Associated Press/Photo by Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets

Missiles hit Syria after poison gas attack

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/09/18, 11:11 am

Several missiles struck a Syrian air base on Monday as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces faced accusations of attacking a rebel-held town near Damascus with poison gas. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 14 people died when the missiles hit the air base in Homs province. Three of the dead were Iranian, Fars news agency reported. Russia and Syria both blamed Israel for the attack, saying Syria shot down five missiles while three others landed on the western section of the base. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the accusation.

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Associated Press/Photo by Joel Kouam

Anti-Muslim militia attacks UN in Central African Republic

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/04/18, 10:45 am

Militants with the mostly Christian anti-Balaka group in the Central African Republic killed one United Nations peacekeeper and injured 11 others during an attack on a UN base, the organization confirmed. UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said the militants attacked the temporary base in Tagbara, and peacekeepers engaged them in a gun battle that lasted several hours. The peacekeeping mission reported that more than 22 militants died in the fighting. The Central African Republic fell into chaos in 2013 after the Muslim Seleka rebel group overthrew the Christian government.

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Mindy Belz

Starting from zero

Iraq | Iraq’s Nineveh churches are retaking their towns from years of ISIS control, without guarantees of money, safety, or a future
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/29/18, 10:54 am

Father Georges Jahola sits hunched over his laptop, his clerical collar just visible underneath a jacket he’s forgotten to remove. The parish priest is studying spreadsheets and cadastral maps of his hometown in Nineveh Plain, Qaraqosh, while men and women scurry in and out of his office, questions flying amid a shuffle of papers in Syriac, Arabic, and English.

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