Jihadist sentiments among the Iraqi governing authorities? Naaah, couldn’t be!
BAGHDAD — One week after an Islamic extremist group vowed to kill Christians in Iraq, a cluster of 10 bomb attacks rattled Baghdad on Thursday night and sent additional tremors of fear through the country’s already shaken Christian minority.
Victims of the October siege of Our Lady of Salvation, a Syrian Catholic church in Baghdad, were remembered there Dec. 24.
Two people were killed and 20 wounded, all of them Christians, according to the Ministry of the Interior. The bombs were placed near the homes of at least 14 Christian families around the city, and four bombs were defused before they could explode….
“We will love Iraq forever, but we have to leave it immediately to survive,” said Noor Isam, 30. “I would ask the government, ‘Where is the promised security for Christians?’ “…
In response to the coordinated bombings in Baghdad, Younadim Yousif, a Christian member of Iraq’s Parliament, blamed the security forces for failing to prevent the attacks, especially after the extremist group had announced its intentions. “The government bears full responsibility for these attacks, because they already promised to secure the Christians,” Mr. Yousif said.
“I think there is complicity by security forces helping insurgents to implement their attacks, because it is unbelievable that they could plant more than 10 I.E.D.’s in different areas targeting Christians,” he said, referring to improvised explosive devices….