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ISIS torches 1800-year-old church in Mosul; tells Christians convert or die
Jul 24, 2014, 02:54 AM IST
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Mosul:ISIS militants torched an ancient church in Mosul as deadline for Christians to leave the city ended. The Sunni extremists gave ultimatum to Christians earlier this month – either convert to Islam, pay a special tax or be killed. The announcement gave way to mass exodus of Iraqi Christians, say reports.
ISIS militants set 1800-year-old Assyrian Christian Church after all the Christians had fled Mosul, reports Al Arabiya. The Sunni militants are on a mission to rid Iraq off Christians – a religious minority in the country.
A New York Times report says: Besides the burning of the church, the ISIS militants have removed the cross from St. Ephrem's Cathedral, which was once the seat of the Syriac Orthodox archdiocese in Mosul, and have hoisted the black ISIS flag there instead. An ancient statue of Virgin Mary has also been broken.
ISIS took control of the northern Iraqi city early on June in an attempt to carve out a Sunni caliphate.
This image was posted on Twitter. Courtesy: Al Arabiya