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08 April 2009

Five Christians killed as Kirkuk archbishop questions US withdrawal

IRAQ_-_sako_perplesso.jpgMonsignor Sako warns that US troop pullout is likely to plunge the country in a “civil war.” Between 31 March and 4 April five Christians are murdered in Kirkuk, Baghdad and Mosul. The prelate calls on the faithful to pray during Holy Week so “that the blood of our martyrs may restore peace.”

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19 January 2009

Iraqi shoe thrower to seek Swiss asylum: lawyer

IraqMinistry_md.jpgGENEVA (AP) — A Swiss lawyer working on behalf of the Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush said Monday his client will seek political asylum in Switzerland.

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17 January 2009

Mosul, fresh anti Christian violence. Murder and torture

00101.jpg36-year old Chourik Bagrad, was massacred with multiple gunshot wounds to the head. Another believer was kidnapped New Years eve: he was released on payment of a ransom of 50 thousand dollars. AsiaNews sources relay that Mosul is a “volcano about to explode”.

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18 November 2008

Letter From Iraqi Muslim Group Orders All Christians Out of the Country

IraqMinistry_md.jpg(AINA) -- A Christian bishop received a threatening letter written by Ansar al-Islam, a Kurdish Muslim group affiliated with al-Qaeda in Iraq. The letter ordered the Christians to leave Iraq en masse and stated it is sending a final warning

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07 November 2008

Muslim converts to Christianity ask religious experts at Vatican meeting for religious freedom

ISLAM_-_IRAQI_CHRISTIANS_(500_x_318).jpgAn appeal by 144 people calls on experts engaged in talks not to forget the difficult predicament in which Christians live. Often treated as “outsiders and outcastes”, they urgently demand protection for the right to change religion

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27 October 2008

Killings force 13,000 Christians to flee Mosul

The full scale of the persecution of Christians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul became apparent last night when the UN's refugee agency said about 13,000 had been hounded from their homes this month - more than half of the city's Christian community

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13 October 2008

Mosul, another "targeted murder" against the Christian community

000.jpgIraqMinistry_md.jpgA disabled 25-year-old shopkeeper was killed yesterday, not far from the shop that he owned. The objective of the fundamentalists is to shut down the activities of Christians and force them to flee. A source for AsiaNews denounces the "complicity" of the police, and the "curtain of silence" that has fallen across the slaughter.

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29 June 2008

For Iraqi Christians, Money Bought Survival

1c7b11821b2a03225020142728180e6b.jpgMOSUL, Iraq — As priests do everywhere, Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, the leader of the Chaldean Catholics in this ancient city, gathered alms at Sunday Mass. But for years the money

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05 April 2008

Christian Priest Killed in Baghdad

cea688ea87b029bf53140f112dc508e9.jpgBAGHDAD (AP) — An Assyrian Orthodox priest was killed in a drive-by shooting Saturday in Baghdad, police and an assistant said, the latest attack against Iraq's Christian minority.

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02 March 2008

Three Christians killed in kidnapping of Mosul bishop buried in Karamles

The funerals were held this morning for the driver and two bodyguards. The same city also holds the tomb of Fr Ragheed, killed last year in the area where

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01 March 2008

Gunmen kidnap Iraqi Chaldean Catholic archbishop

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen kidnapped the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul on Friday in the northern Iraqi city and killed his driver and two guards, police said

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