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God Wars
Onward Christian Soldiers

Threatened with extinction by ISIS, Iraqi’s Christians have started to form a militia to fight back. According to the WSJ, the country’s Christians have long sought support from the Iraqi government for a “regional guard” but were refused. Now they are trying a different tactic:

Snubbed by the central government in Baghdad, party officials pressed their demands over the past weeks with the Kurdistan Regional Government, whose semiautonomous region in the north abuts the Nineveh plains. The Kurds offered the training facility outside Kirkuk, a base once run by the U.S. military to train Kurdish regional guards, Kurdish and Christian officials said.

About 500 recruits, mostly Assyrians, will be trained this month but it is uncertain who will fund and equip them in the long term. Christians here are divided about having their own militia. Patriarch Louis Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, which many Assyrians follow, has said he disapproves.

The militia’s fate is uncertain; it’s not clear they will get adequate training or funding they need. They are hoping to receive some of the money the U.S. government has budgeted to give to groups fighting ISIS, but that remains to be seen.

Some of the oldest Christian communities in the world exist in the Middle East. They are fighting for their survival—now quite literally.

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  • Fat_Man

    “They are hoping to receive some of the money the U.S. government has
    budgeted to give to groups fighting ISIS, but that remains to be seen.”

    No chance of that. Obama explained that the Crusades prove that Christianity is a terrorist religion.

    • Tom

      The United States will not give them money.
      However, the Kurds probably will.

  • Anthony

    “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”

  • Peterg123

    Good luck to the Christians. How can I donate? Expecting Obama to do anything is useless.

  • FriendlyGoat

    I wish I could have high hopes for the future of a Christian militia in the middle of Islam. but it’s hard to see that working out well. This is probably the reason the Christians are “divided” on the idea.

    Certainly we cannot brush over the dire circumstances of Christians in this region, but a fighting force in this name would have to be very large because it would likely face foes in both the front and the rear in a place like Iraq. They were not already refused a “regional guard” for no reason.

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