More worrisome news from Baghdad via CNN:
Iraq: Gunmen kill elderly Christian couple inside their Baghdad home
By the CNN Wire Staff
December 5, 2010
(CNN) — Attackers gunned down an elderly Christian couple late Sunday inside their Baghdad home, the latest in a string of religious-rooted violence that has spurred international outcry and a full-court press for justice from Iraqi authorities.
Gunmen broke into the couple’s residence in Baladiyat, a predominantly Shiite area in eastern Baghdad, during the night and shot them dead, an Iraqi Interior Ministry official said.
Hours earlier, Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta said in a press conference broadcast on state-run Iraqiya TV that 15 “Arabs” — in Iraq, a euphemism indicating they came from outside the country — were responsible for three deadly attacks in Baghdad in recent months, including a bloody church siege.
The spokesman for the Iraqi military command in Baghdad showed pictures of each of the men, whom he called “terrorists” and said they had entered Iraq from unidentified countries between June and August.
Ten of them had died while carrying out suicide attacks or had been killed by Iraqi security forces, Atta said. The other five remain at large, with Atta urging the public to help in tracking them down.
“According to our intelligence information, four of the five terrorists are still in Iraq and one of them has fled to Syria,” he said.
While Atta did not immediately link Sunday’s killings to the remaining suspects from the group of 15, he did tie the group to a deadly attack on a Christian church as well as two other incidents.
The first of the three attacks happened August 17, when suicide bombers killed at least 48 people at a military recruitment center in the Bab al-Moudham commercial area of central Baghdad. On September 5, at least eight people died in a suicide bombing at a military base in that same area.
May they rest in peace.
And may we who enjoy, for now, the blessings of liberty not forget to pray for our brethren in those places where the practice of one’s faith isn’t entirely free.
May we use well the freedoms we have.