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ICC Note: The Christian community that has been driven from their homes in Iraq “is hardly a western innovation or a colonial relic.” These “Christians were in Iraq long before Muhammad was born” and yet now they are on the verge of extinction as the brutal jihadists of ISIS seek to establish a purely Islamic state in these lands.

10/26/2014 Iraq (JPost) – For nearly six months, the eyes of the world have been focused on the most bloodthirsty and openly barbaric group of Islamist radicals ever to bludgeon its way across the Middle East in modern history.

“Islamic State” – aka ISIS or ISIL – a cult-like, burgeoning coalition of Sunni radicals led by a self-declared “caliph,” has horrified observers with its savage tactics and the bloodstained trail of rape, abduction, sex-trading, mutila – tion, beheading, and even crucifixion it leaves behind.

Since June 2014, ISIS has been especially notorious for its wanton expulsion of Christians from Iraq’s war-torn countryside. Yazidis, Kurds, and Shiite Muslims have not been spared either.

Islamic State’s battalions of thugs have forced “infidel” families from their homes, seizing all their material possessions as they drove them out. They have murdered and even beheaded resisters; raped women and children, and kidnapped young girls for sexual exploitation. They have also proudly publicized their acts on social media – apparently for the sole purpose of terrifying all who stand against them.

And it isn’t as if they’re chasing new – comers out of their Middle Eastern neighborhood. Christians were in Iraq long before Muhammad was born.

Iraq’s Christian community is hardly a western innovation or a colonial relic.

It dates from the 1st century, when two of Jesus’s disciples – St. Thomas and St.Thaddeus (also known as St. Jude) – preached the Gospel in what was then Assyria. There has been a Christian presence in Iraq ever since.

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