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  • Mission of the Patriarchs in Iraq. The Chaldean Patriarch: No to Sectarian Militias

    08/22/2014 6:08:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 8/21/14
    Erbil (Agenzia Fides) - The defense of the attacked is an absolute right. But only "the forces of the State should take charge of this defense", while the creation of differentiated militia on ethno-religious basis "can destroy Iraq". This is how - according to Lebanese sources - the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans Louis Raphael I expressed himself during his participation in the initiatives and meetings organized by the Delegation of the Patriarchs of the Eastern Churches that arrived on Wednesday, August 20 in Erbil, capital of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, to express their closeness to refugees...
  • Exiled Archbishop of Mosul: Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you...

    08/21/2014 9:34:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/21/2014 | Robert Spencer
    Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead.Archbishop Nona is correct, but Europeans and Western Christians will not heed his warning. To do so would harm the dialogue: Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims. Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester,...
  • Kurdish forces retake 2 Christian villages; crosses restored to churches

    08/21/2014 1:02:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Assisted by US airstrikes, forces of the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan have retaken the historically Christian towns of Tel Isqof (or Telskuf) and Batnaya from the Sunni jihadist forces. Christian residents who returned to Tel Isqof were shocked by the level of destruction committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Assyrian International News Agency reported. They restored crosses to their churches before beginning the task of cleaning up their town. Additional sources for this storySome links will take you to other sites, in a new window. Interactive Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Los Angeles...
  • Yazidis Haunted by Cries for Help as Militants Bury Victims Alive

    08/20/2014 6:56:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/20/14 | Humeyra Pamuk
    Refugee Samo Ilyas Ali has nine children to feed but he can't focus on the future because the sounds of women and children crying out for help while being buried alive by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq often consume his mind. Tens of thousand of Yazidis fled their ancient homeland of Sinjar and other villages to escape a dramatic push by the Sunni militants who regard the ethnic minority as devil worshippers who must embrace their radical version of Islam or die. The refugees sit idle in camps in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Traumatized by Islamic...
  • Iraqi bishop warns that West will suffer from Islamism

    08/19/2014 7:23:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    CNA ^ | 8/19/2014
    The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has warned that Christians around the world would face suffering from Islamists as his diocese has, and decisions that challenge the underpinnings of Western political ideas. "Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future," Archbishop Emil Nona told Italian daily Corriere della Sera Aug. 9 from Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Archbishop Nona has been forced from his home by the Islamic State, a caliphate recently established in Iraq and Syria. He is among five bishops who have been forced from Mosul....
  • Wedding rings cut off fingers, bibles burned. Chaldean Catholics Remain Faithful

    08/19/2014 7:05:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/19/2014
    Your Catholic Voice Foundation is continuing in its sincere and faithful mission to save and support Chaldean Catholics displaced by the Islamic State in northern Iraq. These amazing and resilient people belong to some of the oldest Christian communities and societies on the planet. This is literally true, their Christian communities easily date to the time of the earliest apostles. Despite their ancient, fruitful and peaceful presence - they have never fought wars against their neighbors - they have been systematically rooted out of their homes and forced to flee. Those who stayed behind have been killed in one of...
  • IS Sells Yazidi and Christian Women in Mosul

    08/19/2014 10:53:36 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 43 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 18.08.2014 | Hoshmand Sadiq
    After the kidnapping of more than 500 Yazidi girls by Islamic State (IS) militants, the women are being sold in Quds Neighborhood in Mosul through a special office. The Head of The Womens Committee in the Kurdistan Parliament, Evar Ibrahim, told BasNews, After kidnapping 500 Yazidi girls from Sinjar and taking them to Mosul, the IS insurgents are now, through a special office in the Quds Neighborhood of the city, selling them to people. The price of each girl starts from IQD 20,000 [US $17] to 30,000 [$26]. Despite selling them, the Yazidi girls have been raped by the IS...
  • Iraqi TV Host Breaks Down in Tears at Plight of Christians

    08/18/2014 2:26:42 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 12 replies
    MEMRI TV ^ | July 20, 2014 | Asia TV (Iraq)
    TV host Nahi Mahdi broke down sobbing live on air during a TV show discussing the plight of the Christians in Iraq. "They are our own flesh and blood," he said, after wiping his tears on his kaffiyeh and regaining his composure. The show aired on the Iraqi Asia TV channel on July 20.
  • Catholic Archbishop of Mosul: Islam Does Not Say That All Men Are Equal

    08/18/2014 8:55:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    cns news ^ | 8/18/14 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) Amel Shimoun Nona, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, who is now living in exile, warned that his diocese is now run by radical Muslims and that liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here, adding that Islam does not say that all men are equal, and if Westerners do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed into your home. The Chaldean Catholic Church is an Eastern Rite church, under the authority of Pope Francis. In an interview with Corriere della Sera, Archbishop Amel Nona, now living in...
  • "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims"

    08/18/2014 4:18:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 16, 2014
    FULL TITLE: Archbishop of Mosul: "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims" Armenian Orthodox church in Raqqa, Syria, now an ISIS office Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again...
  • IS Jihadists Kill 80 Yazidis in Northern Iraq

    08/16/2014 10:01:44 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-16-14 | Elad Benari, Canada
    Islamists from the Islamic State (IS) killed 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority in a northern village on Friday, sources told Fox News. The Kurdish-speaking ethnic and religious group, which numbers in the hundreds of thousands in Iraq, has been persecuted in the north by IS, with at least 500 killed prior to Friday's news, according to Iraq's human rights minister. The latest killings came just a day after President Obama said U.S. air strikes and humanitarian aid drops on Sinjar mountain, where thousands of Yazidi have been stranded in an Islamic State siege had been ended. "They arrived in...
  • US drones strike Iraq militant mortar team

    08/16/2014 6:08:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 12, 2014 | AFP
    US drones fired on an Islamic extremist mortar position in northern Iraq on Tuesday to protect Kurdish forces battling to rescue a group of Yazidi civilian refugees, the military said. The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the region's most powerful Sunni jihadist group, has driven thousands of members of the Yazidi minority from their homes and is besieging the refugees on an exposed mountain. Last week, the United States launched an air campaign to break the siege of Mount Sinjar, bring humanitarian relief to the Yazidis and support Kurdish troops protecting their capital Arbil. "US military...
  • ISIS massacres 80 Yazidis in northern Iraq town, say Iraqi officials

    08/15/2014 2:29:18 PM PDT · by McGruff · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2014
    Islamic militants killed 80 members of Iraq's Yazidi minority in a northern village, sources told Fox News on Friday. The latest killings came just a day after President Obama said U.S. air strikes and humanitarian aid drops on Sinjar mountain, where thousands of Yazidi have been stranded in an Islamic State siege had been ended.
  • Something YOU can do to help DESPERATE Christians in Iraq

    08/15/2014 1:25:02 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    Augus 15, 2014 | Myself & Robert George
    One Faith - One Lord - One Baptism Do you wish there were ONE thing you could do to rescue Christians who are in the cross-hairs for slaughter by ISIS terrorists in Iraq? Listen: there IS something you can do. I got this appeal from Robert George, one of the most respected Catholics in the field of defending fundamental Human Rights. If you've heard of him, you know how great he is. If you've never heard of him, let me just tell you.. there's nobody I respect more. Please heed his call and sign an online petition. ------from Robert...
  • "Mr. President, About That Fellow On The Balcony In Mosul..."

    08/15/2014 4:22:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    First Appearance of ISIS Caliph Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi (English Subtitles) So overnight the crisis on Mount Sinjar is, well, over. The president's vacation may now continue uninterrupted by videos on CNN of kids being tossed into helicopters that land briefly, are overwhelmed by a mob, and fly away with a cohort of sobbing women and children. The world's media has been dismissed by U.S. officials speaking on background to the New York Times. No more fall of Saigon analogies please! The Times' references to "the secret team of Marines and Special Operations forces [that] were already on Mount Sinjar,...
  • Despite U.S. Claims, Yazidis Say Crisis Is Not Over

    08/14/2014 10:50:18 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 14, 2014 | By Rod Nordland
    ISTANBUL Yazidi leaders and emergency relief officials on Thursday strongly disputed American claims that the siege of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq had been broken and that the crisis was effectively over, saying that tens of thousands of Yazidis remained on the mountain in desperate conditions. On Wednesday, the United States military said that a small team of 18 Marines and Special Operations soldiers had completed an assessment of conditions on Mount Sinjar and found that most of the Yazidis, a small Iraqi religious minority, had succeeded in escaping, and the numbers remaining were in the low thousands. American...
  • Is the Pope Suggesting the Use of Force in Iraq?

    08/14/2014 3:34:35 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 12 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 14 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The Vatican has found its voice. Pope Francis wrote a letter to Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, asking him to "do everything you can to stop the violence against Christians in Iraq". The letter, received by Ban Ki-Moon on 13 August, is the latest of the Pope’s interventions to stop the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. He writes: It is with a heavy and anguished heart that I have been following the dramatic events of these past few days in Northern Iraq where Christians and other religious minorities have been forced to flee from their...
  • Waking up to global assault on Christians

    08/14/2014 4:58:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 8/14/2014 | Erik Rush
    Although it has not received a great deal of news coverage, the Vaticans Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue issued a statement this week deploring the upsurge in violence in Iraq. Included therein were strong words calling upon religious leaders worldwide to exercise their influence with the authorities to end these crimes, to punish those who commit them and to reestablish the rule of law throughout the land, ensuring the return home of those who have been displaced. Egypts top cleric, Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, has condemned the Islamic State (formerly ISIS), calling it a bloody extremist group that has tarnished...
  • Pope Francis signals support for military action to protect Christians from brutal Islamic jihadists

    08/13/2014 9:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Vatican is increasingly indicating support for military action in Iraq to protect Christians and other religious minorities from persecution by brutal Islamic jihadists. As the world grapples with how to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), the Vatican released a letter Wednesday in which Pope Francis urges the international community to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway. The Popes entreaty came before U.S. defence officials revealed late Wednesday that air strikes and the work of Kurdish fighters had allowed many of the thousands of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar to escape....
  • Obama Wont Rule Out Sending Groud Troops to Help Stranded Iraqis, White House Says

    08/13/2014 3:16:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    TIME ^ | 08/13/2014 | Maya Rhodan
    What [Obama]s ruled out is re-introducing U.S. forces into combat on the ground in Iraq" President Barack Obama has not ruled out sending ground troops to help facilitate the safe rescue of Iraqis trapped and under siege by militants in the northern part of the country, a White House official said Wednesday. But the official said Obama wont send troops to fight Islamist forces in the area. What [Obama]s ruled out is re-introducing U.S. forces into combat on the ground in Iraq, White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters in Marthas Vineyard, where the President is vacationing....
  • The Iraqi children 'drinking their parents' BLOOD to stay alive'

    08/13/2014 12:24:43 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 23 replies
    'Another man was saying the children were so thirsty, their parents started cutting their own hands and giving them blood to drink.'
  • Patriarch of Baghdad: USA, EU and the Arab League must clear Nineveh plain of Jihadists

    08/13/2014 6:37:42 AM PDT · by FourtySeven · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 08/13/2014 | Louis Raphael I Sako
    Mar Sako calls for a joint intervention to crush the Jihadist threat and "help the displaced" Christians, Yazidis and Shiites to return to their villages of origin. International efforts undertaken so far are "insufficient" and a central government "still being formed" cannot be relied upon. Sadness at the continuous migration of the faithful, Christian "heritage" of Iraq at risk. Baghdad (AsiaNews) - The United States, European Union and Arab League have a duty to "clear the Nineveh plain of all jihadists militia" and help Christians (but also Yazidi and Shiites) "to return to their villages of origin and rebuild their...
  • Anglican Vicar of Baghdad: Child I baptized cut in half by ISIS

    08/10/2014 4:55:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 39 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | August 8, 2014 | ACNS staff
    Anglican Vicar of Baghdad: ‘Child I baptized cut in half by ISIS’ By ACNS staff | August 8, 2014 18 Comments | Share [Anglican Communion News Service] The five-year-old son of a founding member of Baghdad’s Anglican church was cut in half during an attack by the Islamic State1 on the Christian town of Qaraqosh.In an interview Aug. 8, an emotional Canon Andrew White told ACNS that he christened the boy several years ago, and that the child’s parents had named the lad Andrew after him.Canon Andrew White Photo: Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East “I’m almost...
  • 5-Year-Old Christian Boy Cut in Half by Islamic State Jihadists

    08/12/2014 2:56:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 8/12/14 | pamela geller
    These are devout Muslim practicing pure Islam, authentic Islam in the cause of allah. Obama say, respect it! Oppose this savagery then join us on August 17th in NYC at Union Square. Join here. 5-Year-Old Christian Boy Cut in Half by ISIS Terrorists, By Christian Post, August 12, 2014 A 5-year-old boy, whos the son of a founding member of St. Georges Anglican Church in Baghdad, was slaughtered by Islamic State terrorists, better known as ISIS, who cut the boy in half during an attack on the Christian town of Qaraqosh. Im almost in tears because Ive just had...
  • Forgetting The Christians

    08/12/2014 3:31:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    First Things ^ | August 12, 2014 | Mark Movsesian
    This past weekend, the United States began to intervene in the humanitarian crisis unfolding in northern Iraq. The Islamist group ISIS has made a lightning conquest of much of the region, persecuting religious minorities, and even some Sunni Muslims, everywhere it goes. In response, the U.S. has begun air drops of food and water to up to 40,000 Yazidi refugees stranded on Mt. Sinjar, where ISIS militants have them surrounded. And the U.S. undertook airstrikes against ISIS positions threatening the Kurdish city of Erbil, where hundreds of American advisers are stationed. Other Western nations are getting involved as well. The...
  • Iraq general: 70% of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar are dead

    08/11/2014 5:04:04 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 54 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 11, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Iraq general: 70% of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar are dead By Rick Moran An Iraqi general told a reporter for The Telegraph - the only western reporter who has flown over Mount Sinjar - that 70% of the Yahidis oin the rocky hill will die because of the lack of humanitarian aid. I was on board an Iraqi Army helicopter, and watched as hundreds of refugees ran towards it to receive one of the few deliveries of aid to make it to the mountain. The helicopter dropped water and food from its open gun bays to them as they waited...
  • U.S. Must Aid Kurds And Iraqi Christians In Massive Way

    08/11/2014 5:09:18 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 11, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: Having ignored Iraqi pleas for air strikes in ISIL's infancy, when the terrorists could have been decimated, the administration ignores the Kurdish peshmerga plea for the same American weapons that ISIL has. Watching the modest airstrikes on ISIL forces, we are reminded of Secretary of State John Kerry's promise that any military action in Syria would be "unbelievably small." As it turned out, it was also nonexistent, and the carnage continues in the country where ISIL formed and trained under our watchful and indifferent eyes. The targeted airstrikes ordered by President Obama last week near the Kurdish...
  • LCMS provides opportunities to help persecuted Christians

    08/11/2014 12:43:31 PM PDT · by lightman · 12 replies
    Lutheran Church-Missouir Synod ^ | 11 August AD 2014 | Matthew Harrison
    Making a faithful confession The world is starting to perk up its ears. Reports of Christians fleeing cities in Iraq; pictures of Islamic militants marking the doors of the faithful as a sign that they must leave or be killed; stories of men being killed, women raped, children beheaded: All are now in the news and all are for the sake of Christ. We mourn. We pray. And yet we wonder, What can I do? What does this matter to me? * Repent. There may well come a day when we face the same suffering that has befallen the...
  • 7 Powerful Ways to Pray for Christians Suffering in the Middle East

    08/11/2014 1:29:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Churchpop ^ | August 12, 2014
    Beheadings. Crucifixions. Thousands of refugees.It can seem hopeless reading these news reports of violence and persecution of Christians in the Middle East from afar. Is there anything we can do?Yes, and fortunately it’s one of the most powerful: prayer.There are obviously many ways to pray, and any prayer made in the name of Jesus is powerful. This is just a list of prayers that may be particularly effective or relevant to this situation.Some of the things listed here may make more sense for Christians who are part of older, more liturgical traditions (Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, etc.). But even if these...
  • Pope Francis calls for ARMED RESPONSE to defend Christians from Genocide

    08/11/2014 2:12:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 184 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 08/11/2014
    Pope Francis has joined with Christians facing genocide in Iraq and Syria, calling upon the world to make an armed response to the Islamic State. He has asked the world to "stop these crimes" and called for the use of "a professional, well-equipped army." You know a situation is bad when a pope calls for an armed response. Pope Francis, widely appreciated as a practical and realistic man, is not just calling for a cease-fire or negotiations. Instead, he is inviting an armed response to the terrorism of the Islamic State. Such a call is virtually unprecedented for a pontiff...
  • Catholic Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon Recall Horror of Militant Attacks

    08/11/2014 3:33:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 8/11/14 | Doreen Abi Raad
    BEIRUT (CNS) -- The memory of that brutal June evening in his home near Mosul, Iraq, brought 48-year-old Joseph, now a refugee in Lebanon, to tears. "These people know no limits of humanity, decency, or respect for human life," he said of the Islamic State fighters. Meeting with Catholic News Service Aug. 8 at the Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center in Beirut, he and other Catholic Iraqi refugees asked that their real names not be used to protect their identities as they shared the traumatic experiences that led to their exodus. Joseph recalled how his wife and their teenage son, Bachar,...
  • Iraqi Officials Say US Aid Drops to Dying Yazidis Exploding Uselessly on Impact

    08/11/2014 7:21:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/11/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    This comes from a UK journalist embedded with the Iraqi military. I wouldn’t treat it as final. Some other reports really raise questions about the 70% number and even the quotes in his own account don’t lead me to believe that such a huge number have died.But it’s safe to say that quite a few are dead. Mount Sinjar stinks of death. The few Yazidis who have managed to escape its clutches can tell you why. “Dogs were eating the bodies of the dead,” said Haji Khedev Haydev, 65, who ran through the lines of Islamic State jihadists surrounding it.On...
  • Emboldened ISIS Barbarically Slaughtering Christians In Iraq As Obama Golfs

    08/11/2014 8:18:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    The Christian genocide taking place in the Middle East currently has reached alarming levels. Last week, the jihadist terrorist group ISIS, which means the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria although it is unrecognized as a nation took over Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town in Iraq, warning Christians to leave, convert or die. They are systematically beheading children. It is a part of an unprecedented, recent effort by the ISIS to extinguish Christians from northern Iraq. In 2003, there were about 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. After the Iraq War, that number dropped to as low as 200,000....
  • Coptic Bishop: "We know how Muslims behave when they become the majority!"

    08/10/2014 3:19:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 10, 2014
    The man speaking here is the Coptic-Orthodox (Oriental Orthodox) "General Bishop" (Generalbischof) for Germany, Anba Damian, a native of Cairo, in an interview recorded a couple of years ago. Since grievous attacks such as those perpetrated by ISIS usually bring with them in the media a kind of guilt-induced backlash (such as, "no, no, Islam is absolutely harmless, and indeed very beneficial to social harmony and very respectful of minorities when they are a majority"), we consider it useful to recall the voice that comes from experience. A 1,400-year-long experience. VIDEO Egyptian Coptic Bishop Warns Europe About The Dangers...
  • Archbishop of Westminster: Events In Iraq Are Akin To Genocide [Where Are US Cardinals & Pastors?]

    08/10/2014 3:37:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | August 10, 2014
    Archbishop of Westminster: Events In Iraq Are Akin To Genocide Cardinal Vincent Nichols has denounced the "focussed, deliberate killing and oppression" of Christian groups in Iraq video in url. 10 Aug 2014 The leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has called on people to pray for the civilians of northern Iraq who need to be protected from the "evil force" at work in the country - describing the events there as "horrendous".
  • Christians Feel Abandoned in Spite of Obama's Action in Iraq (Britain & France also helping)

    08/10/2014 3:39:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Aleteia ^ | August 10, 2014 | JOHN BURGER
    Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar west of Mosul, take refuge at Dohuk province, on Saturday. Reuters Using words like "dreadful," "disaster," and "deplorable," Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Raphael I Sako described the chaotic situation of refugees forced to leave their ancestral villages in Iraq because of Islamic fundamentalist militants. Patriarch Sako also said he was disappointed in President Barack Obama's decision"only to give military assistance to protect Erbil." While the Islamic terrorists are strong and well-funded, the United States is "not up to a rapid solution to givehope specifically...
  • San Diego Iraqi Christians alert public of Christian holocaust in Middle East

    08/10/2014 3:24:27 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 9 replies
    Renew America ^ | 8-10-14 | James Lambert
    San Diego is home to the second largest Iraqi Christian community in America. Late last July over 1,000 people from this community gathered near the El Cajon Civic Center to express their alarm regarding the recent persecution of Iraqi Christians in Iraq. In portion of Iraq that has historically had a comparatively large Christian presence, the ISIS invasion of Iraq has radically changed these demographics. ISIS is an Islamic, jihadist terrorist group. Their ultimate goal is to establish a caliphate (Islamic state) in the Middle East. They follow a hard line extremist philosophy that is totally intolerant of any western...
  • Priest from Nineveh: 'Christianity is Finished in Iraq'

    08/10/2014 6:34:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/8/14 | Elise Harris
    Rome, Italy, Aug 8, 2014 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest hailing from what used to be Iraqs largest Christian city has lamented the exodus of over 100,000 Christians from the city, many of whom are fleeing on foot with no food, money or water. Today the story of Christianity is finished in Iraq, said a priest who identified himself as Fr. Nawar. People cant stay in Iraq because there is death for whoever stays, told CNA Aug. 8. A priest who has been living and studying in Rome for the last three years, Fr. Nawar is originally from...
  • IRAQ Mosul: ISIS begins killing Christians in Mosul [photos at site] -shame on obama

    Arabo, who is a prominent Chaldean-American businessman and met with other leaders of his community in the White House last week, has called upon American political leaders to grant asylum to about 300,000 Christians fleeing the ISIS invasion. "The world hasn't seen this kind of atrocity in generations," he told CNN. The terrorists who have invaded Mosul and other ancient Christian communities in Syria and Iraq have made music videos of themselves murdering civilians and captured soldiers. They are literally enjoying the act of killing and the fear and suffering experienced by others. This sadism may be the purest manifestation...
  • Left frets over Iraq mission creep

    08/09/2014 9:11:42 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    thehill.com ^ | August 8, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    The president's expansion of the U.S. military mission in Iraq is conjuring up two dirty little words for anti-war Democrats: Mission creep. Just two months ago, when Obama announced he was going to send up to 300 American troops to Iraq, he emphasized that they would only have an advisory, non-combat role. On Friday, however, U.S. fighters bombed terrorist targets in northern Iraq. Hours before, the president had announced he was authorizing such strikes as well as the airdropping of aid to Iraqi refugees stranded on a mountaintop. The White House has stressed that the two missions the airstrikes...
  • U.S. Conducts Four More Airstrikes in Iraq to Defend Yazidis

    08/09/2014 11:17:28 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 10, 2014 12:03 a.m. ET | Felicia Schwartz
    WASHINGTONThe U.S. military launched four airstrikes Saturday in northern Iraq designed to defend members of the Yazidi religious minority who were coming under attack from Islamic extremists, U.S. officials said. American aircraft also conducted a third airdrop of food and water for thousands of Yazidis stranded on Mount Sinjar, officials said. One C-17 and two C-130 aircraft dropped 3,800 gallons of drinking water and 16,128 meals, and were supported by U.S. fighter aircraft. [....] In the first, U.S. fighters and drones struck one of two Islamic State armored personnel carriers seen firing on Yazidi civilians near the town of Sinjar,...
  • "Yazidi is Kurdish for 'Unarmed Israeli'"

    08/10/2014 5:36:11 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 8/10/2014 | Clarice Feldman
    So said the brilliant Iowahawk this week as most people of the world watch in horror the spectacle of 40,000 members of this beleaguered Iraqi minority huddled without food or water on rocky Sinjar mountaintops. Below them the savages of ISIS kidnap Yazidi women, raping them and selling them into slavery. Heads of children ISIS decapitated are displayed on pikes in public parks and there are reports of distraught families tossing their beloved babies from mountaintops rather than watch them slowly starve to death. This barbarism comes after tens of thousands of Christians were raped, murdered, driven from their ancestral...
  • We cannot be silent in the face of the slaughter in Iraq

    08/10/2014 1:49:04 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6:30PM BST 09 Aug 2014 | Douglas Alexander , Shadow Foreign Secretary
    We cannot be silent in the face of the slaughter in Iraq The Government should be doing more to speak out about the suffering of religious minorities Christians in the town of Karaqosh - nearly a quarter of Iraq’s Christians have been driven from their homes in the past week alone Photo: © JB Russell / Panos By Douglas Alexander , Shadow Foreign Secretary 6:30PM BST 09 Aug 2014Comments Forty thousand followers of the Yazidi faith are huddling, terrified, on the side of Mount Sinjar, fearing that their women are going to be raped, enslaved or killed. Nearly a quarter of...
  • Kurdish pleas for weapons may finally be heard

    08/09/2014 2:32:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    AOL News ^ | 9/8/14 | Ken Delanian
    WASHINGTON (AP) - For years, Kurdish officials have beseeched the Obama administration to let them buy U.S. weapons. For just as long, the administration has rebuffed America's closest allies in Iraq. U.S. officials insisted they could only sell arms to the government in Baghdad, even after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki broke a written promise to deliver some to the Kurds. Their peaceful, semiautonomous northern region had been the lone success story to come out of the 2003 U.S. invasion. The U.S. has resisted arming the Kurds because Washington's aim is to keep Iraq united. A strong Kurdish army could hasten...
  • Judge Jeanine Pirro Opening Statement - Christianity Under Attack - Danger From Radical Muslim?

    08/09/2014 4:59:03 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/26/14 | Jeanine Pirro
    Judge Jeanine Pirro Opening Statement - Christianity Under Attack - Danger From Radical Muslim? Published on Jul 26, 2014 Judge Jeanine Pirro Opening Statement - Christianity Under Attack - Danger From Radical Muslim? Justice With Judge Jeanine Are Christian Worldwide In Danger From Radical Muslim
  • How to Take a Picture of a Severed Head

    08/09/2014 1:42:17 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 8,2014 | SEBASTIAN MEYER , ALICIA P.Q. WITTMEYER
    What are major news organizations doing sending jihadi-approved photos from inside the Islamic State? Abu Mirwan -- not his real name -- has worked as a photographer in Iraq for well over a decade. He is now filing photographs for an international agency, he said in a telephone interview in early August. (He wouldn't say which one). After the IS takeover of Mosul, Mirwan, a Sunni Iraqi, reached out to an agent of the caliphate, who said he could get him permission to work again. The agent was true to his word, Mirwan said. He even shared a pleasant meal...
  • Dianne Feinstein: Were going to need more than a few airstrikes on ISIS [Marco Rubio agrees]

    08/09/2014 9:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/09/2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    How has Barack Obama’s reactive strategy to the sweep of the Islamic State across Iraq been received so far in Washington? Not well, as critics arose across the partisan spectrum. “It takes an army to defeat an army,” Senator Dianne Feinstein said yesterday in regard to the threat ISIS now poses to the region — and the US: Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein warned Friday of the risk that the insurgent group ISIL could be preparing fighters to attack American and European targets.“It has become clear that ISIL is recruiting fighters in Western countries, training them to fight its...
  • Kirsten Powers hits Obamas inaction on plight of Christians in Middle East

    08/09/2014 10:17:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 56 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 8-9-14 | Aleister
    Kirsten Powers and other panelists on the FOX News program Outnumbered were discussing Obamas newly discovered concern for Christians in the middle east and things got a little heated. Powers, who is a liberal and frequent defender of Obama, was one of the most vocal critics. Tim Cavanaugh of National Review has the details: Kirsten Powers, usually the most liberal of the panelists, tore the president a new one: He has not uttered the word Christian, and now suddenly he throws it in with the Yazidis, Powers said. Were not doing any airdrops to the Christians, who are refugees in...
  • Possibility of genocide moved Obama to act in Iraq

    08/09/2014 5:51:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, 2014 4:10 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    For much of the summer, President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasnt until Thursday, when Obama learned that genocide could be imminent, that the president decided the U.S. military had to act. The vivid reports streaming into the Situation Room that morning from U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials were unsettling, to say the least: Stories of mass executions, women being enslaved as child brides, members of a small religious group trapped on a mountain and potentially dying of thirst. The situation was falling apartfast....
  • Big Three Networks Avoid Calling ISIS 'Terrorists;' Label Them 'Rebels' and 'Militants'

    08/09/2014 5:56:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/9/2014 | Matthew Balan
    The Big Three networks steered clear of labeling the Islamist group ISIS "terrorists" on their evening newscasts on Friday. Instead, ABC's World News and CBS Evening News labeled the genocidal radicals "militants." NBC Nightly News used the more benign "rebels" in their coverage of the group's latest attacks on the Kurdish part of Iraq. The closest that a journalist at ABC, CBS, or NBC got to using the "terrorist" label was Scott Pelley's teaser at the very top of CBS Evening News: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump] (video at link) SCOTT PELLEY (teaser): Tonight, back in battle:...