(RNS) — U.S. Rep Chris Smith, R-N.J., blames 'U.S. government bureaucrats' for the failure to provide promised aid to persecuted religious minorities in Iraq.
(RNS) — “The removal of artifacts from a country belongs to the imperial era and this should not be happening anymore," said Gabriel Barkay, a renowned Israeli biblical archaeologist. "It dates to a time when archaeologists thought the nations where they excavated were primitive and saw themselves as the guardians of cultural treasures.”
(RNS) 'No dealer in his right mind would have been involved in this,' said Jerome Eisenberg, an antiquities dealer who has specialized in ancient art for more than 60 years.
(Reuters) The forfeiture will include some 5,500 artifacts from the region of modern-day Iraq that were shipped under false labels, as well as an additional $3 million to settle the civil charges, the Department of Justice said.
MOSUL/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) Iraqi authorities expect the long battle for Mosul to end in coming days as remaining Islamic State fighters are bottled up in just a handful of neighborhoods of the Old City.
MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) For many in Mosul, the city can never be the same after Islamic State militants blew up the leaning minaret that had graced the city for nearly 850 years.
MOSUL/IRBIL, Iraq (Reuters) It was from this medieval mosque three years ago that the militants' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled "caliphate" spanning parts of Syria and Iraq.
QARAQOSH, Iraq (Reuters) With the Islamic State group expelled, Iraqi Christians are trickling back to the ransacked town of Qaraqosh, beset by anxiety for their security and yet hopeful they can live in friendship with Muslims of all persuasions.
(USA Today) The order no longer gives immigration preference to "religious minorities," such as Christians who claim they are persecuted in mostly Muslim countries.
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) "My dear family, please forgive me," reads the handwritten letter discarded in the dusty halls of an Islamic State training compound. They were schoolboy Alaa Abd al-Akeedi's parting words before he set off to end his life in a suicide bomb attack.
WASHINGTON (RNS) 'Iraqis are not terrorists,' said Vian Dakhil as she received a human rights prize. 'We are friends and allies.'
ROME (RNS) The prelates blasted the president’s refugee ban, saying it's a 'trap' to keep 100,000 of their flock in limbo. One archbishop was forced to cancel a trip to Washington because of the executive order.
PARIS (RNS) Iraq’s Christian population has plummeted from about 1.5 million in 2003 to less than 300,000 last year.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Christians have been in a heightened state of fear after deadly attacks on Christian-owned shops that sell alcohol.
(Reuters) Qaraqosh was Iraq's biggest Christian settlement before militants took over in 2014 and issued an ultimatum to residents: pay a tax, convert to Islam, or die.