By Tracey McClure
A Middle East without its Christians would be like a garden without flowers: that's what Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Thomas Meram of Urmia, Deputy President of the Iranian Bishops Conference, says about the persecution of Christians in the region.
BEIRUT (AP) -- With all eyes on the militant group ISIL's onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Shiite Hizbollah guerrillas are increasingly pulled into deadly fighting with...
By Brian Walker
(CNN) -- ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the Kurdish news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for Kurdish-held territory.
By Liz Sly
REYHANLI, Turkey -- The cost of turning against the Islamic State was made brutally apparent in the streets of a dusty backwater town in eastern Syria in early August.
The Middle East, especially Iraq and Syria, are experiencing "terrorism of previously unimaginable proportions" in which the perpetrators seem to have absolutely no regard for the value of human life, Pope Francis said Oct. 20.
As fighters from the Islamic State group rampage across northern Syria and Iraq, a group of priests are racing against time to save what's left of the region's Christian heritage. Dominican Order priests have already managed to get many precious artifacts and manuscripts safely to Erbil in Kurdistan.
By Josh Gelernter
This week, a gigantic, 3,300-year-old religious complex was discovered in central Israel. It's not clear whom the complex was aimed at, god-wise; possibly "Ba'al," a Levantine pagan deity whose cult waned as Judaism grew.
By Paul Betts
Baron Albrecht von Boeselager's sad expression and world-weary tone hardly disguise his controlled anger at events in Syria and Iraq.
The Kurdish-Iraqi Deputy Mahma Khalil confirmed that approximately seventy percent of the Governorate of Nineveh has been liberated from ISIS control. He noted that the terrorist organization has lost thousands of fighters over the past few weeks.