By Dale Gavlak
Amman -- Humanitarian concerns are growing as people caught in the crosshairs of the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria try to flee for safety, and groups are scrambling to aid them. "There are big concerns about what is going on in northeastern Syria with the Turkish military aerial assaults and ground operations," Father Emanuel Youkhana told Catholic News Service by phone from northern...
Baghdad -- The populations, Christian and otherwise, from northern Iraq "are afraid of a return of the Islamic State (IS, formerly Isis)", which could exploit the Turkish offensive against the Kurds and the consequences of chaos , to close ranks and reconstitute. In an exclusive interview with AsiaNews Mgr.
By Frances Martel
Islamist Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan falsely claimed Turkey had never "carried out any civilian massacres" in an attempt to assure the world that Ankara is not attempting ethnic cleansing against the Syrian Kurds on Wednesday.
By Heather Preston
A Syrian archbishop has condemned Western powers following concerns escalating conflict in the north-eastern region of the country could lead to many more Christians fleeing. Turkey's military claims to have seized the key border town of Ras al-Ayn in its attack on the north-eastern border of Syria, a region where many Kurdish people live as well as Arabs, Syrians, and Christians.
The patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church pleaded for "immediate and lasting peace in northeastern Syria and the preservation of innocent lives, especially for Christians, who are the original and founding component of Syria." Celebrating Mass Oct.
By Mehmet Guzel and Bassem Mroue
AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) -- Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northern Syria on Monday, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces advancing in the area as long-standing alliances in the region begin to crumble following the pullback of U.S. forces. The Syrian military's deployment near the Turkish border came after Syrian Kurdish forces previously allied with the U.
By Caroline B. Glick
The near consensus view of President Donald Trump's decision to remove US special forces from the Syrian border with Turkey is that Trump is enabling a Turkish invasion and double crossing the Syrian Kurds who have fought with the Americans for five years against ISIS. Trump's move, the thinking goes, harms US credibility and undermines US power in the region and throughout the world.
By Bashar M. Warda
A statement from the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil, Bashar M. Warda follows: As the Church, our prayers and hopes are always for an end to this never-ending cycle of violence from all participants. We urge all parties to remember at all times their obligations to protect innocent civilians. Our special concern is for the innocent refugees and displaced of all faiths.
By Matthew Petti
Church bells rang out across the plains of northeast Syria, warning villagers to seek shelter from incoming air raids. It was the first time in a century that the Christian communities in the region were forced to take shelter from a Turkish attack. The Syriac-Assyrians and Armenians of northeast Syria have been divided on their feelings towards the Kurdish-led, U.S.
By Idil Demirel
Mesopotamia is known as the fertile land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. In this land, which has been home to countless civilizations, numerous cities have been established throughout history. Founded on fertile Mesopotamian lands, Mardin has also hosted different civilizations for thousands of years. It has a multicultural, multireligious, multilingual and multiethnic background.
The PKK Syrian affiliate, the People's Protection Units (YPG) reportedly forced a local Christian community to fight Turkey in northern Syria, said the Iraqi Christian Foundation. After the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the Syrian National Army (SNA) launched Operation Peace Spring, the YPG and PKK supporters began spreading propaganda, claiming that Turkish forces were targeting the region's...
By Mindy Belz
Turkish forces launched a bombing campaign across northeastern Syria on Wednesday, targeting civilian areas and killing Syriac Christians. The bombing campaign, launched less than 48 hours after a phone call between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appeared to target Christian and Kurdish enclaves in the cities of Qameshli, Kobani, and others.