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Iraq's anti-Christian violence hit new peak in 2010

Catholic World News - July 15, 2011

Anti-Christian violence in Iraq left 92 dead and 47 wounded in 2010, making the year the worst to date for the Christian minority, according to the human-rights group Hammurabi.

Hammurabi reports that all of Iraq’s Christian churches have been badly hurt by violence and by the emigration of families leaving the country to find security elsewhere. More than 800 Christians have been killed in the years since the start of the US-lead military intervention.

Nevertheless the group found that the Christians remaining in Iraq who a strong sense of commitment. On July 4 the Chaldean Catholic Partiarch Emmanuel III paid a courtesy call on Ali al Sistani, Iraqi’s leading Shi’ite cleric, to demonstrate ‘the unity of Iraq and of Iraqis, Muslims and Christians.”

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  • Posted by: djpeterson - Jul. 16, 2011 2:39 PM ET USA

    The U.S. policy of invading Iraq provoked an unnecessary war against a country which did not have WMD and did not threaten us. With all his faults, Christians were protected under Hussein, and are now even worse off.

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