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Report: Mother and daughter raped by ISIS militants for not paying jizya tax

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On Monday, the Assyrian International News Agency reported that a mother and daughter in Mosul were raped by ISIS militants because they could not afford to pay a poll tax levied against non-Muslims.

Dr. Sallama Al Khafaji, a member of the Iraq High Commission for Human Rights, told AINA that ISIS began enforcing the tax against Christians in Mosul. When the family told militants they could not afford the tax, three ISIS members reportedly raped the mother and daughter in front of the husband and father who was so traumatized he committed suicide.

"The Christians have told me that they cannot pay this tax," Dr. Al-Khafaji said. "And they say 'what am I to do, shall I kill myself?'"

On Monday, the Business Standard said that ISIS fighters have told Iraqi families they must hand their daughters to militants in order for them to "cleanse" themselves through sex.

"Last year, a Saudi-based cleric issued a fatwa allowing jihadists to rape women in Syria," the Business Standard said. The practice has now spread to Iraq. Those who disobey are reportedly being warned they will be beaten and killed.

The UK Independent said Tuesday militants are even going door-to-door in some places looking for unmarried women.

“I told them that there were only two women in the house and both were married,” Abu Lahid told the Independent. “They said that many of their mujahedin [fighters] were unmarried and wanted a wife. They insisted on coming into my house to look at the women’s ID cards [which in Iraq show marital status].”

The reports are just the latest documented atrocities coming out of the area. One Arabic-language website, for example, claimed that four Christian women were shot and killed by ISIS militants for not wearing veils. AINA said it has not confirmed the report, noting the site is run by Shiites.

Last Thursday, Fox News reported on what it called the "religious cleansing" of Christians from Iraqi areas controlled by ISIS. According to Fox, an estimated 150,000 people have fled Mosul and their ancient Christian heartland -- some, Fox added, "for the second time in a decade."

A post at Redstate notes that thanks to Obama's lack of action, defeat is being snatched from the jaws of victory and Christians are paying the price with their lives.

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