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Greek Orthodox Priest Abducted in Syria is Found Dead
The Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/25/12 | Patrick J. McDonnell

Posted on 10/26/2012 9:06:29 AM PDT by marshmallow

BEIRUT -- A Greek Orthodox priest has been found slain after being kidnapped near the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Syrian government and the Vatican news service reported Thursday.

The body of the Rev. Fadi Jamil Haddad, pastor of St. Elias Church in Qatana, outside Damascus, was discovered in the Jaramana district of the capital, reported Agenzia Fides, the Vatican news service. The site was not far from the area where he was kidnapped by an “unidentified armed group" last Friday, the agency said.

The Vatican agency quoted a colleague saying the priest had been “horribly tortured.”

The official Syrian news service said the priest was found with a gunshot wound to his head. The government news agency blamed the crime on “terrorists,” its usual characterization of the armed opposition fighting to oust President Bashar Assad.

According to the official account, the priest was abducted while seeking the release of another person who had been kidnapped by militants.

But it was not clear if the priest’s slaying was political, sectarian or criminal in nature. Many Syrians have complained of a breakdown in law and order and a spike in kidnapping for ransom and other crimes as security has deteriorated. Opportunistic criminals have moved to take advantage of the nation's security void. The Vatican news agency reported that the priest’s kidnappers had demanded a ransom equivalent to about $715,000 for the priest’s release. “It was, however, impossible to find the money and meet this exorbitant demand,” reported Agenzia Fides.

The Greek Orthodox population is considered the largest Christian denomination in Syria, where Christians represent perhaps 10% of the population. Syria is overwhelmingly Muslim.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Islam; Orthodox Christian
KEYWORDS: greekorthodox; jihad; martyr; syria

1 posted on 10/26/2012 9:06:30 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Blood of a martyr.


2 posted on 10/26/2012 9:08:35 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: marshmallow

We’ll see how terrorist friendly and America-hating Greece feels about THIS


3 posted on 10/26/2012 9:56:18 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: marshmallow

The murderers have nothing to worry about from this country. The current occupant of the White House will never condemn the murder, just as he never condemns attacks by his co-religionists against normal people.


4 posted on 10/26/2012 10:41:43 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Death cult: world-domination ideology cleverly disguised as a religion.)
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To: marshmallow

RIP to a modern Christian Martyr.


5 posted on 10/26/2012 12:25:01 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks marshmallow.
But it was not clear if the priest's slaying was political, sectarian or criminal in nature. Many Syrians have complained of a breakdown in law and order and a spike in kidnapping for ransom and other crimes as security has deteriorated. Opportunistic criminals have moved to take advantage of the nation's security void. The Vatican news agency reported that the priest's kidnappers had demanded a ransom equivalent to about $715,000 for the priest’s release.
I can't see why an eighteen month long civil war, with the regime leveling whole towns and killing tens of thousands would result in a breakdown in law and order. /s


6 posted on 10/26/2012 2:59:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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