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Assassination attempt on head of Syrian Orthodox Church revives ghosts of massacres past

The Muslim Times

Last weekend's suicide bomb attack in Qamishli took place during an event commemorating the massacre of Christians more than a century ago. Getty Last weekend’s suicide bomb attack in Qamishli took place during an event commemorating the massacre of Christians more than a century ago. Getty

Three of Holy Patriarch’s bodyguards killed as suicide bomber attacks commemoration event for 1915 Assyrian genocide

The ghosts of massacres past haunt the Syrian war. First the Islamists scattered the bones of the victims of the 1915 Armenian genocide of one and a half million Christians by the Ottoman Turks outside their memorial church in Deir Ezzour. Then last weekend, a suicide killer arrived at the Syriac Orthodox Church in Qamishli, a small Syrian town isolated on the northern border with Turkey but still held by regime troops, and tried to attack Christians at a church service commemorating the Assyrians’ own genocide of 250,000 – again at the hands of Turkish Ottomans– during the First World War.

His target was clearly the patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church but…

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