Bookmark this site

  Christians of Iraq

 Comments & Feedback

Historical articles

 Historical pictures

 Photos of Bombed Churches


Only this link has access to all News articles


Lebanese Maronite League Questions the World Silence over Terrorizing Christians in Iraq

January 30, 06

The Lebanese Maronite League questions how the world, including its nation's, institutions, and organizations, and both the Arab and Islamic world in particular, are silent over the repeated terror that immerse Iraq in an ocean of its Christians' blood.

The Maronite League issued a statement in which it stated that it was horrified by the reprehensible and revolting crime of bombing seven churches in Baghdad and Kirkuk on Sunday January 29, 2006, where many were killed and injured.

In a related case according to Elaph, an Arabic pager, Muslim students in Mosul University on January 29 attacked dozens of Christian students. This happened primarly because a Danish newspaper had published an insulting caricature drawing of Muslim prophet Mohammad. a few months ago. Muslim clerics in Mosul, under pressure from Islamic militias, issued fatwa (religious edict) calling their followers to "expel the local Christians whom they call Crusaders and infidels from the streets, schools, and institutions because they offended the person of the prophet in Denmark."

There is a suspicion that the Bombing of the Churches may also be related to the incident in Denmark . Islamic extremist when at war with the west often punish the local Christians as a mean of retaliation by falsely claiming that western countries are driven by relgious extremism as they are. Christians of Iraq in no way are responsible for what a paper in Denmark or another country will publish.

Defining the Christians of Iraq Crusaders meaning invaders is untrue because they are the indigenous people of that country and were Christians seven centuries before the invasion of the Middle East by the Arabs who brought Islam to the region at the 7th century AD. At that time the majority of the Population in Mesopotamia was Christian Assyrian.

Assyrian Church liturgies is in the same ancient Aramaic dialect spoken by Jesus and his disciples - it is an Eastern Rite, and the Christians have done absolutely nothing to contribute to the violence in Iraq except to stay out of the way and attempt to avoid being murdered by the Islamic extremists who are all too happy to murder anyone that doesn't follow the Islamists' jihadi view of the world (this is not to say that there haven't been tensions between the Muslims and the Christians, because there indeed has been some serious problems - but for the most part they were instigated by Muslim extremists rather than the mainstream Muslim community).

To their credit :

Sunnis And Shiites of Iraq Condemned the Church Attacks

January 30, 06

Baghdad (AKI) -- Political and religious leaders from Iraq's Shiite and Sunni communities have unanimously condemned Sunday's car-bomb attacks on churches in the Kurdish city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq and in the capital, Baghdad, which killed three people and wounded nine. A car-bomb also exploded outside the Vatican embassy on Sunday, although no casualties were reported.

The first condemnations of the bombings of a Catholic church in Kirkuk and Catholic and Anglican churches in Baghdad came from Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Others followed from the radical Shiite cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr , the Badr Brigade and from former Iraqi prime minister, Iyad Allawi (a secular Shiite).

Later on Monday, the Muslim Ulema Council also condemned the bombings and warned that such acts jeopardised national security. "If anyone thinks these attacks can form a response to the recent Danish cartoons, they are very wrong. This is not the way to deal with the newspaper that has offended the prophet Mohammed," the Council said in a statement.

Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper has caused outrage among some Muslims in the Middle East by the publication of 12 caricatures of the prophet Mohammed, depicting him as a stereotypical Islamic terrorist. Saudi Arabia last week recalled its ambassador to Denmark for consultations.

Sunday's blasts were apparently co-ordinated, and took place within 20 minutes of each other, Iraqi police said. Three of the bombs went of in Baghdad, while a further two were detonated in Kirkuk. In Baghdad, St Joseph's Catholic church in the suburb of Sinaa and an Anglican church in the eastern Nidhal area were hit. In Kirkuk, a bomb exploded at the Catholic Church of the Virgin Mary, as well as the Kirkuk Orthodox Church. They were the first attacks against christian churches since December's parliamentary elections.

Churches in Iraq have been the target of previous bombings. In August 2004, a series of attack targeting churches in Mosul, northern Iraq, and in Baghdad, killed at least 12 people and injured dozens.

There are some 800,000 Christians in Iraq - about three percent of Iraq's population of 26 million.


Who are the Christians of Iraq? 

January = Canoon Kharaya 

The World's Silence over Terrorizing Christians in Iraq Jan. 30, 06

Explosions target Christian churches in Iraq Jan. 30, 06

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Comments about Iraq Jan. 28, 06

Insurgents Driven From Tal Afar in Northern Iraq: US Commander Jan. 27, 06

Saga of Assyrians in Iran comes to life in works by Turlock artist Jan.27, 06

Azerbaijani Soldiers Desecrate Armenian Christian Cemetery Jan. 25, 06

Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Says Former Iraqi General Jan. 25. 06

The Armenians appreciate the Assyrian efforts for Seyfo's recognition. Jan. 25, 06 

Cash meant for Iraqis 'misused' Jan. 25, 06

Explosion Rocks Baghdad's Assyrian District Jan. 25, 06

UC Berkeley Course "Assyrians, the Forgotten OnesJan. 25, 06

Moslem Protesters set Fire to a Christian House of Worship in Egypt Jan. 24, 06

Seyfo: Report of Conference at the House of Commons about the Armenian and Assyrian Genocide Jan. 24, 06


Kidnapping of the Assyrians in Iraq continues Jan. 23, 05

Praying in Jesus' Own Language Jan. 23, 06

Renowned Assyrian Scholar Erica Reiner Jan. 22, 06

How does Iran effect Assyrians in Turlock California? Jan. 21, 06

The Seyfo Seminar at the House of Commons Jan. 21, 06

ADO: An Apolitical Petty Bourgeois Organisation or a Mature Political Leadership? Jan. 21, 06

Ammo Baba: tied, eye-folded, beaten, and then robbed Jan. 20, 06

The Final Iraq's Election's Results! Jan. 20, 06

Tomb raiders Jan. 18, 06

The Assyrian Republican mayor , Man on the move  Jan. 18, 06

Donations For Allan Enwiyah Jan. 18, 06

Exhibition by the Assyrian artist Hannibal Alkhas Jan. 17, 06

Politics & Policies: Deconstructing Iraq Jan. 16, 06

Poly Sci Course on Assyrians Offered at UC, Berkeley Jan. 15, 06

Kurds focus on corruption in Kurdistan administration  Jan. 13, 06

Ecumenism and the Eucharist Jan. 13, 06

An Assyrian Coach of the Canadian Beaver Bruins hockey team Jan.12, 06

Turkey's massacre of the Assyrians and the Armenians Jan. 11, 06

New Iraqi Constitution May Limit Women's Freedoms Jan. 10, 06

The Boomerang Effect in Iraq: If 'Kurdistan', Why Not Assyria? Jan. 10, 06

Bishop's Report From the Assyrians of Iraq Jan. 9, 06

woman journalist abducted in Iraq, interpreter, killed jan. 9, 06

PanGlobal TV adds AssyriaSat to channel lineup Jan. 9, 06

Bishop Worrys About the future of the Christians in Iraq Jan. 7, 06

Major Terror Plot Against US Ignored By US Media Jan. 6, 06 Jan. 6, 06

U.S. troops deliver gifts to Iraq - school supplies Jan. 5, 06

Iraq Election Despair Spreads To Expatriates Jan. 5, 06

Assyriologist, Erica Reiner Dead at 81- 1924-2005 Jan. 4, 06

The Last Assyrians Jan. 3, 06

Egypt Appoints First Christian Governor in Three Decades Jan, 3, 06

If Only Rocks Could Talk!  Jan . 2, 06

Car bombs, fuel riots usher in New Year in Iraq Jan. 1, 06

Errors in Biblical Dating According to Ancient Assyrian records January 1, 06

December = Canoon Gadmaya

Many treasures looted from Iraqi museum still lost  Dec. 30, 05

Don't Blame the Hanukkah on the Assyrians  Dec. 30, 05   Revised 

Kurds Are Flocking to Kirkuk, Laying Claim to Land and Oil Dec. 29, 05 

Iraq's jailed former deputy PM Aziz gets family call for Christmas Dec. 28, 05

Family of Kurdish Historian Accuses Barzani of His Murder Dec. 28, 05

The arrest of Dr Kamal Sayid Qadir emerges as a key test of Kurdish Regional government Dec. 28, 05 

Christians trying to find a place in war-torn Iraq  Dec. 28, 05

Hopes for peace in Iraq this Christmas Dece. 26, 05

Assyrians make sure Iraq pays attention Dec. 26, 05

Christmas Celebrations in Turkey Dec. 26, 05

Fearful Christmas in Baghdad Dec. 25, 05 

Bullet-riddled body of Iraqi student leader found Dec. 25, 05

Iraqi Government Wishes Christians Merry Christmas Dec. 24, 05

For Iraqi Christians, Christmas represents church, family, fears Dec. 24, 05

Christians celebrate a wary Christmas in Baghdad  Dec. 24, 05  

Iraqi Christians Pray and Brace for Election Outcome Dec. 24, 05

Safety fears hang over celebrations in Iraq Dec. 24, 05

Fear overshadows Christmas joy in Baghdad December 23, 05

U of T pharmacology postgraduate student from Woodbridge Came to Canada from Iraq in 1996 Dec.23, 05

Democracy in Iraq or Ethnic cleansing of the Christians? Dec. 21, 05

Sunnis, Secular Shiites Threaten Boycott Dec. 21, 05

Large Assyrian Turnout in Iraq Election Marred By Kurdish Voting Fraud Dec. 21, 05

The Real War On Christmas Dec. 19, 95

Iraq Expats Narrowly Favor Christian Assyrian Slate Dec. 19, 05

Concern expressed for Assyrian Christians in Iraq  Dec. 18, 05

Iraqis Vote in Historic Election toward Freedom, Democracy Dec. 17, 05

Turkmen Complain Kurds Cheated in Elections in Kirkuk Dec. 17, 05

Touch of Assyria in San Jose. Dec. 16, 05

Iraqi Christians flee to Jordan, Syria in response to increased persecution Dec. 16, 05

The Mid-East's beleaguered Christians Dec. 16, 05

Exiled Iraqi Christians Vote With Concern About Their Future Dec. 15, 05

Tension Mounting on Day of Iraqi Elections Dec. 15, 05

Iraqi Americans Cast Their Votes Dec. 14, 05

Information about Voting in Canada Dec. 14, 05

A vote for democracy 12, 14, 05

Iraqi expatriates to vote in elections, hopeful new government can end bloodshed Dec. 13, 05

Iraqi Americans Ponder Role in Homeland's Vote Dec. 12, 05

Iraqi-Americans ready for polls Dec 12, 2005  

The Latest information about Iraq's Out-of-Country Voting Dec. 12, 05

Between Iraq and a hard place, Iraqi Christians in Syria Dec. 12, 05

Half a Million Iraqi Assyrians (including Chaldeans and Syriacs) have taken refuge in Syria Dec. 11, 05

Assyrian Claims Discussed in Australian Parliament Dec. 11, 05

Iraqis here get voice in Baghdad's future Dec. 11, 05

Official Information about Iraq's out of the country voting Dec. 10, 05

Iraq's Voting in Canada Dec. 10, 05

Iraqi community to cast votes at fairgrounds in Pleasanton Dec. 9, 05

Fostering creativity in dangerous times Dec. 8, 05

Meet Miss World Canada 2005, Ramona Amiri Dec. 8. 05


Iraq Establishes 8 Polling Centers in the U.S. 12, 8, 05

News From Iraq Dec. 8, 05

740 Stained with the blood of our Martyrs Dec. 6, 05

Kurdistan Democratic Party Stops Assyrian Group From Campaigning Dec. 6, 05

Campaign activity, insurgent violence rise in Iraq  Dec. 5, 05

Myths About the Situation in Iraq Dec. 5, 05

Competition for the best design of the Ancient Assyrian Costumes Dec. 3, 05

List of "Reported" Assyrians murdered in Iraq in 2005. Dec. 3, 05

Dylan's quest: Six-year-old needs blood matches Dec. 3, 05

Shades of voter apathy Dec, 2, 05

Holywood Tapestries Featuring Semiramis is on Auction  Dec. 2, 05

Iraq's Oily Referendum Dec. 1, 05

Iraqi Parliamentary Elections In California Dec. 1, 05




















web counters