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Christian doctor, wife, and mother stabbed to death in Baghdad
Rudaw ^ | 3/10/18 | Rudaw

Posted on 03/11/2018 10:55:28 AM PDT by Texas Fossil

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Christian doctor, his wife, and mother were stabbed to death on Thursday evening in Baghdad’s eastern neighbourhood of al-Mashtal.

Dr. Hisham Shafiq al-Maskuni, 61, a native of Baghdad, his wife Shaza Malik, and his mother Khairiya Dawood were killed, according to Rayan al-Kldani, head of the Christian militia group of Babylon, known as the Christian Hashd.

The attack was carried out by an unknown group of armed people, Iraqi media reported.

The attackers also stole some money and expensive items from the house, according to unverified media reports.

This is not an isolated incident, Fr. Biyos Qasha of Baghdad’s Maryos Church told Rudaw TV, noting that a boy was killed a few days ago in Baghdad. 

“This means that there is no place for Christians,” he said. “We are seen as a lamb to be killed at any time.”

He expressed fear that these are the signs of a start of a plan to force the Christian population from their homes and out of the country.

Kldani, head of the Christian militia group, agrees that such attacks are nothing new for the Christian community in Iraq.

"This crime has only one message. Frightening our people and forcing them to leave the country," he said on Friday. 

"We are not afraid, and we will not leave our homeland," he vowed, explaining that the Thursday attackers will fail just like ISIS did when the bells of the churches of Iraq started to ring again following the defeat of the extremist group.

Fr. Qasha called on the federal government to “work to protect all Christians and all citizens.”

Yezidi MP Vian Dakhil condemned the crime, tweeting that “minorities are persecuted in their homeland.”

Warning that this stabbing was not the first nor the last crime against Iraq’s minorities, she called on the international community to “move with great effort to protect minorities in Iraq.”

A page on Facebook dedicated to Iraq’s medical doctors expressed its condolences to the family of the deceased doctor.

The spokesperson for Iraq's Ministry of Health told Rudaw in August last year that Baghdad was experiencing a rising number of assassinations against doctors and health workers by gangs or in acts of "terrorism."

"Attacks on doctors have almost become a daily thing," Saif Badir told Rudaw then.

In Iraq’s last census in 1987, some 1.5 million Christians were counted. Prior to ISIS, local groups estimate the Christian population was 400,000 – 600,000. About half the population have left Iraq since 2014 and around 130,000 sought shelter in the Kurdistan Region.

Updated at 2:21 pm

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baghdad; christian; christianpersecution; doctor; iraqichristians; killed; muslimworld
When I read this article today, it reminded of an article that a friend of mine wrote back in November about this problem.

Time for an Assyrian Regional Government in Iraq (Nov. 5, 2017)

Even with ISIS gone, the issue is still huge because of Iranian influence controlling Baghdad. The Iranian Shia elements have been practicing ethnic cleansing in historically Christian communities by assigning the land and property to settlers who came to Iraq from Iran during the battle to remove ISIS. Baghdad is not quick to restore the property they have given to others.

Turkey plans to do the same thing in Syria, around Efrin. And they don't even hide it, they openly talk about it.

Even with ISIS almost gone in Iraq and Syria, we need to keep our Christian brothers and sisters in our prayers. And to do whatever we can to pressure the Iraq and Syrian government to protect them once ISIS is gone.

1 posted on 03/11/2018 10:55:29 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

8th century Savages.

2 posted on 03/11/2018 10:57:16 AM PDT by Sasparilla ( I'm Not Tired of Winning)
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To: Sasparilla

Yes, indeed. Evil never goes away. It has been with us since creation.

It will be chained forever when Christ returns.

3 posted on 03/11/2018 11:02:18 AM PDT by Texas Fossil ((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))
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To: Texas Fossil

Well until he shows up, Christians there are in a lot of trouble.

And they can’t afford to wait.

Need to put Tremendous pressure on Iraq.

Funny thing is Christians in Syria were better off under assad.

obama forced this civil war That miserable POS

4 posted on 03/11/2018 11:07:21 AM PDT by dp0622 (The Left should know saying Syrian rebels in anost back in Trump is kicked out of office, it is WAR!)
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To: dp0622

I’m sure the libs will say the perps are peaceful and just need jobs.

5 posted on 03/11/2018 11:10:59 AM PDT by inchworm
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To: dp0622

“obama forced this civil war That miserable POS.”

Bears repeating.

6 posted on 03/11/2018 11:23:45 AM PDT by ought-six (Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Sasparilla

Yeah, when the Muzzies don’t have Christians to kill they kill each other.

7 posted on 03/11/2018 11:53:34 AM PDT by antidemoncrat
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To: Sasparilla


Islam has destroyed civilization everywhere it has spread.

8 posted on 03/11/2018 11:57:59 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: dp0622

Yes, this is Obama’s fault. He mixed the cocktail and put rat poison in it.

Now is detox time. Headshake.

9 posted on 03/11/2018 12:39:21 PM PDT by Texas Fossil ((Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!))
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