Iraq pledges to probe attacks on Christians

MOSUL, Iraq: Iraq’s government pledged yesterday to send senior officials to the north of the country to tackle violence against Christians which has led thousands to flee their homes fearing for their lives.
“The cabinet stressed the need to move quickly to support the security effort with intensive military operations to restore security and order in Mosul and to reassure citizens,” government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.
Dabbagh said the government would send a cabinet-level delegation to Mosul, an ethnically mixed city where many hundreds of Christian families have fled their homes in recent days, to investigate this “painful situation.”
Earlier yesterday, a small bomb planted on the door of an empty Chaldean Catholic church in central Mosul went off with a loud explosion but caused only slight damage, police said.
It is not clear who is behind the attacks on Christians in the city, where US and Iraqi troops are conducting operations against Al Qaeda militants. Mosul is also seen as the last urban stronghold of the group, which has lost ground in other parts of Iraq. – Reuters