Â Jihadist group sends threat letters to Mosul churches over plan to establish an Assyrian-Christian police force
“We remind the dhimmi people [Jews and Christians] that Iraq is for the noble Iraqis and not for how you are now.”
The Islamist group also refers to Assyrian Christians as ‘Dhimmi’, or a non-Muslim subject of the state governed by Islamic Sharia law.
Of course, that includes paying jizya, which has beenÂ extracted under brutal threats.
“I suspect this letter may have actually come from Ansar Al-Islam,” said an unnamed Assyrian community leader, referring to the Kurdish Islamist group affiliated with al-Qaeda.
“The Kurds don’t want us to have our own police force.”
Assyrians are an ethnic group in Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria. Nearly all Assyrians converted to Christianity during the first century A.D.
Most of the Christians in Iraq belong to the Assyrian and Chaldean Catholic denominations. Others groups include Syrian Orthodox or protestants….