Assyria: Vulnerability issue raised by American Congressmen
In their letter, the lawmakers state:
As co-chairs of the Congressional Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus, we have long been concerned about the plight of Iraq's ethno-religious communities including the ancient Chaldo-Assyrian Christian community. We have written numerous letters to our own government urging that there be a comprehensive policy to address the unique needs of these vulnerable minorities. U.S. Ambassador Chris Hill has indicated that the security of the Christian community is one of his paramount concerns, and we hope this attitude signals a willingness to develop a programmatic approach to dealing with this matter (...)
The letter concludes by saying:
As the U.S. presence in Iraq draws down, the burden for protecting these ancient faith communities rests increasingly with Iraqi forces. Increased security at Christian places of worship and an investigation into who is behind these most recent attacks will send a powerful signal that your government is committed to preserving and protecting Iraq's ethno-religious minorities.