Some analysts have been predicting that the hardline policies of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria would alienate the local people and undermine its rule.
Well, here's a pretty startling example of one of those hardline policies:
Most Christians in Mosul fled Iraq’s second-largest city in advance of a Saturday afternoon deadline issued by Sunni insurgents for them to convert to Islam. If they decided not to convert, they were told they could pay a tax, leave or be killed, NBC News reported.
The militants who drove the Christians out of Mosul are worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad, says Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako.
Mosul was home to Christians for more than 1,700 years.