By Bree A. Dail
For most Western readers, a glimpse of the city of Mosul, Iraq, reveals nothing short of complete devastation. A great majority of the once-thriving Christian population in the city remain exiled, in fear of a resurgence of Islamic terror.
By Claire Evans
A melody is slowly quieting in Turkey. For centuries, the soft chanting of psalms flowed across churches flooded with worshipers. They knelt in prayer, their petitions floating like the incense which enveloped them. Candles were lit as they exited, a reminder of Christ's light to the world. This is the country where the New Testament church came to life.
By Dale Gavlak
Groups representing Christians in northeast Syria are appealing for prayer, fearful that Turkey plans to make good its numerous threats to invade the region with its military forces. Since November 2018, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch a large military operation east of the Euphrates River to "clear Kurdish terrorists" from the area.
At the invitation of His Beatitude Patriarch Cardinal Mar Louis Raphael Sako, the annual Chaldean Synod was held at the Patriarchal summer headquarters, Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq, from 3 to 10 August 2019, attended by Bishops from the dioceses of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, America, Canada and Australia.
Jimmy Aldaoud, a 41-year-old Chaldean Catholic, was deported from the US in June. Last week he was found dead on the streets of Baghdad. According to US law, there was a prima facie case for his deportation: Aldaoud had an extensive criminal record, involving multiple convictions.
By Christina Zhao
House Democrats urged President Donald Trump to stop deporting Iraq nationals on Tuesday after a deported Michigan man died last week of a diabetic crisis. In a letter signed by dozens of Democrats, the lawmakers expressed their "outrage and grief" over the death of Jimmy Aldaoud, a Michigan man who died last Tuesday after being deported to Iraq in June.
By Siamak Kordestani
California's Jewish population does not exist, a new state-mandated ethnic studies curriculum for high school students implies. The draft curriculum being considered by the California Department of Education ignores Jews as a minority group.
By Kaylee McGhee
Jimmy Al-Daoud is dead. An Iraqi refugee and Chaldean Christian whose family fled to Detroit when he was less than a year old, Al-Daoud was deported in June and died on the streets of Baghdad. He was 41 years old. Al-Daoud's death was unnecessary. His family said he was bipolar, schizophrenic, and diabetic.
You've seen the video, or maybe thumbnails of the video. It features a Michigan man speaking directly to a camera, pleading to come home. I begged them, I said 'please, I've never seen that country, I've never been there.' They forced me. I'm here now." Jimmy Al Daoud said in a video that's gone viral.
By Saad Salloum
BAGHDAD -- The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced July 18 new sanctions on four Iraqi citizens, including Rayan al-Kildani, head of the Christian minority's Babylonian Brigades, and Waad Qado, head of the Shabak minority's Brigade 30 -- two influential armed factions in the Ninevah Plains.
By Naramsen Goriel
Hundreds of thousands of innocent Assyrians were brutally murdered by political and religious extremists, wiping out two-thirds of the Assyrian population by 1934. Between 1914 and 1934, there were two genocides against the Assyrian people in the Middle East. The first occurred during World War I, committed by the Ottoman Young Turks, who killed over 700,000 Assyrians.
By Sam Sweeney
In Syria's northeast, in Qamishli, al-Hasakah, and other cities and their surrounding villages, a renaissance is under way in the area's beleaguered Syriac Christian community, which is attempting to revive the Syriac language and culture after decades of neglect and oppression.