The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has complete control over Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. Iraqi Christians have been given an ultimatum, to convert to Islam, to flee, pay high taxes, or face death. The ultimatum has expired today in the second massive Christian exodus in the Middle East.
The Iraqi Christian communities had lived for almost 2,000 years in the city of Mosul. It was the second largest exodus in the Middle East since the Armenian massacres and Christian expulsion from Turkey during World War I.
Captured escaping Christians had been stripped of their properties except their clothing. Mosul houses with Christians inside were labelled with an ‘N’ for Narsani, the Arabic word for Christians. The letter ‘R’ had labelled the homes of Shia Muslims, which means Rafidah, as used by Sunni Muslims.
ISIS had declared its own leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the supreme leader of Islam and had referred to him as Caliph Ibrahim.
The terrorists have also plundered and occupied Christian churches in Mosul. They have also rounded up 83 Shia Shabak from the outskirts of the city. There had been evidence of execution as seven of the men were later found dead.
People were forced to abide by the rules of ISIS. Some were made to chant “Islamic State”, the ISIS’ declaration of its new name.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had condemned the SISIS for expelling Christians from Mosul.