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ISIS Closes In On Christians in Dramatic Overnight Development
Aleteia ^ | August 7, 2014 | JOHN BURGER

Posted on 08/07/2014 2:37:55 PM PDT by NYer


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ISIS, the radical Islamist group that forced Christians out of Mosul with the threat of death, has taken control of most of the villages of the Nineveh Plain, the northern area where Iraqi Christians have hunkered down in what is appearing increasingly to look like ethnic cleansing.

In a statement in which the Vatican referst to "terrible developments," Pope Francis has called for help from the "international community."

"His Holiness urgently calls on the international community to protect all those affected or threatened by the violence, and to guarantee all necessary assistance—especially the most urgently needed aid—to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others," today's statment read."

The overnight development was reported in an urgent letter from Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of the Chaldean Catholic Church.
 
“The ISIS militants attacked with mortars most of the villags of the plain of Nineveh, during the night of 6th-7th of August and now they are controlling the area,” Patriarch Sako said, writing from Baghdad today in a letter emailed to Aleteia partner Aid to the Church in Need.

The Associated Press, quoting "several priests in northern Iraq," reported that militants from the Islamic State group overran a cluster of predominantly Christian villages alongside the country's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, sending tens of thousands of civilians and Kurdish fighters fleeing from the area.

The capture of Qaraqoush, Iraq's biggest Christian village, and at least four other nearby hamlets, brings the Islamic State to the very edge of the Iraqi Kurdish territory and its regional capital, Irbil.

Irbil is one of the towns to which the Christian population of Northern Iraq, which stands at approximately 100,000, is fleeing, along with Duhok and Soulaymiyia, Patriarch Sako said. The veritable exodus, taking place under soaring temperatures, includes sick, elderly, infants and pregnant women, he said.

“They are facing a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide,” the Patriarch wrote. “They need water, food, shelter…”

Patriarch Sako said that churches and affiliated properties in the Christian villages are being occupied, and some are being destroyed and desecrated. The destruction includes the burning of old manuscripts and documents, he added.

The Islamic State has already seized large chunks of northern and western Iraq in a blitz offensive in June, including Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul. The onslaught has pushed Iraq into its worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops.

The al-Qaida-breakaway group since has imposed a self-styled caliphate in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria, imposing its own harsh interpretation of Islamic law. Iraqi government forces and allied Sunni tribal militiamen have been struggling to dislodge the Islamic State militants with little apparent progress.

Bishop Joseph Tomas, who is based in the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk, said the Islamic State pushed into Qaraqoush and four surrounding hamlets—Tilkaif, Bartella, Karamless and Alqosh—on Wednesday and was in control of them on Thursday.

Kurdish peshmerga units, which had protected the area, fled along with civilians, Bishop Tomas said. Other priests contacted by AP confirmed the information.

The raid started late Wednesday, and by 10pm, most Kurdish fighters had pulled out, said Father Gabriel, a resident of Alqosh.

The Christians and members of other minority groups ran for their lives, with tens of thousands heading to Kurdish northern Iraq, he added.

"All Christian villages are now empty," said Bishop Tomas.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: iraqichristians; isis; mosul; nineveh
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1 posted on 08/07/2014 2:37:55 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Christians flee their homes with only the clothes on their backs. How would you handle this situation in order to protect your family?

2 posted on 08/07/2014 2:38:29 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer

How is the President’s golf game and fund raising going?


3 posted on 08/07/2014 2:39:25 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: NYer

I’m sure the lecturer in chief will have something profound to say about it all..


5 posted on 08/07/2014 2:41:18 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Have you reached your breaking point yet? If not now....then when?)
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To: NYer

Never mind all that. Ghaza./s


6 posted on 08/07/2014 2:41:45 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Ad Orientam; antonius; aposiopetic; arielguard; bad company; blinachka; bob808; Brad's Gramma; ...
Orthodox Ping!

Save Thy people, O Lord,
and bless Thine inheritance.
Grant victory to Thy Church over her enemies,
and protect Thy people by Thy Holy Cross!

7 posted on 08/07/2014 2:45:03 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: NYer

Obama and his media should be pleased at how fast Iraq is ridding itself of Christian values, as well as Christians. Expect the Obama perverts to blame this on some anti Islamic movie no one has watched, or on George Bush, or the Tea Party.


8 posted on 08/07/2014 2:45:56 PM PDT by pallis
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To: A CA Guy

Holocaust II


9 posted on 08/07/2014 2:55:53 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: NYer

With very little money, we could easily target these POS with a few hundred drones loaded with hellfire missiles. 24*7 and plenty of volunteers to stay up late pushing buttons.

Our government is comprised of morons and wimps.


10 posted on 08/07/2014 2:56:58 PM PDT by soycd
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To: ExTexasRedhead

No one seems to pay attention or care when they are Christian Holocausts though.


11 posted on 08/07/2014 2:57:43 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy

5 oclock now. Time for bed. Fundraising tomorrow.


12 posted on 08/07/2014 3:02:32 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: NYer

Prayers being said... this is terrible.


13 posted on 08/07/2014 3:04:12 PM PDT by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.??)
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To: NYer

Is that a trick question?


14 posted on 08/07/2014 3:04:30 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: lightman

Amen, amen!


15 posted on 08/07/2014 3:09:34 PM PDT by lulu16 (May the Good Lord take a liking to you!)
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To: NYer
"The Pope! How many divisions has he got?"

"Uncle Joe" (Joseph Stalin), 1935

16 posted on 08/07/2014 3:11:46 PM PDT by research99
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To: soycd

I saw an article that said we were making airstrikes in that area.

Still awaiting confirmation.


17 posted on 08/07/2014 3:18:06 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: A CA Guy
How is the President’s golf game and fund raising going?

Martha's Vineyard is lovely this time of year, I'm told.

I find it most curious that our Libyan intervention was premised on Qadafi's alleged threats to massacre civilians in Benghazi. In response to this, Barry could involve the US, while ignoring the War Powers Act. But all the "humanitarians," like Susan Rice, said it was the thing to do.

So now we have a real humanitarian crisis, involving a truly vicious foe. And Barry's urgency, so great in Libya, seems strangely absent when the victims are going to be Christians, instead of Muslims.

Just a coincidence, I'm sure.

18 posted on 08/07/2014 3:26:55 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: soycd

...and for even less money, airdrop a few loads of AK’s & ammo, an the Christians could defend their own selves...


19 posted on 08/07/2014 3:27:08 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun Control means hitting where you're aiming!))
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To: NYer

Well our resident is going to drop them food so they can have a last meal before they are slaughtered.

Even knowing about this for weeks, he had to plan his vacation.


21 posted on 08/07/2014 3:46:34 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: lightman

Amen to your prayer.


22 posted on 08/07/2014 3:56:13 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: NYer

Whatever few Christians are still left in that “country” need to GTFO. Now, not tomorrow, not in an hour and a half, now. These cannibals will butcher the lot of them and practice their soccer skills with the severed heads. Leave, run, any direction just don’t stop. Dito to Yezidis and any Kurd or Shiite who ends up in ISIS territory. The UN is only good for yelling at Israel, they will not do anything to defend you.


23 posted on 08/07/2014 4:05:27 PM PDT by BurningOak (Live Free or Die)
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To: soycd

ISIS will not be dislodged by an air campaign. Troops on the ground in both Iraq and Syria (lines on old maps, no longer nations) are the only thing that will stop these butchers. But the American public is in no mood to fight another war in the ME, this time side by side with our dear Iranian allies.


24 posted on 08/07/2014 4:09:40 PM PDT by BurningOak (Live Free or Die)
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To: soycd
Someone Is Bombing ISIS in Iraq
25 posted on 08/07/2014 4:10:34 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: NYer

I’d fight.


26 posted on 08/07/2014 4:16:06 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: lightman

Prayer for Iraq

O God, who art the unsearchable abyss of peace,
the ineffable sea of love, the fountain of blessings
and the bestower of affection,
who sendest peace to those that receive it;

Open to us this day the sea of thy love
and water us with plenteous streams
from the riches of thy grace
and from the most sweet springs of thy kindness.

Make us children of quietness and heirs of peace,
enkindle in us the fire of thy love;
sow in us thy fear;
strengthen our weakness by thy power;
bind us closely to thee and to each other
in our firm and indissoluble bond of unity:

Syrian Clementine Liturgy (in: For all God’s people; p. 73)

Litany for Iraq

For lasting peace in this ancient land – From you, O Lord.
For wisdom and compassion for all in authority – From you, O Lord.
For comfort for families separated or bereaved – From you, O Lord.
For the release of captives – From you, O Lord.
For safety and security for minority communities.
For refreshment for the weary and healing for the sick – From you, O Lord.
For continuing faithfulness of the ancient churches of this land – From you, O Lord.
For tenacity of spirit for small Christian groups – From you, O Lord.
For the mutual enrichment and support of those of different Christian traditions – From you, O Lord.

You, Lord of all, we confess;
You, Lord Jesus, we glorify;
For you are the life of our bodies
And you are the Saviour of our souls.

The response in the litany and this hymn both come from the Chaldean liturgy. The ancient hymn celebrates Christ the source of resurrection in all situations of death and deprivation. (in: With All God’s People, p. 21, 22)

 


27 posted on 08/07/2014 4:19:03 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

We could use a 21st century crusade. Given what the local ruling families are doing with Israel and Hamas I suspect they’d be welcomed.


28 posted on 08/07/2014 4:21:33 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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Her in sweden a professor in political science told a newspaper that it was rascist to be against ISIS.


29 posted on 08/07/2014 4:23:54 PM PDT by ConfusedSwede
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To: NYer
Obama is a Christian killer. Ladies of America, is this what you wanted?

WOMAN: "ISIS BEHEADING CHRISTIANS BY THE THOUSANDS OH BOY I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!"

30 posted on 08/07/2014 4:31:42 PM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: CivilWarBrewing

ISIS put out a video of one of those beheadings on YouTube. Just could not bring myself to watch it.


31 posted on 08/07/2014 4:40:32 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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Islam is a war plan.


32 posted on 08/07/2014 5:08:44 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

A shallow character for shallow idiots.


33 posted on 08/07/2014 5:09:57 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: NYer

> Christians flee their homes with only the clothes on their
> backs. How would you handle this situation in order to
> protect your family?

A poignant question that I think we will have to answer soon right here in the States.


34 posted on 08/07/2014 5:46:16 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Cold Heat

ISIS is acting very irresponsibly!


35 posted on 08/07/2014 5:47:56 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: BurningOak
I think the US population would overwhelmingly support olbliterating ISIS. They're our creation. We funded, trained, and armed them to get rid of a leader who protected Christians.

Beyond disgusted.....

Is the US still funding these "pro democracy" rebels in Syria?

36 posted on 08/07/2014 5:54:15 PM PDT by grania
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To: Trailerpark Badass

Exactly so.....lol...lecture,,,just a lecture.


37 posted on 08/07/2014 6:05:16 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Have you reached your breaking point yet? If not now....then when?)
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To: Westbrook
This video of the christian refugees was taken earlier today, in Iraq. They are desperate for help ... no food. no water ... infants, children, women and the elderly.

Iraqi Christians Fleeing ISIL Again: US Must Fix What it Started... Maliki, Where are You?

38 posted on 08/07/2014 6:10:54 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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39 posted on 08/07/2014 6:28:14 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: NYer

Glenn Beck
2 hours ago
Facebook Page

Just received this message from a crisis relief partner of Mercury One who is on the ground in Iraq helping deliver much needed aid.

He said that ISIS militants are only 10 minutes away from where they are serving refugees. He goes on to say, “Thousands more refugees fled into the city last night. UN evacuated it’s station. Our team is remaining to serve as best as can for now.” Please pray for these and other courageous volunteers and all those who are suffering around the globe from such human tragedy.

Just got another message moments ago. Some reports of the systematic beheading of kids by ISIS. PRAY!!!!

https://www.facebook.com/GlennBeck?hc_location=timeline


40 posted on 08/07/2014 7:22:21 PM PDT by EBH (And the head wound was healed, and Gog became man.)
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To: EBH

The Islamic State is selling women.

41 posted on 08/07/2014 8:01:20 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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Heavenly Father, we come before you and praise you. There is none greater then you. May your glory be known. Please protect these Christians, put your angels around them to minister to them, give them strength and provide for them. Let it be to your glory, we pray, In Jesus name Amen


42 posted on 08/07/2014 8:03:34 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: blueyon

Amen!


43 posted on 08/07/2014 8:09:32 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: blueyon

Amen and amen.


44 posted on 08/08/2014 3:33:49 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: NYer

Truly a horror. A horror.


45 posted on 08/08/2014 6:28:44 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance; give victory to the faithful over their adversary)
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To: 1010RD

“We could use a 21st century crusade. Given what the local ruling families are doing with Israel and Hamas I suspect they’d be welcomed.”

Over the decades I stopped listening to priests and preachers condemning the Crusades.

When they start that bs, I stop them and say, “If the crusades had not happened, none of us would be alive today and attending a Christian religious services.”

None have tried to repute what I said.


46 posted on 08/08/2014 7:31:30 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Obama's Storm of Illegal immigrants, aka, new democRat voters and his 2016 FDR 3rd term attempt!)
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To: NYer

This is part of the Islamic serial killers overall plan:

1. Destroy Israel and kill all Jews.

2. Kill all Christians and seize their properties.

Most rabid liberals have zero problems with #1 and #2. They hate real Jew and Christians.


47 posted on 08/08/2014 7:34:31 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Obama's Storm of Illegal immigrants, aka, new democRat voters and his 2016 FDR 3rd term attempt!)
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To: NYer

Here in the US all the Christians I know are heavily armed and would not turn the other cheek, but alas over there they are unarmed and unorganized.


48 posted on 08/08/2014 7:59:05 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Grampa Dave

You’re right. History’s being taught all wrong. It’s Christianity and the absolute nuclear family that created Western Civ, not anything else. We have living examples of where other religions, cultures and family systems lead. The most common family system is tribal - it didn’t work for the American Indians, Africans, ME or SA or CA or Asia.

The industrial revolution is a function of Christian values and the absolute nuclear family. We owe the jutes and Germans a lot. Go look at world GDP and you’ll see the massive explosion in welfare and wealth. That came from England and later the US. That’s history.


49 posted on 08/08/2014 9:02:56 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD; Grampa Dave; Resolute Conservative; GreyFriar
Did any of you watch Obama's speech last night? Obama said the religious minorities are under the threat of genocide from militants from the Islamic State (IS), the group formerly known as ISIS, and are stranded on the mountain without food or water. He said airstrikes could also be used to help protect those civilians. Good! However, in referring to the "religious minorities", he used the word christian only once! His empathy was focused on the Yazidis, a word he repeated over and over again!

The Yazidis, BTW, follow an ancient religion with ties to Zoroastrianism. Muslims refer to them as devil worshipers. I had never heard of this group and while I am grateful for the food drop, it struck me very strange that christians were set aside, once again, in the rationale behind the emergency food drop.

50 posted on 08/08/2014 12:28:06 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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