THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Sources in Mosul have confirmed that ISIL – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – is working toward changing the region demographic by bringing families loyal to its ideology to Mosul, hoping to drawn residents’ opposition and seize complete control over all minds and bodies.
Over 500 families or “terror families” as they have been dubbed by locals have moved to Mosul. It is important to note that this mass migration corresponds to Christians’ mass exile.
Last Friday at noon was the deadline for Christian families to meet ISIS’s demands: Convert to Islam, pay an anachronistic Islamic tax for non-Muslims known as jizya, leave Mosul, or be killed. But the day before the final exodus, Christians were informed jizya was no longer an option. The order came to convert, leave, or die.
On the way out of town last week, the final 1500 families of Mosul’s Christian population were reportedly robbed at ISIL checkpoints. And following Friday’s deadline, ISIL reportedly set fire to a 1800-year-old church.
This new campaign has left many analysts worry as it could signal ISIL is about to embark on a broad-range sectarian cleansing of the region.