Sunday, July 20, 2014

Remaining Christians Flee Iraqi City of Mosul After Decree By ISIS

BBC NewsAP and the New York Times reported Friday that almost all Christians have left the Iraqi city of Mosul after a statement from the radical group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant was read at the city's mosques. The statement gave Christians the choice of conversion, paying a traditional fee for protection (jizya) or death, with a deadline of noon Saturday.  The statement said in part:
We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword,