December 15, 2011
By December 31, all U.S. and NATO troops will have withdrawn from Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and U.S. President Barack Obama are touting Iraq as a model democracy that has successfully defeated terrorism, but Iraq's tiny remaining Christian population is worried that the troop withdrawal will simply open the way for completing the jihad and genocide they have already suffered, according to ASSIST News Service. International religious liberty analyst and advocate Elizabeth Kendal says Iraq's indigenous Christian people have lost two-thirds of their number through evacuation and genocide, but their most difficult days are still ahead. "The propaganda indicates the powers-that-be are more intent on getting good press than preventing the genocide of Christians," Kendal said. Iraqi Christians are keeping a low profile as they prepare to observe Christmas.