Article for the Tehran based Alalam news outlet
The Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Syria, John Yazigi, says Syrian Christians "will not submit and yield" to foreign-backed extremist militants who attack "our people and holy places."
In comments to mark Easter, Patriarch Yazigi called on everyone to help putting an end to "intimidation, displacement, extremism and takfiri mentality".
Takfiri Wahabbism is a common belief among Western-backed rebel groups fighting to topple the Syrian government.
Radical groups have been attacking Syrian Christians in small towns and villages as punishment for what they consider Christians' support for President Bashar Assad.
There are hundreds of radical group, some of them with links to the terrorist group of al-Qaeda that are killing Syrian people and army soldiers, using what many see as a cover provided by the support US and its regional and western allies have for the ongoing war in Syria.
Despite what Washington has been claiming on having considerations and concerns on supporting what it calls ‘moderate’ groups, radical groups have been gaining more power in Syria.
Syria’s foreign-charged war is taking more lives by the day, as al-Qaeda has an ‘official representative’ on the battle ground, al-Nusra Front, which happens to be one of the strongest forces aiding the so-called Free Syrian Army of the Syrian opposition.
Pope Makes Easter Plea for Peace
On Syria, where a raging three-year conflict is estimated to have killed more than 150,000 people, the pope said it was time for warring sides to “boldly negotiate the peace long awaited and long overdue.”
Al-Nusra Front became al-Qaeda’s representative after group’s leader Aymen Zawahiri disbanded the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant and announced cutting ties with the group. Original article here
Orthodox and Catholic Church leaders denounce Takfirism in Syria. Patriarch John X Yazigi in his Easter message called on everyone to help put an end to "intimidation, displacement, extremism and takfiri mentality" and at their pre Easter gathering the Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy of Syria said “we declare our rejection of all forms of extremism, takfirism, murder and extortion, and all attacks on people and buildings. We condemn attacks on places of worship, whether churches or mosques."
Above: Takfiri extremists cook the severed heads of two Syrian prison guards after they attacked the "Gharaz" prison in Daraa province on the 19th of March, 2014. WARNING: The original unedited image can be viewed here
Above: The takfiri militant Abu Sakkar who cannibalised the human remains of a Syrian soldier was a former member of the western backed F.S.A. (“free” Syrian Army) and belonged to a group called the Farouq Brigade, the same western backed group that were principally responsible for the ethno-religious cleansing of Homs old city where 80,000 Christians were forced to flee their neighbourhoods.
Above right: The estranged al-Qaeda group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-Syria) in al-Anbar province Iraq shown here pouring gasoline - petrol over the bodies of Iraqi soldiers before setting them alight and dragging them along behind their vehicles. The Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are openly funding violence in al-Anbar province. WARNING: Original graphic unedited images can be viewed here
Below: A mother from the Wadi al-Nasra (valley of the Christians) whose son was beheaded by takfiri militants expresses her grief and begs the Lord to end this evil.
"Takfiri Wahabbism is a common belief among Western-backed rebel groups fighting to topple the Syrian government".
Wahhabism is an ultra-conservative branch of Sunni Islam. It is a religious movement among fundamentalist believers, which originates in Saudi Arabia and promotes a Takfiri mentality which believes that all those including fellow Muslims who do not follow their fundamentalist interpretation of Islam are to be considered as kafir (infidel)
Note: The United Kingdom government in concert with the United States, France, its NATO partners and its Gulf regime allies have assisted in the training, funding, arming and the provision of logistical and intelligence support to the opposition armed factions in Syria. Today the vast majority of these fighters follow a radical extremist ideology that principally originates with British /French/American ally Saudi Arabia.