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Iraqi Interfaith Council Tries to Protect Minorities

The Iraqi Council for Interfaith Dialogue has sought to unite people around protection of minorities.
Iraqi Muslim worshippers pray during a joint Sunni-Shi'ite Friday prayer at the Martyrs Monument in Baghdad May 24, 2013. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has called to establish unified Friday prayers between Sunnis and Shi'ites in Baghdad, after attacks on Sunni and Shi'ite mosques in recent weeks.   REUTERS/Thaier al-Sudani (IRAQ - Tags: RELIGION CIVIL UNREST) - RTXZZ1S

The situation of religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq today is the worst in the history of the country. Some of them have almost disappeared, through annihilation and emigration, and the populations of others have decreased significantly, especially after the occupation of Iraq, as a result of sectarian war and security crises. The establishment of the Iraqi Council for Interfaith Dialogue on March 14 is considered an important step forward in the effort to protect Iraq's surviving minorities.

The history and current status of Iraqi minorities

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