unity to confront terrorism and achieve peace. In the Lady of Dormition Cathedral in Damascus, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch of…

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Trump should deliver an Easter miracle for Iraqi Christian refugees

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By Tina Ramirez, opinion contributor – As many Americans celebrate Easter, nearly 300 Iraqi Christian refugees are awaiting deportation back to a country most of them have never known. Nahidh Shaou, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea, is one example of why giving them a second chance is the right thing to do.…

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Christians Return to Ransacked Northern Iraqi Town with Fear and Hope

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Asharq Al-Awsat A wall damaged by bullets fired by ISIS militants is seen inside a church yard in the town of Qaraqosh, south of Mosul, Iraq, April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Marko Djurica With ISIS expelled, Iraqi Christians are trickling back to the ransacked town of Qaraqosh, beset by anxiety for their security and yet hopeful they…

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