Iraq has long been vaunted as one of the most multi-confessional countries in the world. A dizzying array of groups have co-habited the land for several thousand years: Sunni Arabs; Shia Arabs; Sunni, Shia and Christian Kurds, Muslim Turkmen; Zoroastrians, Jews; Armenian and Assyrian Orthodox Christians; Syrian and Chaldean Catholic Christians. The Iraqi Christians share a common language, Syriac, a modern derivative of Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. The Mandaeans, another religious group altogether, revere John the Baptist but are not Christians and have their own holy scriptures.
Sunday, August 19, 2007 7:49:50 AM
Baghdad, Aug 18 (DPA) Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for Izzat Ibrahim al-Dori, Saddam Hussein's former deputy at the request of the Iraqi government, news reports said Saturday.
Saturday, August 18, 2007 7:41:15 PM
Tehran, Aug 18 (DPA) Six Iranian military officers were killed and five others injured after an army helicopter crashed Saturday during a military manoeuvre in Iran, ISNA news agency reported.
Saturday, August 18, 2007 4:11:51 PM
Dubai, Aug 17 (IANS) Etihad Airways will lease or buy six Airbus A320s over the next six months to add frequencies throughout the Middle East and feed traffic into its long-haul flights from Abu Dhabi.
Friday, August 17, 2007 2:06:36 PM
Tel Aviv, Aug 16 (RIA Novosti) The United States Thursday signed an agreement with Israel under which it will provide its Mideast ally with a record $30 billion in military aid over the next ten years, a 25 percent rise on the current level.
Thursday, August 16, 2007 6:50:14 PM
Ramallah, Aug 16 (Xinhua) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has issued a decree outlawing the Hamas Executive Forces and ordering upto 7 years in jail for any one joining the militia of the rival group, a local news agency reported Thursday.
Thursday, August 16, 2007 6:49:15 PM
Baghdad, Aug 16 (DPA) At least nine Iraqis were killed and 17 wounded in a terrorist attack here while 87 suspected militants were detained in a mop up operation in Kirkuk city, 250 km northeast of the capital, media sources reported Thursday.
Thursday, August 16, 2007 5:01:04 PM
Dubai, Aug 16 (IANS) Indians go to work in Gulf countries dreaming of huge salaries that will solve all their financial worries, but a majority of them stay poor, a survey has found.
Thursday, August 16, 2007 5:00:21 PM
Dubai, Aug 16 (IANS) India's economic boom has made the Gulf less of an el dorado for its workers who used to earlier flock there for jobs, say company heads in the region.
Thursday, August 16, 2007 4:07:27 PM
Jerusalem, Aug 16 (Xinhua) Israel will promote an economic plan to complement the agreement of principles with Palestine ahead of a US-proposed international peace conference later this year, local media reported Thursday.
Thursday, August 16, 2007 1:24:21 PM
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