Preying Silently: The Crisis of Christian Persecution

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Tony Perkins · It was 5:30 a.m. when Friar Najeeb Michaeel looked out his window and saw what every Iraqi Christian feared: trucks filled with ISIS soldiers. Dozens of families were fleeing when the terrorists cut in front of them and stopped. “I gave everybody the last rites,” the Friar said. “I thought it was…

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Greet and Meet the AASA BOD in the Bay Area – May 6, 2017

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Dear friends, Hope you are all doing well. The Assyrian Aid Society of America- Santa Clara Chapter is hosting the Annual Board of Directors meeting this year! Every year, the AASA Board members meet to discuss the ongoing efforts of all chapters dedicated to helping Assyrians in need, promoting the Assyrian culture and…

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Iraqi Violinist Plays in Mosul as Troops Battle ISIS

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by Reuters Image: Ameen Mukdad, a violinist from Mosul who lived under ISIS’s rule for two and a half years where they destroyed his musical instruments, performs in eastern Mosul Ameen Mukdad, a violinist from Mosul, lived under ISIS’s rule for two and a half years. Muhammad Hamed / Reuters…

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Syria: Anti-Assad Christian Militia Requests U.S. Aid to Fight Jihadists

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A member of the Assyrian Gozarto Protection Forces (GPF), consisting of Sutoro militia, a pro-government Syriac Christian movement, and other Assyrian fighters stands with his weapon wearing a crucifix as they re-group before heading to reinforce pro-government forces on the front line in the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group, in…

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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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