By Gerrard Kaonga
Senior Policy Officer of the Christian Persecution charity Open Doors, Matthew Rees, revealed that Christians are heavily persecuted in eastern countries like Iraq and Syria by extremists like ISIS. As Christians in this part of the world are often in a minority they are often targeted by terrorist and extremist groups as Christianity is perceived as a western religion, despite originating in the...
BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) -- In the main square in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella stands a large cross, one of the few overt signs that the northern Iraqi town was historically Christian. Nearby, a massive billboard shows Shiite Muslim martyrs alongside a picture of Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei.
Karamles, North Iraq -- There is no peace for Christians in northern Iraq. If, on the one hand, the memory of the violence perpetrated by Islamic State jihadists (SI, ex Isis) is still alive, in recent weeks another threat is shadowing the future of the community: the Shiite militias linked to the Shabak, who are in fact hindering Christians return to the Nineveh plain.
By Edith M. Lederer
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The new U.N. envoy for Iraq called Wednesday for an end to political infighting so the formation of a government can be completed, warning that further delay could lead to "significant repercussions" on the country's stability. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the U.N.
By Carlo Muñoz
American warplanes and U.S.-backed Syrian ground forces kicked off a long-awaited assault on the Islamic State's final stronghold in the country, in what White House officials and coalition commanders anticipate will mark the end of the terror group's four-year campaign in the Middle East. U.S.
Turkish police have seized four invaluable ancient books written in Syriac and Aramaic, including one depicting the life of Jesus Christ. Anti-smuggling police teams carried out an operation in southwestern Denizli province upon receiving intelligence that smugglers were planning to sell the ancient books.