IS module in Kerala had plans to target Christian sect- Christians of Syrian Origin???
The module, which wanted to prove its presence in the state, had plans to take revenge on the Christian denomination.
Posted on October 6, 2016, 5:41 PM
The IS-inspired module in Kerala, busted by NIA and sister agencies, had plans to attack a Christian denomination(Syrian Origin) in the state among other targets.
The targets planned included churches and institutions run by the sect, said a senior officer privy to the probe.
The module, which wanted to prove its presence in the state, had plans to take revenge on the Christian denomination that has a Syrian lineage. Investigators said that the module planned to target the Christian denomination as their ancestors had killed Muslims in Syria during the historical Crusades of the Church.
"The module busted here did not have direct support from IS but it wanted to prove presence in this part of the country. Agencies had information on the module's discussions on identifying targets of attack and establishing its presence.
The Christian denomination found place in the target list for its ancestral routes in Syria where Muslims where targeted during Crusades," said the officer.
Source: Times of India
Assassination attempt on head of Syrian Orthodox Church revives ghosts of massacres past
Three of Holy Patriarch's bodyguards killed as suicide bomber attacks commemoration event for 1915 Assyrian genocide
The ghosts of massacres past haunt the Syrian war. First the Islamists scattered the bones of the victims of the 1915 Armenian genocide of one and a half million Christians by the Ottoman Turks outside their memorial church in Deir Ezzour. Then last weekend, a suicide killer arrived at the Syriac Orthodox Church in Qamishli, a small Syrian town isolated on the northern border with Turkey but still held by regime troops, and tried to attack Christians at a church service commemorating the Assyrians’ own genocide of 250,000 – again at the hands of Turkish Ottomans – during the First World War.
His target was clearly the patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church but the clergyman’s bodyguards, members of the Assyrian Christians’ own 200-strong ‘Sotoro’ (Protect) militia, took the full force of the explosion, protecting their church leader with the loss of three of his bodyguards who were blown apart. Five others were wounded. This armed group, whose symbol is an eagle, had been shepherding their fellow Christians into the church to commemorate what Assyrians refer to as the ‘Sayfo’ (Sword) massacres – when their ancestors were slaughtered by Turks and Kurds in villages and cities inside present-day Turkey, Syria and Iran.
Three bodyguards died in protecting Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, left, the patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church (Getty)
Ever since the Syrian war started in late 2011, Christians have been fleeing the country to Turkey through Qamishli, despite the efforts of their own church officials to persuade them to stay. The Assyrians’ own clerical leader was himself born in Qamishli – his official title is Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II – but educated in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Ireland.
He must have been reminded of the fate of a less fortunate Assyrian cleric, Shimun XXI Benjamin, who was Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East in 1918 when he was assassinated in Iran by a Kurdish leader called Simko Shikak. The Catholicos Patriarch had not just a handful of bodyguards but 150 of them, all of whom were murdered. In the same year, thousands of Assyrians were put to death in mass killings by Ottomans and Kurds in the Iranian city of Urumieh. Less than two decades later, the British-trained Iraqi army massacred up to six thousand Assyrians, many of them machine-gunned to death in Zakho and Dohuk near the Turkish border.
Shimun XXI Benyamin was assassinated in 1918
The British had encouraged the Assyrians to join the imperial Levies after Iraq’s occupation by the UK at the end of the First World War – much as the French encouraged the Alawites to join their Troupes Speciales in post World War One French mandate Syria. And just as the Sunni Muslims of Syria came to distrust the French-financed Alawite militia, so the Kurds and Iraqi Arabs disliked the Assyrian Levies who thought they were protected by their British tutors. When their killers arrived with other Iraqi army forces to celebrate victory over the Assyrians in Mosul in 1933, local Muslims decorated triumphal arches with melons pin-cushioned with knives – a symbol of the fate of the Assyrians. Isis would have approved.