ICC Note: The Islamic State in Iraq grows more aggressive towards religious minorities. Now shortening their name from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to just the Islamic State, this radical group has demanded that all Christians in Mosul convert or face death. This demand comes shortly after a tax was implemented on Christians for their faith. Mosul, one of the largest cities in Iraq, now is controlled by this radical group bent on weeding out any and all who do not conform to their views and religion.
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07/18/14 Iraq (Al Jazeera) – The Islamic State group has threatened Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul with death if they do not to convert to Islam or pay a tax, Al Jazeera has learned.
The Sunni rebel group issued the orders in a letter after Friday prayers. The document, obtained by Al Jazeera, states that the order was issued after Christian leaders failed to attend a meeting called by the group.
In response, the group says in the letter that Christians must either convert to Islam, pay a special tax on non-Muslims known as jiziya, or face death “as a last resort”.
Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was overrun by the Islamic State group and allied rebel groups last month.
The Iraqi army units stationed in the city, most of whom were Shia, fled after the group crossed from Syria and attacked the north of Iraq.
Before the attack, Mosul’s Christian community was estimated at 3,000. Many are believed to have already fled the city as part of an exodus of up to one-third of the population. Churches and Christian-owned shops in the city were reported smashed by those who fled.