BY: FA ME
a series of Explosions were heard today morning in the tiny Town of Alqoush, located 30 kilometers to the north of Mosul City. one sources in the city said that the explosions were about 4 to 5 that triggered panic and fear among the people, fortunately, there were no casualties or damages made by the attacks, and the explosions thought to be caused by mortar shells that had fallen in the south-west area of the Town, which are mostly consisted of agricultural lands, planted with wheat and barely, therefore, its time now for people of Alqoush every year to prepare themselves to harvest their land, and so many questions were raised about the source and cause of the explosions.
the name Alqoushis derived from a compound Assyrian Akkadian name Eil-Kushtu, where “Eil” means God and “Kushtu” means righteousness or power. Therefore, Alqoush, or as casually pronounced Elqosh, means “The God of Righteousness” or “The God of Power.” Alqoush is also the birth place of Prophet Nahum (mentioned in the old testment as Nahum the Elkoshite, or Alqoshitie).
since the establishment of Alqoush, it was a place for worship to Assyrian, Judism, and Christianity. at the time of Saddam Hussein’s regime, ba’ath party wanted to build a mosque inside this tiny Town, which aimed to bring Muslims to inhabit the Twon and live in it, but Ba’ath party faced great opposition for such plan, which made people of Alqoush be ready to use the weapons against such plans, since the Twon is fully Christian from the early time it was found.
its estimated that at least 40,000 Alqoushnaye/Elkoshitees immigrants and their 2nd and 3rd generations now live in the city of Detroit, Mechigan and San Diego, California.