Christian couple killed by “Arabs” in Baghdad

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.

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  1. Jack Hughes says:

    Given the fact that muslims seem to be murdering our brethern in the middle east at an alarming rate am I the only person who thinks that sending a couple of cruise missiles tipped with W-8O dial a yield nuclear warheads to downtown mecca, medina and Qom could be justified?

    I once talked to an SSPX priest who told me that the one thing the muslims respect is strength.

  2. Supertradmum says:

    May the one, true God, the Trinity, bless these dear people. Same thing is happening on the African continent in Somalia and Egypt, and in Pakistan. I sincerely hope most of the commentators here subscribe to JihadWatch, as it is most informative and keeps track of the Christian persecutions as well as Jewish ones, etc.

  3. rroan says:

    the latest in a string of religious-rooted violence

    Wow so multiple religious groups are making violent attacks on each other? That’s the way I read this wording. Somehow I don’t think this accurately captures what’s happening.

  4. priests wife says:

    …and my neighbors couldn’t go to Mass today or they would have missed a football (?) game on tv- got to watch it live, you kknow…

  5. becket1 says:

    So when are Roman Catholic clergy going to start focusing on praying and marching for peace and the end to the violence in the Middle East rather then just Abortion. Seeing how the atheists who run our Western Civilization don’t even believe in a God and care less about the followers of God slaughtering each other. No wonder religion is looked down upon in Western society. We can thank the Islamists for that. May those who have died rest in peace!!.

  6. S. Murphy says:


    No, and it wouldn’t even be smart in Realpolitik terms.

    May they rest in peace. This is so sad.

  7. Jack Hughes says:

    S Murphy
    I guess not, but I’m just soooo mad at whinny ass liberals (heathen and ‘catholic’) saying that we have to be ‘nice’ to muslims whilst this sort of stuff is going on, if the Holy Father delcared a new crusade I’d book the next flight to Rome.

  8. Childermass says:

    “S Murphy
    I guess not, but I’m just soooo mad at whinny ass liberals (heathen and ‘catholic’) saying that we have to be ‘nice’ to muslims whilst this sort of stuff is going on, if the Holy Father delcared a new crusade I’d book the next flight to Rome.”

    Being “nice” to Muslims is papal policy. Read the new book-length interview with the Holy Father.

  9. TomB says:

    “Arab” seems to be the current lamestream media euphemism for “Muslim”. I was reading in Hell’s Bible last week about someone shouting “Allah Akbar” whist committing mass murder, and they described it as an “Arab phrase”.

  10. Genna says:

    God rest their souls. I do wish the hierarchy in (nominally) Christian countries would start using their connections with politicians to cry out against the slaughter of Christians in non-Christian countries and to put pressure on their governments. There is a terrible silence.
    Thousands of Christians have fled their native land and in a very short time Christianity in Iraq, for something lie 2000 years, could be extinct. Silence.
    Lord give them strength in their trials. Mary Help of Christians come to their aid.

  11. Dr. Eric says:

    Neo Martyrs of Iraq, pray for us!

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