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Two Churches Attacked in Syria: Crosses Broken and Al-Qaeda Flags Raised

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Al Arabiya posted the above picture of ISIL members breaking the cross off of one of the churches.

Yesterday, the al-Qaeda linked “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) broke the crosses off the two Christian churches in Raqqah, a city in northern Syria.  They also set the contents of the churches — the Church of the Annunciation and the Church of Martyrs — aflame, and lifted the Islamic flag above them.

Members of the Islamic organization first broke the large cross from off the Church of the Annunciation.  This prompted the residents of Raqqah to march and protest, calling for the expulsion of the Islamic terrorists, while carrying the large, broken cross (see video here, around :38 second mark).

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant responded by attacking the Church of the Annunciation once again, gathering all its crosses and icons from inside, and setting them on fire.  They capped off their “victory” by raising the ISIL flag—which is identical to al-Qaeda’s black flag with the words, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger” (the Islamic shehada, or profession of faith).

Al-Qaeda’s Islam flag flies high above the church in place of the Cross

The same flags were raised on some of the 80 Christian churches destroyed in Egypt weeks earlier at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters.

After the desecration of the Church of the Annunciation came the Church of the Martyr’s turn.  It was treated in the same manner, also with Islam’s black flag raised atop its dome in place of the broken cross.

[Note: For more on Islam's age-old hostility for the Christian cross, see pgs. 84-94 of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians]

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  • GreekAsianPanda

    The al-Qaeda flag–now THAT’S a flag worth burning.

  • Kristi17

    The al-Qaeda is Evil Islam and Obama Supports Them! This is Shameful!! I am Devout Christian and I cry for the Syrian Christians under this Persecution!! They Need our Prayers, because The Evil muslims are Trying to Exterminate the Christians there!! Muhammad was NO PROPHET of our True God in Heaven! Islam started about 1400 years ago in Mecca, by Evil Muhammad, he got this from Satan! God Was Here Way Before Islam!! God Created The Heavens and The Earth! His Son Jesus Christ Died for our Sins in the Cross! Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me ( Jesus Christ ). ( John 14:6 KJV 1611 AV )!!

    God is Love Through Jesus Christ His One and Only Son!! Please Pray for the Syrian Christians, They Need Our Help Right NOW! Father in Heaven I Pray for The Christians in Syria, Please Protect them from this Evil Islam, Please Guide them to Safety, Please Comfort them, Most of all Lord Jesus Protect them! In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen!

    In His Service, YSIC o/

    Kristi Ann

    • KhidonNOR

      God Bless you second generation Norwegian-American sister in Christ!

      You have a beautiful blog. So hard to see what is going on with our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Muslim world. But the blood of the martyrs is powerful and it looks like the Christians in the West are waking up. Orthodox Christians in former atheist Russia are fully aware of, and understand what is going on.

      I will send you a friend invitation on FB. I tried your testimony link on your blog, but it was broken. Please inform me when it is up and running again. Would be interesting to read.

      Greetings and Blessings from Norway

      • Kristi17

        Thanks so much! Hei ja I am Second Generation Norwegian-American in the United States Of America! Ha en god dag! ( Have a Nice Day )!! Take Care. Please Pray for all Christian Brother’s and Sister’s all over the World God Made!

        In His Service, YSIC o/

    • Anton Frank

      Dear sister kristi,
      I am happy to see your strong passion for the suffering Christians across the world, especially in the Islamic world. There is no doubt that Jesus is the sole God and everything is being done as per the revelations in the Bible. There is no doubt that Islam grew via violent means and that it would not last forever.
      I wish you all the best in your bid to reach to as many as possible with the message of Christ. I wish to be your friend on FB.

    • surj

      Kristi .. This is from Muslim’s Quran Sura 9111″ Allah has purchased from the faithful their lives and worldly goods and in return has promised them paradise.They will fight for the cause of Allah and they will Kill and be Killed ” And that is exactely what muslims have been doing from the times of their so called profit mo-ham-mad. Now see how Christians are treated in mudlim countries please see and By the way I’m not a Christian but I do have symphity for their suffering in muslim countries.

  • N. Wasse

    Notice the guy dressed in white with the short pants and the shalwar qameez and holding the al-Qaeda flag! Our leaders tell us that we should support the likes of this criminal and the other criminal who murdered a human being, split his chest and cut his heart out and took a bite from it! This is despicable

  • aebe

    And these are the creatures to whom our Presidunce would give countries ?
    Egypt , Libya , and Syria . Why did the European nations bother to drive them out of Mali ?
    I would like to see China gently elbow Iran out of the mix , and give Russia a hand with squaring away Syria .
    Validate your 2nd Amendment Rights . Carry