Fresh violence in Mosul, two Christians kidnapped and killed

by Kal El on September 3, 2008 · View Comments

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The Iraqis ARE taking control, but are not doing enough to protect the Iraqi Christians. And of course, it is halal for muslims to kill kuffars during Ramadan, their holy month would not be complete without a laundry list of kills and a heap of corpses.

Mosul (AsiaNews) – The Iraqi Christian community is again in the sights of Islamic fundamentalists in Mosul: today news came of the death of a 65-year-old doctor, Tariq Qattan, kidnapped recently by a terrorist group. AsiaNews sources say that his family had paid a ransom of 20,000 U.S. dollars. But it was not enough money to free Tariq Qattan, one of the many Christians kidnapped by fundamentalists for extortion.

Also in Mosul, two days ago – although the news has just been released today – another Christian, Nafi Haddad, was kidnapped and killed. It is not yet known whether or not a ransom was paid. Despite the small signs of improvement that seem to come from Iraq, the Christian community is still witnessing more violence: Mosul has long been the theater of a genuine slaughter, forcing more than two thirds of the faithful to flee elsewhere in search of safety.

The diocese has paid a large tribute in blood in recent years, beginning with the tragic kidnapping of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, whose lifeless body was found last March 13 in an abandoned area just outside of the city. During the ambush that preceded the archbishop’s captivity, the three men acting as his bodyguard were massacred by the terrorists.

In 2007, the Iraqi Christian community suffered 47 deaths, 13 of them in Mosul: these include Fr Ragheed Gani, murdered on June 3, and two other priests.

Between January 6 and 17 of this year, there was also a series of attacks on Christian property. A wave of bombings struck the Chaldean church of the Immaculate Virgin, the Chaldean Church of St Paul, which was almost destroyed, the entrance to the orphanage run by the Chaldean sisters in al Nour, a Nestorian church, and the convent of the Dominican sisters in Mosul Jadida.

The source for AsiaNews in Mosul hopes that the two latest homicides will be “forcefully condemned” by the Muslim community, which has just celebrated the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. Atrocities carried out “in the name of religion”, and which violate the precepts of the Qur’an. “For centuries, the Christian community has contributed in a fundamental way to the development of Iraq. It is the duty of Muslims to respect and protect it, because we all believe in one God, as is written in the holy book”.

I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that condemnation…

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  • Tonto (USA)

      When is the rest of the world going to wise up and open season on muslims?  Why not?  Sure, there will be some collateral damage and some innocents will suffer for the actions of the guilty, but overall, the right effect will be served.  They need to get the idea that enough is way past enough.  A whole bunch of them need to get perished.  Then, maybe we let them go back to fornicating with their goats.

  • jennyjen

    I agree Tonto- the end justifies the means and by whatever means necessary! It’s not like we are going to miss Muslim culture, their only contribution to society is bringing beheadings into the 21st Century.  I’m pretty sure I can survive without that cultural advancement!
    Open Season starts opening day of Deer Season- Get your guns, your bible and your lawyer- the shit has hit the fan!

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