Troop Withdrawal Hurting Religious Freedom Fight?

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President Barack Obama announced this week his plan for the first drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

Some question if the United States is pulling out too soon. Among the opponents are religious rights groups who say Afghanistan still has a long ways to go in guaranteeing religious freedom.

The country is especially harsh on Christians. Afghans who leave Islam to follow Christ have been jailed and threatened with a death sentence.

Human Rights groups warn the situation could get worse if the Taliban comes to power.

In 2010, the Taliban murdered 10 members of a Christian aid team providing medical treatment to villages in northern Afghanistan. And in 2007, the terrorist group kidnapped 23 Christian Korean missionaries, murdering two of them before releasing the rest.

CBN News spoke with Knox Thames, policy director for the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, about the fight for religious freedom in Afghanistan and other Muslim nations. USCIRF advises the U.S. State Department on religious freedom issues around the world.

Click play for his comments on how the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan could affect that country's Christians.

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