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Two Christians killed in Mosul bombing

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An Iraqi Christian and his 6-year-old daughter were killed in a bombing in the northern city of Mosul on Tuesday, a day after two Christian men were killed in their homes by intruders.

The attacks, the latest in an escalating spree of violence against the country's shrinking Christian population, come on the heels of an Oct. 31 siege of a Baghdad cathedral that left 58 dead and more than 70 wounded. The Islamic State of Iraq, a militant Islamist group, claimed responsibility for that attack.

Christians, who comprise not much more than 1 percent of Iraq's population, have borne a disproportionate share of the attacks on civilians that have plagued the country since the 2003 U.S. invasion.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom estimates that 900,000 of the 1.4 million Christians who lived in Iraq under Saddam Hussein have fled the country since 2003.

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Ben Birnbaum

Ben Birnbaum is a reporter covering foreign affairs for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, Birnbaum worked as a reporter-researcher at the New Republic. A Boston-area native, he graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in government and psychology. He won multiple collegiate journalism awards for his articles and columns in the Cornell Daily Sun.

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