Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Saturday 08 May |
home iconNews
line break icon

Report: Muslim Speaks Out for Christians of Mosul and is Assassinated

© KARIM SAHIB | AFP

IRAQ, Arbil : Iraqi Christians fleeing the violence in the towns of Qaraqush and Bartala, both east of the city of Mosul in the northern province of Nineveh, pray at the Saint George church on July 1, 2014 in the Kurdish autonomous region&#039;s capital Arbil. The Islamic State (IS) has spearheaded a lightning advance since June 9, capturing sizeable territories in the north and west, including the country&#039;s second city Mosul. AFP PHOTO /KARIM SAHIB</span>

John Burger - published on 07/22/14



This evening in Paris, about 100 protestors gathered behind the French National Assembly to urge French legislators to take action. Demonstrators held up the Arabic letter nun, or "N," which the Islamic State painted on the homes of Christians in Mosul. 

In Washington, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), a longtime champion in of religious freedom around the world, took to the floor of the House of Represenatives, saying the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities.

“Where is the Obama Administration?” he asked.

He pointed out that in June, 55 Members of Congress urged the Administration to "actively engage with the Iraqi central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government to prioritize additional security support for especially vulnerable populations, notably Iraq’s ancient Christian community and provide emergency humanitarian assistance to those affected communities."

Wolf repeated a portion of the statement from early June: "Absent immediate action, we will most certainly witness the annihilation of an ancient faith community from the lands they’ve inhabited for centuries."

“It is happening. They are almost all gone—just as we predicted," he said today.

At the State Department, a reporter asked at Monday’s press briefing to clarify a statement issued on Friday about the situation Christians in northern Iraq are facing.

“In general, we’ve been very clear that we will help the Iraqi Government in its fight against ISIL writ large,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. “This is one part of that fight, certainly. We are working with them now, but I don’t have anything specific on that for you.”

She added, “We’ve also worked very closely with international organizations to address the humanitarian crisis in Iraq.”

The reporter quoted Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institution who said that it would be “impossible to combat ISIS without a few more folks on the ground.

Harf responded that US military assessment teams “have provided a draft report. I know my colleagues at the Defense Department are looking at it to determine the best way to assist the Iraqi Government. We’re very committed to that. I would leave it to my colleagues there to talk in further detail about that.

John Burger is news editor of the English edition of Aleteia.org.

  • 1
  • 2
Tags:
IraqIslamist MilitantsUnited Nations
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Top 10
1
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
2
I.Media for Aleteia
These 30 shrines will lead the Rosary Relay for end of the pandem...
3
MOTHER OF ASIA - TOWER OF PEACE
J-P Mauro
Philippines finishes construction of largest Marian statue in the...
4
FIRST LOOK
Sarah Robsdottir
Dad’s priceless reaction to newborn goes viral
5
OUR LADY OF FATIMA,SUN
Philip Kosloski
Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima for healing and strength
6
CHURCH
Philip Kosloski
What are the 4 different parts of the Mass?
7
SAINT Januarius
J-P Mauro
Watch the blood of St. Januarius liquefy in May 2021
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.