Al Jazeera reports that "Some families have had all their money and jewelry taken from them at an insurgent checkpoint as they fled the city."
Human Rights Watch said on Saturday that the "Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) is killing, kidnapping, and threatening religious and ethnic minorities in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul."
And Business Week reports that to oust Christians from Mosul, Iraq, Islamic militants have begun turning off a precious utility: WATER.
This latest atrocity is part of a global trend monitored by Pew Research. Overall, across the six years of the Pew Research study (2006-2012), religious groups face harassment in 185 countries . Members of the world’s two largest religious groups – Christians and Muslims – were harassed in the largest number of countries, 151 and 135, respectively.
The study found a six-year high in harassment of religious groups with the harassment of women showing the biggest increase of six rising religious hostilities.
The six rising hostilities are:
- harassment of women,
- abuse of religious minorities,
- violent enforcement of religious norms,
- mob violence related to religion,
- religion-related terrorist violence, and
- sectarian conflict.
As the latest violence in Iraq demonstrate, Muslims face harassment at the same time as Christians - both suffering under extremist violence. And perhaps just as concerning, the appeal and influence of ISIS is spreading beyond the region, including in parts of Asia.
For more on ISIS, see the new Religion & Geopolitics site of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.