Attacks on Assyrians in Syria By ISIS and Other Muslim Groups

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Posted 2015-02-27 03:57 GMT

The following is a list of attacks against Assyrians in Syria by ISIS and other Muslim Groups.

See also: List of Assyrian and Other Churches Destroyed in Syria

2012-05-12 Jihadists Seize Christian Village in Syria, Expel Its Residents

250,000 humans trapped in Aleppo since July. Conditions are appalling, destruction on a massive scale.

Aleppo had an estimated pre-war population of about two million. About one million people are now living in the west, in comparative safety, according to BBC reporters.

Those trapped in the east are living in appalling conditions. The UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien recently described the area as “the apex of horror”.

Food and fuel are running out and basic infrastructure and health care have been obliterated.

The rebels have retaliated by shelling the west – resulting in the deaths of civilians there – but this is on a smaller scale.

Why haven’t people fled east Aleppo?

Mohammed in front of some ruined buildings in AleppoImage copyright MOHAMMED

The main reason why people have not left is that they have become trapped, they told us.

“Some people left before the siege. Now no-one can leave,” says Mohammed, a 31-year-old phonetics teacher at the university in Aleppo.

People have to be careful not to use up their phone batteries because there are only a few hours of electricity each day. However, they are still able to get messages to the outside world.

Dr Ossama, 32, is one of only 30 doctors left treating the 250,000 population of east Aleppo. He describes the dire situation:

“The city is under siege completely.

“No food, no electricity, no pure water, no roads out of Aleppo. The general situation is very dangerous. Every second you can be targeted by shelling or by snipers.”

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Image caption Dr Ossama is one of the last medics left in eastern Aleppo

Fatemah, 26, who is a teacher, says she never expected the siege to happen.

“All my family got out three years ago and went to Egypt and Turkey. I stayed here because I wanted to complete my studies in law at the University of Aleppo.

“We couldn’t imagine we’d be under siege. We didn’t think that the regime would do that. Before the siege, there was food and medicine and we had got used to the bombing. The bombing is more dangerous now.”

The Syrian government and its Russian allies have periodically opened “humanitarian corridors” for civilians to leave through. There is a lot of scepticism from residents of east Aleppo over how safe these routes actually are.

“The regime lied about making humanitarian corridors,” says Abdulkafi, who teaches English at the university.

Smoke rises from reported opposition fire from buildings in an eastern government-held neighbourhood of AleppoImage copyright AFP/GETTY IMAGES

“If you were with your family, and a robber came and killed your son and daughter and then, after 10 days, he says, ‘Come and be a guest in my house’, would you trust him?

“[President] Assad and the Russians kill civilians and now they say, ‘Come on in’. How can we do that? We prefer to eat the leaves from the trees than go back.”

Abdulkafi has lived in Aleppo for three years. Before the uprising, he was a lecturer in a different town. He attended the demonstrations against President Assad.

“I was accused and ran away to Aleppo. Assad’s regime considers us all terrorists. We are going to die defending ourselves. I am not a fighter but I will fight to the death.”

Some in east Aleppo point out that fleeing their homes and becoming refugees would be a massive undertaking, even if they weren’t trapped.

“A very important reason people are staying here is that they are very poor,” says Fatemah.

“They have no money to rent a house somewhere else or to buy food, or even have the money to leave Syria for Turkey or another country.”

‘This is my land’

Aleppo, picture provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White HelmetsImage copyright YOUTUBE

Everyone we spoke to also told us that they would continue to refuse to leave Aleppo because it was their home.

“Aleppo is my life and my country. How could I leave it?” asks Fatemah.

“The people here are civilians. They are not fighters – they just want freedom from the regime.”

Mohammed adds: “This is our land and it belongs to us. Assad wants us to be kicked out of our house and is trying to displace us. People want to keep their homes. It is as clear as glass.

“She is really scared and she worries that every day is the last of our lives. Her only wish is to live to see our newborn baby.”

IsmailImage copyright ISMAIL Ismail says many would prefer to die in Aleppo than to leave

Ismail is a volunteer for the White Helmets, who rescue people from sites which have been bombed. He tells us he will never leave. “I am staying because it is my land and my city. It’s my home.

We have nothing to eat. We will run out of bread and fuel in a month. Our best hope is that the siege is broken. But we are not asking for bread or food we want freedom and social justice.”

“Many people would prefer to die in Aleppo than to leave it,” says Dr Ossama.

“If we go out of Aleppo we will lose our home and our home is our life… and the regime and the Russians would win.”

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Image caption Abdulkafi with his class

We interviewed Abdulkafi while he was teaching English to children. He asked Hamad, a boy in his class if he would leave.

“No, of course I will not leave,” Hamad replied. “I have lived here and I will stay. This is my land.”

Like the other people we spoke to, Abdulkafi, who has an eight-month-old daughter, will stay in Aleppo, whatever happens.

“Danger is everywhere – but freedom is not everywhere.

“People stayed here because we first asked for freedom. We can’t leave.

“The blood of the children who died would not forgive us. The people suffering now would not forgive us. To be free is more precious than anything on earth.” 

They take pride in speaking Aramaic, language Jesus Christ speaks. (Eashoa M’sheekha)

Syriacs, Assyrians and Chaldeans are ethnically and linguistically the same people. They take pride in speaking Aramaic, the language Jesus Christ spoke.

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An Iraqi Christian prepares for the first Sunday Mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from the Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 30, 2016. ( REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)

One of them was Syriac, the other was Chaldean. The Syriac speaks Arabic but understood my conversation with his comrade in English. The Chaldean is a member of the Kurdistan parliament who speaks in perfect, fluent English. Among the three denominations that constitute one of the oldest Christian communities in Mesopotamia, only a representative of the Assyrian community was not present.Syriacs, Assyrians and Chaldeans are ethnically and linguistically the same people. They take pride in speaking Aramaic, the language Jesus Christ spoke. Generally, they do not like to be asked whether they are Syriac, Assyrian or Chaldean. They insist that they are all the same and that such a question is of a divisive nature.

Nevertheless, I asked and found that one of them is Syriac, belonging to the Orthodox church, and the other one Chaldean, connected to the Vatican.

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Do you think we have no cause to be concerned?

As Russian interests gradually took control of Uranium One millions of dollars were donated to the Clinton Foundation between 2009 and 2013 from individuals directly connected to the deal including the Chairman of Uranium One, Ian Telfer. Although Mrs Clinton had an agreement with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors to the Clinton Foundation, the contributions from the Chairman of Uranium One were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons.

Among the agencies that eventually signed off the deal was the State Department, then headed by Secretary Clinton. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) comprises, among others, the secretaries of the Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Energy.

What the Clinton campaign spokesman failed to disclose, however, was the fact that a few days before sending his rebuttal to the New York Times, Jose Fernandez wrote on the evening of the 17 April 2015 to John Podesta following a phone call from Mr Podesta (Email ID 2053): “John, It was good to talk to you this afternoon, and I appreciate your taking the time to call. As I mentioned, I would like to do all I can to support Secretary Clinton, and would welcome your advice and help in steering me to the right persons in the campaign”.

Five days after this email (22 April 2015), Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon wrote a memo to the New York Times, declaring that “Jose Fernandez has personally attested that ‘Secretary Clinton never intervened with me on any CFIUS matter’,” but Fallon failed to mention that Fernandez was hardly a neutral witness in this case, considering that he had agreed with John Podesta to play a role in the Clinton campaign.

The emails show that the contacts between John Podesta and Jose Fernandez go back to the time of internal Clinton campaign concern about the then-forthcoming book and movie “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer on the financial dealings of the Clinton Foundation.

In an email dated 29 March 2015 (Email ID 2059), Jose Fernandez writes to Podesta: “Hi John, I trust you are getting a brief rest after a job well done. Thanks no doubt to your recommendation I have joined the CAP [Center for American Progress] board of trustees, which I’m finding extremely rewarding.”

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All music (live or recorded) banned in ISIL controlled territory ?

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ISIS and Electronic Weapons: How FM Signals Can Kill

Since it captured Mosul in mid-2014 ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) has fought a losing battle to control information getting into the Iraqi city using radio, cell phones or the Internet. Soon after they drove the Iraqi security forces out of Mosul ISIL promptly seized the many AM and FM radio stations in the city and its suburbs and used them to broadcast ISIL approved information. Since music (live or recorded) was banned in all ISIL controlled territory keeping the Mosul radio stations running mainly served to jam radio stations outside the city from using the same frequencies. In addition ISIL brought in more and more jamming equipment that could go after transmitters outside the city using different frequencies.

The jamming program seemed to succeed at first this was ultimately futile because anti-ISIL Iraqis, especially the Kurds, had the technical skills and the motivation to overcome the ISIL jamming efforts. The Kurds were most successful with that because they had the best troops and could maintain troops closer to the city sooner that than anyone else. The Kurds used their close proximity for Kurdish and Arab Iraqis who were able to build and willing to operate FM radio stations close enough to the city to broadcast. These FM rigs were modified so that the operators could quickly switch to another one of several frequencies (known to listeners in Mosul) and avoid the jamming. Moreover these front line FM stations forced ISIL to install more powerful jammers because FM signals are stronger the closer the broadcast tower is to those tuning in.

ISIL tried to shut down these front line stations via more conventional means and that, so to speak, backfired. The Kurdish troops were able to take advantage of ISIL ground or artillery attacks by being prepared and accurately firing back. This made it very expensive (in terms of casualties and morale) for ISIL to come after these front line transmitters. This was mainly because the Kurds had another edge ISIL was familiar with. Since the early 1990s the Kurds in northern Iraq had access to American air support and aerial surveillance. While ISIL worships the past, they don’t seem to be learning much from it because the Kurds and their American air support took advantage of ISIL inflexibility in Syria (near the Turkish border) at the Kurdish town of Kobane in early 2015. The failure and heavy ISIL losses at Kobane hurt the ISIL reputation for invincibility but did not persuade ISIL leadership to avoid making the same mistake again outside Mosul when they tried to use brute force (masses of ISIL gunmen advancing on the objective) to shut down the troublesome radio stations.

By late 2015 ISIL had figured out that these tempting front line radio stations were basically a trap, to lure ISIL into making attacks they could not win. The failure to shut down this uncensored information encouraged resistance within the city. The radio stations could broadcast the kind of material Iraqis were accustomed to; news, talk shows and music. These stations also provided information on how to get around ISIL Internet and cell phone bans. This was crucial because by late 2015 there were more and more civilians inside Mosul who were willing to risk death (if caught) by sending out information about ISIL activities. This provided accurate target information for air attacks and plans for the offensive that will apparently take the city by the end of 2016. The continued operation of these anti-ISIL radio stations was also bad for ISIL morale because ISIL personnel could also listen to these broadcasts (even though it was forbidden and some ISIL men were executed after they were caught).

Undeterred ISIL continually escalated their efforts to shut down this electronic warfare effort. The problem was ISIL did not have sufficient manpower to do what needed to be done. For example in early 2015 ISIL banned the sale of radios in Mosul, but did not try to confiscate all the AM and FM radios already there, in homes, built into vehicles or battery powered portables. Some cell phones could also be used to listen to FM stations. For that reason ISIL then banned civilians from using cell phones. Again they did not try to confiscate the many (over 300,000) cell phones believed to be in the city. By September 2016 ISIL closed the last seven internet cafes in the city. These were the last places where civilians could legally use the Internet to communicate with areas outside ISIL held territory. After that any civilians caught using the Internet can be executed for espionage. That left the tempting but deadly front line FM radio stations. Many Mosul residents and a growing number of their ISIL oppressors saw this as a sign that the end was near.

Terrorism Has No Borders?

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  1. Tuesday, October 26, 2010 Indian Weekender India Correspondent
    London: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the West has always ignored India’s warnings on terrorism.
     
    “Despite India’s warnings on terrorism, it took 9/11 for us to wake up,” Blair said in an interview to NDTV news channel aired on Monday. 
     
    “I used to say towards the end of prime ministership that we should have listened to India more…we should have watched what’s happening there and taken more account of it. 
     
    “It’s for our arrogance, something West is known for, that we didn’t quite understand it and ignored India’s warnings on terrorism,” Blair said.
     
    “Now I realize that it is a global war (against terrorism) and it threatens all.”
     
    Asked if terrorism is rooted in Pakistan, Blair said there is strain of extremism in Islam itself.
     
    “I have many Pakistani friends and I have realized that they (Pakistan) too wants to defeat terrorism,” said Blair.
     
    He further said: “I think it has more to do with the fact that this trend of extremism within Islam. What I learnt from the Indian experience is, you can’t hide away from the fact that this (extremism) is an element within Islam.…it doesn’t express itself as an accepted terrorism but as a narrative of extremism about society, about relations between countries and people of different places.” 
     
    “I think fundamental has to be confronted. That fundamental, I am afraid, is present as a strain in the Pakistani society,” said Blair.

Syria News Post – Timeline of Events (links)

Timeline of ISIS in Iraq
The Arabic letter “n” (inside red circle), signifying “Nasrani” (Christian), on an Assyrian home in Mosul.

(AINA) — The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) captured the city of Mosul, Iraq on June 10. Almost immediately thereafter it began to drive Assyrians out of Mosul and destroy Christian and non-Sunni institutions.

  • There are no Assyrians/Christians remaining in Mosul, all have fled to the north, to Alqosh, Dohuk and other Assyrian villages.
  • All Christian institutions in Mosul (churches, monasteries and cemeteries), numbering 45, have been destroyed, occupied, converted to mosques, converted to ISIS headquarters or shuttered (story).
  • All non-Sunni Muslim groups in Mosul — Shabaks, Yazidis and Turkmen — have been targeted by ISIS. Most have fled.
  • Water and electricity to the Nineveh Plain have been cut off by ISIS.
  • Mosul is now governed under Sharia law.
  • 200,000 Assyrian have fled from Baghdede (Qaraqosh), Bartella, Karamles and dozens of Assyrian villages and towns in the Nineveh Plain north of Mosul.
  • 150,000 Yazidis have fled from Sinjar and Zumar. 40,000 trapped on Shingal mountain. Thousands have died from exposure. Thousands have been killed by ISIS.

See also: Incipient Genocide: The Ethnic Cleansing of the Assyrians of Iraq
See also: Church Bombings in Iraq Since 2004
See also: Attacks on Assyrians in Dora, Baghdad

The following is a summary of the events that have unfolded in North Iraq.

  • June 17, 2016: The Assyrian Center of Learning Destroyed By ISIS in Iraq (story).
  • April 26, 2016: Mosul’s Iconic ‘Clock Church’ Destroyed By ISIS (story).
  • April 12, 2016: ISIS Destroys Assyrian Archaeological Gate in Mosul (story).
  • March 12, 2016: ISIS Burns Hundreds of Christian Books in Mosul (story).
  • January 20, 2016: ISIS Destroys Oldest Assyrian Monastery in Iraq (story).
  • December, 26, 2015: ISIS Bombs Assyrian Homes, Monastery in Iraq, Cemeteries Vandalized (story).
  • May 26, 2015: ISIS Burn Assyrian Woman, 80, in North Iraq (story).
  • March 19, 2015: ISIS destroys 4th-century Assyrian Catholic Monastery in Iraq (story).
  • March 16, 2015: ISIS destroys St. George Monastery in Mosul (story).
  • March 11, 2015: ISIS destroys ancient Assyrian city of Khorsabad (story).
  • March 07, 2015: ISIS destroys ancient city of Hatra (story).
  • March 06, 2015: ISIS destroys ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud (story).
  • February 26, 2015: ISIS destroys Assyrian artifacts in the Musem of Mosul (story).
  • February 24, 2015: ISIS burns 8000 rare books and manuscripts in Mosul (story).
  • February 20, 2015: ISIS burns musical instruments, calling drums ‘un-Islamic’ (story).
  • January 28, 2015: ISIS destroys the walls of ancient Nineveh (story).
  • September 30, 2014: ISIS selling Iraq’s artifacts in black market (story).
  • September 16, 2014: ISIS erases Assyrian culture, Christian teachings from schools (story).
  • September 16, 2014: Kurdish Peshmerga kill top ISIS military commander (story).
  • September 16, 2014: Kurds retake Christian villages from ISIS (story).
  • September 16, 2014: Iraq frces, Peshmerga inflict heavy losses on ISIS (story).
  • September 16, 2014: U.S. airstrikes against ISIS (story).
  • September 16, 2014: 75% of Assyrians return to their town in North Iraq (story).
  • September 16, 2014: ISIS orders all Christian, Shiite business assets to be delivered to the Islamic State (story).
  • September 16, 2014: ISIS using Christian homes in Mosul as factories for explosive devices (story).
  • September 16, 2014: ISIS using using Yazidis as human shields Against U.S. airstrikes (story).
  • September 15, 2014: Assyrian delegate calls for safe haven, UN protection for Assyrians and other minorities in Iraq (story).
  • September 15, 2014: 12 Assyrians who were held by ISIS escape by faking conversion (story).
  • September 15, 2014: Yazidi member of Iraq’s Parliament calls for arming Yazidis and Assyrians (story).
  • September 15, 2014: ISIS issues new curriculum in Iraq (story).
  • September 14, 2014: Some Assyrians who fled their town say they wish to leave Iraq (story).
  • September 14, 2014: Tens of thousands of Assyrian and Yazidi children at risk in North Iraq (story).
  • September 13, 2014: Assyrian Bishop testifies on ISIS threat at Senate Human Rights Caucus (story).
  • September 11, 2014: Five Christian Patriarchs meet with President Obama at the White House (story).
  • September 11, 2014: US House Hearing focuses on Christian persecution in Iraq (story).
  • September 10, 2014: Defense of Christians Summit, dedicated to aiding the Christians in north Iraq, was held in Washington (story).
  • September 8, 2014: U.S. air strikes wipe out Islamic State patrol (story).
  • September 8, 2014: Kurds pushing ISIS back (story).
  • September 8, 2014: ISIS forbids the use of Kurdish language in Mosul (story).
  • September 8, 2014: U.S. launches new airstrikes in Iraq (story).
  • September 8, 2014: ISIS takes hostage 100 children in Iraq’s Nineveh Province (story).
  • September 6, 2014: ISIS beats, kills Assyrian man for refusing to convert (story).
  • September 6, 2014: ISIS detaining large number of residents in Mosul; looting of homes continues; ISIS holding Yazidi women; 25 Christians held by ISIS; Hundreds of Yazidi families held by ISIS; ISIS forcing Yazidi girls to marry its fighters (story).
  • September 5, 2014: ISIS sexually assaults new recruits (story).
  • September 4, 2014: Mass executions by ISIS (story).
  • September 3, 2014: ISIS exuections in Tikrit, Iraq (story).
  • September 1, 2014: Thousands of Refugees Apply for New Passports in North Iraq (story).
  • August 31, 2014: Iraq breaks Islamic State siege of Amerli (story).
  • August 30: 850,000 people displaced in 1 Month by ISIS (story).
  • August 30: Iraq Sunni rebels ready to fight Islamic State (story).
  • August 29: ISIS Forced Elderly Assyrian Couple to March Out of Baghdede (story).
  • August 29: ISIS beheads Kurdish fighter (story).
  • August 29: Kurdish fighters recapture 7 villages in North Iraq (story).
  • August 27: Syriac Patriarch calls Islamic State actions ‘attempted genocide’ (story).
  • August 27: Iraqi Christians weigh taking up arms against the Islamic State (story).
  • August 26: UN Commission urges UN peacekeeping force for Nineveh Plain in North Iraq (story).
  • August 25: U.N. human rights chief condemns Islamic State crimes in Iraq (story).
  • August 25: Kurds advance on ISIS in Iraq (story).
  • August 25: ISIS abduct 3 year-old Assyrian girl from fleeing family; 3 starve to death (story).
  • August 22: Iraq voids real estate sales in ISIS controlled areas (story).
  • August 21: ISIS loots Assyrian homes, vandalizes churches in Mosul (story).
  • August 20: Helicopters drop leaflets over Mosul urging residents to fight ISIS (story).
  • August 20: Five Middle Eastern Patriarchs visit North Iraq in Solidarity with Christians (story).
  • August 20: Pictures show aftermath of ISIS looting, plundering Assyrian town (story).
  • August 20: ISIS halt Iraqi offensive to recapture Saddam’s home town (story).
  • August 19: UN launches new aid effort in north Iraq; Mosul dam recaptured (story).
  • August 18: ISIS forcefully circumcises Assyrian Christian men in Mosul, sells 700 Yazidi women (story).
  • August 18: ISIS kills more than 200 Yazidi men in the village of Kojo (story).
  • August 17: Kurdish militants train hundreds of Yazidis to fight ISIS (story).
  • August 17: Kurdish forces capture Telsqof, advance towards Mosul Dam (story).
  • August 14: ISIS orders all former Assyrian church guards to surrender their weapons (story).
  • August 13: ISIS forces child patients at the cancer hospital in Mosul to hold ISIS flags and then photographed them for propaganda purposes. ISIS completely loots and plunders all homes in the the Assyrian Christian towns of Telsqof and Bashiqa. 100,000 Yazidi refugees are now in the town of Khanak without food, water or shelter (story).
  • August 11: ISIS orders all families in Mosul to obtain approval before burying their dead. ISIS provides gasoline to Assyrians in Nineveh Plain to facilitate their departure. ISIS continues kidnapping women, with female ISIS members helping (story). Iraqi general says 70% of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar are dead (story).
  • August 10: Assyrian Refugees From Nineveh Plain in Desperate Need (story).
  • August 9: ISIS forces all women in Mosul to wear the veil, including the full head cover. ISIS establishes black markets for goods to raise funds. (story).
  • August 8: Iraqi Parliament passes resolution accusing ISIS of genocide (story).
  • August 8: ISIS captures Baghdede Bartella and Karamlis and moves north into the Nineveh Plain, causing 200,000 Assyrians to flee their towns and villages (story).
  • August 7: Assyrian Patriarch Pleads to the United Nations on Crisis in Iraq (story).
  • August 6: Kurds and ISIS clash outside Baghdede; ISIS begins using Yazidis as human shields; All the Assyrians from the villages of Bartella, Bashiqa, Bahzany, Tel Kepe, Batnaya and Telsqof flee (story).
  • August 5: ISIS shells assyrian town, 1 killed; Yazidis in desperate state (story).
  • August 4: Leader of Iraq’s Yazidis issues distress call, appeals for help against ISIS (story).
  • August 4: Assyrians flee as ISIS approaches Assyrian villages in the Nineveh Plain (story).
  • August 2: ISIS Captures Yazidi towns, kills 2,000 Yazidis, causes 200,000 to flee (story).
  • August 2: ISIS loots 8 million dollars from Assyrian farms (story).
  • July 29: ISIS destroys or occupies all 45 Christian institutions in Mosul (story).
  • July 25: ISIS destroys the tomb of the Prophet Jonah (story).
  • July 22: ISIS and Kurds clash near Assyrian town, 2000 Assyrian families driven from Mosul (story).
  • July 19: ISIS plunders Assyrians as they Flee Mosul; families march 42 miles (story).
  • July 18: ISIS in Mosul marks Christian homes with the Arabic letter “N” (for the word Nasrani, which means Christian) (story).
  • July 17: ISIS issues statement ordering Christians to convert or die (story).
  • July 15: ISIS Stops Rations for Christians and Shiites in Mosul (story).
  • July 10: ISIS bars women from walking the streets unless accompanied by a male. Nearly all barber shops and womens’ salons are closed (story).
  • July 8: ISIS Removes Cross From Church in Mosul (story).
  • July 3: ISIS seizes the house of the Chaldean Patriarchate and the house of Dr. Tobia, a member of Hammurabi Human Rights Organization and an Advisor to the Governor of Nineveh on Minority Affairs and General Coordinator with International Organizations (story).
  • June 28: ISIS kidnaps two nuns and three Assyrian orphans. They are eventually released (story).
  • ISIS begins confiscating the homes of Christians and non-Sunni Muslims. ISIS rounds up many of the security agency members of the police and army in Sabrine Mosque and asks them to declare “repentance” and surrender their weapons and other military equipment. After doing so, all of the prisoners are tried and sentenced according to Sharia law and executed. ISIS has prevented delivery of government food rations to Tel Kepe and other areas not under their control (story).
  • June 26: Kurds Clash With ISIS Near Assyrian Town East of Mosul, forcing nearly 50,000 Assyrians to flee (story).
  • June 25: ISIS limits water from the plants in Mosul to one hour per day. Residents in surrounding areas are forced to dig wells (story).
  • June 23: ISIS Rape Christian Mother and Daughter, Kill 4 Christian Women for Not Wearing Veil (story).
  • June 21: ISIS begins imposing a poll tax (jizya) on Assyrians in Mosul (story), orders unmarried women to ‘Jihad by sex’ (story), destroys the statue of the Virgin Mary at the Immaculate Church of the Highest in the neighborhood of AlShafa in Mosul, as well as the statue of Mullah Osman Al-Musali. Shiite Turkmen in the villages of AlKibba and Shraikhan flee after receiving threats from ISIS. ISIS arrests 25 village elders and young men who are Turkmen in the village of AlShamsiyat; their whereabouts is still unknown. (story) ISIS orders Christian, Yazidis and Shiite government employees not to report for work in Mosul (story).
  • June 19: ISIS destroys statue of the famous Arab poet Abu Tammam (story).
  • June 18: ISIS Cuts Off Water, Electricity, Destroys Churches (story).
  • June 15: Kurds attempt to remove an Assyrian council leader in Alqosh and replace him with a Kurd (story).
  • June 14: Assyrian, Yezidi and Shabak Villages come under Kurdish Control (story).
  • June 12: ISIS issues Islamic rules for Mosul (story).
  • June 10: ISIS captures Mosul, occupies the Assyrian village of Qaraqosh, enters the St. Behnam Monastery (story).
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