Iraqi Priest calls on Obama to step up fight against ISIS

More than 250,000 Christians have fled Northern Iraq amid ISIS persecution.

December 10, 2014 16:27
1 minute read.
US jets over Iraq

US jets after receiving fuel over northern Iraq.. (photo credit: REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Top Catholic leaders in Iraq have called upon the United States to take a stronger approach in the fight against ISIS, stating that merely bombing terrorists isn’t enough.

“Bombing is also killing people, destroying the infrastructure, houses, schools, churches,” said Patriarch Louis Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq said in an interview with Crux news.

“There’s no military solution for the conflict, especially when there are no troops on the ground providing assistance,” he added.

Sako also added that the only way that ISIS can be stopped is through cooperation between the Iraqi government and the international coalition led by the United States.

More than 250,000 Christians have fled Northern Iraq amid ISIS persecution.

“What’s going on in Iraq is a tragedy, and it’s an international moral duty to help those who are paying the price of fundamentalism to stay at home,” he said.

The call from the Iraqi Priest came just a day before Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi asked US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for increased air strikes and weaponry in the fight against ISIS.

President Barack Obama launched the first US air strikes against the Islamic State four months ago. In November, Obama increased the number of US ground troops in Iraq from 1,400 to 2,900.

sign up to our newsletter

Related Content

May 21, 2019
Christian broadcasting studio attacked by arson on Shabbat morning


Cookie Settings