Iraq Elections: Will Sadr Seek a New Beginning With Turkey?

Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s coalition scored major points in the recent parliamentary elections with Sadr’s positions against virulent influence peddling and the presence of foreign military forces in the country.

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A Mostly Non-Assyrian Militia Won 2 Of Iraqi Assyrian’s Parliamentary Seats

WASHINGTON — A mostly non-Christian militia linked to a brutal Iranian-backed paramilitary group secured two of the five seats in Iraq’s parliament reserved for Christians, according to official election results announced Saturday.

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US in Contact With Al Sadr After Shock Win in Iraq Election

(Reuters) — The United States has contacted members of a political bloc headed by former foe Moqtada Al Sadr after his parliamentary election victory put the Shiite cleric in a strong position to influence the formation of a new government, a top aide said.

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Turkey’s Assyrian Community Welcomes Property Return

MARDIN, Turkey — Turkey’s Syriac [Assyrian] minority in the southeastern Mardin province welcomes the return of legal ownership of cemetery land and properties to their community, a monastery official told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

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Found in Yonkers: An Ancient Prayer and an Assyrian Church

An Assyrian woman prays at a church in Damascus March 1 during a special Mass for Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State fighters. ( CNS/Omar Sanadiki/Reuters)One of the joys of knowing a bit about liturgical history is that, occasionally, you come across a pebble that proves to be a gem.

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Iraqi Lawmaker-Elect Vows to Push for Assyrian Province

( Edwin Mora/Breitbart News)The future of Christianity in its cradle of Iraq is contingent upon the establishment of a separate province for the persecuted minority, an Iraqi member of parliament recently elected to represent Assyrian Christians argued in an interview with Breitbart News.

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Can Iraq’s Sadr Swing a Non-sectarian Government?

After the Sairoon (On the Move) Alliance emerged victorious in the May 12 Iraqi elections, its leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, has been seeking meetings with the leaders of the other top-vote-getting alliances to discuss the possibility of forming the largest bloc in the new parliament and ultimately form the new Cabinet.

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