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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Region, said Turkey remained a “friend” despite its failure to open a supply route for Kurdish military aid to reach the besieged Syrian town of Kobane.




DUHOK, Kurdistan Region — Iraq’s government must “intervene immediately” to aid hundreds of thousands of war refugees who have settled in the autonomous Kurdistan Region, Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani warned.





ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces have opened doors to the region’s Christian population and recruit them to join the fight against the Islamic State (IS), an official told Rudaw.




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Franz-Stefan Gady, Foreign Policy, Military Analyst and World Affairs Commentator

Khalid Zaki is an acting coach. A few months ago the 35-year-old Arabian Christian stage managed Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice at a local theater in Qarakosh. Today, he is one of approximately 100,000 Christians who sought refuge from the wrath of the Islamic State in and around Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq.





There were Christians in Iraq nearly 2,000 years before Iraq was Iraq.  In fact, there were Christians in Mesopotamian Iraq before Christians were Christians.  Back then during those earliest of times, in today's language some call those precursor-Christians Judeo-Christians, Jewish converts to Christianity. Others would call the precursor-Christians Nasrani (Arabic), or Nazarene in today's English, which initially was understood to be someone who grew up in Nazareth, later a follower of Jesus Christ.  Nasrani, a term today that refers to someone of Christian culture, is said to have been used by the likes of ISIS in Mosul and other places.




BAGHDAD — A day after Christians fled Mosul, the northern city controlled by Islamist extremists, under the threat of death, Muslims and Christians gathered under the same roof — a church roof — here on Sunday afternoon. By the time the piano player had finished the Iraqi national anthem, and before the prayers, Manhal Younis was crying.