Monday, October 13, 2008

Another Iraqi Christian murdered in Mosul

I can understand this being ignored. No one cares about Muslims killing Christians in the name of Allah. Except those who have hearts.

DEBKAfile - Another Iraqi Christian murdered in Mosul: "A businessman gunned down in his shop Sunday was the 12th Christian killed in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul since Sept. 28 in the worst violence targeting this minority in five years. Prime minister Maliki has deployed 1,000 police to patrol the four largely Christian districts of Mosul and set up checkpoints at churches, as some 3,000 have fled the city. Three homes of Christians were blown up Saturday.

The Iraqi authorities have not named the hand behind the murders of Christians except as an “anti-government groups working with criminal gangs.” DEBKAfile’s sources believe the campaign is waged by local radical Sunnis working with al Qaeda cells, which are still present in Mosul despite US operations.

The US military has detained six suspected “anti-government fighters” in Mosul one of whom is in believed to be in contact with a “foreign terrorist.”

Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako said: "We are the target of a campaign of liquidation,” and called on US forces to do more to protect Christians and other minorities.

The 800,000 Christians living in Iraq in 2003 have shrunk by a third as many fled the country, said Sako. In March, the body of the Chaldean archbishop of Mosul, Paul Faraj Rahho was found in a shallow grave in the city two weeks after he was abducted.

United Nations special representative to Iraq Staffan de Mistura is concerned by the spike in the violence targeting the Christian communities in recent days. The agency had provided help to 102 families and emergency assistance on Sunday to another 400, he said."

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