Assyrian Christian Teen Reportedly Beheaded by Muslim Militants

By Dr. Jeremy Reynalds

October 31, 2006 - San Francisco, CA - - An Assyrian Christian teenager has reportedly been decapitated while at work.

The Assyrian International News Agency (AINA) reported that according to the Assyrian website, a 14-year-old Christian Assyrian boy, Ayad Tariq, from Baqouba, Iraq was beheaded at his work place on Oct. 21.

Ayad Tariq was working his 12-hour shift, maintaining an electric generator, when a group of disguised Muslim insurgents walked in at the beginning of his shift shortly after 6 a.m. and asked him for his ID.

According to another employee who witnessed the events, and who hid when he saw insurgents approach, the insurgents questioned Ayad after seeing that his ID noted he was "Christian." The insurgents asked the boy if he was really a "Christian sinner."

Ayad reportedly replied, "Yes, I am Christian, but I am not a sinner." The insurgents immediately said, "dirty Christian sinner!"

Then they proceeded to each hold one of the boy's limbs, "Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!" while beheading him.

Internet terror expert Glen Jenvey ( said in an e-mail interview that if Christians are routinely forced to carry identification cards stating their faith, then thousands of Iraqi Christians are living in fear because of their ID's. And that, Jenvey said, is "horrendous."

The web site is a "Chaldean Assyrian Syriac Site with news and articles" (

AINA ( was responsible for providing the translation from Arabic for the news article on

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