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Christians in Iraq began to suffer major persecution in 2003 when the United States invaded to stop the regime of Saddam Hussein. While, the Christian community in Iraq is one of the oldest and was once the most established in the Middle East, thousands have been driven out of their homes because of the heavy persecution. Open Doors estimates that only 230,000 Christians remain in the country. However, representations of international charities in Britain are cautiously optimistic that Christians will return to some parts of Iraq, but they are saying it’s now or never.

08/04/2017 Iraq (CNS News) – Representatives of international charities operating in Britain are guardedly optimistic that Christians could soon return in numbers to some parts of Iraq from which they have been driven.

The Christian community is now at a turning point in Iraq, said John Pontifex, a British spokesman for Aid to the Church in Need.

Either families begin to return, he said, or the world will have to accept the decline and eradication of the Christian presence in Iraq.

“Our position is that it’s either now or never,” Pontifex said Wednesday..

Although the Christian community in Iraq is one of the oldest and was once the most established in the Middle East, it began to suffer major persecution after the United States invaded in 2003 to topple the regime of Saddam Hussein.

With the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL), many thousands more were driven out of their communities, into either internal displacement in Iraq, or abroad.

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