The Washington Post -- Will there be Christmas in Iraq?

By Leonard Leo and Talal Eid

As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, their brothers and sisters in Iraq face the unthinkable: the possible obliteration of their community, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.

Victimized by violence, displacement, discrimination, and marginalization, Iraq's Christians have been emigrating in mass numbers. Those remaining in Iraq fear for their lives and safety. Their plight is urgent. For both humanitarian and security reasons, the United States, along with other nations, must respond decisively.

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