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    2003.06.12 Jesus Journal: JesusJournal.com Jesus & His World: Christian News Christians, Jews Persecuted In Iraq By: Stefan J. Bos ANS Jun 12, 2003 BAGHDAD,
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      2003.06.12 Jesus Journal:

      JesusJournal.com

      Jesus & His World: Christian News

      Christians, Jews Persecuted In Iraq

      By: Stefan J. Bos
      ANS
      Jun 12, 2003

      BAGHDAD, IRAQ - A human rights group has urged United States-led
      forces to ensure security of Iraq's Christians and other minority
      religious groups amid reports of killings and other attacks by
      Islamists, ASSIST News Service (ANS) monitored Friday, June 13.

      "At least two Christian shop owners were shot dead by Shari'ah
      vigilantes" last month "and there are unconfirmed reports of another
      owner and a Christian bystander also being killed," said Christian
      Forum in Support of Persecuted Religious Minorities Worldwide......
      ..............................

      It said Sheikh Mohammed al-Fartousi and Hojatolislam Moqtada as-Sadr,
      two of the most influential Shia leaders in Iraq, have called for the
      Shari'ah to be applied to the country's up to one million christians
      ...................................

      In addition Christians in Basra say looters "deliberately raided
      Christian homes" and threatened that next time they will kill the
      occupants because of their faith, human rights watch-dogs reported.

      Christian Forum said "Christian girls in some parts of the city are
      now afraid to go to school in case they are kidnapped" and that "
      some Christian families have already begun to leave Basra to the
      country's Christian heartland around Mosul" for fear of persecution.

      DEATH THREATS

      Sources within the Syrian Orthodox Church have been quoted as saying
      that at least one Christian family in Baghdad has been threatened
      with death unless it converts to Islam.

      Christian Forum claimed some Iraqi Christians fear that tensions may
      be exacerbated by the impending arrival of western evangelical and
      particularly American aid agencies intending to engage in missionary
      as well as humanitarian work.

      ANS has learned however from persecuted Christians in the Turkish
      -Iraq border area that international support and especially prayers
      are appreciated.

      The big problem, said Christian Forum, is that "coalition forces are
      too few to effectively police the country, restore order or protect
      religious minorities and other vulnerable targets from violence," an
      opinion shared by international organizations which have asked for
      more police units.

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