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Christians in Iraq

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Neda Jacoub prays at St. Toma church in Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad, on Sept. 20. The church, built in 1935, was badly damaged in 2003 by a rocket during the US-led invasion. The local Chaldean Christian bishop, Emad Aziz al-Banna, said worshippers abandoned the church, fearing the roof could fully collapse. Many Christian families have left the mostly Shiite Muslim city during the Iraq war. Religious minorities in other cities around Iraq also have left the country in great numbers, fearing for their safety.

PHOTO: Nabil al-Jurani/AP

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