Violence Not Down for Everyone in Iraq

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CWN - The good news out of Iraq in recent weeks has been the decline in violence since the U.S. military increased troop levels last year.

But for Christians, the peace was shattered this month when terrorists attacked nine churches and monasteries in the cities of Baghdad, Mosul, and Kirkuk.

John Eibner of Christian Solidarity International told CBN News that the U.S. and Iraqi governments are failing to protect Christians.

"The successes of the surge have not been to such an extent that the Christians are able to return to their homes," he explained. "The surge has not prevented nine churches from being bombed this month. The job is far from over and Iraqi Christians are still living outside the country. They're on the run and far more needs to be done to guarantee security for them."

Christian Solidarity International is calling on Christian and political leaders in the U.S. to put pressure on the Iraqi government.

One proposal is the creation of a special province for Christians in northern Iraq with their own police and security forces.

"The Iraqi constitution makes provision for this, but it's not implemented. The reason it's not implemented is because there is not the will in Washington or in the governing circles of Baghdad to implement it," Eibner said. "The least that we can do is send a very clear signal to them that the Christians and the people of goodwill in general in the United States want this."

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