ISIS Forces Last Christians Out of Mosul

    An Iraqi Christian fleeing the violence in the towns of Qaraqush and Bartala, both east of the city of Mosul in the northern province of Nineveh, prays at the Saint George church on July 1, 2014 in the Kurdish autonomous region's capital Arbil. The Islamic State (IS) has spearheaded a lightning advance since June 9, capturing sizeable territories in the north and west, including the country's second city Mosul. AFP PHOTO /KARIM SAHIB        (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Sunni militants gave the formerly bustling Christian community of Mosul, Iraq a clear message on Friday: be gone by noon on Saturday, or else. The mandate came after Christian leaders did not attend a meeting ISIS had set up to discuss their status on Thursday night. People fled in large numbers on Friday with “nothing more than the clothes on their backs,” according to witnesses. The town of Mosul used to boast a Christian community of around 30,000, but numbers have dwindled ever since Saddam Hussein was ousted in 2003. By the time ISIS barged into the city in June, there were few left. After Friday’s edict, says the New York Times, “the community will be gone.”

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