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September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
  
22 February 2016
J.D. Conor Mauro




Syrian government forces remove an ISIS flag and replace it with a Syrian flag at after retaking control of an area near Aleppo. (photo: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian army retakes 18 villages from ISIS near Aleppo (Haaretz) Syria’s army and allies, backed by Russian air strikes, recaptured 18 villages from Islamic State fighters in eastern Aleppo province on Saturday, a monitoring group said. The advance extended their control of parts of a road running towards the jihadist group’s stronghold of Raqqa, and built on gains made in assaults that intensified sharply earlier this month…

Syria war: Blasts kill 129 in Damascus and Homs (Al Jazeera) A series of suicide bombs near a Shiite shrine in Damascus and in Homs have killed at least 129 people on a day the United States and Russia claimed progress in securing a ceasefire to end the Syrian conflict. ISIS claimed that it was behind Sunday’s attacks, which killed at least 63 in Damascus and 46 in Homs. Some sources put the death toll higher…

Iraq: U.N. relief official calls for relocation of civilians to safer areas (U.N. News Center) The top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has said she is deeply worried about thousands of civilians who are trapped in Fallujah city and in Sinjar district and are unable to access aid, calling on Government officials to redouble efforts to relocate civilians to safer areas before the situation deteriorates further…

Iraqi premier: Government does not discriminate based on religion (Fides) The Iraqi government does not discriminate its citizens based on their religious affiliation; it considers Christians as a genuine part of Iraq’s national identity, and will do everything possible to prevent their emigration, said Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al Abadi…

The surprisingly early history of Christianity in India (Smithsonian Magazine) Modern Christians of Kerala believe that the Apostle Thomas — the one who so famously questioned Jesus — visited here in the year 52 and baptized their forefathers. Historians surmise that the diverse, rich trading center of Kerala may well have drawn this Palestinian Jew of the Roman Empire who wished to preach the Gospel. Thousands of churches today bear his name, their rituals and theology derived from Eastern Christian traditions in the liturgical language Syriac, a formation of Aramaic, the dialect Jesus — and Thomas — spoke…



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