After prompting the Christian population in parts of Iraq and Syria to flee out of fear for their safety, the Islamic State terror group has begun confiscating the business assets of those Christians who left.
According to a media report, Islamic State militants controlling the Iraqi city of Mosul are forcing businesses that are partially owned by Christians or Shiites to turn over the Christian and Shiite portion of the assets to the jihadist group.
Witnesses told that armed squads have been going from shop to shop to investigate the religion of the owners and have told them that the absentee owners’ shares must be handed over. “This is done verbally by small units who stop at every shop, business and market,” a business owner told. “They are giving us very little notice to hand over those assets and are telling us: ‘If you don’t comply, we will seize everything you own.’”
News of the business seizures came on the heels of an alarm sounded this week by Middle Eastern Christian leaders who have called on Muslim governments to condemn the jihadist group for targeting religious minorities, calling the response so far “timid.”