Syria: Islamic jihadists in Kessab desecrating churches, pillaging Christian homes

KasabjihadistsShhh! Let’s keep this strictly between us, okay? “Talk about extreme, militant Islamists and the atrocities that they have perpetrated globally might undercut the positive achievements that we Catholics have attained in our inter-religious dialogue with devout Muslims.” — Robert McManus, Roman Catholic Bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts, February 8, 2013

“Activist: Rebels Robbing Homes, Desecrating Churches in Kessab,” from the Armenian Weekly, March 23:

LATAKIA, Syria (A.W.)—Around 400 families from Kessab have taken refuge in Latakia following attacks on their town, while the fate of several individuals who have stayed behind remains unclear, the Armenian Weekly has learned.

“Many Armenian families are staying with relatives and friends, while others have sought refuge in the Armenian Church and the church’s hall,” said Syrian Armenian community activist Nerses Sarkissian during a phone interview with Weekly editor Khatchig Mouradian.

“The Aleppo Armenian Prelacy as well as the Red Crescent are providing relief and assistance to these families in Latakia,” Sarkissian added.

Extremist fighters engage in robbery and desecration

The fighters, mostly from the extremist Nusra Front, who have entered Kessab are desecrating churches, pillaging houses, and destroying government buildings, Sarkissian told the Weekly. A few Syrian Armenians have been unable to leave Kessab, and their fate is unclear, he added.

Sarkissian underlined that the fighters came from the Turkish side of the border and are receiving support from the Turkish military. He noted that the injured among them are being transported back to Turkey to receive medical attention.

Assad ‘reassures’ Aram Catholicos

Syria’s ambassador to Lebanon visited Catholicos Aram I in Antelias on March 22, conveying to him Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s assurances that peace will be restored in Kessab.

A delegation of priests left Antelias for Latakia on March 23 to assess needs and express the Catholicosate’s solidarity with the displaced population of Kessab….

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  1. revg says

    Is that second “M” in the bishops name vestigial? It seems the name would make more sense if it were omitted.

  2. Jax Tolmen says

    What struck me most was the statement that the Turkish military is aiding an extremist organisation so openly. It is reprehensible, and a bad omen for the Middle East when governments so openly promote Jihad Terror.
    I know that this is not a new phenomenon, but it is alarming either way. Something needs to be done to save the victims of these savages; if ever there was a reason to intervene on the grounds of human rights abuses and war crimes, the destruction and genocide in Syria is the penultimate call to arms for the Western world.

    • David says

      This is the work of John McCain’s FSA and Turkey’s Islamic Fascists. This is what Us Tax Payers and Saudi Arabia are funding. The whole lying bunch can go straight to hell. Time for the Armenia’s to fight back. Lets see 3000 dead and the CIA is still arming, funding and training these scum of the earth. ASSHOLES!!!

  3. Asiyah says

    There’s extremist in every system of belief. No where in the Quran are Muslim’s encouraged to force Islam upon ne one. The Quran encourages them to live in peace. If the Kufar (unbeliever ) agrees to live amidst Muslim’s in peace and in respect for the law, they were upheld and they had the right to practice their faith. Muslim’s are admonished to fight against those who fight against them until peace and order is established. There’s Christian armies as we speak in regions of Africa persecuting Muslim’s for calling on the name of Allah. They’re setting them on fire, stomping, and mutilating them, adults n children the same. These type people aren’t servants of God but of their own wills. They too will one day answer for their actions upon this earth. No one knows every Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, or Atheist. Therefore you can’t put everyone in the same catergory. Every Christian isn’t a optimist. Every Muslim isn’t a Jihadist (as in violence upon others without cause), every Atheist isn’t completely convinced God doesn’t exist. So to lump us together is wrong.

    • Philip says


      People like you who lie through the front of your teeth.

      Mohammed advocated killiing kuffars and showed it by example.
      70% of all koran is abput jihad against unbelievers.
      All muslim scholars and teachers clearly say koen teaches to kill the kuffars (today also one of them said so).

      Now, who are you to tell ptherwise?

      • Jay Boo says

        Supremacist Muslims dutifully feign an experience the transcendental while self-righteously grasping at all things deemed as spiritual.
        Their ephemeral reward is but an addictive tease of their vanity while their corrupted souls rot in the sociopathic emptiness of Islamic insanity.

      • Daniel says

        Got any proof about the Quran Phil. There’s actually less than one percent of Qur’an talking about Jihad.

      • mortimer says

        Actually, about 2/3 of the Koran text is about the problem of the Kafir and the Final Solution of the Kafir Question. Bill Warner counted the texts.

        Allah is preoccupied with his hate for Kafirs. He commissions Muslims as bounty hunters to go out and enslave or murder them. These jihadic bounty hunters are rewarded with slaves in paradise.

    • mortimer says

      To Asiyah,
      Ho, ho! When the jihad comes, whose side will YOU be on??? Will you hide your infidel neighbors in your attic? Will you feed them?

      Where do you find such a level of commitment to humanity in the Koran? Verse???? How about K. 48.29 ??? How about the 164 jihad verses that abrogate the moderate verses??? How ‘harsh’ is harsh enough for Allah? ‘Moderate’ harshness?

      Ho, ho!

    • bill says

      “There’s extremist in every system of belief.” Very true but Islam is the most notorious and extreme one for actually killing people of other religions, even opposing sects within Islam, women in market places with their kids who are no threat to anybody. It is also the only one where the preachers incite their congregations to violence. If you read these pages and its companion Religion of
      you know this very well.

    • revg says

      We can judge the tenets of the religion itself. Your whitewash is cute, but short on facts. Please show me any other current religion that has anything similar to jihad as the highest calling of the religion.

    • says

      You say,”Every Muslim isn’t a Jihadist (as in violence upon others without cause)”.
      Are you saying that a Jihadist is a Muslim who commits violence without cause ?
      That could get you killed by a jihadist if you knew a real one,-unless you could convince him that you were only lieing to deceive the ignorant Kufar.

      It is almost a 100% waste of time and cognition to consider anything that a muslim says, as it seems impossible for them to say anything that is not a lie or an extension of a lie, – allah himself is the greatest deceiver.

      Interesting that you characterize Christians basically as optimists, though not all.-and Muslims as Jihadist, (violenct without cause)-though not all.
      Or did you mean, “not all, just some”? Well if it is just some then that’s all right.??
      Some Christians being optimists is acceptable,-and some Muslims being Jihad expansionist murderers and rapists etc,etc. in the way of allah,is … is what ?
      Clearly a Muslim minority in CAR bit off more than they could chew.

      And are CATHOLICS, or even true Christians,- after what has occurred due to the commands of Mohammad, – not perfectly and understandably entitled to rid the land of Islam and the humans who do it’s evil deeds,- while there is the opportunity to do so?
      It’s simple, no muslims = no muslims amongst them who will commit jihad Crimes in the name of allah = and no need to defend, or retaliate, or expel.

      The Quran has about 100 verses that command Muslims to commit jihad-crimes against non-muslims for the sake of Islamic expansion and DOMINATION .
      These verses command throats to be cut, beheading, cutting off fingers and limbs, and killing infidels wherever they may be found.
      Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
      Clearly the quran teaches that allah hates humans that do not submit to him, and he commands his slaves to commit murder etc, etc.
      Without human beings to commit crimes against humanity in the name of god, the devil would be have no one to do his evil deeds.
      Of course you are either ignorant or you are attempting to deceive if you try to say otherwise . Either way you are just a rotten sinful creature with a totally fallen nature like all human beings,-but there is future in making a religion out of it.
      It is sad that a dead false prophet is still causing so much hatred and murder to flourish in the name of supremacy of allah, the most proud one, the greatest deceiver,and the bringer of death,-otherwise known as the devil.

    • eib says

      Lumping you all together?
      Your scriptures lump you all together.
      You are committed to the destruction of everything that is not Islam.
      You are the implacable enemy of the West.
      Shall we not fight your faith and you?
      Shall we not resist?
      Humanity is greater than Islam, just as God is greater than the Ummah.
      Your faith will be discredited.
      As will all your pretensions toward virtue and perfection.

    • Flying fish says

      If what you say is true (that “there is extremists in every system of belief”), then start pointing out the (mythical) Christian extremist bigots who are demanding a Christian world regime, conversion of all muslims (and other non-Cristians) to Christianity and declaring Christian superiority and supremacy over anything else by planting bombs near mosques, beheading and machine gunning people all over the world as they yell “Lord Jesus Christ is greater” and cite passages of the NEW TESTAMENT to justify their violent actions, just like the satanist preachers and carriers of the islamic jihad do to Non-muslims (citing the quranic verses that inspired them to commit their atrocities as they terrorize this world in order to build a so-called “global caliphate”).

      I want to know their names and their evil deeds by your own mouth (but don’t worry, i am prepared to hear *chirp* *chirp* sounds).

      I hope you will think up something more original that a muslim in youtube who cited ETA (a Spanish terrorist group founded on grounds of politics that has nothing to do with religion) as the Christian equivalent to al qaeda while trying to downplay the vast magnitude and the danger posed by islamic terrorism. Or other loons who cynically affirm the acts Marxist terrorism are indeed acts of Christian terrorism.

  4. citycat says

    Almost all violence is without cause.

    Only the non-infidel religion is attacking, the others are defending themselves.

    Inter religious dialogue is surrender to jihad.

    Inter religious dialogue is not possible because the non-infidel religion is not a religion.

    “Go into other countries, give them Islam, if they won’t have it then kill them”

    words to that effect all the way through said in different ways,

    the Koran is ungodly, inhumane, it is not for the ascension of humanity, it is to keep humanity down, as fodder for god knows what.

    As it say in the I Ching

    “A compromise with evil is not possible”

      • citycat says

        The I Ching is irrelevant to the point that there are no deals to be done with the non-infidel religion.

        There is no compromise possible with Islam.

        • mortimer says

          Nope. None.
          Aztec priests offered human sacrifices to Acolnahuacatl (the god with war), Huitzilopochtli (the god of night) and Tezcatlipoca (the god of night), and in the modern world such barbaric savagery is not allowed. The Islamic savagery of sacrificing humans to the hoax-god Allah must also be outlawed.

  5. mortimer says

    Aztec priests offered human sacrifices to Acolnahuacatl (the god with war), Huitzilopochtli (the god of night) and Tezcatlipoca (the god of night), and in the modern world such barbaric savagery is not allowed. The Islamic savagery of sacrificing humans to the hoax-god Allah must also be outlawed.

  6. says

    they still say it clear islam is peace bunch of liars islam is hate no matter how much they try it to protect islam all evil sense the 7 centtury christians and jews are pigs sons of apes disgusting islam pure evil we must fight you till u vanish from the planet

  7. Paleologos says

    Once again I am overwhelmed by the stupidity of a fellow Catholic.

    Lew Alcindor, Catholic, you are converting to what???? You are changing your name to what????

    I went to school in Worcester! … Worcester Junior College, at the time, and the beginning of my “professional student years”.

    Maybe when I go back East, and do my grand tour, I will stop in at the Bishop McManus residence, knock on his door, and then knock on his empty head.

    As I have said many times out here, I am a history major, and those who fail to learn the lessons of history, are DOOMED to repeat the mistakes.

    How many muslims own up to the Armenian genocide?

    Answer: Virtually none, otherwise, why be muslim?

    … which is why islam is an anti-western ideology, masquerading as a religion, that is actually trying to conquer the world …

    Card carrying muslims that believe in all the horseshit pedophile/mass murderer mohammad hallucinated about vermin moon god allah are less than stupid, but ALWAYS morons.



    • Daniel says

      Surely as a history Guy you know the young Turks, Attaturk et al were responsible for Armenia? I think you will find they were secular in nature and not following Islam.

      • Demographer says

        Ataturk was not responsible. Not in the government at the time (was in the military but not in the area of the genocide). And the Young Turks were not particularly secular: they never got rid of Sharia, or even the Sultan-cum-“Caliph.”

        You are confusing the Turkish Republic (post 1923) with the late Ottoman regime. The latter committed the genocide, not the former.

    • Defcon 4 says

      It’s a little known fact that one of Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s residences became the scene of a shoot-out between police and Kareem’s fellow scuzzlums.

      • says

        Yes, and I would add, that it is also little known among black Americans that islam is all about death and hatred. I’ll even go one step further and say that Americans in general simply are clueless when it comes to the violent jihadist subjugational teachings of mohammed’s cult.

        We’re dealing with ignorance all around. People somehow actually believe that anything, but anything that has the name “religion” attached to it MUST BE OK–BUT ISLAM IS FAR FROM BEING A “RELIGION”, per se.

        islam is a violent self-destructive force of evil second to none! It’s satanic beyond all description! Catholics and Protestants who think they can co-exist with mosques side-by-side with their churches, are the most clueless of all–and they’ll be the first ones to die when and if islam really gains a relentless foothold here in America! I’m afraid that unless God himself restrains the spread of islam here in America, we will not see the Stars and Stripes flying over the White House for more than a dozen years, at best!

  8. Ayatrollah says

    What do you expect from a religion that teaches small children that non Muslims are filthy and not to be friends with them?

    We who are against Islamic fascism must do more to point out atrocities like this. It is one thing we can point to and it is hard for Muslim supporters to get out of. Islam suppresses religious minorities.

    Of course the major news just writes this up as equal fighting between religious faction. So never mind what I said

  9. ritika says

    if you think that u take revenge and kill india then i must say your will punish you as huge disease see soon pakistan kill face a big disease as pay for terrirosim in india may allah panish you very badly…………….

  10. Defcon 4 says

    Why are Armenians in Syria in the first place? Could it have something to do w/the Armenian Genocide, carried out by Turkish muslimes and resulting in a huge Armenian diaspora?

  11. dumbledoresarmy says

    The *only*, *only*, *only* refugees from Syria that any non-Muslim country should admit, are the Christians, whether Syriac or Armenian.

    Them, and them alone: indeed, if it were up to me here in Australia, I’d bump them (and the Copts) right to the top of the queue, set aside places in our official refugee intake, and tell the UNHCR that I’ll damn well discriminate on the grounds of ideology when I have a choice between two sets of refugee applicants: people from group A who are being genocided by members of group B, or members of group B – many of whom are busy oppressing, attacking and killing members of group A – whose ideology *also* identifies *me and mine* as a suitable target of murderous aggression, contempt and hatred.

    I’d tell the UNHCR that my country was going to discriminate between Syrian Christians and Syrian Muslims *exactly* as any sane country back in the day would have discriminated between German Jews, and card-carrying members of the Nazi party, when deciding who to let in through the gate.

    Barnabas Fund has worked with Syrian Christians in situ for at least 20 years; I’m sure they would be able to assist with processing the applicants, so as to weed out any folks who were pretending to be what they weren’t in order to get a toe inside the door.

    And any person in the host countries who was going to be working with Syrian Christian refugees would be required to read two books – Mark Durie’s book on the Dhimma system, “The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom”, and its companion booklet “Liberty to the Captives”. That way, the hosts will be equipped to understand what the Syrian Christians have been through, and equipped to help them shuck off the deadly bondages of dhimmitude.