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Iraq's Christians feel the US and the church have abandoned them

For more than a week, displaced families have occupied every inch of St. Joseph's church grounds. Some have a few belongings they managed to gather as they fled their homes. Others have nothing but the clothes they wore. The line for the church complex's three toilets is unbearable.

At a press briefing on Thursday, President Barack Obama praised the US military forces participating in humanitarian airdrops for Yazidis trapped fleeing the Islamic State (IS). But he reassured viewers that the need for additional humanitarian drops was probably over and that "the majority of the military personnel" involved would be leaving "in the coming days." As for the other minorities displaced by IS, including Iraqi Christians, "the situation remains dire," the president said. "We're going to be working with our international partners to provide humanitarian assistance." No concrete plans were offered.

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