Catholic patriarch in Iraq vigorously opposes U.S. arming Christians
Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq, on Sunday called for the US not to arm Christians in the country as they try to survive the onslaught of Islamic State (ISIS) – and went on to blame the US for the appearance of the jihadist group.
In an interview with The New Arab, Sako rejected a US proposal to arm Christians in Iraq while calling for unity in the state with no distinction in American support.
Leaders of the Assyrian Christian community were furious at the Chaldean Church head for opposing the US defense spending bill that called to arm Iraqi Christians.
“Would the US accept similar militias being made within its territory?,” said Sako, in a surprising comparison of the US and war-torn Iraq, which has been plagued by ISIS brutality. He went further and said the US was interested in arming Iraqi Christians because around 300,000 Americans have Iraqi Christian ancestry.
Millions of Christians lived in Iraq before the 2003 Iraq War led by the US, but with the recent rise of Islamist terror organizations such as ISIS that number has reduced significantly, reports The New Arab.
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