U.S. Christian Warriors in Iraq: Dwekh Nawsha – Keeping the Church Bells Ringing

A former U.S. soldier, who calls himself the “King of Nineveh,” is interviewed in Iraq, “in a makeshift military headquarters.” He says he wants to “keep the church bells of Iraq ringing:”

Former U.S. Military, Christian Soldier in Iraq Photo Courtesy of Ayman Oghanna/THE WASHINGTON POST, and STARS AND STRIPES

Former U.S. Military, Christian Soldier in Iraq Photo Courtesy of Ayman Oghanna/THE WASHINGTON POST, and STARS AND STRIPES

“Jesus tells us what you do unto the least of them, you do unto me,” said the 28-year-old from Detroit, who served an extended tour in Iraq in 2006 and 2007 and asked for his surname not to be published to protect his family at home. “I couldn’t sit back and watch what was happening, women being raped and sold wholesale.”

So in December he travelled to northern Iraq, where he joined a growing band of foreigners leaving their lives in the West behind to fight with newly formed Christian militias. The leaders of those militias say they’ve been swamped with hundreds of requests from veterans and volunteers from around the world who want to join them….

Brett’s group, Dwekh Nawsha, which means “self-sacrifice” in Aramaic, the ancient language spoken by Jesus, has only six Westerners among its 200 Iraqi Assyrian Christian fighters. But Emanuel Khoshaba Youkhana, the secretary general of the Assyrian Patriotic Party, which funds the group, says more than 900 other foreigners have been in touch to find out how to join. Read more  at Stars & Stripes.

Note the word “Assyrian Patriotic Party” in the paragraph above.

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