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British Church Leader Speaks Out About Iraq War


The spiritual leader of the Anglican church has written an article criticizing the U.S. and British governments for their roles in the Iraq war.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, says in an article published in the London Times Saturday that military actions in the Middle East put Christians in the region at risk.

The Archbishop said that Middle Eastern Christians are frequently seen as supporters of the West. He says the war has troubled relations between Muslims and Christians in countries such as Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.

The Archbishop wrote specifically about the isolation of Christians in the city of Bethlehem in the West Bank. Christians revere Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus.

Archbishop Williams has been visiting the Holy Land before Christmas with other church leaders from Britain.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.