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01 | November (11th Month) | 2010 AD
Article by Marc Aupiais
A Syrian Catholic church was held hostage in Iraq, resulting in dozens of deaths and more injuries. It is uncertain if the majority of deaths occurred before or after police stormed the church, having reportedly not attempted to negotiate with hostage takers, reportedly belonging to an Islamic Special Interests group, which some in the West link to Al Qaeda.
47 people are dead, and dozens more that is: at least about 60 (mostly women) injured, after militants, claimed as foreign by local Iraqi press, stormed the Iraqi stock exchange, and after this, a Syrian Catholic church: Our Lady of Deliverance parish. The militants, on taking the parish, killed the priest instantly, and took about 100 people within the church hostage according to reports. When police stormed the building without any reported negotiations, suicide bombers set off their bombs and threw grenades at police according to reports. A local Iraqi television station claims an attacker phoned them claiming to be part of the Islamic State of Iraq, an Islamic special interests group, allegedly linked to Al Qaeda, and allegedly capable of using terror tactics.
Islamic State of Iraq, also is possibly the source of a text on an Islamic militant website, claiming to be from the group and giving the alleged reasons for the attack.
The text referred to two women who allegedly converted from Coptic Christianity to Islam, in order to divorce their husbands in Egypt, before disappearing. They reportedly reappeared claiming no conversion, before allegedly being spirited away to distant monasteries. People converting from Islam have previously alleged being in danger of life and limb for the move. The Islamic special interests group, has asked the Vatican to "release" the women, whom it says it considers victims of Christian oppression, and to be Muslim. It claims the women are being held by Christians.
Whether the church was the intended target of the militants, or the stock exchange, is uncertain. Attacks against Christians in Iraq have been commonplace since an American invasion disposed of former President Saddam Hussein, imposing a new regime upon Iraq with the help of a northern tribe of former separatists. Iraq has asked foreign nations not to accept Christian refugees due to a skills draining caused by what some players in the region consider a genocide against minority Christians in the country.
Before Republican US President George W. Bush invaded Iraq, the Vatican warned of such a potential genocide, asking the president not to enter the country. While sectarian violence has been reduced under years of occupation, after an initial spike due to the ending of the Saddam Hussein regime, violence against Christians has only increased. Critics of the current Democratic Party Barack Obama US administration have claimed that early withdrawal of American troops created a power vacuum, endangering westerners and minorities in the majority Islamic and Arab nation.
Police on the scene, the Iraqi government, and the US military all give different statistics for casualties, arrests, and the number of militants. About 10 Iraqi police died in storming the church.
Attacks against churches, and kidnappings, and murders of Christians are common in Iraq, with Christian groups reported as claiming that the US installed and now elected Iraqi government does little or nothing to protect their basic human interests.
American; Independent of the state; Catholic special interests Source:
American Papist/ Catholic Vote Action
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sources that are Secular interests coverage.
British based Sources:
Daily Mail (Independent of the state)
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American based, Independent of the State, Liberal; secular/general interests source
AP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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