“Soldiers assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), participate in an Army Full Honor Funeral for 1st Lt. Weston C. Lee in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., May 25, 2017. Weston was a paratrooper assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Ft Bragg, NC who was killed in action while fighting in Mosul, Iraq on April 29, 2017.” (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. George Huley)

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First Palm Sunday since IS in Iraq's main Christian town

Members of Iraq’s Christian minority celebrated Palm Sunday in the country’s main Christian town of Qaraqosh for the first time since it was retaken from the Islamic State group.

Hundreds of faithful gathered inside the town’s burnt out Immaculate Conception church for mass before starting the traditional Palm Sunday march, a procession during which palms are carried to commemorate Jesus’s entry to Jerusalem.

Thank God, we are returning to our towns and churches after two years,” Abu Naimat Anay, an Iraqi priest, said inside the church, which is Iraq’s biggest and where jihadist inscriptions were still visible on the walls.

Qaraqosh, with an overwhelmingly Christian population of around 50,000 before the jihadists took over the area in August 2014, was the largest Christian town in Iraq.

It was retaken by Iraqi forces late last year as part of a massive offensive to wrest back the nearby city of Mosul from IS but it remains almost completely deserted.

The archbishop of Mosul, Yohanna Petros Mouche, moved back to the town last week but it needs to be extensively rebuilt and basic services restored before displaced Christians can return en masse.

…Many of the more than 120,000 Christians believed to have fled their homes when IS swept across the region less than three years ago moved in with relatives or into camps in the nearby autonomous region of Kurdistan.

The celebration in Qaraqosh already had a sombre mood when news broke among the faithful that IS had attacked two churches in Egypt, killing at least 38 people.

The Christians are persecuted, but no matter how much they target us, our belief in God is great and we will stay here because we are not outsiders, we are the owners of the land,” the archbishop told AFP.
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Rebuilding lives shattered by war: testimonies from our patients and staff

For those wounded by fierce fighting in Mosul, Iraq, emergency trauma surgery is the beginning, rather than the end, of a long journey to recovery. As such, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) runs a 40-bed hospital in Hamdaniya, a town south of Mosul, to specifically cater to the needs of those recovering from surgery and attempting to rebuild their lives.

Abdulrahman, 11-year-old patient from western Mosul

“I was going to a food distribution when something exploded in the street next to me. I was hit in the chest and arm by shrapnel.”

Faten, five-year-old patient from western Mosul

Told by her father:

“When our neighborhood in western Mosul was retaken by the Iraqi army, we went back to our house. Faten was playing in the garden when a mortar bomb fell in the garden and exploded.

Now she is here in the post-operative ward in Hamdaniya Hospital. Every day the staff here clean her wounds and put new bandages on. Faten is a brave girl; she likes to play and laugh, but she misses her brothers and sisters at home and at night she cries.”

IRAQ. Nineveh governorate. Mosul. November 13, 2016. An Iraqi special forces fighter walks with his rifle during fighting with Islamic State militants in eastern Mosul. Iraqi forces battled waves of suicide car bombs as they attempt to advance deeper into eastern Mosul, defended by militants from the so-called Islamic State group. 

Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

another report of massive death carried out by US airstrikes in mosul, this time 100 people killed in a single day in a single neighborhood of mosul. there will be no sorrow, no attention, no grief for the people of iraq. when people in the west are victims of terror, the tragedy is immense. when the people of iraq are the victims of terror, the tragedy is deserved. the iraqi’s who are pummeled daily by american bombers get what they deserve according to the american narrative.

everyday we hear stories of death from iraq carried out by airstrikes. everyday a new press release from airwars or amnesty stating 3-6 people have been killed in airstrikes. and then every now and then the bombing is quite brutal and 100s of civilians lose their lives. every time civilians are killed the white house releases a statement “it’s a great tragedy, we are not targeting civilians, it’s truly unfortunate”. these claims are not challenged by news media or liberals, it’s accepted as fact. despite civilian deaths occurring everyday liberals and news media refuse to even entertain the thought that the US is targeting civilians. american delusion is appeasing war crimes and the constraints of american empire is proliferating propaganda that war is a natural reality of eastern society.