Iran’s Furtive Occupation of Iraq’s Christian Communities

By Lela Gilbert | Hudson Institute

Will the Middle East’s shattered Christian villages, towns and cities somehow retain their religious and cultural heritage – which dates back to the first century?

No one knows for sure, but due to Iranian aspirations, the answer is far from encouraging.

In November 2014, I visited the devastated survivors of Islamic State’s genocide who were sheltering in Erbil, Kurdistan (Iraq). I heard personal accounts of the horrifying night – just three months before – when ISIS surged into neighborhoods, forced their way into houses, confiscated cash and jewelry, stripped residents of passports, deeds, even bottled water and forced them out of town.