Al-Qaeda Vows More Attacks On Iraqi Christians

AHN News Staff
Baghdad, Iraq (AHN) – In less than a week after terrorists’ attacked Iraqi Christians during a Sunday mass in the heart of Baghdad – an incident that killed more than 50 people and injured dozens others, al-Qaeda has threatened to stage more similar attacks on Christians.
In a warning, an al-Qaeda affiliated group, Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), claimed that their attacks were legitimate and that the time had come for Iraqi Christians to face the doors of destruction.
The ISI’s warning has been published on the militant websites in which he described Pope Benedict XVI as the Vatican’s hallucinating tyrant and warned that his group would soon extirpate and disperse Christians from Iraq.
“All Christian centers, organizations and institutions, leaders and followers, are legitimate targets for the muhajideen wherever they can reach them,” the statement said. “We will open upon them the doors of destruction and rivers of blood,” it added.
Analysts fear that the al-Qaeda had regrouped serious to jeopardize Iraqi security, adding that the attack on Our Lady of Salvation church and a series of car bombings across the capital were a few signs of their growth.
An official of Interior Ministry’s intelligence division said that Iraq had not seen this sort of momentum since 2004, adding that no doubt this was pure al-Qaida again. “They are not a collection of criminals, Ba’athists and anyone else who cloaks their real ambitions in ideology,” the official added.

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