December 7, 2011
Attacks against Christian Assyrian businesses in northern Iraq during the weekend, which local sources said were organized by a pro-Islamic political party, marked the first such destruction of Christian establishments in the Kurdish region, Compass Direct News reports. The attack, in which a group of young Muslim men attacked and burned shops in the town of Zakho, threatens the frail security of Iraq's dwindling Christian population. "[The Kurdish Regional Government] is, for the most part, safe and secure, and all inhabitants enjoy prosperity and security, until now at least," said archdeacon Emanuel Youkhana of the Assyrian Church of the East. "The future is, by all means, bleak for the Christians and other minorities living there."