ISIS Forces Last Christians Out of Mosul

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.”