AINA: The Cleansing of Iraq’s Christians Is Entering Its End Game
The news for Christians in the Middle East gets worse and worse. A group notorious for its brutality to Christians has taken over the city of Mosul in Iraq, triggering a mass exodus amidst growing instability and danger.
Lord, have mercy.
The Assyrian International News Agency has released this report.
The Cleansing of Iraq’s Christians Is Entering Its End Game
By Nina Shea
National Review Online
Posted 2014-06-11 00:08 GMT
Many Nineveh residents fled to Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq on Tuesday. The government of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell overnight to the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, also called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Mosul’s panic-stricken Christians, along with many others, are now fleeing en masse to the rural Nineveh Plain, according to the Vatican publication Fides. The border crossings into Kurdistan, too, are jammed with the cars of the estimated 150,000 desperate escapees.
The population, particularly its Christian community, has much to fear. The ruthlessness of ISIS, an offshoot of al-Qaeda, has been legendary. Its beheadings, crucifixions and other atrocities toward Christians and everyone else who fails to conform to its vision of a caliphate have been on full display earlier this year, in Syria.
As Corner readers will remember, in February, it was the militants of this rebel group that, in the northern Syrian state of Raqqa, compelled Christian leaders to sign a 7th-century dhimmi contract. The document sets forth specific terms denying the Christians the basic civil rights of equality and religious freedom and committing them to pay protection money in exchange for their lives and the ability to keep their Christian identity.
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