Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, in his first White House Meeting with President Donald J. Trump, said, “The United States ….helped Iraq enormously in defeating ISIS and also in toppling the Saddam Hussein regime.”
Brave Americans totaling 4,888 gave their lives for the liberation of Iraq and the 25 million Iraqi people from the terror of Saddam Hussein. More than 32,000 were seriously injured and 2.5 million—1 for every 10 Iraqis—served in Iraq, from building schools to repairing roads to rebuilding its infrastructure and more.
Most people are unaware that Iraq was formerly Assyria, the first nation to accept Christ, which went on to become the largest missionary-sending people in history, bringing the gospel first to Europe, Asia and much of the world.
Most of us owe our very faith to this special band of people, the descendants of the great Assyrian Empire that before the liberation of Iraq made up 10% of the country’s population and as the indigenous, original people of the country, were much loved.
Following the liberation of Iraq, the initial great freedom gave way to attack, primarily from neighboring Iran who, in the vacuum created by the sudden withdrawal of U.S. forces in 2011, gave birth to another enemy—ISIS—and these precious people now fell under attack by two forces at once.
Finally liberated from ISIS, the long-suffering Assyrian Christians of Iraq, now greatly diminished to less than half of their previous numbers, are finally coming back, encouraged by the promise of the Assyrian Administrative Area—a restoration of the Assyrian nation, albeit under special provisions of the Iraqi Constitution.
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SOURCE: Charisma News, Amir George