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  • ISIS surrenders in droves at stronghold in Iraq

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (one year ago)

    Screen capture from the New York Times
    HAWIJA, Iraq (BP) -- Islamic State fighters surrendered en masse to Kurdish Iraqi forces in Hawija, shriveling the jihad army to perhaps a 10th of its size when it invaded Iraq in 2014, according to widespread news reports.

    About 1,000 jihadists surrendered over a span of three days as Iraq recaptured the Islamic State stronghold of Hawija Oct. 5, ending two weeks of fighting, the New York Times reported Oct. 8. Read More

  • In IS-torn Iraq & Syria, rays of hope for Christians

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, November 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Image: iStock
    MIDDLE EAST (BP) -- While the Islamic State maintains territorial strongholds in Syria and Iraq, Christians have reportedly been able to remain in or return to areas where they held majorities before civil war began.

    Alqosh, about 30 miles north of IS-held Mosul, is described as the last Christian town in Iraq, with 500 Christian families, four churches and two monasteries, World Watch Monitor reported Thursday (Nov. 3). Iraqi soldiers are liberating several surrounding communities in the Nineveh Plain north of Mosul, including Qaraqosh, Karamles and Bartella, allowing some Christians to return to their homes despite fear of landmines left behind by Islamic State terrorists, World Watch said. Read More

  • Iraqi, Syrian refugees haunted by war, loss

    by Keith Weston, posted Monday, May 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    SWEDEN (BP) -- Inside a coffee shop on a damp and dreary afternoon, I sat next to Ahmed,* a 32-year-old Iraqi refugee I first met in Milan, Italy, two months earlier. Thousands of miles from northern Italy, the married father and former information technology worker sat drinking a cappuccino as music blared in the background.

    The scene in Sweden was quite different from our initial encounter: Read More

  • Northern Iraq: 'opportunity of a generation'

    by Brian Andrews, posted Wednesday, April 01, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Joseph Rose/IMB
    NORTHERN IRAQ (BP) -- The northern Iraq crisis has created a unique opportunity for followers of Christ to meet the physical and spiritual needs of a desperate people.

    Iraqi security forces, assisted by U.S. airstrikes and Iranian Shiite militias, are advancing in their efforts to recapture the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit, hometown of Saddam Hussein. Displaced residents are slowly returning to nearby towns that were overtaken by Islamic State last summer. Read More

  • ISIS forcing Yazidi conversions, marriages

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (4 years ago)

    File photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    DOHUK, Iraq (BP) -- The ISIS terrorist group has imprisoned hundreds of Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, forcing men and boys to convert to Islam and enslaving the younger women as jihadists' brides, Human Rights Watch has reported.

    "The Islamic State's litany of horrific crimes against the Yazidis in Iraq only keeps growing," Fred Abrahams, Human Rights Watch special adviser said in a press release, referencing reports from families of the victims. "We heard shocking stories of forced religious conversions, forced marriage and even sexual assault and slavery -- and some of the victims were children." Read More

  • Despite ISIS, BGR serving in tough places

    by Mark Kelly, posted Tuesday, October 07, 2014 (4 years ago)

    BGR photo
    KURDISTAN (BP) -- When ISIS began shelling this family's northern Iraq neighborhood, they had to flee into the night like everyone else. But with four children with disabilities, their escape was more difficult than most.

    A daughter who is blind, another with epilepsy and two sons with muscular dystrophy distinguished the family from others. Read More

  • Prayer plea for Syrian, Iraqi Christians voiced by Floyd

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd added the crisis in Iraq and Syria alongside his continuing plea for prayer for spiritual awakening when he delivered his first address to the SBC Executive Committee Monday (Sept. 22) in Nashville. Read More