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Iraq

Iraq

Iraq

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Capital
Baghdad

Size
In area, Iraq is a little bigger than California.

Main Languages
Farsi (Persian)

Time

At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 3:00 p.m. in Baghdad.

Interesting Fact
The place where God delivered Daniel from the lion’s den was in the area where Iraq is located today. (The story is in Chapter 6 of the Book of Daniel in the Bible.)

 

History
Saddam Hussein became the president of Iraq in 1979. When he ruled, Christians were free to go to church, but they were not free to teach others about Jesus outside of their churches. Some Christians met outside the church buildings in house churches.

The U.S. government believed that Hussein was a danger to his own citizens and to other countries. Soldiers from the United States and other countries forced Hussein from power in 2003. Radical Muslims in some places began to try to take control.

Religion
More than 95% of the people of Iraq are Muslim. Less than 5% are Christians.

Persecution
Since 2003, many Christians have fled Iraq because of violence by terrorists and extremists.  Some who stayed behind have been attacked, kidnapped, or killed. Because of their struggles and serious threats, a number of churches have closed their doors. However, some Iraqis have become more open to the gospel.


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