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At Least Seven Churches Were Bombed in Iraq

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“We have decided to continue to go to church, let them bomb us, we’ve had enough. It’s our country too. If they want to wipe us out, they’ll be able to do it anyway. I will die proud,”

January 6, 2008 Iraq (AINA) — At five o’ clock today, a few hours after the bombs had detonated; one of the churches in central Baghdad held an Epiphany mass.

“We have decided to continue to go to church, let them bomb us, we’ve had enough. It’s our country too. If they want to wipe us out, they’ll be able to do it anyway. I will die proud,” said my colleague and friend, Daniel, angry but decisive, when I eventually got hold of him.

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Mosul ‘s Chaldean archbishop, Farac Raho, confirmed on the TV channel Ishtar that four churches have been bombed in his hometown. He also stated that the attackers have used both car bombs and explosive charges.

“I’m very upset. That the explosions went off at the same time proves that this was part of a plan. Both our Moslem brothers and we had just celebrated Eid and Christmas at the same time this year and everything went well. But the opposition have never really stopped pointing their weapons at us. Now they must stop attacking Iraq ‘s original people and aim their weapons against their true enemies. Iraq ‘s government must immediately act against violence directed towards us Christians.

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Iskander Bikasha, one of the editors of Ankawa.com, has been in contact with Iraq many times today.

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“It’s a war but we are not at war. We are not a part of this war. We carry no weapons. We kill no one. We turn the other cheek. A day doesn’t go by without us hearing reports about Assyrians, also called Chaldeans and Syrians, who have been killed.”

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