Thousands of people were forced to flee Kirkuk as the city was left in ruins after an ISIS bombardment on Thursday. Kirkuk was targeted by ISIS militants with the purpose of strengthening their foothold around the Kurdish autonomous region.
ISIS militants are currently extending their control over northern Iraq, looking to seize areas where religious minorities such as Christians and Yezidis have traditionally been established.
Yet Barack Hussein Obama will not.
BBC (h/t Grant B) The French government says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamist militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Many fled Mosul after the Islamic State (IS) group which seized much of northern Iraq told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.
Iraq is home to one of the world’s most ancient Christian communities. Two top ministers said, “We are ready, if they so desire, to help facilitate asylum on our territory.”
Churches burned down by ISIS in Iraq
It was a joint message from Laurent Fabius and Bernard Cazeneuve, respectively foreign minister and interior minister in the Socialist government. A senior Christian cleric in Iraq, Patriarch Louis Sako, estimated that before the advance of IS, Mosul had a Christian community of 35,000 – compared with 60,000 prior to 2003.
According to the UN, just 20 families from the ancient Christian minority now remain in the city, which Isis has taken as the capital of its Islamic state. Islamic State was previously known as Isis (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant).
On Saturday, France’s opposition party, the National Front, organized a rally in Paris in support of Iraqi Christians.
A militia in Benghazi, Libya, has beheaded a Filipino construction worker, allegedly after singling him out for being a non-Muslim, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said.
IB Times (h/t Lord K) Meanwhile, the Philippine government announced Sunday that it had instituted Alert Level 4 in Libya — the highest alert level to be placed on countries experiencing armed conflict — and that it would evacuate 13,000 Filipinos from the country.
The beheading marks the first Filipino death in Libya since the 2011 revolution, according to the department. It is also the first reported beheading in the country since 2011. The construction worker was kidnapped July 15 at a checkpoint in the Gwarsha district of Benghazi. The report comes just two weeks after three Europeans working for an Italian construction company were kidnapped in the western city of Zuwara.
According to Libyan media, the man’s name was Antonio Espares, an employee at Kibra construction company. A department spokesperson told media Monday that the kidnappers demanded a ransom of $160,000. According to Philippine media, the construction company negotiated with the kidnappers for four days. The employee’s remains were found at a hospital on Saturday.
The department said in a statement that all Filipinos in Libya should return home “as soon as possible.” “These events indicate that it is no longer safe for our OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers ) to remain in Libya. For their own safety, the DFA urges them to immediately contact the Philippine Embassy in Tripoli to register for repatriation,” the statement said.
Libyan protesters hold a demonstration demanding the departure of militias on July 7, 2013, in Tripoli. The protesters thronged Algiers Square in the capital from mid-morning to demand the implementation of a General National Congress order for militias to withdraw from the city. Apparently they haven’t. AFP
It is unclear which militia in Libya was responsible for the beheading. There are currently dozens of militias operating in the country. The most intense rivalries exist in the northern part of the country where fighting broke out between rival militias at the Tripoli airport last week. Recent violence at the airport killed more than 47 people.
“Beheading is a form of humiliation and intimidation,” Max Abrahms, an expert on terrorism at Northeastern University, said. “It is usually used in sectarian warfare.”
The fighting at Tripoli’s airport is between Islamist-led militias and their more liberal rivals. Renegade general Khalifa Hifter launched an offensive in the eastern part of the country near Benghazi in May and vowed to crush the Islamists.
47 people had been killed in fighting between militias from Zintan which control the airport and rivals from Misrata for control of the international airport in the capital Tripoli.
Tom Trento interviewed Rev. Umar Mulinde (a former Muslim) who was nearly killed by Muslims in Uganda because of his religion, says that the hatred of Jews is not political, but purely religious, as demonstrated by the Muslim genocide of Christians in Africa and around the Muslim world.
Breitbart This current battle that “the Jews are fighting over there,” is actually one small component of the fight that the West is engaged in against Islamic jihad. Therefore, it is intellectually and materially essential that all countries and people who hold to the Judeo-Christian values of Western Civilization stand with Israel in her critical defining moment in history.