The Turkish military, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and Daesh – all now openly fight in Syria under the same flag, worn as arm-patches by Salafist terrorists and Turkish soldiers alike.
Their much-stated objective is to invade and impose a Neo-Ottoman and Salafist Empire throughout the Levant, Europe, Africa and Asia.
“The current security situation in Nigeria is very bad and is getting worse by the day. Lives are lost on a daily basis either because of Boko Haram terrorist attacks, kidnappings, abductions, armed robbery, or banditry. The attacks on places of worship, to be fair, are on both churches and mosques. But in recent times, we see the selective killing and murder of Christians by either Boko Haram or ISWAP [ISIS or Daesh in West African Province].
There is a clear and planned campaign of persecution against Christians in Nigeria, and this is done in many facets of life, especially for the Christians living in the Northern part of Nigeria. The forms of persecution include political exclusion and discrimination in appointment to government positions; denial of land to build places of worship; denial of job opportunities and access to economic opportunities.
The impact of Boko Haram on the Diocese of Maiduguri is enormous. As a diocese, we have suffered both physical destruction and loss of lives. Since the year 2009, as our records show, over 5,000 Catholic faithful have been killed. Nineteen schools have been vandalised and destroyed, four health clinics destroyed and burnt down, and three convents ransacked, destroyed, and burnt down. About 20 rectories have been vandalised and destroyed, 22 parish churches destroyed and burnt, and over 200 outstation churches ransacked and destroyed, in addition to vehicles, motorcycles, and other church equipment. Our people are psychologically traumatised because of their losses.”
“Mhardeh locals took to the streets of the city to celebrate the Syrian army’s victory over terrorist organisations in the northern countryside of Hama. These organisations used to target innocent people in the city and its vicinity with rockets on a daily basis only because they support their army and leadership.
The locals expressed their happiness at getting rid of terrorist attacks, stressing their full support for the Syrian army in bringing back safety and security to the entire Syrian territory.
Over the past eight years, Mhardeh city has been a story of steadfastness and resistance against terrorism. Its people never gave up or left their lands and homes despite daily terror attacks by terrorist groups, as they were confident that the Syrian army will come to rid them of terrorism”
Christians in Iraq have condemned clerical interference in their political affairs, which is viewed as part of the U.S.A.’s attempt to hold onto its fragile and dwindling control over the country.
A recent statement released by the Chaldean Patriarchate, entitled ‘The Chaldean Church Refuses to Form a Christian Faction’, says that Christians can engage in political activity “but not to form a Christian faction”, and that “armed factions in the name of Christianity contradict the spirituality of the Christian religion which calls for love, tolerance, forgiveness and peace”.
The statement is widely regarded as a political attack directed against the 50th Brigade of the Popular Mobilisation Units, and the statement issued to serve the geo-political interests of the U.S.A.
The 50th Brigade of the P.M.U. is commonly known as the Babylon Brigades. The P.M.U. is a network of grass-roots based militias that formed all over Iraq to supplement the Iraqi army in its war against ISIS and it operates under the overall command of the Iraqi armed forces. The Babylon Brigades first formed in 2014 as a Chaldean militia to protect Christians against Wahhabi-Salafist terrorism, and soon became a respected component of the Popular Mobilisation Units. It is closely associated with the Babylon Movement which holds two seats in the Iraqi Parliament, and which constitutes the biggest Christian bloc in the Iraqi parliament.
The commander of the 50th Brigade, Rayan al-Kildani, was recently placed on a U.S. sanctions list, the timing of which, Chaldeans have noted, coincides suspiciously with not just the statement issued by the Iraqi Patriarchate, but with a policy enacted by U.S. government to rip apart families and deport over 1000 of the 250,000 Chaldeans living in the U.S.A., even though many of them were not actually born in Iraq and do not even speak Arabic.
This new policy is seen as the U.S.A. attempting to exert political leverage over the Chaldean Church and a harsh demonstration that U.S. authorities can target and mistreat the quarter-of-a-million Chaldeans living in the U.S.A. if the Christians of Iraq are not compliant with U.S. foreign policy.
A Catholic priest and scholar has some useful insights into the Islamic world, its relationship with Christianity, and its relationship with the Western World.
“To understand what is happening today in regard to the Western World and the Middle East we must understand the main branches of contemporary Islam. They are a) Pan-Arab nationalism, and, b) Takfiri [also commonly referred to as Wahhabi-Salafist] Jihadism which has roots in both the Middle Ages and the nineteenth-twentieth centuries.”
“I have visited As Suqaylabiyah many times over the last year and have personally experienced a number of the attacks on the town by the HTS-dominated terrorist groups embedded in the surrounding countryside. In September 2018, Al Suqaylabiyah and the neighbouring town of Mhardeh were targeted with prohibited ground-launched cluster munitions and Grad missiles. In Mhardeh, 13 civilians were killed in the attack, another massacre that barely registered in Western reporting.
The shock that resonated throughout Al Suqaylabiyah after the deaths of four children in May 2019 was unprecedented. I visited the town about a week after the attack ……..”
Read more at MintPress News.
Gearóid Ó Colmáin argues that “Sri Lanka’s Catholics are leading the fight against globalisation. It is in this context that one should view the recent terrorist attacks.”
“The Forty Martyrs Armenian Cathedral in Aleppo was re-consecrated on Saturday, four years after the jihadist rebels ransacked the building.
His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, visited the historic church after its reconstruction meant it could be opened again after Jabhat Al-Nusra razed parts of the compound back in April 2015.”
View the video at Al-Masdar News
On Friday it will become illegal in the UK to show public support for the Lebanese organisation Hezbollah, which is about to be fully classified as a so-called “terrorist” organisation.
Hezbollah constitutes the biggest elected parliamentary group in the Lebanese government, and thousands of its supporters have courageously risked their lives and shed their blood protecting Christian, as well as Muslim, communities from Saudi-backed Wahhabi-Salafist head-choppers sent in to cause murder and mayhem in Syria and Iraq.
At the same time, the UK continues a lucrative multi-billion pound trade in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, an horrific trade in murder and mayhem that actually increased by two-thirds in 2017.
In return, Saudi Arabia funds the widespread construction of mosques throughout the UK which preach and indoctrinate Muslims living in the UK with the Wahhabi-Salafist message.
Common sense says it’s not going to end at all well.
The esteem in which Hezbollah is held throughout the Middle East by Christians can be gauged from the video produced below from a concert given by the Maronite Catholic singer Julia Boutros.
On Wahhabi-Salafist Islam:
“We are on the front lines of combat, facing a jihadist mercenary group called Séléka, financed by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. They’ve come to Central Africa to conquer it, to put their claws in the country’s gold, mercury, cobalt and coltan.”
“Coltan is a key geostrategic material. The largest producer of coltan in the world is the Democratic Republic of Congo and the largest seller of coltan is Rwanda, which steals everything from Congo. Coltan is used in the production of phones and computers, but also weapons, nuclear missiles and drones.
Saudi Arabia tries to destabilize the country using religion as a ruse. In the world there are millions of non-radical, moderate Muslims who have understood the Quran and live it as a religion of peace. But there are radical groups … in Nigeria there is Boko Haram, in Mali there is Ansar, in Central Africa there is Séléka and in Somalia, al-Shabaab, which has attacked a lot in Kenya. All of these are radical groups like ISIS that are being formed with the logistical help of the Muslim countries with petrodollars. They use religion as a smoke-screen and make radicals fight against non-Muslims in wars that have done a lot of damage.”
On clerical sex abuse:
“In my opinion, there are three reasons for this crisis. The first is the entrance of homosexual priests to the seminary, who have lived their homosexuality within the Church in the 1970s to the 1990s. Secondly, the arrival of Internet, through which the negative impulses of many priests have been awakened. Thirdly, there are priests who do not occupy their time well, who have too much free time and let themselves be tempted by the devil.”
The Powers-that-Be in Britain are refusing sanctuary to Asia Bibi, the persecuted Pakistani Catholic mother of five, who was falsely accused of blasphemy by Wahhabi-Salafists in Pakistan, according to Wilson Chowdhr, of the British Pakistani Christian Association.
“I’ve been lead to believe that the UK government had concerns that her moving to the UK would cause security concerns and unrest among certain sections of the community and would also be a security threat to British embassies abroad which might be targeted by Islamist terrorists.”
Yet concerns of community “unrest” never prevented the British State from creating “certain sections of the community” in the British Isles in the first place. Nor have such concerns or “security threats to British embassies abroad” ever prevented the British State from exploiting and stealing the natural resources of ‘lesser countries’ and bombing and shooting their inhabitants to kingdom come.
The hypocrisy stinks to high Heaven.
“In Damascus, the attacks on civilians living in the part controlled by the government started from the Ghouta area, and not vice versa.
The same Ghouta where civilians who did not support the jihadists were put in iron cages: men, women, exposed outdoors and used as human shields.
Ghouta: the district where today the civilians who want to escape, and take refuge in the government controlled area, taking advantage of the truce granted, are targeted by rebel snipers.
Why is there this blindness on behalf of the West?”