Media Summary 7 May 2015

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.


 

This week’s news features news on continued fighting over the Baiji oil refinery North of Tikrit, progress on Iraq’s Sunni fighting force, an update on the Internally Displaced Person (IDP) count, and tensions between different groups should ISIS fall.

Media Summary

Daily Star: Fierce fighting in Iraq’s largest refinery

Al-Monitor: Iraq’s Sunni fighting force still months away

Rudaw: Report: 2.2 million Iraqis displaced by Islamic State

Al Arabiya: Iraq Kurds have no ‘immediate’ plans to break away

Al Jazeera: If Ramadi falls

Media Summary 30 April 2015

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.


This week’s edition features news on sectarian tensions between Sunni IDPs in Baghdad and local Shias, the challenges faced over dislodging ISIS from Anbar province, the role of the ICC in bringing ISIS leaders to justice and tensions over House Republican’s Bill to provide funding direct to the Kurds rather than through the Iraqi government.

Media Summary

Al Jazeera: Fear of a hidden ISIL

Al Monitor: Tribal divisions deepen Anbar battle controversy

Al Arabiya: Iraq faces huge challenges dislodging ISIS in Anbar

Rudaw: Iraq urged to join ICC to bring ISIS leaders to justice

Al Arabiya: Iraq’s Sadr, Obama opposes sending funds directly to Kurds

FRRME Update – Latest Video and Project Report

FRRME – Love of Christ from Kings School of Media on Vimeo.

Dear Friends,

We are excited to share with you our latest video filmed in Jordan in partnership with Kings School of Media. Featuring stories of Iraqi Christians who have fled as refugees the film shows how the generous assistance of you our supporters has enabled us to reach out to those in need.

“We are here because G-d has sent us here, because He loves them” 
Canon Andrew White

You can also download a copy of the latest report from project partner Samara Levy and Samara’s Aid Appeal (formerly the Winter Clothes Appeal). FRRME has provided financial assistance to transport enough clothing for more than 35,000 people in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and Jordan.

Samara states: “The response from the church has been so encouraging.  It has stepped up to the challenge, responding with enthusiasm, and within incredibly tight deadlines.”

To view the report, please click on the following link: Winter Clothes Appeal Summary Report

FRRME can confirm we will continue to support Samara’s Aid Appeal.

Thank you for your prayer and support.

The FRRME Team

Media Summary 16 April 2015

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.


 

This week’s edition features news on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s visit to the US, the impact of Yemen’s conflict on sectarianism in Iraq, the continuing crisis for IDPs in the Kurdistan Region, ISIS’ seizure of parts of Baiji oil refinery, and analysis on how to defeat ISIS from Iraqi political and military analysts.

Media Summary

BBC: Islamic State conflict: US offers Iraq $200m in aid

Al Monitor: Yemen war fuels Iraqi sectarianism

Rudaw: UN: More than 127,000 out-of-school children in Kurdistan Region

Al Arabiya: ISIS seizes parts of Iraq’s largest oil refinery: officials

Al Jazeera: Analysis: Here is how to beat ISIL in Iraq

Media Summary 9 April 2015

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.


 

This week’s edition features news of the aftermath of the battle for Tikrit, where the Iraqi army intends to recapture next, the weakening of ISIS, and a piece on St George’s Monastery in Mosul.

Media Summary

Al Jazeera: What really happened in Tikrit after ISIL fled

Al Monitor: Iraqi army sets sights on Fallujah, Mosul

Al Arabiya: Iraqi officials: next battle is regaining Anbar from ISIS

Al Arabiya: ISIS revenues hit after it loses ‘large oil fields’ in Iraq

Rudaw: ISIS severely weakened, unsuccessfully suing for truce with Peshmerga

Al Monitor: Ninevah monastery hopes for liberation

Media Summary 2 April 2015

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.


This week’s edition features news on the recapture of Tikrit by Iraqi forces and Shia militias with the help of American air strikes, and investigations into alleged abuses, as well as a UN report on violence in Iraq killing over 1,000 last month.

Media Summary

BBC: Iraq forces declare Tikrit victory

Al Jazeera: ISIL’s fall may show the way for Iraqi army

Al Jazeera: After ISIL: What Tikritis found when they came home

Al Arabiya: Amnesty probing reports of Iraqi forces’ abuses in Tikrit

Rudaw: UN: Iraq violence killed at least 1,000 last month

Media Summary 26 March 2015

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.


This week’s edition features news on air strikes on Tikrit in the attempt to recapture it, preparations for the retaking of Mosul, and the challenges of national reconciliation raising the likelihood of Iraq splitting up. Also the future of peace talks between Israel and Palestine following recent elections.

Media Summary

BBC: Islamic State conflict: US launches Tikrit air strikes

Wall Street Journal: Iraq inches toward 3-way split

Al Monitor: National reconciliation in Iraq remains elusive

Al Jazeera: Meet the fighters preparing to retake Mosul from ISIL

Al Jazeera: Netanyahu victory casts doubt on future of peace talks

Wishing you all a blessed Purim – Update from Canon Andrew White

Dear Friends,

Chag Sameach, wishing you all a blessed Purim. If you don’t know what that is read the book of Esther. It is indeed a time of feasting and celebration. So today is a good day.

Sorry I have not been in contact for a while but life here has been even more hectic than usual both here in Jerusalem and Jordan. Connie has been based in Jordan and doing a lot of the work there regarding school and accommodation. I go to Jordan on Friday to continue working on many of these projects.

I have also been speaking on Anti Semitism and Christian Persecution at the Springs of Hope conference here in Jerusalem. I always find such conferences very painful and difficult. But the Story has to be told. A friend from Sweden, Bo, has produced an outstanding documentary on the subject, the best I have ever seen. As soon as the documentary becomes available we will release information on how it can be purchased.

Meanwhile the friend who made one of the Vicar of Baghdad films is coming to Jordan with us next week to cover the story there. So much more on our work should be made available soon. I long to be back with my people in Jordan and I can’t wait to see them.

Meanwhile we are being visited today by Jess from Nablus who is in the same class as Hannah-Rivka at SOAS, they are both doing Arabic. She is one of the youth leaders at Hillsong London and her grandfather was one of my Professors of Anaesthetics in my former life. So it should be good meeting her.

Meanwhile the needs amongst the Iraqi refugees in Jordan continue to be great. With so many of the children now in school there are huge needs coming to the surface for the provision of food relief and housing for the families. With G-d’s help and yours we continue to meet the needs and we know for certain that He will never leave us. I promise you will hear again soon.

Blessings and love from Jerusalem,
Canon Andrew White
Andrew White


Andrew and Father Khalil at school for Iraqi refugee children

Andrew with Iraqi refugee children

Media Summary 5 March 2015

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.


This week’s edition features news on the attempt to recapture Tikrit, plans for the recapture of Mosul, and the latest report from Minority Rights Group on the situation of Iraq’s minorities.

Media Summary

BBC: Iraqi forces seek to encircle IS fighters in Tikrit

Daily Star: ISIS torches oil field east of Tikrit: witness

Rudaw: ISIS holding hundreds in secret prison camps

Al Monitor: With eye on Mosul, coalition advisors train Peshmerga

Minority Rights Group: Between the Millstones: Iraq’s Minorities since the Fall of Mosul

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Insights from Sarah Ahmed, Canon Andrew's PA in Baghdad
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