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Syrian rebels burn statues, crosses in Catholic parishes

September 27, 2013

Members of a Syrian rebel faction entered two Eastern Catholic parishes on September 26 and burned crosses, statues, and other religious objects, Agence France-Presse reported.

The news agency attributed the incidents to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a jihadist organization founded in 2003 to oppose the US invasion of Iraq. The incidents took place in Ar-Raqqah (Raqa), a city of 220,000 in north-central Syria that was taken over by allied Syrian rebel forces in March.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 29, 2013 1:50 PM ET USA

    Just as Maaloula was religious cleansing (by the Free Syria Army troops and the al-Nusra warriors), all Christian communities in Syria (and perhaps Lebanon) are potential targets. Notice nothing is said by this administration?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Sep. 27, 2013 8:50 PM ET USA

    And it is these same rebels that John McCain and Lindsey Graham want the U.S. to support, which is happening anyway.

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 27, 2013 1:15 PM ET USA

    Good thing they didn't destroy a Koran or two, they'd have the press all over them.