National & World

Hundreds of Mosul Citizens Celebrate the Assyrian Babylonian New Year by the Walls of the City of Nineveh.

More than 1,000 Mosul citizens celebrated the anniversary of the Assyrian Babylonian New Year known as Akito at the Gate of Adad, which was destroyed by ISIS in 2015. The initiative was lead by Gilgamesh Center which focuses on the protection of archeological & historical sites, headed by its President Dr. Faisal Jaber. The event also included the support of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, Ms. Juliana Taimoorazy who came from the United States of America, President of the Assyrian Aid Society in Iraq, Mr. Ashur Sargon, and the official of the Assyrian Aid Society of Chicago, Ms. Rania Benjamin. Other attendees included members of the Assyrian Democratic Movement and representatives of several civil society organizations in Mosul. The ceremony…

World leaders stand up for former IS captive at WYF

World leaders and participants at Egypt’s World Youth Forum stood up to give young Yazidi activist Lamiya Aji Bashar a heartfelt round of applause Sunday. Bashar, 19, was kidnapped from her Yazidi village, Kojo, and enslaved by the Islamic State group (IS) in Iraq for 20 months, sold several times in Iraq, Syria, and back in Iraq. She tried to escape, but in her fifth attempt in Mosul, she was critically injured in a landmine explosion. Girls who were trying to escape with her were killed in the process. Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and First Lady Entissar Amer were clearly emotional as they listened to Bashar. Other leaders, such as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, looked perplexed at Bashar’s account…

ABADI: IRAQI FORCES RETAKE AL-QAIM FROM ISLAMIC STATE

– Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of al-Qaim town from the Islamic State (ISIS) militants, driving another nail into the coffin of the jihadists’ self-styled caliphate. Abadi hailed the “liberation of Al-Qaim in record time” in a statement on Friday (November 3), after Iraqi troops entered the key town on the border with Syria on Friday morning. Earlier, Iraqi forces regained control of an important crossing on the border with Syria from the militants. Iraqi forces unleashed a barrage of artillery fire against jihadist positions inside the town, backed by Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition air strikes. Government forces launched the operation last week to seize Al-Qaim and its surroundings, a pocket of barren desert along the Euphrates…

USAID Press Release: Funding Opportunity for Return of IDPs in the Nineveh Plain

Today the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office in Iraq issued a call for expressions of interest to fund activities that assist in the voluntary return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Ninewa Plains and western Ninewa, and to encourage those who are already in their communities to remain. Ambassador Douglas Silliman stated that, “This initiative will allow the U.S. government to work hand-in-hand with organizations and private companies to help communities persecuted and displaced by violence to build a stronger future.” With the liberation of ISIS-controlled territory, approximately 2.2 million Iraqis have already returned home, yet another three million Iraqis remain internally displaced. Many of those displaced are minorities, including from diverse religious and ethnic groups.…

PARLIAMENT TO DISTRIBUTE KURDISH PRESIDENCY POWERS

With elections delayed, Masoud Barzani is seeking to redistribute his powers as the Kurdistan Region President, in a letter presented to parliament. In the letter obtained by NRT, Barzani has expressed his goal to redistribute his powers among various government institutions including the Kurdistan Parliament, Judicial Council and Kurdistan Council of Ministers. According to the letter, the reason for reallocation of powers are; the extension of Parliament’s fourth term until new elections, an absence of presidential candidates, the current president’s reluctance to remain in his position and the need to avoid a legal vacuum in powers that the existing president is supposed to hold. The office of the Kurdistan Presidency requested the provisions outlined in the letter to remain in…