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Cathedral-Mosque

Mosul

The Islamic State has announced that the Syriac Orthodox Cathedral Church of St. Ephrem in Mosul will become the “Mosque of the Mujahedeen” in honour of the “holy warriors” of Islam, who wage jihad in Allah’s name. The IS jihadists removed the cross from the cathedral’s dome, and replaced it with IS flags. Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city and traditionally the centre for the country’s Christians. After Mosul fell to the IS last June, they were issued an ultimatum: “convert to Islam, pay the jizya, or be put to death.” An estimated 2,00,000 Christians have fled Mosul and other nearby towns. Many moved to Kurdistan where they have little hope of being able to return to Mosul.