The rise of Islamic terrorism has provoked a cycle of backlash from the Christian community world wide. Christians have been at the receiving end of terrorist activities since the turn of this century. From the burning of churches , to decapitation, from mass execution to the ripping off of babies from pregnant Christian women, and also to imposition of unreasonable levies on Christians not willing to convert to Islamism in territories overrun by Islamist. This trend has assumed a more frightening dimension to the point of religious cleansing taking place in most part of the Middle East and Africa.
Most Christians who feel that the absence of self defence mechanism is a major reason for this collateral casualty among Christian, mooted the idea of a self defence army. Gradually, self defence among Christians is mutating to an aggressive army who are now poised to returning terrorism to the originators.
From Lebanon, to Syria,Iraq, to Africa the trend has continued unabated.
A number of Christian militias have formed in Syria since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. The militias are composed largely of fighters from the various Syriac, Assyrian, Arab and ArmenianChristian communities in Syria, and are also found amongst Assyrian communities in neighbouring northern Iraq.
Meanwhile, All Christian militias have come together to fight as one force in an effort to recapture their historical homeland in northern Iraq from the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), Breitbart News has learned.
The Nineveh Plains, a region in northern Iraq’s Nineveh province outside Mosul, is the historical homeland of the region’s Christian community, which is one of the oldest in the world.
An Iraqi Christian militia leader threatened on Monday to ethnically cleanse Sunni Arab tribes from a district near the contested city of Mosul in Iraq’s northern Ninawa province in a video that has been widely reported by the Arab media.
alman Esso Habba, who is the head of the so-called “Christian Mobilisation” militia, part of the Shia-dominated Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) paramilitary organisation, said that he would “dispose of” the Sunni Arab tribes living in the Tel Kayf area if they did not leave by this Friday.
A group of Christians in Iraq have formed their own militia to protect people from the so-called Islamic State group. The leader of the Babylon Brigade says they were left with no choice but to take up arms when IS fighters targeted Christians.
In Africa, according to Reuters,
Hundreds of civilians are seeking refuge inside a mosque in the Central African Republic's border town of Bangassou amid ongoing attacks by Christian militias that have killed up to 30 civilians, Unite Nations officials and aid workers said on Sunday.
The attacks throughout the weekend on the town of Bangassou on the Congolese border have involved hundreds of fighters with heavy weaponry and appeared to be aimed at Muslims, they said, in the latest sign that the multi-year conflict is worsening.
The UN base there has also been targeted, prompting the deployment of extra troops to the remote town on Sunday in anticipation of further attacks. They had succeeded in partly securing the town by dusk, said Herve Verhoosel, spokesman for the UN mission (MINUSCA).