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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Russia—not the US—as Defender of Their Faith

Mideast Christians See Russia—not the US—as Defender of Their Faith
Mideast Christians See Russia—not the US—as Defender of Their Faith
Perplexed by America on Syria, Russian evangelicals and Middle East Christians debate if Moscow really cares.
Jayson Casper
War was swirling in Syria. Rebels were pressing. And Maan Bitar was the only hope for American help.
“Because I am evangelical, everyone thinks I have channels of communication,” said the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Mhardeh. “Syrians believe the United States has the power to stop the conflict—if it wants to.”
In the early years of the civil war, Bitar’s Orthodox neighbors were desperate to convince the US and its allies to end support of rebel forces. ...
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