Pope Francis, Maliki, Catholics and HRW condemn ISIL’s targeting of Christians

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Published in Iraq
Tuesday, 22 July 2014


Pope-FrancisPope Francis expresses his concern for Christians, who have been forced to flee Iraq's city of Mosul following an ultimatum by the ISIL terrorists.

The head of Iraq’s largest church has condemned Takfiri ISIL militants for targeting the Christian community in the areas they control.

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako said on Sunday that the ISIL terrorists who forced Christians out of the city of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu, who raided medieval Baghdad.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has condemned the ISIL terrorist group for forcing the Christian community out of Nineveh province and areas under its control.

Maliki said in a statement which was issued on Sunday that such actions by the Takfiri militants indicate “the criminal and terrorist nature of this group.”

"What is being done by the Daesh [ISIL] terrorist gang against our Christian citizens in Nineveh province, and their aggression against the churches and houses of worship in the areas under their control reveals beyond any doubt the extremist criminal and terrorist nature of this group," Maliki said.

"Those people, through their crimes, are revealing their true identity," the Iraqi premier added.

The statement followed an ISIL ultimatum for Christians in Mosul, forcing them to leave the capital of the Nineveh province.

The ISIL Takfiri militants recently started marking houses belonging to the Christian community and issued a statement which told the Christians to convert, pay a special tax, leave the city, or face death by noon on Saturday.

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced out of their homes in the city of Mosul following the ultimatum by the ISIL terrorists.

In a statement which was issued on Saturday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that ISIL Takfiris kill or expel all religious minorities from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and its surroundings.

The terrorist group “seems intent on wiping out all traces of minority groups from areas it now controls in Iraq,” HRW said, urging the Takfiri group to immediately halt its vicious campaign against minorities in and around Mosul.

Crisis in Iraq escalated after ISIL terrorists took control of Mosul, in a lightning advance on June 10.

The United Nations said in a new report that more than 5,570 people have been killed and over 11,600 others wounded in Iraq since January.

According to reports, the terrorist group has links with Saudi intelligence services and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

The Iraqi prime minister has blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing Riyadh as a major supporter of global terrorism.

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In his Angelus blessing on Sunday, the pope offered prayers for Iraqi Christians who “are persecuted, chased away, and forced to leave their houses without the possibility of taking anything” with them.

The pontiff also called for dialogue to resolve armed conflicts around the world, especially in the Middle East and Ukraine, saying violence is not overcome with violence, but with peace.

“I invite you to remember and to keep praying for tensions and conflicts which are going on in different parts of the world, especially in the Middle East and in Ukraine," he said.

The head of Iraq’s largest church has condemned Takfiri ISIL militants for targeting the Christian community in the areas they control.

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako said on Sunday that the ISIL terrorists who forced Christians out of the city of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu, who raided medieval Baghdad.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has condemned the ISIL terrorist group for forcing the Christian community out of Nineveh province and areas under its control.

Maliki said in a statement which was issued on Sunday that such actions by the Takfiri militants indicate “the criminal and terrorist nature of this group.”

"What is being done by the Daesh [ISIL] terrorist gang against our Christian citizens in Nineveh province, and their aggression against the churches and houses of worship in the areas under their control reveals beyond any doubt the extremist criminal and terrorist nature of this group," Maliki said.

"Those people, through their crimes, are revealing their true identity," the Iraqi premier added.

The statement followed an ISIL ultimatum for Christians in Mosul, forcing them to leave the capital of the Nineveh province.

The ISIL Takfiri militants recently started marking houses belonging to the Christian community and issued a statement which told the Christians to convert, pay a special tax, leave the city, or face death by noon on Saturday.

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced out of their homes in the city of Mosul following the ultimatum by the ISIL terrorists.

In a statement which was issued on Saturday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that ISIL Takfiris kill or expel all religious minorities from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and its surroundings.

The terrorist group “seems intent on wiping out all traces of minority groups from areas it now controls in Iraq,” HRW said, urging the Takfiri group to immediately halt its vicious campaign against minorities in and around Mosul.

Crisis in Iraq escalated after ISIL terrorists took control of Mosul, in a lightning advance on June 10.

The United Nations said in a new report that more than 5,570 people have been killed and over 11,600 others wounded in Iraq since January.

According to reports, the terrorist group has links with Saudi intelligence services and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

The Iraqi prime minister has blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing Riyadh as a major supporter of global terrorism.

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