Muslim Attacks Reducing Iraq's Christian Population

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Muslim Attacks Reducing Iraq's Christian Population

Christians in Iraq have not only been injured in recent incidents between Muslim factions, but have been specifically victimized for their faith, reports. In Mosul, the country's third largest city, Christians have especially suffered in recent months. "There used to be a sizeable amount of Christians [in Mosul] -- in fact, almost 100,000 -- but during the last 10 years or so, that has really gone down to about 25,000," said Jerry Dykstra of Open Doors USA. "So, they have been targeted, especially in Mosul. They have been threatened. They have been kidnapped." Many have gone to Iraq, while others have fled to Lebanon and Syria, but even Christians in those locations have been leaving. There are about 345,000 Christians remaining in Iraq, compared to a million in 2003.


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