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US Asst Secretary of State Visits Iraq

United States Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski visited Iraq, February 21-24, to discuss human rights issues with senior Iraqi government and judicial officials, and religious and civil society leaders. The Assistant Secretary’s delegation, which included Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities, was joined by United States Ambassador […]

Video: Displaced Christians hope to Return Home

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been displaced from the country's second-largest city of Mosul. Many of them belong to minority communities, as Al Jazeera's Osama Bin Javaid reports from Erbil:

How Iraq just Legalized Discrimination against Minorities

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. How Iraq just legalized discrimination of minorities Amid all the suffering they are already subject to, the minorities in Iraq now have to deal with a National Identity Card Law that systematizes infringement on […]

Why Christians Oppose Own Autonomous Region

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Why Iraqi Christians are against the establishment of their own autonomous region The secretary-general of the Assyrian Democratic Movement and member of the Iraqi parliament, Yonadam Kanna (pictured), spoke to Al-Monitor about […]

Iraq sees Exodus of Minorities

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Media outlets are broadcasting the departure of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and Iraqis from their countries toward Europe by boat, train or on foot. The scenes of escape and displacement coupled with panic […]

Iraqi Christians take up Arms

By Saad Salloum for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi Christians take up arms to regain lost land Christians formed armed units to regain land lost when the Ninevah Plains were invaded by the Islamic State (IS) in June 2014. Though […]

Catholic University to Open in Erbil

By John Lee. The Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil, Bashar Warda, has reportedly said he plans to open a Catholic university in Erbil in October. Speaking in Australia, he said university "will embrace our Christian and Yazidi young men and women who were forcefully displaced from their areas and homes in the Plain of Nienveh in […]

Video: Iraq Christians train to Recapture Homes

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. With wooden crosses around their necks and others tattooed on their arms, several dozen Iraqi Christians are training to recapture their homes overrun by the Islamic State jihadist group.

Video: Christian Brigade Formed to Battle IS

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq's first Christian-only brigade of regular forces graduated Thursday to help retake the community's towns and villages from the Islamic State group. The new brigade will answer to the government of the Kurdish region.

Video: Western Volunteers rally to Christian Militia

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Young American fighters are among the Western recruits who have returned to Iraq to fight the Islamist State jihadist group alongside Dwekh Nawsha, a Christian militia:

Why Salafists see Shiites as their Greatest Enemy

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Helping Shiite groups in their military operations against Israel or the United States has always been a source of discord among Salafists. Radical Salafists consider both Shiites and Jews the enemies of Islam. But anti-Shiite […]

PM Barzani meets Pope’s Envoy

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani, yesterday received in Erbil Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, Apostolic Nuncio in Iraq and his accompanying delegation. Archbishop Giorgio Lingua said that the Vatican follows the situation in the Kurdistan Region very closely. He conveyed Vatican’s gratitude to the Kurdistan Region for sheltering and assisting the internally displaced persons and refugees, […]