On April 24, 1915 the Turkish genocide of Assyrians, Greeks and Armenians began very simply, without pomp and circumstance. "We have made a clean sweep of the Armenians and Assyrians of Azerbaijan." Those were the words of Djevdet Bey, the governor of Van Province in Ottoman Turkey, who on April 24, 1915 lead 20,000 Turkish soldiers and 10,000 Kurdish irregulars in the opening act of the genocide of Assyrians, Armenians and Pontic Greeks. In three short years, 750,000 (75%) Assyrians would be killed, 1.5 million Armenians and 500,000 Greeks.
Egypt's de facto ruler urged President Obama to restore the military aid suspended last year after Egypt's armed forces ousted the country's president and warned that America's unwillingness to combat Islamic extremists in strife–ridden Arab states was endangering the U.S. and its European and Arab allies.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is certifying to Congress that Egypt is sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States, allowing for the obligation of FY2014 funds for assistance to the Government of Egypt.
According to several witness accounts, Islamists have committed atrocities in an attempt to force convert members of the Christian community to Islam. Nun Raghad – the former head of the Patriarchate School in Damascus - told Vatican Radio how she personally witnessed Islamists terrorized her community.
Last August, the bloody crackdown on a Muslim Brotherhood protest camp in Cairo by Egyptian security forces drew international condemnation.
But less attention was paid to the scores of Coptic churches set ablaze and destroyed in the days that followed.
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