Current Issue
September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
29 March 2017
J.D. Conor Mauro

A young Mosul civilian, injured during the ongoing conflict between government forces and ISIS, receives treatment at a field hospital. (photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

Engulfed in battle, Mosul civilians run for their lives (New York Times) Around a half-million people are still thought to be trapped in an ever-shrinking area of Mosul, along with an estimated 2,000 remaining Islamic State fighters. There, they are caught in a frightening crossfire. As Iraqi forces have advanced, American airstrikes have at times leveled entire blocks — including the one in Mosul Jidideh this month that residents said left as many as 200 civilians dead. At the same time, the Islamic State fighters have used masses of civilians as human shields, and have been indiscriminate about sniper and mortar fire…

As ISIS is driven out, Iraqi Assyro-Chaldeans dream of returning home (AINA) The cost of rebuilding Christian villages destroyed by ISIS in northern Iraq could exceed $200 million, according to a survey carried out by a Catholic charity. But, with some Christians already going back to the Nineveh Plain, the report revealed a growing appetite among the displaced communities to go home…

Pope Francis renews appeal for prayers for Iraqi people (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has asked for prayers for the people of Iraq, also appealing for all in Mosul to “engage fully with the civil protection forces, as an imperative and urgent obligation…”

Coptic pope attempts to reassure Egyptians after attacks (AINA) Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II attempted on Monday to reassure Egyptians after the recent attacks on Copts in North Sinai, stressing that the Coptic families that have fled the governorate out of fear of terrorist violence will return to the city “when the time is right…”

Palestinians get ‘right to return’ — to Jerusalem (Al Monitor) The Israeli High Court of Justice ruled that Palestinian residents of Jerusalem cannot be permanently stripped of their residency rights after having lived elsewhere…

Ancient church discovered in Georgia (Pravoslavie) The ruins of an ancient one-nave church have been discovered in Ilto’s Gorge in the village of Chartali of the Akhmeta municipality, in the Kaheti region, northeast of Tbilisi. The municipal cultural center also reports that traces of a settlement have been observed in the surrounding area, reports Blagovest-Info. According to cultural center head Kakha Mamulashvili, Ilto’s Gorge is practically unstudied from a cultural heritage point of view…

Tags: Iraq Jerusalem Palestine Iraqi Christians Georgia