Members of the Iraqi security forces take up positions along a road during a patrol in the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad, July 16, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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The United Nations Security Council has denounced militant persecution of Christians and other minorities in Iraq, warning such actions can be considered crimes against humanity.Before the 2003 U.S. invasion, more than a million Christians lived in Iraq, including more than 600,000 in Baghdad and 60,000 in Mosul, as well as a substantial number in the oil city of Kirkuk and in Basra.Until their forced exodus over the weekend, Christians had been continuously present in Mosul for about 16 centuries.
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