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ICC Note: As Iraq and Syria continue to be torn apart by Islamic extremists, Christians are facing genocide as entire communities are driven out of their homelands. There is pressure mounting on foreign leaders to do something to provide not just humanitarian aid but security support that will change the dynamic for these communities and offer them protection and a future in the lands that have been their home for some 2,000 years.

09/22/2015 Middle East (Washington Times) – Human rights activists see it. Foreign leaders see it. And more than 80 members of the U.S. Congress see it. Together, they are pressuring the leader of the free world to declare there is a Christian genocide going on in the Middle East.

Their campaign — which was discussed at a Capitol Hill conference earlier this month hosted by the two-year-old In Defense of Christians nonprofit — has an influential ally on its side.

Pope Francis, making his first visit to the United States on Wednesday, has noted the number of Christians being martyred today exceeds the number martyred during the days of the Roman Empire.

In fact, the sheer numbers of Christians murdered and tortured every year in a dozen countries in the developing world is only getting worse, thanks to the relentless campaign of the ISIS and al-Qaeda terror groups.

For example, in 2014, 2,000 Christians were murdered in Iraq alone, which is the number cited by historian Edward Gibbon as the total number of Christian martyrs in the first three centuries of Christianity.

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