Iraqis robbed fleeing Islamic conversion deadline

Posted: July 23, 2014 at 3:31 a.m.

In this Sunday, July 20, 2014 photo, newly-arrived displaced Christians wait for relief aid at a church in the town of Hamadaniya, 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Mosul, Iraq. Iraqi Christians have been fleeing from the northern city of Mosul in the wake of threats from Islamic State militants who took the city in a blitz offensive last month. The militants imposed a deadline Saturday for Christians to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. (AP Photo)

IRBIL, Iraq -- Iraqi Christians who fled Mosul rather than convert to Islam by a deadline imposed by extremists said Tuesday that they had to leave most of their belongings behind and gunmen stole much of what they did manage to take along.

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