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one of the Exploded Cars nearby Christian House

one of the Exploded Cars nearby Christian House

 

By: FA ME

Three bombs left outside three Christian homes in western Baghdad detonated Tuesday evening, wounding at least three people, an Interior Ministry official said.

It was not clear if the injured were Christian residents or others on the street.

The latest attacks came as 35 Christian survivors of a chilling church attack last month arrived in France, where they will be able to seek asylum.

A group called the Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for the gruesome October 31 siege of the Sayidat al-Nejat cathedral that left 70 people dead and 75 wounded. The umbrella group includes a number of Sunni extremist organizations and has ties to al Qaeda in Iraq.

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By: FA ME / MASSACHUSSETTS

It’s again a Shock for the whole Christian Community in Iraq and outside Iraq for the henious and inhuman Attack that targeted Christians inside the house of God, inside a Church where they were practicing their faith, it’s again the hatred fanatic hand of no mercy that  reaped the life of the innocent people, including two holy and pious priests who were serving God through the Mass that they were holding on Sunday evening.

the following pictures are taken from Ankawa and Ishtar TV websites that shows how tragic this incident was along with a report from the Associated Press speaking about it:

 

the Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsEEhDQ3i2U

 

The Pictures::

inside the Church - the Alter of God is stained with bloods of Martyrs!

inside the Church - the Alter of God is stained with bloods of Martyrs!

The Church's Door - our Lord Says "and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it"

The Church's Door - our Lord Says "and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it"

The Cross is essential part of the Church - what is so amazing about it here that among the destoryed pieces around the cross is still Standing!

The Cross is essential part of the Church - what is so amazing about it here that among the destoryed pieces around the cross is still Standing!

Father Thair - a yound pious Catholic Priest who died and was among the hostages!

Father Thair - a yound pious Catholic Priest who died and was among the hostages!

Father Thair who became a Martyr for the sake of his Faith!

Father Thair who became a Martyr for the sake of his Faith!

Father Wassem - another priest was among the hostages and was serving the house of God in that day!

Father Wassem - another priest was among the hostages and was serving the house of God in that day!Father Wassem joining his Brother Father Thair on their way home to our heavenly father for eternal rest.

Father Wassem - May God forgive those who have done this to you!

Father Wassem - May God forgive those who have done this to you!

WE ALWAYS CALL AND SAY – PEACE AND GLORY BE TO OUR MARTYRS AND WE ASK GOD TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO COMMITTED THIS ACT AND WE REPEAT WITH OUR LORD JESUS “FORGIVE THEM FATHER FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO”

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Christian Freed Hostage
Christian Freed Hostage

BY: FA ME / Source: NEW YORK TIMES

BAGHDAD — Iraqi antiterrorist forces stormed a church where gunmen had taken close to 100 hostages on Sunday in an afternoon of chaos that became a bloodbath. At least 30 hostages and 7 security officers were killed, and 41 hostages and 15 security force members were wounded, according to a source at the Ministry of Information.

 The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

 Abdul-Kader Jassem al-Obeidi, the minister of defense, said that most of the hostages were killed or wounded when the kidnappers set off at least two suicide vests as they took over the church. He defended the decision to storm the building, saying, “This was a successful operation with a minimum of casualties, and killing all the terrorists.” He added that an unspecified number of suspects were also arrested.

 The source at the Ministry of Information said that the police had arrested eight gunmen believed to be affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq, a militant organization connected to Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia.

 Hussain Nahidh, a police officer who saw the interior of the church, said: “It’s a horrible scene. More than 50 people were killed. The suicide vests were filled with ball bearings to kill as many people as possible. You can see human flesh everywhere. Flesh was stuck to the top roof of the hall. Many people went to the hospitals without legs and hands.”

 The violence began shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday. The gunmen first attacked the Baghdad stock exchange in the Karada neighborhood, killing two security guards and wounding four others, setting off two bombs and then taking refuge in the nearby Sayidat al-Nejat church.

 The church — one of six bombed in August 2004 — was filled for Sunday services. A local television channel, Baghdadiya, reported receiving a telephone call from someone claiming to be one of the attackers and demanding the release of all members of Al Qaeda imprisoned in Arab countries.

 Karada is an area dotted with federal police checkpoints, local police patrols and political parties with security details, as well as security guards attached to the stock market and the church. Mr. Obeidi, the defense minister, said, “It seems like there was negligence by the security forces, which we will investigate later.”

 The attack came two days after a suicide attack at a cafe in Diyala Province killed 21 people, the worst assault in more than a month, and as members of Iraq’s four political blocs planned to meet in the heavily fortified Green Zone to try to break the impasse that has left Iraq without a new government nearly eight months after the national election.

 Major acts of violence have not proliferated during the political deadlock, as many have feared, but smaller, focused attacks have been commonplace, stirring fears of a return to high levels of bloodshed.

 The Iraqi antiterrorist unit, known as the Golden Force, which has been criticized for not being able to stop attacks, moved quickly to end the siege. Its forces swarmed the church by helicopter and sent in grenades and smoke grenades, but were rebuffed by the terrorists.

 Security officers then stormed the church from the ground, breaking through the gates. Spokesmen from the police and the Ministry of the Interior would not give details of the final assault on the church, or say how many kidnappers were involved.

 It was unclear whether the attackers’ main target was the stock market or the church, or whether they planned to attack both.

 The church, with a huge cross visible from hundreds of yards away, was already surrounded with concrete bollards and razor wire, and church leaders have been fearful of attack since the Rev. Terry Jones in Gainesville, Fla., threatened to burn a Koran on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Mr. Jones decided not to burn the Koran.

 

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