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St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« on: March 20, 2012, 04:20:05 PM »
The Syriac Orthodox Church of St. Matthew, in Baghdad was attached today by Iraqi extremists, who this morning carried out a series of attacks across the country to coincide with the ninth anniversary of the U.S. invasion - March 20, 2003.

Church sources in Iraq asking for anonymity for safety reasons, told AsiaNews, that the two people were killed in the attack, while five others were injured. AsiaNews sources in Iraq confirm "at least the 20 explosions" in different areas of the country, including the bombing of St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church in Baghdad.

Source http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Series-of-attacks-in-Iraq,-dozens-of-dead.-Church-of-St-Mathew-in-Baghdad-targeted-24283.html
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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2012, 04:34:08 PM »
Lord have mercy.

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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2012, 04:45:54 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2012, 05:53:13 PM »
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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2012, 07:24:17 PM »
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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2012, 07:43:47 PM »
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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2012, 08:03:41 PM »
Is the implication that this is somehow in retaliation for the US invasion nine years ago?  What did the Syriac Orthodox Christians have to do with that?  This is just an excuse to kill people and further persecute Christians. 

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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2012, 09:25:41 PM »
Is the implication that this is somehow in retaliation for the US invasion nine years ago?  What did the Syriac Orthodox Christians have to do with that?  This is just an excuse to kill people and further persecute Christians.  

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Yeah that had me scratching my head as well. I suppose for fanatics even the slightest excuse is excuse enough.  :(

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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2012, 06:13:13 AM »
Really sad.  So that's not strange that more and more Christians espace from Iraq, which was an Arab country with quite huge christian minority... Lord have mercy!
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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2012, 06:15:43 AM »
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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2012, 08:37:02 AM »
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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2012, 12:40:50 PM »
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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2012, 12:41:54 PM »
Ugh, Lord have mercy.
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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2012, 12:58:20 PM »
Is the implication that this is somehow in retaliation for the US invasion nine years ago?  What did the Syriac Orthodox Christians have to do with that?  This is just an excuse to kill people and further persecute Christians.  

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Yeah that had me scratching my head as well. I suppose for fanatics even the slightest excuse is excuse enough.  :(

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Indeed. Remember only a little while ago that they bombed Siadat an-Najat Syriac Catholic Church (killing 52 people) in "revenge" for some imagined persecution of converts to Islam (that never actually converted) at the hands of the Coptic Orthodox in Egypt...logic has never been a strong suit of Islam, and much less so of radical Islamists.

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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2012, 01:25:29 PM »
We are the Christians of Iraq

http://youtu.be/JQD19aW1lFI
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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2012, 01:31:25 PM »
Here's an interview with a family that lived through the horror of the attack on Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Catholic Church; which dzheremi mentioned above. Truly, one of the saddest things I've ever watched in my life. Lord have mercy.

Iraq - Witness of the Church Attack I
http://youtu.be/7qjLrsX05Dk

Iraq - Witness of the Church Attack II
http://youtu.be/-Q1HS1mtyy8

Iraq - Witness of the Church Attack III
http://youtu.be/WuwR33-sUYo
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Re: St. Matthew Syriac Orthodox Church, Baghdad attacked.
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2012, 01:44:12 PM »
I've seen that series of videos before...so sad. So unbearably sad. :'(

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