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December, 2018
Volume 44, Number 4
  
19 December 2014
J.D. Conor Mauro




Peshmerga fighters deployed in the Nineveh region of northern Iraq flash the victory sign at sunset while shipping ammunition in order to fight against Islamic State in Sinjar. (photo: Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Iraqi Kurds capture besieged Sinjar mountain, freeing hundreds (Al Jazeera) Kurdish peshmerga fighters have fought their way to Iraq’s Mount Sinjar and freed hundreds of people trapped there by Islamic State fighters, a Kurdish leader said on Thursday…

Chaldean bishop of Beirut appeals on behalf of displaced Iraqi Christians (Fides) More than 800 Christian families have fled Mosul and Nineveh Plain and have found refuge in Iraq. Their condition is that of the “newcomers” in a Country already destabilized by the arrival of more than a million Syrian refugees. Most of them are in Beirut and have found support only from the local Chaldean Eparchy. Chaldean Bishop Michel Kassarji of Beirut has issued a statement to solicit aid…

One million people wounded, diseases spreading in Syria (Daily Star Lebanon) One million people have been wounded during Syria’s civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients, the World Health Organization’s Syria representative said. A plunge in vaccination rates from 90 percent before the war to 52 percent this year and contaminated water have added to the woes, allowing typhoid and hepatitis to advance, Elizabeth Hoff said in an interview late Thursday…

U.N. launches aid appeal for Syrians and their host communities (U.N. News Center) As Syria’s war rages on into its fifth year, the needs for food, shelter and medicine are astronomical, several United Nations agencies said today as they launched a major appeal, requesting over $8.4 billion to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and throughout the region. Presented to donors at a meeting in Berlin, the 2015 appeal incorporates, for the first time, development aspects in addition to the life-saving humanitarian needs of over 12 million displaced people inside Syria, and the millions of Syrian refugees scattered throughout the region and the countries that host them…

Muslim leaders: We defend the churches together with Christians (Fides) Threats against Christian sites have prompted authoritative and recognized Muslim academics to denounce and condemn anti-Christian threats and rhetoric. Among others, Amna Nosseir, professor of religion and philosophy and dean of the Islamic Studies department at Al Azhar University, has condemned such acts as a betrayal of authentic Islam, and called on “Christians and Muslims” to protect the churches together from any threat, so that Egyptian Christians can celebrate their liturgical solemnities in peace…



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