Baghdad, Iraq - In a long predicted
series of attacks, four Assyrian Christian Churches -
three in Baghdad and one in Mosul were bombed on
Sunday afternoon just as worshipers were leaving.
"We have warned and warned that this
was going to happen" screamed Assyrian Christian Amir
Warda who asked that his name be protected.
"We have begged for help, from the
International Community, we have begged for
protection but nobody would listen. Maybe finally
they will realize that what we have been saying is
true." he continued.
The Al Najat Church, the Al Mansour
Church and two more Churches were targeted, and with
the timing and number of worshipers present serious
death and injuries are being predicted.
The four bombings follow a long string
of bombings of Assyrian Christian owned businesses,
homes - a particularly gruesome killing involved two
Children aged 6 and 16 gunned down in cold blood in
Further difficulty happened days ago
when the Assyrian Christians were completely shut out
of election preparations for their two most populous
areas in Northern Iraq.
Entitled to a minimum of four seats out
of 28 for the upcoming National Congress to prepare
for Iraq Elections, the Assyrian Christians received
Another individual at the scene who
asked not to be named related what happened
immediately after the bombing. "American troops
immediately circled the area and visibly angry
soldiers nearly lost control as they watched and
attempted to do all they could to help the worshipers
as they struggled out of the Church" he said.
"They were screaming they were so angry
at the people who would bomb a Church as people were
leaving the service. Frankly, I can't repeat some of
what they were saying but it was very clear they were
deeply affected by this brutal act."
Another individual involved in the
efforts, who to asked that his name not be used for
fear of reprisal put it more succinctly. "Maybe this
will finally alert the public to what the situation
is. We call specifically on the US Congress to attach
a rider to the appropriations bill for Iraq. The
Assyrian Community is demanding protection and needs
specifically four things - resettlement to their
original villages, repair of the villages destroyed
by Saddam Hussein, autonomy in Assyria as provided by
Article 53 of the Iraqi Constitution and voting
"The only way we can remain in Iraq is
if we can have a protected area in our original
homeland. Without this we must tell our people to
leave. With all due respect we do not believe the
American people fought a war and liberated Iraq to
have it become a radical Moslem state. It is we - the
Assyrian Christians who love the Americans and will be
eternally grateful for what they have done. This the
true feeling of the majority of the Iraqis. Now is the
time for the Americans to help their friends and
insist that the Assyrian Christians have an autonomous
area in their homeland so they can live in peace."
Experts predict a continuation of the
violence against the Assyrian Christians until either
they leave the country en masse or the Assyrian
Regional Government is set up as provided for in ther
Iraqi Constitution next to the similar Kurdish
Regional Government, seen by many as the only long
term solution for the estimated 2.5 million Assyrian
Christians in Iraq.
Predicting much of what is happening,
EU Parliament Member Albert Jaan Maat had weeks
earlier issued a report to the European Union saying
"Is the Commission aware that the Assyrian Christians
are systematically excluded from the distribution of
aid by local leaders?"
Maat went on to speak of clear cut
religious discrimination saying further "International
aid is mainly distributed through regional and
therefore Moslem leaders and seldom or never reaches
the Assyrian Christians." according to
Assyrianchristians.com a website devoted to the
Assyrian community worldwide.
Reflecting the widespread lack
assistance to the minority community including the
Assyrian Christians, Yazidis and other non-moslem
communities some view the whole situation as another
example of ethnic cleansing in a more subtle way.
"This is our last cry for help" says
Warda "If the world will not listen to us now then
they do not care. Where are the Christians of the
world when we need their voices and help? Why should
we have to leave our own homeland where we were the
first people to accept Christianity and where we have
practiced our faith and lived in peace for 2,000
The bombings are expected to increase
as more and more responsibility is handed over to the
interim Iraqi Government and the move toward elections
The Islamic terrorists responsible for bombing five
Iraqi churches issued a statement in Arabic on an
The following is a full translation of that
A declaration from the Committee of
Planning and Follow Up in Iraq
In the name of God the most merciful,
Thanks be to God the supporter of his
faithful, prayers and peace be upon him who was sent
with the sword at these times as a mercy for human
beings. He who believes in him and upholds his methods
will gain paradise and he who denies him and sways
away from his methods will lost forever.
O! Muslims wherever you live...
The war today in Iraq and Afghanistan
is un doubtedly something that two Muslims wouldn't
argue about, that it's a hateful Crusades war
targetting Islam and Muslims and that the United
States and its allies didn't ever delay or spare an
effort to fight God's religion with all the power that
they have and with the blessing of the (Pope) before
whom the leaders of America stand like slaves.
O! Believers in one God...
America didn't only occupy and invade
militarily the Islamic lands but they also founded
hundreds of Christianizing [Tanseer]
establishments, printing false deviated books and
distributing them amongst the Muslims in an effort to
strip them away of their religion and Christianize
them. The Crusaders are one nation even if they
differed in their ideas.
The American forces and their
intelligence systems have found a safe haven and
refuge amongst their brethren the grandchildren [Iraqi
Christians] of monkeys and swines in Iraq.
The graceful God has enabled us on
Sunday, August 01, 2004 to aim several painful blows
at their dens, the dens of wickedness, corruption and
Christianizing. Your striving brethren were able to
blow up four cars aimed at the Churches in Karrada,
Baghdad Jadida (New Baghdad) and Dora while another
group of Moujahedeen hit the Churches in Mosul.
As we announce our responsibility for
the bombings we tell you, the people of the Crosses:
return to your senses and be aware that God's soldiers
are ready for you. You have wanted a Crusade and these
are its results. God is great and glory be to God and
his messenger. He who has warned is excused".
Prayers and peace be upon our prophet
Muhammad, his kin and companions.
The committee of planning and follow
up in Iraq
14/Jamadi I/1425 -- August 01, 2004
International Islamic Information
1 In the Arabic version the word is
"tails" instead of alliesm which connotes subservience
2 America: Arabs refer to the United
States as America.
3 Tanseer: A word used by muslims to
4 Quran: Soura Al Ma'idah 5 verse 60 .
5 Moujahedeen: An arabic word
describing Muslim men who fight a "holy" war.
6 Companions: The first four Caliphs
who succeeded Muhammad following his death.
7 One of the twelve months of the