Christmas Day Bombings Against Christians – 37 Dead in Iraq

Dec 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Weekly Washington Updates
One of many bombed out churches in the Middle East

At least 37 dead in attacks. Scene from an earlier church bombing in Baghdad.

By William J. Murray

The Associated Press is reporting two bombings against Christian civilian targets in Baghdad, Iraq on Christmas Day. AP is the only news agency to combine the attacks in one story. As usual, most other Western media sources report the attacks separately to minimize them. At no time does the AP article suggest that the bombs were planted by Muslims but does mention al-Qaeda and other “insurgents.”

A French AFP article quotes a police colonel as saying, “”The attack targeted the church, and most of the martyrs are Christians. The attack happened when worshipers were leaving the church.”

AP reports:

[color-box] In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church during Christmas Mass in the capital’s southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer said.

A little bit earlier, a bomb ripped through an outdoor market in the nearby Christian section of Athorien, killing 11 people and wounding 21, the officer added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but Iraq’s dwindling Christian community, which is estimated to number about 400,000 to 600,000 people, has often been targeted by al-Qaida and other insurgents who see the Christians as unbelievers. [/color-box]

Before the United States liberated Iraq from the secular dictatorship of Saddam Hussein over one million Christians lived in Iraq, and the Dora section of Baghdad was a major commercial and spiritual hub for Christians. AP reports that the death toll in the Dora area of Baghdad on Christmas Day could rise.

[color-box] In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church during Christmas Mass in the capital’s southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer said.

A little bit earlier, a bomb ripped through an outdoor market in the nearby Christian section of Athorien, killing 11 people and wounding 21, the officer added. [/color-box]

Under the current government installed by the United States, about 1,000 people a month are killed in terror attacks. Last month the government bragged about bringing the total down to 900 deaths. Most of the terror attacks against Christians and Shiites are carried out by Sunni Muslim terror groups. These are the same groups the Obama Administration supports in Syria to overthrow the secular government of that nation.

Just a few days before Christmas the Syrian rebels armed by Saudi Arabia and the United States fired multiple mortar shells on a church in Syria’s southern province of Daraa, killing 12 people and injuring many others, the pro- government al-Ekhbarieh TV reported. The shells landed at the Church in Daraa while the Church volunteers were distributing charity aid to locals. Meanwhile the focus of the Western media is on the Syrian government’s bombings of rebel held areas of Aleppo, actions that the United States condemns at the United Nations as “violations of international law.” Apparently, however, the Obama Administration sees no “violation of international law” in the bombings and mortar shelling of churches.

Also of note is the fact that Senator John McCain has made no statement condemning these attacks on Christian sites. He has however met with radical Islamists supporting the overthrow of secular governments in the Middle East.

Previous story warned of attacks on Iraqi churches.

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