A car bomb exploded Tuesday near a northern Iraqi church, injuring a dozen people.
In the mostly Christian town of Bartilla, about 28 miles north of Mosul, a car bomb exploded at about 12 p.m., according to the Assyrian International News Agency. The blast occurred near St. George Church, which is in the same town as the church that was attacked on Christmas morning by a minority ethnic group called Shabak.
A dozen people were reportedly injured in the latest attack, with five having been hospitalized. more >>
A group of Shiite Muslims attacked an Assyrian Christian town in Northern Iraq on Christmas morning, according to reports over the weekend.
The assailants, a minority ethnic group called Shabak, took over the entry checkpoint into the Christian-dominated town of Bartilla, about 28 miles north of Mosul, and tore down Christmas decorations in the Assyrian market, reported Assyrian International News Agency (AINA).
Witnesses say they also harassed a Christian procession headed toward St. Mary Church, throwing rocks at participants. more >>
Some churches in Iraq have canceled Christmas services to protect themselves against the threats of bombings on churches.
Just a day before Christmas Eve, a bomb planted near Church of St. Thomas in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul killed two men and wounded five others on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, a series of bombs left four people dead in Mosul. more >>
A series of bombs that appeared to target two churches and a high-traffic neighborhood in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul detonated Tuesday, killing four people and wounding as many as 40.
According to reports, the first bomb went off Tuesday morning outside a church in western Mosul and the second explosion came less than 10 minutes later as people gathered at the site of the initial blast.
Across the city, in northern Mosul, a bomb exploded near another church, breaking windows and damaging the church's gates. No injuries were reported in the third blast. more >>
Iraqi Christians are, for all purposes, unarmed and stuck being the political tool of the Arab or Kurdish government – either of which can be deadly to side with, according to a conflict-zone reporter in the Middle East.
The weak and ever-diminishing Christian community in Mosul, a northern city in Iraq, is locked in a political game where they can side with the nearby Kurdish forces and tacitly agree to support annexation of their area to Kurdistan, or support the Sunni Arab government of Mosul.
Many, however, want a semi-autonomous region in the Nineveh plain – the land where the prophet Jonah was sent to proclaim God’s message, as recorded in the Bible. Christians propose they and other persecuted minorities can govern themselves as a state within Iraq there, and work and live in peace away from the constant threat of militants elsewhere in the country. more >>
A ministry that supports persecuted churches has launched a new training program in Iraq to help the country’s traumatized children.
“Many of these children and youth have known nothing but chaos and violence; some since birth,” noted Carl Moeller, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, which supports and strengthens persecuted Christians in over 45 countries worldwide.
“Some have watched as loved ones have been killed or wounded. Trauma counseling is so important along with spiritual and physical help,” he added. more >>