Vatican newspaper decries ‘caliphate of brutality’; Mosul cathedral becomes mosque

Vatican newspaper decries ‘caliphate of brutality’; Mosul cathedral becomes mosque

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has removed the crosses from all 30 churches and monasteries in Mosul and converted the Syriac Orthodox cathedral into a mosque, according to the Assyrian International News Agency.

The ISIS took over Iraq’s 2nd-largest city in June and later ordered all Christians to leave, pay an unspecified tax, or convert to Islam. The jihadist group now controls 40 per cent of Iraq and 30 per cent of Syria.

According to “Caliphate of Brutality,” a front-page story in L’Osservatore Romano, ISIS' leader, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, has ordered all women and girls within its territory to undergo genital mutilation. The Vatican newspaper also reported that ISIS earlier ordered “families to give virgin girls in marriage to jihadists” and segregated universities by sex.

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 14:25
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