IRAQ AND IRAN AGREE TO BOOST TIES IN HIGH-LEVEL MEETINGS

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Iraq and Iran have agreed to strive for improved bilateral relations as Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein met with several Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, to discuss security, trade, and the role of the United States in the region. The summit was the first meeting between the two nations since July. The July meeting…

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5 AUGUST ’20 | PRAY FOR IRAQ

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Dear prayer partners, 2 August 2020 marked the 30-year anniversary of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, when Saddam Hussein attempted to seize and claim it as Iraq’s 19th province. The two-day operation turned into a seven-month occupation of the country and became known as the Gulf War (or First Gulf War). The invasion brought international condemnation…

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CHURCH BUILDINGS – DO THEY MATTER?

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By Donnelly McCleland Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s unprecedented decree (10 July) converting Hagia Sophia once again into a mosque continues to reverberate across the region and beyond. It elicited sharp criticism, despair, and disappointment from both Christians and non-Christians alike. The 1,500-year-old UNESCO-listed site was initially an Orthodox Christian cathedral that was turned into…

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IRAQ PROTESTS RESUME AS NEW GOVERNMENT SWORN IN

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On Saturday 9 May, Iraq’s protesters returned to the streets of Baghdad and other southern cities to oppose the new government of Mustafa al-Kadhimi, sworn in on Thursday 7 May, after months of political deadlock. Despite Mr al-Kadhimi’s decisions to release previously imprisoned protesters, and promote a well-respected Iraqi general to lead counter-terrorism operations against…

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ISLAMIC STATE STRIKES IRAQI MILITIA MEMBERS

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Remnants of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq are showing signs of a resurgence as they exploit a coronavirus lockdown, coalition troop withdrawals, and simmering political disputes to ramp up deadly attacks. The deadliest attack so far took place in the early hours of Saturday 2 May, which killed 10 Iraqi troops north of Baghdad….

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ANOTHER ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTER KILLED AMIDST IRAQ’S SPIRALLING CHAOS

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On Monday, the 10th of February, government officials confirmed that Iraqi security forces shot and killed at least one protester in the country’s south. Anti-government protests have entered their fifth month and have continued despite the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi in November, and last week’s naming of Mohammed Allawi as designated prime…

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STAMPEDE KILLS 56 AT FUNERAL FOR IRANIAN GENERAL SLAIN BY US

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7 JANUARY 2020 (SOURCE: AP) – A stampede broke out Tuesday at the funeral for a top Iranian general slain in a US airstrike, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured as thousands thronged the procession, Iranian news reports said. The stampede took place in Kerman, the hometown of…

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ISRAEL ESCALATES ITS SHADOW WAR WITH IRAN

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By Andrew Richards Israel has carried out a series of attacks across the Middle East in recent weeks to prevent Iran from equipping its Arab allies with precision-guided missiles, drones and other sophisticated weapons that could challenge Israel’s defences. The attacks represent a new escalation in the shadow war between Iran and Israel, which has…

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ISSUE 195 | 24 MAY 2018

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SADNESS AND JOY: CHRISTIANS IN MOSUL CELEBRATE FIRST CHRISTMAS AFTER IS DEFEAT

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25 DECEMBER 2017 – A church in Mosul has hosted the first Christmas service since the city was liberated from the Islamic State (IS). Saint Paul’s Church in east Mosul celebrated Christmas mass on Sunday amid tight security. At least 100 Christians were in attendance, with a large number of Muslims coming to support their friends…

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