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‘Hope is Back’: Trump Helps Save Christians, Yazidis in Iraq from Extinction

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is helping bring Christians and Yazidis in Iraq back from the brink of extinction fomented by a genocidal campaign at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), religious minority representatives declared this week at the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom convened by the Department of State.

Iraqi Syriac Christian priest Charbel Aesso leads an easter service at Saint John's Church (Mar Yohanna) in the nearly deserted predominantly Christian Iraqi town of Qaraqosh on April 16, 2017 near Mosul, Iraq. Qaraqosh was retaken by Iraqi forces in 2016 during the offensive to capture the nearby city of …

Post-Islamic State Iraqi Kurdistan Faces Surging Drug Abuse Problem

The abuse of illicit narcotics in Iraqi Kurdistan is “rising year by year,” an official from the region’s security apparatus reportedly declared this week after the local government published figures on substantial seizures of heroin and the arrest of hundreds of drug offenders in recent months.

The Associated Press

Pompeo: U.S. Made ‘Real Progress’ in Taliban Peace Talks

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration hopes to have a peace deal with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan “before September 1,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, touting “progress” in the negotiations the day before the terrorist group killed two American service members on Wednesday.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference with Chinese politburo member Yang Jiechi and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe during the US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department in Washington, DC on November 9, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / …