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Iraqi forces storm church to end standoff; 7 hostages killed
October 31st, 2010
12:31 PM ET

Iraqi forces storm church to end standoff; 7 hostages killed

Iraqi security forces stormed a Catholic church Sunday where gunmen were holding worshippers hostage, ending the hours-long standoff, police officials said Sunday.

At least seven hostages were killed in the incident. Another 20 people were wounded, the officials said. Eight suspects were arrested.

Survivors of the ordeal said they were just about to begin Sunday night services when the gunmen entered the church, according to Martin Chulov, a journalist for the U.K.-based Guardian newspaper who was on the scene. About 50 people were inside the church at the time, and a priest ushered them into a back room.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Church • Iraq • Middle East • Uncategorized • Violence

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  1. Frogist

    Just to add to the cynical nature of these posts... now fundies can't say they never heard of a christian church being built in the middle east.

    November 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Ooooo! Dark Humor! I love it! You go girl! LOL

      November 1, 2010 at 11:21 pm |
  2. David Johnson

    Okay, so Catholics can't go to heaven. I guess I don't have any comforting words then.

    So, vote for the Dems on Tuesday!

    November 1, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  3. HotAirAce

    Seems to me you all are rushing to judgement! I didn't see anything saying what faith, if any, these characters belong to. :^))

    October 31, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
    • Iraqi in Diaspora

      Are you serious? Re-read the article and see their demands. The downfall of the free world will be political correctness.

      October 31, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      OK, I will have to work on sarasm via text. That being said, I did see the allegations that they are tied to al Queda, and at the risk of suggesting "profiling" would suggest they are muslims, I don't see anything definitive. Perhaps they went inot a catholic church becuase they're catholic and that's where they thought they get the most support. :^))

      November 1, 2010 at 2:29 am |
  4. Iqbal khan

    If they would have read and follow the Quran and sunnah they would not have commited such an Act, they are just crimnals as other crimnal in any other religeon.
    Religeon is not at fault it is the people who have their own agenda

    October 31, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
    • Reality

      Not so fast khan/con man!!

      "The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

      Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, most of the verses of violence in the Quran are open-ended, meaning that the historical context is not embedded within the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subjective as anything else in the Quran.

      Unfortunately, there are very few verses of tolerance and peace to abrogate or even balance out the many that call for nonbelievers to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed. This proclivity toward violence – and Muhammad's own martial legacy – has left a trail of blood and tears across world history."

      October 31, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  5. David Johnson

    No reason for sadness. They are with Jesus now.

    October 31, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
    • Hot Gospler

      Sorry but those Roman Catholics are not in heaven now.
      You cannot be saved from sin by the blood of Christ and be a Roman Catholic at the same time.
      There are way too many total rejections of fundamental gospel points in Roman Catholicism.
      To name just a few, The Sacrifice Mass, Purgatory, The immaculate conception of Mary’s mother, the perpetual sinlessness of Mary, and the sale of indulgences.

      October 31, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Here we go – the next installment of "The Battle of the Cults"!

      Cue CatholicMom...

      October 31, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
    • CatholicMom

      Hot Gospler,
      Should you be the judging anyone’s soul?

      October 31, 2010 at 8:10 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Hot Gospler, Howdo you know this? Have you spoken with Jsus or God lately and they tol you or are you just guessing?

      October 31, 2010 at 9:20 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Hot Gospler

      You Said........"Sorry but those Roman Catholics are not in heaven now.
      You cannot be saved from sin by the blood of Christ and be a Roman Catholic at the same time.
      There are way too many total rejections of fundamental gospel points in Roman Catholicism.
      To name just a few, The Sacrifice Mass, Purgatory, The immaculate conception of Mary’s mother, the perpetual sinlessness of Mary, and the sale of indulgences."

      ME-- Sooooo, apparently 'you' know of all that supposedly happens after death...?

      Please do tell, as I am curious as to your 'absolute' knowledge on this subject. Just one thing.... Please don't use 'any' bible verses to try and support your argument.

      Thanks...

      November 1, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  6. Reality

    Religion of peace

    October 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  7. Reality

    No doubt another act of terror planned in a mosque and instigated by an imam preaching from the very flawed koran rationalizing such activity by the myth, once again, of Gabriel's connection with Mahound. The significant stupidity of Islam continues 24/7!!!.

    October 31, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
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