Islamic State

Vatican calls for Muslim leaders to denounce IS

The Vatican called for Muslim leaders to denounce the brutality of Islamic State (IS) radicals who have swept across Iraq, saying there was no possible justification for their “unspeakable crimes”. “The terrible position of Christians, Yezidis and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq demands a clear and courageous stance[…]

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Catholic Church expresses outrage at Iraq

Christianity in Iraq is a tradition that goes back 2000 years and the “utter destruction” of dioceses, parishes and families because of their loyalty to faith is a crime against humanity, the Catholic Church of Southern Africa said on Monday. “It is absolutely abhorrent that the Christian community of Iraq,[…]

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US warplanes hit Islamic State in Iraq

The US Defence Department has said the US military has conducted an airstrike against Islamic State fighters near the northern Iraqi city of Erbil. A Pentagon statement said two F/A-18 warplanes dropped 225 kilograms of laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece which “[the Islamic State] was using … to[…]

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IS storms Syrian army base in Raqa

Rebels from the Islamic State group have seized parts of a military base in Syria’s Raqa province after launching triple suicide bomb attacks at its gates, a monitor said Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the radical group was engaged in heavy fighting with troops at Brigade 93[…]

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France offers asylum to Iraqi Christians

France has said it is ready to welcome Christians fleeing the area of Iraq controlled by Islamic State (IS) fighters, saying it is “outraged” by their persecution. Islamic State fighters seized large swaths of northern Iraq last month, prompting hundreds of Christian families in Mosul to flee a city which[…]

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Assad to be sworn in today

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is to be sworn in Wednesday for a new term in a war-ravaged country, as other conflicts in the turbulent region hog the international community’s attention. Assad will be sworn in for another seven-year term at his palace overlooking the capital, more than three years into[…]

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