28 Nov 2012 09:00
The Iraqi Christians are one of the oldest Christian communities of the Middle East. Chaldean Catholic Church is the most representative group, including three-quarters of all Iraqi Christians, followed by the Syro-Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Greek- catholic and Latin communities. After the 2003 invasion of Iraq by Angloamerican armies, violence against Christians rose, with reports of abduction, torture, bombings, and killings. Some Christians were pressured to convert to Islam under threat of death or expulsion, and women were ordered to wear Islamic dress.