30 Jul '13, 2pm

Al Qaeda affiliate kidnaps priest in Syria: report

Al Qaeda-linked fighters in a rebel-held eastern Syrian city on Monday abducted a prominent Italian Jesuit priest who championed the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, activists said. Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant kidnapped father Paolo Dall'Oglio while he was walking in Raqqa, which fell to militant Islamist brigades in March, the sources in Raqqa province told Reuters. Syrian authorities expelled Dall'Oglio from the country last year for helping victims of Assad's military crackdown while he served at a sixth-century monastery in the Anti-Lebanon mountains north of Damascus. This attack was executed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But it isn't the first reported instance of an al Qaeda affiliate targeting priests in Syria. The Vatican previously confirmed that a Syrian priest, Francois Murad, was kidnapped by fighters "l...

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