A series of deadly attacks on Iraq’s Christians has left the religious community, one with ancient roots in Mesopotamia, feeling vulnerable and reeling with fear. One expatriate cleric has even called for the remaining Christians of what is called the Assyrian Catholic Church to abandon Iraq. But Yonadam Kanna isn’t going anywhere. “These attacks express the contempt and hatred of terrorist organizations for Christians,” says Kanna, one of less than a dozen Christians in the 325-member Iraqi parliament, “but we will remain whatever they do. Iraq is our country and we won’t leave.”

There has been no let-up, however, in the campaign against his religion. On Wednesday, synchronized bombings struck at least 11 Christian locations across in Baghdad, killing at least six people and wounding more than 30. The strikes appear to be directly connected to a vicious October 31 church invasion that left at least 50 people dead after gunmen overran Sunday services, shooting down the attending priest and acolyte at the altar before spraying automatic gunfire on the congregation and detonating explosives vest. The Halloween murders at Our Lady of Salvation in Baghdad’s middle class, mixed Karada neighborhood were followed by an announcement by the Islamic State of Iraq, an al-Qaeda proxy, promising “We will open upon [the Christians] the doors of destruction and rivers of blood.”

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