“You will suffer too” – Archbishop warns Western Christians

poorchildThe exiled Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, is warning westerners about welcoming an increasing number of Islamists into their countries, naively believing that they too believe in democratic principles.

“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future,” said Archbishop Amel Shimoun Nona in an interview byCorriere della Sera. “I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.”

The archbishop’s interview was reported by the blog Rorate Caeli.

 

Exiled Archbishop of Mosul: 'I Have Lost My Diocese to Islam; You in the West Will Also Become Victims of Muslims'

Nona (above), whose Eastern Rite church is under the authority of Pope Francis, now lives in Erbil, in Kurdistan, Iraq.

The archbishop warned:

Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.

CNSNews.com observes the Chaldean Catholic Church can be traced back to Thomas the Apostle, one of Jesus’s original twelve apostles. The actual diocese of Mosul was established in 1967, with the main church being St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee Iraq because of persecution by radical Islamists, with Christian communities in Syria also only safe in areas protected by Assad government forces.

Breitbart News National Security Editor Dr. Sebastian Gorka explained: “ISIS has basically given an ultimatum to all the Christians left: You can either flee or convert to Islam, or we will kill you.”

 

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British bouncer heads to Iraq to join fight against Isis


A British bouncer has sacrificed a life of luxury after selling his home and moving to Iraq to fight against the Isis.

Tim Locks, 38, was a doorman at Cheekies nightclub in Staines, Surrey, and ran his own construction firm before joining the fight against the brutal Islamists.


He has now joined a Christian militia, and told the MailOnline that he decided to take part in the fight against IS after watching horrific news reports.

‘Last summer I was at home, watching the news and I saw pictures of Mount Sinjar. I just thought I have a great life, job, beautiful house and I thought it is time to help someone else’, he said.

He continued: ‘I had no specific wishes to join a specific group. I just wanted to help people out here. Any society which kills people, cuts people’s heads off needs to be challenged.

‘I put my home on the market and started to talk with a guy online. My house sold quickly and I met up en route with my friend from online’.

Mr Locks arrived in Kurdistan earlier this month, after flying from Heathrow and catching a connecting flight to the city of Sulaymaniyah.

Speaking of his arrival, he insisted that he had made the right choice in heading to Iraq.

He said: ‘Back home I had a TV in every room, a swimming pool, six to eight holidays abroad a year. I did what I wanted pretty much when I wanted.

‘Now I’m here helping people with next to nothing, with a group of guys I’ve known less than a couple of weeks but who feel like family already.’

However, he admitted that his family were ‘petrified for my safety and that is very understandable. But they knew they would not be able to talk me out of this’.

Although Mr Locks plans to eventually take part in the frontline fight against IS, he is currently lending his hand to local construction projects in Iraq’s Nineveh Province.

He is currently unsure when he will return to the UK, but admitted that he was aware that he could face intense questioning by UK security forces.

He said: ‘I don’t know if I will be welcome back in the UK. I have sold my house. I have no time limit, no reason to return until the job is done. If I do leave, I may never be able to get back.’

‘When Daesh (Islamic State) is eradicated from the earth, then I will return to the UK’.

‘British’ ISIS fighter arrested as he plotted another attack

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A British-born Islamic State fighter arrested on the eve of the Paris attacks was plotting an imminent attack in Europe, senior intelligence sources have told Sky News.

Aine Leslie Davis, fom Hammersmith, West London, was arrested by Turkish police at a villa just a couple of hours away from Istanbul – and the attack he was planning was likely connected to the one in Paris.

He was also an associate of Mohammed Emwazi – better known as “Jihadi John” – who was killed by a US drone attack on the day he was apprehended.

Davis and other IS members based themselves in a quiet, upscale neighbourhood called Silivri. He had five accomplices, some of whom were also European.

They rented a safe house, where it is thought they were preparing to attack Istanbul or a European city.

According to security sources Sky News has spoken to, it is no coincidence that Davis was caught just a day before the Paris attacks.

His movements in and out of Syria were tracked by Turkish intelligence and shared with their British counterparts.

Davis is believed to have left Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa in Syria, on 7 November.

He crossed illegally into Turkey through the town of Kilis before moving on to the southern Turkish city of Gazientep, spending a night in a safe house.

On 9 November, he took a bus to Silivri – and three days later, two Turkish special forces teams arrested him.

As the investigation is ongoing, officials in Ankara were coy about what they could say on camera.

But Cemalettin Hashemi, the Prime Minister’s senior advisor, told us: “Well, they weren’t here for holiday, not for a touristic visit … We believe that they were planning a certain kind of terrorist activity and we believe they have concrete links with Daesh (IS).”

This year alone, Turkish security forces say they have detained more than 1,000 people thought to have ties to IS – and 700 suspected foreign fighters were also deported in the first half of this year.

More than 30 suicide vests, 300kg of explosives, and dozens of rifles, handguns and grenades have been seized by police this year, according to official figures given to Sky News. Unfortunately, other sections of the Turkish security forces and government are still providing behind-the-scenes aid to the Jihadists fighting in Syria, with President Erdogan’s own daughter helping to run a hospital where injured Jihadis are treated.

But, according to Mr Hashemi, these raids are now happening on an increasingly regular basis.

A couple of years ago, there could have been a six-month gap between attempted terrorist attacks  – but now, there are such incidents every one or two months.

 

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“It’s a huge threat and it’s becoming bigger day by day,” he told Sky News.

Turkey is still reeling from a string of attacks claimed by IS in the past few months.

Islamic State is the prime suspects in last month’s Ankara bombing. It was the worst in Turkey’s history, killing more than 100 people.

But Turkey has also faced much criticism, and has been accused of keeping its border with Syria intentionally porous in order to facilitate the movement of fighters for their own political gain.

However, special forces officer Metin Gurcan says he is sensing a change in policy by politicians – who now appear to be prioritising the threat posed by IS.

He told Sky News: “After the Paris attack I can say that the Turkish political decision makers have been taking this issue much more seriously, and they have been much more co-operative than they were.”

Mr Gurcan believes that despite this shift, Turkey does not have the capacity to deal with the thousands of fighters moving in and out of the country.

“Islamic State is not an ideology,” he explained. “It’s a mentality, and this is hard to fight against.”

Syria has become a training ground for tens of thousands – with attacks from the militants who leave claiming hundreds of lives from Ankara to Paris.

The two cities may share in their grief, but a common policy to combat IS remains elusive.

Until then, the threat they pose is likely to grow.