(Worthy News) – Pope Francis’ perilous pilgrimage to Iraq this week, due to start on Friday, may cast light on the painful plight of Christians in their ancestral homeland, yet the most significant threat facing the community is neither Sunni terrorists nor corrupt government persecutors, but the heavy hand of neighboring Iran and the proxy militias it funds and arms.
It has been more than three years since ISIS was territorially erased from Iraq’s map. But before the dust could settle, the Tehran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) took advantage of the power vacuum to take over checkpoints, weapons arsenals, institutions, and critical roads formerly in ISIS hands.
And their prowess is only increasing.
“The Iranian backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMF) were influential in the fight against ISIS and in removing ISIS from its territorial hold over the Nineveh Plains,” said International Christian Concern (ICC) president Jeff King. “The problem is, the PMF has not left Nineveh and Iran insists on maintaining a stronghold across Iraq.” [ Source (Read More…) ]
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