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Church services cancelled in Iraq due to threats

24 December 2010 Last updated at 15:41 GMT

Many church services in Iraq have been cancelled, amid fears for the safety of Christians over the Christmas period.

Church leaders have urged worshippers to keep celebrations to a minimum, after a group affiliated to Al-Qaeda threatened fresh attacks.

In October, more than 40 worshippers were killed in the Syrian-Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad.

Now, Iraq's already dwindling Christian community is facing a fresh exodus - as Gabriel Gatehouse reports.