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Attacks could mean exodus for Basra's Christians

A campaign of violence targeting Christians in Iraq (news – web sites)’s main southern port of Basra could succeed in driving the minority from the city as a series of assassinations blamed on religious extremists begins to hit home. The recent attacks have badly shaken the city’s tiny Christian community, with gunmen systematically killing off traders linked to alcohol sales, which were tolerated under the mainly secular regime of ousted president Saddam Hussein. Newly-powerful Muslim Shiite leaders, released from the oppression they suffered under Saddam, have ordered the closure of some 200 liquor stores across Basra and ushered in a new era of fear for the Christians, many of whom now say they will flee the city. Full Story

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