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Islamist Turkey seizes ALL Christian churches in city and declares them 'state property'

"The largest and oldest of the monasteries of the Tûr Abdin, Mor Gabriel was founded in AD397 by Simeon, who came from an aristocratic family in Mardin and was the real originator of monastic life on the plateau. In its heyday under Simeon, the monastery boasted 400 monks, some coming from as far afield as Egypt. Today, there is a community of around three monks, 20 or so nuns, and a bishop who is head of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Turkey." Eastern Turkey: the Bradt Guide…

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Barack Obama plans new military alliance with Russia in Syria

The Obama administration has proposed a new agreement on Syria to the Russian government that would deepen military cooperation between the two countries against some terrorists, in exchange for Russia getting the Assad regime to stop bombing US-supported rebels...JUN16

Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch, is an autocephalous Oriental Orthodox church based in the Eastern Mediterranean, with members spread throughout the world. It employs the oldest surviving liturgy in Christianity, the Liturgy of St. James the Apostle, and uses Syriac as its official and liturgical language. The church is led by the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch. The Syriac Orthodox Church traces its history to one of the first Christian communities in Antioch, described in the Acts…

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A suicide bomber has murdered three people in an attempt to kill the leader of the Syriac Orthodox Church. Outside an event in the Christian city of Al-Qamishli which was commemorating 100 years mass killing of the ‘Sayfo’ (sword) massacre in 1915 by the Ottoman Empire. Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II said he would like see Christians remaining here in their homeland of their ancestors. "The blood of our martyrs has been mixed with the soil of this land, Bethnahrin for many centuries."