Our friend in Iraq who first alerted us to this story has sent more reports, and an image of the threat being sent to Christians in Zakho:
It reads: “If anyone decides to reopen his store, we will kill him.”
Jihad causes poverty. Is it “Islamophobic” to notice your store is on fire, when the attackers chant “Allahu akbar?” An update on this story. “Update on the Dohuk Riots,” from Ishtar Broadcasting Corporation, December 5:
Dohuk- The following is a timeline of the Dohuk riots that began on December 2.
December 2 Targets
– 30 liquor stores, 4 hotels, 1 massage parlor, a number of hair salons, cafeterias and a Catholic diocese in Zakho.
– The Assyrian Nohadra Social Club in Dohuk was attacked by a mob of – 200 people and cost damages worth 50,000 dollars
– The Yezidi Health Club in Dohuk
– The Wan Restaurant in Semel
– A bar and a tourist hotel in Zawita that led to the arrest of 32 people.
December 3 Targets
– A group of 100 local Islamist attacked the Assyrian Saint Daniel Church and many Christian homes in Mansouriyah early in the morning. Locals claim young students were instigated by teachers.
– Homes in the village of Sheoz
December 4 Targets
– Three liquor shops were set on fire by a mob of 20 in the Assyrian village of Deralok
– A liquor store was shot with an automatic weapon in Dohuk
December 5 Targets
– Liquor Shops burned down by mobs in Koy Sanjaq
– Massage parlor burned in Sulaymaniyah
– Previously burned liquor shops in Zakho were pasted with flyers threatening to kill any shop owner that decides to reopen
More: “Violence in Iraq targets Shiite pilgrims and Christian stores,” from Asia News, December 6:
Death toll of three separate attacks in Baghdad and Hilla, against the Shia community that celebrates the festival of Ashura, rises to 30. Several women and children among the dead. Even attacks on Christian activities in the north. Threatening letters to Baghdad businesses. AsiaNews sources: campaign targeting anything that goes “against Shariah.” […]
On December 2 … Islamic extremists targeted Christian shops and activities in the Kurdistan region of Iraq: in Zakho, 470 miles from Baghdad, near the border with Turkey, a fundamentalist group incited by the local imam’s sermon devastated dozens of liquor stores, a hotel and massage centres, injuring at least 30 people. The attacks have continued even in the following days in Dohok, where three shops and a community centre belonging to Chaldean Christians were burnt.
Christian sources for AsiaNews, anonymous for security reasons, add that “in Baghdad liquor stores are subject to threats”, the managers have received threatening letters, which state that the exercise [sic] “will be blown up.” The attacks are the result of a “campaign” that targets “all that is contrary to Shariah,” promoted by Islamists who want to radicalize the country. Unfortunately, the source adds, there is no “moderate movement” capable of containing the fundamentalist drift. “The attacks against Christians in the north – warns the Christian personality – are well prepared and have a purpose: to warn the Kurds against supporting the Syrian resistance.” Once again, the Christian community, is an “easy target”, a victim of those with higher interest in the “game for the conquest of power.”