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Iraq:  At least 100 places of worship destroyed by IS/Daesh in Nineveh Plain
Iraq: At least 100 places of worship destroyed by IS/Daesh in Nineveh Plain

A new report due to be published shortly, shows that at least 100 places of worship have been vandalized or completely demolished in the territories of Mosul and Nineveh Province since June 2014, when IS/Darsh imposed their rule in that region. The report is being complied by the Commission on Crimes Committed by IS/Daesh, with information collected by the Kurdish Peshmerga troops who have been liberating the area from the Jihadists. Mariwan Naqshbandi, spokesman for the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan,

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Iraq:  Oil giant puts exploration on hold, but Kurdish villagers not allowed back on their land
Iraq: Oil giant puts exploration on hold, but Kurdish villagers not allowed back on their land

Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraqi Kurdistan visited partners in villages affected by the ExxonMobil operations on 8 -12 September. The huge Exxoncamp near Hajji Awa, from which the company conducted the oil explorations in Gullan village and Shawre valley, sits almost completely empty. The government sent many of the guards to fight the ISIS on the front line. ExxonMobil has stalled  operations because of the advance of ISIS and the war. The multinational corporation seems not to feel protected enough by the US air strikes,

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Kurdistan: CPT reports phone message from fugitive Yazidis
Kurdistan: CPT reports phone message from fugitive Yazidis

Christian Peacemakers Teams in Iraqi Kurdistan write: With all our hearts we wish that the Yazidi (Ezidi in Kurdish) people would have become known to the world through different circumstances. Not as the ten thousand families or more whose children kept dying in the scorching heat of the Shangal mountains of thirst and hunger while surrounded by armed men who sought their death. Not as the hundreds of people whom the Islamic State (IS) fighters buried alive. Not as the women whom the IS raped and kidnapped to sell into slavery.

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Iraq:  Last Christian families flee Mosul
Iraq: Last Christian families flee Mosul

The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Erbil, Dohuk and other areas of Iraqi Kurdistan which are considered safer, Fides has been told by sources in the local Chaldean community. The new exodus has accelerated in the past two days, after Sunni insurgents and militants of the Islamic Caliphate (ISIS) began to mark  all the homes of Christians and Shiites with a crescent symbol and letters,

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