TURKEY recalls ambassador to the Vatican after heads explode over Pope’s remarks about the Armenian Genocide of Christians by Ottoman Muslims

BxHEsuwCEAAwhhf_jpglarge-viPope Francis on Sunday described the World War I-era slaughter of Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish Muslims as the “first genocide of the 20th century,” igniting a diplomatic confrontation with Turkish leaders, who quickly sent down orders for the Vatican’s ambassador to condemn the pontiff’s remarks and then recalled the ambassador back to Turkey.

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NY Times  Francis, who made the comments at a Mass for the centenary of the start of the mass killings, and in a later message to all Armenians, repeated his stance that the seemingly piecemeal global violence of the 21st century actually represented a “third world war.”

Francis said it was a duty of everyone not to forget the “senseless slaughter” of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1923. “Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it,” the pope added.

Barack Hussein Obama still refuses to recognize the Armenian Genocide because he is best friends with Erdogan of Turkey

Barack Hussein Obama still refuses to recognize the Armenian Genocide because he is best friends with Erdogan of Turkey

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He also described his frustration with what he considers global indifference toward the persecution and killing of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere, especially by militants with the Islamic State.

“Today, too, we are experiencing a sort of genocide created by general and collective indifference,” Francis said.

In addressing the Armenian question, Francis quoted from a 2001 declaration by Pope John Paul II and Catholicos Karekin II, the Armenian Apostolic Church’s supreme patriarch, in which the two leaders called the Armenian slaughter a campaign of extermination that was “generally referred to as the first genocide of the 20th century.”

Hitler used the Armenian Genocide as the protocol for his own

Hitler used the Armenian Genocide as the protocol for his own

Francis said it was a duty of everyone not to forget the “senseless slaughter” of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks from 1915 to 1923, not to mention nearly 2 million Greeks and Assyrians. “Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it,” the pope added.

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On Twitter, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, dismissed Francis’ comments as baseless. “It is not possible to accept the pope’s statement, which is far from any legal or historical reality,” he wrote. “Religious authorities are not the places to incite resentment and hatred with baseless allegations.”

Later, the Foreign Ministry said that Ankara’s ambassador to the Vatican, Mehmet Pacaci, had been recalled for “deliberations.”

Learn more about the Armenian Genocide HERE

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ARMENIAN CHRISTIAN GENOCIDE: Kudos to Kim and Khloe Kardashian for bringing attention to something actually important for a change

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The Kardashians pay their respects at the memorial to the AREMENIAN GENOCIDE OF 1915, the first genocide of the 20th Century by the Ottoman Empire, a genocide of 1.5 million Christians by Muslims that the Turks and Barack Hussein Obama still refuse to recognize.

UK Daily Mail  ‘We have not forgotten our roots': Somber Kim and Khloe lay red tulips at memorial commemorating 1.5m victims of the 1915 Armenian genocide during eight-day tour of their homeland.

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The Armenian ancestors are on their father’s side – his family emigrated to the United States from an area that now lies in Turkey. During her eight-day trip, Kim and her film crew will visit Yerevan’s genocide memorial and Armenia’s National Archives to see documents about her ancestors.

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The 100th anniversary of the mass killings in World War One will be commemorated by Armenia on April 24.  It is an important event for the Armenians, who in the run-up to the centenary have been campaigning for greater recognition that the slaughter constituted genocide.

Turkey, which has long denied that the deaths constituted genocide, insisted that the toll has been inflated, and that those killed were victims of civil war and unrest. Several European countries recognize the massacres as such, though Italy and the United States, for example, have avoided using the term officially given the importance they place on Turkey as an ally.

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But he never has.

But he never has.

Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their kin were killed between 1915 and 1917 as the Ottoman Empire was falling apart and have long sought to win international recognition of the massacres as genocide.

Turkey rejects the claims, arguing that 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians and as many Turks died in civil strife when Armenians rose up against their Ottoman rulers and sided with invading Russian troops.

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The killing of 1.5m Armenians by the Ottoman Turks during World War I remains one of the bloodiest and most contentious events of the 20th century, and has been called the first modern genocide.  Chillingly, Adolf Hitler used the episode to justify the Nazi murder of six million Jews, saying in 1939: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

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Just as Hitler wanted a Nazi-dominated world that would be Judenrein – cleansed of its Jews – so in 1914 the Ottoman Empire wanted to construct a Muslim empire that would stretch from Istanbul to Manchuria. Armenia, an ancient Christian civilisation spreading out from the eastern end of the Black Sea, stood in its way.

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At the turn of the 20th century, there were two million Christian Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Already, 200,000 had been killed in a series of pogroms – most of them brutally between 1894 and 1896. In November 1914, the Ottoman Empire entered World War I against the Allies and launched a disastrous military campaign against Russian forces in the Caucasus. It blamed defeat on the Armenians, claiming they had colluded with the Russians.

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A prominent Turkish writer at the time described the war as ‘the awaited day’ when the Turks would exact ‘revenge, the horrors of which have not yet been recorded in history’.

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Through the final months of 1914, the Ottoman government put together a number of ‘Special Organisation’ units, armed gangs consisting of thousands of convicts specifically released from prison for the purpose.

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These killing squads of murderers and thieves were to perpetrate the greatest crimes in the genocide. They were the first state bureaucracy to implement mass killings for the purpose of race extermination. One army commander described them at the time as the ‘butchers of the human species’.

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Some died from torture in custody, while many were executed in public places. The resistance poet, Daniel Varoujan, was found disembowelled, with his eyes gouged out. One university professor was made to watch his colleagues have their fingernails and toenails pulled out, before being blinded. He eventually lost his mind, and was let loose naked into the streets.

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There were reports of crucifixions, at which the Turks would torment their victims: ‘Now let your Christ come and help you!’  So began a carefully orchestrated campaign to eradicate the Armenians. Throughout this period, Ottoman leaders deceived the world, orchestrating the slaughter using code words in official telegrams.

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At later war crimes trials, several military officers testified that the word ‘deportation’ was used to mean ‘massacre’ or ‘annihilation’. Between May and August 1915, the Armenian population of the eastern provinces was deported and murdered en masse.

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In urban areas, a town crier was used to deliver the deportation order, and the entire male population would be taken outside the city limits and killed – ‘slaughtered like sheep’. Women and children would then be executed, deported to concentration camps or simply turned out into the deserts and left to starve to death. 

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Walking skeletons begged for food, and women threw their babies into lakes rather than hand them over to the Turks. There was mass looting and pillaging of Armenian goods. It is reported that civilians burned bodies to find the gold coins the Armenians swallowed for safekeeping.

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Tales of atrocity abound. Historians report that the killing squads dashed infants on rocks in front of their mothers. At the horrific Ras-ul-Ain camp near Urfa, two German railway engineers reported seeing three to four hundred women arrive in one day, completely naked. One witness told how Sergeant Nuri, the overseer of the camp, bragged about raping children.

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In the desert regions, the Turks set up primitive gas chambers, stuffing Armenians into caves and asphyxiating them with brush fires. Everywhere, there were Armenian corpses: in lakes and rivers, in empty desert cisterns and village wells. Travelers reported that the stench of death pervaded the landscape.d.’

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By 1917, the Armenian ‘problem’, as it was described by Ottoman leaders, had been thoroughly ‘resolved’. Muslim families were brought in to occupy empty villages.

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Even after the war, the Ottoman ministers were not repentant. In 1920, they praised those responsible for the genocide, saying: ‘These things were done to secure the future of our homeland, which we know is greater and holier than even our own lives.’

Watch this clip about THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE:

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Islamic State (ISIS) Muslim savages demand $30 million for release of Christian hostages

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In ongoing negotiations between ISIS terrorists and the Assyrian leadership to free the 250-300 Christians abducted by the militant group in February, ISIS is demanding $100,000 per individual.

FOX News  Third-party Syrian Sunni Muslims from the local area are reported to be brokering the talks between the two groups.

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“They know we cannot come up with this kind of money, so they are hoping other groups and countries will come up with the money,” the official said. A total of 23 hostages have been released to date, while the rest remain in ISIS custody after a Feb. 23 attack on villages in the northern province of al Hasakah.

The Islamic State has desecrated churches and Christian graveyards in wholesale fashion in both Iraq and Syria. Reports at the time indicated the Islamic State was using its Christian hostages as human shields in military confrontations.

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Coptic Christian tells of how Muslims in Egypt beheaded his cousin for refusing to convert to Islam

In a heartbreaking plea, he asks for America to stand behind Egypt because we are a Christian country. America DOES stand with Egypt, it’s the Muslim in the White House who does not.

Joe, a Coptic Christian from Egypt, is visibly shaken as he tells the story of how his cousin was beheaded by Muslims in Egypt in front of his entire family, all because he wouldn’t deny Jesus and convert to Islam. Watch his moving testimony here:

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KENYA: “Are you a Christian? You’re dead.” Muslim terrorists attack Garissa University, slaughtering Christians, letting Muslim students go

ShababLogoAl-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab Muslim terrorists asked students whether they were Christian or Muslim as they went door-to-door killing at least 15 147 Christians and injuring many more. Many, perhaps hundreds, are feared being held hostage inside the college as the attack continues with only one arrest so far.

UPDATE: More than 147 now reported dead with number expected to rise

UK Daily Mail (h/t Maria J)  Kenya is only about 20% Muslim. The group raided the Garissa University campus shortly after 5am local time, overwhelming guards and killing anyone the suspected of being a Christian.  Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said that only 280 of the 815 students in the college have so far been accounted for.

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Kenyan Security officials have offered a $220,000 bounty for Mohammed Mohamud, known as Dulyadin, alias Gamadhere, who they suspect of masterminding the attack and is in charge of al-Shabaab’s external operations against the country.

It is understood that some of the terrorists have taken sniper positions and have been shooting police officers trying to retake the campus. Police say, ‘We are finding it difficult to access the compound because some of the attackers are on top of a building and are firing at us whenever we try to gain entry.’ 

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A spokesman for al-Shabaab said it was claiming responsibility for the latest atrocity. Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s ‘military operations spokesman’ said: ‘We sorted people out and released the Muslims.’There are many dead bodies of Christians inside the building. We are also holding many Christians alive. Fighting still goes on inside the college.’

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He is believed to have spent time teaching in a hard-line madrassa before becoming a senior member of the Somali terror organization. He claimed responsiblity for an earlier attack in Makka, Kenya, on November 22, 2014, when 28 people were murdered.

Eye Witness reports on how the attack unfolded:

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Will the newly elected Islamist president impose sharia law on the Christian half of Nigeria’s population?

Buhari-A-political-Messiah-that-Nigeria-Needs1-465x600Or will he just allow Boko Haram to continue slaughtering the remaining Christians there? Barack Hussein Obama was behind the campaign to remove its Christian president from office and deliver Nigeria into the hands of the jihadists, the same way he was behind the Arab Spring and the ouster of Egypt’s Mubarak, Libya’s Gaddafi, and efforts against Syria’s Assad.

Muhammadu Buhari has won Nigeria’s presidential election, the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission said. He defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, by about 2 million votes. 

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His presidential win is the result of his fourth attempt to lead the country since he was ousted 30 years ago. Buhari is a Sunni Muslim from Nigeria’s North, unlike Goodluck Jonathan who was from the Christian South.

Washington Times  Western foreign policy observers pre-occupied with the rise of ISIS in the Middle East should wake up to the reality unfolding in Nigeria. Opposition candidate General Buhari wants Sharia law throughout Nigeria. In fact, he wants it everywhere.

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“I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria,” Mr. Buhari said. “God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country.”

Agitation? Is this an indication that Mr. Buhari supports violence because the end goal of the terrorist attacks throughout Nigeria and Africa is an Islamic state?

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Boko Haram has pledged its allegiance and support to ISIS. The Northern Nigerian based Islamic terrorist group wants Sharia law throughout Nigeria and beyond. They are also actively terrorizing Chad, Niger and Cameroon with their goal of an Islamic state.

Mr. Buhari has also spoken sympathetically about members of the terrorist group Boko Haram, has cautioned against a rush to judgement on its members and has personally been selected by the terrorist group to lead its negotiations with the Government of Nigeria.  

Mr. Buhari’s election as Nigeria’s head of state will be a disaster for Africa. (But a triumph for Obama who urged the Christian government in Nigeria to “show restraint” when dealing with Islamic terrorists)

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SHARIA-COMPLIANT FACEBOOK blocks “I Am a Christian” ad for ‘offensive’ speech

UnknownFacebook has blocked an advertisement for the upcoming independent film “I am a Christian,” citing marketing rules against ads that use ‘offensive’ (in other words, pro-Christian) speech.

Washington Times  Producers of film, set to star Fox News contributor Stacey Dash and “Hercules” star Kevin Sorbo, are attempting to raise $500,000 in production costs online. The film will tell the story of Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, The Daily Caller reported.

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The production company Christian Lives Matter, which so far has only raised $2,400 for the film, says Facebook rejected a promotional ad that asked users to proudly declare their Christian faith.

“Are you a Christian?” the ad asks. “We challenge you to change your profile picture to this ‘I Am A Christian’ photo for one week! Change your picture now, and challenge your friends to do the same. Stand up and declare Yes, I Am A Christian!!!”

After finally being released from Sudanese prison, Meriam meets pope Francis

After finally being released from Sudanese prison, Meriam meets pope Francis

One of the film’s producers told The Daily Caller in an interview that he was “shocked” to learn Facebook rejected the seemingly harmless ad.

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FACEBOOK said: “Your ad wasn’t approved because it doesn’t follow Facebook’s Advertising Guidelines for language that is profane, vulgar, threatening or generates high negative feedback,” Facebook reportedly wrote to producers of the film. “Ads can’t use language that insults, harasses or demeans people, or addresses their age, gender, name, race, physical condition or sexual preference.” (Yes, we can’t demean people – Muslims – who execute people for being Christians, now, can we?)

 

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CENTRAL AFRICAN CHRISTIANS ROCK! After suffering years of Muslim persecution, the Christian majority has destroyed nearly all of the 436 mosques in the Central African Republic

46610570.cmsChristians in the Central African Republic decided not allow their country to be overrun by Muslim jihadist rebels who illegally grabbed the seat of power and were slaughtering, raping, and persecuting the Christian majority. Not only have they retaken their government, they have obliterated 417 of the nation’s 436 mosques and forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee. Don’t for a minute think this was undeserved. It is justified payback for years of Muslim aggression and violence against the Christian majority…the UN be damned.

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al-Jazeera  US ambassador to UN Samantha Power calls devastation in Central African Republic “kind of crazy, chilling” after visit. (Who sent for you? Stay the hell out of that country and let them deal with their muslim problem the only way that muslims understand)

Almost all of the 436 mosques in the Central African Republic have been destroyed by months of vicious fighting between Christians and Muslims, the US ambassador to the United Nations said.

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Samantha Power spoke to reporters on Tuesday after a Security Council visit last week to the country, calling the devastation “kind of crazy, chilling”. She expressed concern about an upcoming possible security vacuum as European Union and French forces pull out and a UN peacekeeping force is still not at full strength.

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At least 5,000 people have been killed since Central African Republic exploded into unprecedented violence in December 2013. Nearly one million of the country’s 4.5 million residents have been displaced. Many of those who have fled are Muslim.

Power said 417 of the country’s mosques have been destroyed. She visited the one remaining Muslim neighbourhood in the capital, Bangui, and described the residents as “a terrified population.”

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Of course, Obama Regime spokesbitch doesn’t even attempt to understand why:

Shoebat  Bloodthirsty violence and the cruelest of murders have been done upon the Christians of the Central African Republic under the hands of the Muslims.

The Muslims, who are a part of an Islamic group called Seleka, bound five people and threw them into a crocodile and hippo infested river. 

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CAR Christians fight back…and win!

Jislain Ngangaguende, who survived this brutality, recalled his horrid experience:

I started to drink water so I brought my head up, but a soldier saw me and tried to shoot me… I stayed down for minutes and when I came up they were gone. I bit on a branch and moved up the river but my hands were still tied behind my back. I thought I was dead but the power of God made me get out.

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Now Muslims are fleeing CAR in droves

Entire villages have been reduced to ghost towns; one Christian man taking shelter in a hospital, in whose voice you can just sense the purest of pains, described the hell he is enduring:

We’re here because of the Seleka, who came to our village, looted, ransacked and killed … We’ve lost our houses, our fields, our goods. Houses were razed with all our things in. We are… I don’t even know what to call us. We have nothing now. I can’t even go to my house or fields. If they see me there, they’ll kill me.

A 22 year old blind man named Gaston Sanbogai, was left behind by his neighbors when they fled. He attempted to hide himself, but the Muslims seized him and ruthlessly murdered him. 

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Payback’s a bitch

About 34,000 Christians have sought refuge at the St Antoine de Padoue Cathedral in Bossangoa. One woman taking refuge in the Catholic compound holds a baby who she found stranded after the child’s mother was beaten to death. 

One man recounted how the Muslims robbed his wife, and then took his son and slit his throat:

My wife was in the field with our four-year-old, Richide … The Seleka took her money and gold and told her to leave and not come back. …They started to attack my son. They tried to shoot him but the gun was not working. So they slit his throat instead. What threat does this child pose to the Seleka? He is just a child. 

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Muslims killed a woman and left her baby stranded, and the helpless infant was eaten alive by a boa constrictor; a woman was also shot in the leg, and a child’s stomach was opened and left with its intestines exposed. 

A woman named Nicole Faraganda gave birth to her newborn, and the next day, when the Muslims raided her village, she was slow to flee because she was recovering from childbirth, and so the heretics mercilessly slew her. 

Buh Bye!

Buh Bye!

The Anti-Machete also attacked the Mbororo Muslims, since these are notorious for raiding and burning Christian farm lands.

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PAKISTAN; 15 dead, at least 70 injured in double Muslim suicide bombings on two churches in Lahore

Pakistani Taliban suicide bombers allegedly exploded themselves at two churches in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday as worshippers were gathered inside, killing 15, including children, and critically wounding at least 70, in the latest attack against religious minorities in the  fractured country.

Here is CCTV video of the blast:


Manorama via Shoebat  Enraged citizens took to the streets and seized two of the bombing suspects, beat them up and then took one of them and lit him on fire. Here is the video of the beating before the immolation of the terror suspect:


In the tense aftermath, angry mobs lashed out at people they suspected of involvement in the attacks — including one person who was burned to death — and Christian crowds set fire to cars in a show of defiance in the country’s second largest city and the prime minister’s seat of power.

Enraged Christians burn a man they suspected of being involved in bomb attacks on churches, after lynching them in Lahore

Enraged Christians burn a man they suspected of being involved in bomb attacks on churches, after lynching them in Lahore

Local television footage showed an angry crowd beating a person they thought was connected to the attack, while others attacked buses in the city. The crowds burned to death one person they believed was involved in the attack and tried to lynch another, said Haider Ashraf, deputy inspector general for Lahore.

Angry protesters trash Lahore following the bombings:

Life in Pakistan is increasingly fraught with danger for religious minorities, especially Christians. They have been targeted by extremist Sunni Muslim militants who object to their faith. They are also discriminated against in the wider society where they can often only get menial jobs like garbage collection, and are frequently targets of blasphemy accusations.

One unidentified witness told Pakistan’s Geo television that the main gate to one of the churches targeted was closed so people were using a smaller gate. “One bomber exploded himself near that gate, that created chaos and during the course there was another blast,” he said.

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Two police who were protecting the churches were also killed in the explosions, which he confirmed were caused by suicide bombers.

A spokesman for the Punjab province government condemned the attacks but also said it was unfortunate that the mob had attacked suspects. He said authorities are reinforcing security at the 481 remaining churches across the city.

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Militants appear to be targeting minorities more intensively recently, including attacks on a string of mosques belonging to members of the Shiite Muslim minority sect. In 2013, twin blasts at a church in Peshawar killed 85 people.

“There will be more of such attacks,” warned Ahsanullah Ahsan, a spokesman for the Taliban faction that claimed responsibility for the assault, in a statement emailed to reporters.

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Pope Francis asked God: “If Muslims kill me, please let it be a quick and clean death”

Yes, let it not be a messy beheading with a dull knife that has become the trademark of Muslim terrorists.

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Shoebat  Pope Francis was recently asked by Father Jose Maria “Pepe” di Paola of the Argentinian news outlet, La Carcova, about “Muslim terrorists who want to kill you”, that is, on the death threats made by ISIS towards him, and he responded that he told God that if ISIS does kill him, to please make it a painless death. His quote is

“I have said to the Lord: take care of me. But if your will is that I should die or that they do something to me, I ask you one favour: that they don’t hurt me… I’m a real scaredy cat when it comes to physical pain.”

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ISIS is targeting Pope Francis, calling him the “bearer of false truth.” According to an Italian source, ISIS is not only setting their sites on the Vatican, but more specifically, on Pope Francis himself. Italian authorities have already issued an alert giving warnings on places that our potential targets to terrorist, and one on the list, being very significant, was “places of worship,” which would include the Vatican. 

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It has been reported that at least 50 people from Italy are now fighting for ISIS, 80% of whom are native Italians who converted to Islam. One of the reasons for their conversion, according to one Italian newspaper, was “distrust in the Catholic Church,” indicating the connection between Islam and anti-Catholicism. 

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Most interestingly, the goal to force the Vatican to become Muslim was recently stated by an ISIS agent in Italy named Imam Ismar Mesinovic, a Bosnian Muslim who stationed himself in the country to recruit Italian converts to fight for ISIS. He said:

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“We Muslims believe that one day the whole world will be an Islamic state. Our goal is to make sure that even the Vatican will be Muslim. Maybe I will not be able to see it, but that time will come.”

In the below video, ISIS says they will conquer Jerusalem, Rome, and Spain.

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EGYPT: As Muslim workers are shouting “Allahu Akbar,” Coptic Monks lie down in front of bulldozer to protect ancient Christian monastery

To protect a precious archaeological area that stretches around a church dating back to the fourth century AD, a group of Coptic monks from the Monastery of Saint Macarius have staged a resistance to a road-building project, going so far as to lie down in front of approaching bulldozers.

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Breitbart  The Egyptian government is moving forward on a project to build a road connecting the city of Fayoum to an oasis area, passing through the territory around the ancient Coptic Monastery of St. Macarius, home to dozens of monks. The project also threatens the water supply of the monastery and  cultivated areas belonging to it.

To protest the building project, the monks have practiced nonviolent resistance, lying in the path of bulldozers working on the project. According to reports, workers approached the monastery lands shouting, “Allahu Akbar!”

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The monastery is located in Wadi el-Natrun, the ancient Scetes, 57 miles southwest of Cairo, on the western side of the way of the wilderness toward Alexandria.

It was founded in 360 AD by St. Macarius the Egyptian, who was the spiritual father to more than four thousand monks of different nationalities—Egyptians, Greeks, Ethiopians, Armenians, Nubians, Asians, Palestinians, Italians, Gauls, and Spaniards.

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The monastery claims to be built on the site of the tombs of St. John the Baptist and the prophet Elisha, which were supposedly discovered below the northern wall of the church during a restoration. The monks claim that location of the crypts would find corroboration in manuscripts from the 11th and 16th centuries found in the library of the monastery.

This confrontation between the monks and the workers is just the latest incident in a long dispute which arose around the road project. The monks already submitted various alternative projects that would allow for the preservation of the historical and natural heritage threatened by the route of the new road.

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The Coptic church has also established an ad hoc committee to encourage the search for alternative solutions, working together with the Ministry of Antiquities, which also expressed its opposition to the project and recommended full protection of the archaeological area.

The monastery has been continuously inhabited by monks since its construction in the fourth century.

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The Islamic State (ISIS) calls for all churches in Egypt to be destroyed

Hussein bin Mahmoud, a jurist of Sharia law for the Islamic State, said in an article published on February 17 and appearing in various jihadi websites that all Christian churches in Cairo must be demolished.

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Raymond Ibrahim  Titled the “Ruling on Egypt’s Christians,” the article, written like a fatwa, asserts that

The ruling concerning the churches that are in Cairo is that they be destroyed, according to the consensus of the righteous forefathers [Salaf], because they are new under Islam, and Cairo is a new city whose original inhabitants were Muslim; there were no churches in it previously.

As for churches in Upper Egypt, which may have been in existence before the Islamic conquest of Egypt, these may remain but may never be renovated or fixed.

The Islamic state cleric cited medieval jurist Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328), some of whose fatwas deal with Islam’s views on churches which are described as “worse than bars and brothels.” And in fact, Taymiyya and many other jurists (such as Ibn Qayyim) called for the destruction of all churches built after the conquests.

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21 Egyptian Coptic Christians beheaded by ISIS

 

HUFFPO  Many in Egypt have accused the United States, Qatar, and Turfkey of supporting ISIS. The state-run newspaper Al-Ahram ran a front-page story calling Qatar, Turkey and the U.S. the “triangle of the forces of evil.”

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Egyptian President al-Sisi has good reason to feel this way. The U.S, Qatari, sand Turkish governments expressed support for the elected Muslim Brotherhood-run government, a product of the Arab Spring, that Sisi and the military overthrew in 2013 in a restoration of Egypt’s autocratic old guard.

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This idea seems to have taken hold in Al Aour, the village that was home to 13 of ISIS’s Egyptian victims.

“I have a message to Obama,” Emet Suleiman Shahata, the brother of one of the men beheaded by a Libyan offshoot of the Islamic State, told The WorldPost this week at the village’s Coptic Christian church. “Egypt will be strong no matter what our enemies do.”

Shahata and the men around him interrupted each other in their rush to explain precisely how the U.S. helped make the ISIS atrocity possible. “The United States is the backbone of support for Qatar and Turkey, and they are backing terrorism,” Shahata continued.

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Media outlets in Egypt also had promoted the idea that Qatar and the U.S. are aiding terror. On Tuesday, Middle East news site Al Bawaba published a headline that stated: “Strike Qatar…Daesh [ISIS] will fall.”

And on Thursday, the leading newspaper Al Masry Al Youm ran a cartoon showing “Daesh,” the preferred Arabic term for the Islamic State, intertwined with “USA.”

The state-run newspaper Al-Ahram ran a front-page story the same day calling Qatar, Turkey and the U.S. the “triangle of the forces of evil.”

The U.S. and Egypt presently have “mutual frustration,” a U.S. official told the Daily Beast this week. The Pentagon made clear on Wednesday that Egypt did not inform Washington before it flew U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets to bomb ISIS camps near the town of Derna in eastern Libya.

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Libya has remained a major battleground for the ongoing conflict between Qatar and the anti-Brotherhood forces linked with Sisi despite the signs of regional reconciliation. The country is split between two militia-backed governments: one in the west composed of both moderate and radical Islamists, which is thought to be supported by Qatar, and a more secular Sisi-backed one in the east, which is internationally recognized but seen as too connected to the old Gaddafi regime.

Sisi has never fully warmed to either the U.S. or Qatar. Both governments expressed support for the elected Muslim Brotherhood-run government, a product of the Arab Spring, that Sisi and the military overthrew in 2013 in a restoration of Egypt’s autocratic old guard.

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It is no secret that there is no love lost between Obama and al-Sisi. Obama still supports the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi and has voiced his opposition to the ouster and imprisonment of Morsi on many occasions. Qatar is the home base for the Muslim Brotherhood now.

U.S. officials did not anticipate Sisi’s government would further complicate the civil war by publicly accusing Qatar of backing ISIS. Despite the fact that Egypt has conflated Islamists in Egypt and in Libya with the Islamic State, it is a serious escalation for Cairo to call a fellow Arab government an ISIS backer.

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Analysts say this rift is the last thing Washington needs as it considers how to respond to ISIS: Cairo would be on the frontlines of any effort against ISIS expansion in Libya, and a U.S. base in Qatar is the center of the U.S. air war against the militants in Iraq and Syria.

For now, the U.S. has not taken a public position on the Egyptian airstrikes or the subsequent inter-Arab spat. A spokesperson for Gen. John Allen, the U.S. envoy to the anti-ISIS coalition, declined to comment on the situation’s impact on the coalition.

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Obama is training and funding so-called "moderate" Syran rebels

Obama is training and funding so-called “moderate” Syran rebels

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Islamic State (ISIS) savages planning to slaughter 150 Christians that they kidnapped, including women and children, unless the airstrikes are stopped

But it’s going to take them a little time to build enough immolation cages. ISIS is holding many more Assyrian Christians hostages than previously thought — and is planning to release a video threatening to kill them.

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CNN  The abductions of the Christians took place Mondayafter ISIS seized two Assyrian communities from Kurdish forces in the northeast province of Hassakeh. Osama Edward, founder of the Assyrian Human Rights Network, told CNN that the extremist group is now believed to have 150 hostages, citing the latest information from the network’s team on the ground.

The video message will be directed to Barack Obama and other members of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, Edward said from Stockholm, Sweden. Edward, who has family in the area attacked by the terror group, said the latest information from the ground indicated the hostages had been moved to an ISIS-controlled location.

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The activist organization Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently also said on Twitter that ISIS has moved a number of Assyrian captives to Raqqa, which has been called the Islamist extremist group’s de facto capital.

The last message received from the hostages was a text from a kidnapped woman to her husband, Edward said. She said the kidnappers were interrogating the hostages about whether the women were members of local militias. 

Edward said he feared the hostages would face the same fate as Assyrians targeted in Iraq and the more than 20 members of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority slaughtered by ISIS in Libya last month. “Maybe they are facing the same destiny. That’s why we call on all over the world, like the U.S, Europe, coalition forces — protect Assyrians, save Assyrians in Syria,” he said.

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“They are facing death, people are unarmed, they are peaceful. And they need help, they are just left alone — no one’s protecting them.”

Edward said some 35 Assyrian villages and towns had now been taken over by ISIS, forcing thousands of families to flee. Some 600 of these families have taken refuge in St. Mary’s Cathedral in al-Hasakah, Syria. After years caught up in the middle of a civil war, many of these Assyrians lack food, water, blankets and other basics.

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The Assyrians are a proud group that’s overcome a lot in their history. They can trace their roots back some 4,000 years to the time of Mesopotamia, considered one of the cradles of civilization and birthplace of writing and literature. While their first religion was Ashurism, Assyrians have been predominantly Christian since the third century.

“How can Syria be Syria without the Assyrians?” Edward said. “We gave the country our name.”

ISIS has proven, time and again, its willingness to ruthlessly go after minority groups who don’t subscribe to Islam. 

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ISLAMIC STATE (ISIS) savages kidnap at least 90 Assyrian Christians from Northeast Syria

The abductions took place after ISIS seized two Assyrian communities from Kurdish forces in the northeast province of Hassakeh. Dawn raids are said to have spread ‘panic’ in the villages, inhabited by the ancient Christian minority along the banks of the Khabur River near the town of Tel Hmar.

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UK Daily Mail  Most of the captives are said to have came from the village of Tal Shamiram, located 50 miles miles southwest of the Hassakeh provincial capital of Qamishli, with others taken from Tal Hermuz.  The kidnappings were revealed by the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The latest offensive coincides with a push by Syrian Kurds in the northeast near the Iraqi border since Sunday that had compounded losses for the militant group in Syria. Sources are reported to have told the human rights watchdog that jihadists swooped to abduct dozens of civilians from the village of Tal Shamiram. 

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Nuri Kino, founder of A Demand for Action (ADFA), said the Syrian villages had been attacked at 5am with 3,000 people ‘displaced’. The organisation, which campaigns for Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs in the country, said ‘refugees and fighters’ had been in touch with relatives in Sweden, Germany and Canada to confirm the figures.

Mr Kino said between 70 and 100 people – mostly women and children – had been taken away while the men that were abducted were transported to the Abd al-Aziz mountains. He told Newsweek how witnesses had described the Isis force as ‘massive’ and that an atmosphere of ‘panic’ had spread throughout the villages. 

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It has been reported that the extremists had demanded a prisoner swap with the Kurdish fighters. 

An Assyrian woman from Tal Shamiram who now lives in Beirut said she has been scrambling to find out what has become of her parents as well as her brother and his wife and kids. ‘Land lines have been cut, their mobiles are closed,’ she told The Associated Press. ‘Have they been slaughtered? Are they still alive? We’re searching for any news.’

The Islamic State group’s online radio station, al-Bayan, said in a report today that IS fighters had detained ‘tens of crusaders’ and seized 10 villages around Tal Tamr after clashes with Kurdish militiamen. ISIS frequently refers to Christians as ‘crusaders.’ 

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