By John L. Allen Jr.
After an Iraqi cardinal said Tuesday that the U.S. government has "done nothing" to aid beleaguered Christians in his country, a Trump administration official on Wednesday insisted that "the U.S. is helping a tremendous amount, by any measure.
GENEVA (AP) -- A U.N. humanitarian aid official said Thursday that Syria's government has withdrawn a controversial law that allowed authorities to seize property left behind by civilians who fled the country's civil war, calling it a good sign that "diplomacy can win -- even in Syria." Jan Egeland said he was told of the decision by Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
By Pieter Van Ostaeyen
In September of 2008 I went to Syria for a few weeks. I only had two contacts in the country, and one of them was F, a middle class Christian and the prominent owner of local bakeries and a local pizzeria who lived in Syria's Western province of Latakia. I had never met F before, but according to friends at the University of Leuven, F would most likely be willing to take me in for a few days.
ROME (AP) -- A senior American diplomat briefed the leader of Iraq's Chaldean Catholics on U.S. development aid Wednesday after the cardinal accused the United States of failing to help rebuild Christian villages devastated by the Islamic State group.
By Toby Dodge
At last, after months of deadlock following national elections in May, Iraq is on its way to a new government. The president, Barham Saleh, and prime minister, Adil Abdul Mahdi, are both veteran Iraqi politicians known as technocrats and reformers.
By Lyndsey Koh
Christianity has been around in Iraq for approximately 2,000 years -- one of the oldest Christian heritages. However, Iraqi Christians are teetering on the knife's edge of extinction, according to Chaldean Archbishop Habib Nafali of Basra. The Archbishop suggests that all it would take is one more wave of persecution to wipe out Christianity from the country entirely. It's not hard to imagine.