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Iraqi attacks on Christians condemned by US, EU

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“The United States government condemned the violence against Christians and urged the Iraqi government to increase efforts to protect Christians and their churches from terrorist attacks,” reports the Examiner.

1/12/2011 Iraq, United States, European Union (Examiner) – The United States government condemned the violence against Christians and urged the Iraqi government to increase efforts to protect Christians and their churches from terrorist attacks. The U.S. State Department issued its condemnation after Iraqi government officials in Baghdad released a statement that said 15 bombs were placed around homes in Christian areas of Baghdad. Eleven of the 15 bombs exploded, according to US intelligence sources.

Syriac Christians have lived in the Muslim-dominated region for centuries and are but a small minority in countries such as Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Turkey. During the Christmas season, a protest march was organized in the wake of several violent attacks against the Christian community in Iraq, a segment of the population that fell from about 1.5 million to only 400,000 over the past decade.

“We call on the Government of Iraq to redouble its efforts to protect Christians and apprehend the terrorists who are behind these acts,” said Mark C. Toner, Acting State Department Spokesman, adding, “We condemn the violence against Christians carried out overnight by terrorists in Iraq.”

According to US police advisors working with Iraqi cops, a husband and wife were killed when they opened a bag they found at the entrance to their home and it exploded.

Earlier, Jerzy Buzek, the current president of the European Union Parliament, called on the Iraqi government to make sure Christians in Iraq enjoy the same protection and status as Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

“The European Parliament is very concerned about these developments and is a strong defender of human rights, including freedom of religion” President Buzek said in an EU statement.

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