Report: Islamists’ slaughter of Syrian Christians ignored by Obama, major media
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The West has ignored the killing of Christians in Syria, a report said. The Middle East Forum asserted that the United States and other NATO countries were overlooking reports of the killing of Christians by Islamist rebels. In a report, the forum cited the raid of Islamist units supported by the United States of the Christian town of Sadad in late October.
The coffins of the three Christian Syrians who were killed by Islamists in Maalula are displayed during a September religious service in Damascus. /AFP
“One of the worst Christian massacres —
complete with mass graves, tortured-to-death women and children, and destroyed churches
recently took place in Syria, at the hands of the U.S.-supported jihadi rebels; and the U.S. government and its mainstream media mouthpiece are, as usual, silent
that is, when not
actively trying to minimize matters,” the report said.
Author Raymond Ibrahim said the Islamist rebels held Sadad for more than a week and killed 45
Christians. The town‟s 14 church
es were said to have been destroyed in what could be seen in the videos released by the militias.
“The bodies of six people from one family, ranging from ages 16 to 90, were found at the bottom
of a well
an increasingly common fate for „subhuman‟ Christians,” the report, titled ” „Largest Massacre of Christians in Syria‟ Ignored,” said.
The Syrian Orthodox Church has confirmed the killings in Sadad. The report cited Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, who said that the Islamists held 1,500 families hostage and used them as human shields.
“What happened in Sadad is the largest massacre of Christians in Syria
and the second in the Middle East, after the one in the Church of Our Lady
of Salvation in Iraq, in 2010,” the archbishop,
referring to an Al Qaida attack in Iraq, said. The report said the capture of Sadad marked an Islamist campaign against Christians throughout Syria. Ibrahim said Christians have been beheaded, abducted, raped and driven out of them homes during the Sunni revolt, which began in 2011. Ibrahim, an associate fellow at the forum, said the Western-backed Free Syrian Army was also participating in the killing of Christians. He said the massacre in Sadad was not cited by the U.S. State Department.