ISIS tells Kurds in Mosul leave or else

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By Shaymaa Adel

Azzaman, July 26, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of Kurds in the northern city of Mosul were issued two choices: either leave or face death.

Jihadists of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) are reported to have distributed leaflets and announced via loudspeakers during Friday sermons that Kurds were no longer welcome in Mosul.

ISIS has driven out tens of thousands of Christians as well as other Shiite Muslim minorities like Shebeks and Turkmen. Members of these communities were stripped of all their possessions, properties as well as personal belongings.

Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, is a mixed place and there are believed to be about half a million Kurds in it, according to Hameed Baqi, a Kurdish leader.

Baqi said the Kurds were threatened “with death” if they defied the order by ISIS to leave Mosul.

Since invading Mosul early last month, ISIS militants have clashed with Kurdish militias over control of villages in the east north of the city. The villages are inhabited by Christians and other minorities.

“ISIS has threatened Kurdish families with death if they did not leave the city as soon as possible,” Saeed Mammozini of the Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP) said.

Mammozini is the head of KDP branch in Mosul.

He said ISIS, whose militants have blown up several Muslim shrines, have confiscated Christian properties in the city and turned churches into military barracks.