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Syrian Orthodox archbishop: Christian increasingly being targeted by rebels

Catholic World News - January 28, 2014

A leading Syrian Orthodox archbishop told Fox News that Christians are increasingly coming under attack by Syrian rebel factions.

“At the beginning of the Syrian crisis we didn’t have a real problem against Christians, but nowadays because of the growing radical groups, Christians are being targeted,” said Archbishop Dionysius Jean Kawak, who is in charge of the Syrian Orthodox patriarchate’s office in Damascus.

“At the beginning of the conflict, Kawak said Christians tried to be neutral, but wanted some change in the political system,” according to the Fox News report. “However, Kawak said they discovered the rebellion was ‘somehow an Islamic movement,’ and stepped back.”

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  • Posted by: Defender - Jan. 28, 2014 10:21 AM ET USA

    Christians are being targeted because Islamic militants foresee a chance to further control the areas, possibly as a permanent state. Getting rid of undesirables is consistent with their warped thinking, but who cares? Certainly not the United States!

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