Posts Tagged ‘ Mosul ’

Front Line: Inside Iraqi Soldiers’ Anti-IS War

May 10th, 2017 | By

The walkie-talkie in the commander’s hand buzzes and crackles as soldiers line up their humvees and tanks, readying themselves to enter Islamic State territory. “Tell all the men to put on helmets,” are the orders over the walkie-talkie. “I don’t want to see anyone without a helmet!” A few minutes later, many of the soldiers

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ISIS Uses Children As Human Shields in Mosul

Mar 30th, 2017 | By

According to the Iraqi Observatory for Human Rights website, the Islamic State seized 197 children and is using them as human shields. The children are being held near the Large Mosque on the east bank of Mosul to stop the advancement of coalition forces currently trying to retake eastern Mosul from the Islamic State. Lt.-

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Witnesses Share Stories of ISIS Dumping Hundreds in Mass Grave

Mar 22nd, 2017 | By
Church of the Virgin Mary in Mosul has been destroyed by the Islamic State

Human Rights Watch reported today that the Islamic State executed and dumped the bodies of possibly hundreds of detainees at a site near Mosul. “Multiple witnesses told Human Rights Watch that the bodies of those killed, including bodies of members of Iraqi security forces, were thrown into a naturally occurring sinkhole at a site known

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Chairman’s Report For March 17, 2017

Mar 17th, 2017 | By

In this issue of the newsletter New:        Radical feminists rally around leader who is convicted Muslim terrorist Update:   United Nations should not be the ones “vetting” refugees to the US Update:   New wave of Christian refugees flee city of Mosul where they were trapped Convicted Muslim terrorist leading “Women’s March” Woman gained US citizenship after

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Iraqi Forces Kill Islamic State Commander of Mosul’s Old City

Mar 15th, 2017 | By

According to reports, Iraqi government forces have killed the Islamic State commander of Mosul’s Old City. According to Independent, fighting intensified Tuesday as “civilians streamed out of western neighborhoods recaptured by the government, cold and hungry but relieved to be freed of the militants’ grip.” Government forces also pushed into western Mosul. Federal police killed

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Christians Face Exclusion in Iraq Reconstruction Plan

Jan 31st, 2017 | By

An alliance of UK-based charities has warned that Christians are being excluded from reconstruction plans for Northern Iraq once the Islamic State has been defeated there. According to World Watch Monitor: “Iraqi Christians firmly believe that Iraq is their spiritual homeland; their presence dates back at least to the 3rd Century. Before 2003, there were

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Displaced Iraqis Start Returning Home

Jan 25th, 2017 | By

On Wednesday, January 25, hundreds of families who were forced to flee Mosul will start to return to their homes in the biggest wave of returns to the city. Iraqi forces have completed recapturing the eastern part of Mosul, where thousands of people fled from since the start of the massive offensive against Islamic State

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Nineveh Plain Authorities Vow to Rebuild Churches in Mosul

Jan 12th, 2017 | By

On January 11, Al-Mosuliya TV aired a report showing local officials touring the ruins of a church in Mosul destroyed by ISIS and vowing to rebuild it. Hassan Al-Sallaf, the deputy governor of the Nineveh Province, promises to rebuild the church, which is shaped like a ship, “along with all the other houses of worship,

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Gearing up for 2017 with Diapers for Refugees

Jan 5th, 2017 | By

In December, the Diapers for Refugees program delivered 160,000 more high-quality disposable diapers to the Ashti 2 refugee camp in Ankawa, Iraq. This marked the final delivery for 2016. Earlier in 2016, the Diapers for Refugee program set a goal of delivering 640,000 diapers to Christian refugee families that have been ignored by the Islamic-run

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What Christians are Finding In the Nineveh Plain

Jan 4th, 2017 | By

Christians who are now returning to their homes in areas of the Nineveh Plains liberated from the Islamic State’s control are finding chaos and destruction. Sister Diana Momeka, a nun with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena, ministers to those who have been displaced by ISIS: “(When) we went to see what happened

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