Christians divided on the Kurdish independence referendum. The Chaldean Patriarchate: there is a risk of armed conflict

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Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) – While September 25th approaches, date of the referendum announced by the government of the autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan to sanction its independence from Baghdad, there are contrasting signs from the local Christian communities with reference to the referendum, which attracts the attention and also the Continue reading

Celebrations mark return of Iraqi Christians to Nineveh

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By John Pontifex
ABOUT 500 Christian families – up to 2,500 people – celebrated their long-awaited homecoming to Iraq’s Nineveh Plains with ceremonies marking a fresh start in their old towns and villages.
In Qaraqosh (Baghdeda), the largest of Nineveh’s Christian towns, priests and people Continue reading

ISIS strategy of ‘death by a thousand cuts’

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Christian Chesnot
ISIS seems to have revamped its strategy of terror, as evidenced by its latest attacks in Spain, Finland, Russia and Belgium. Unable to hold on to its territories in Iraq and Syria in the wake of relentless strikes by the international coalition, ISIS has now adopted the Continue reading

Iraqi Kurdish leader defends independence vote

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By Balint Szlanko and Muhanad Al-Saleh?|?AP
IRBIL, Iraq — The leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region defended an independence referendum planned for later this month during a visit Tuesday to the oil-rich Kirkuk province, the epicenter of a long-running dispute with the central government. Continue reading

Detained Iraqis hope for pardon from Gov. Snyder

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Kim Kozlowski, The Detroit News
(Photo: Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)
When police officers came to Caroline Taymour’s home in June and took her husband away for deportation to Iraq, she was devastated. She thought the couple and their three children would never again live together as a family. Continue reading