- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have a new rule of shopkeepers in the Iraqi city of Mosul: Mannequins must have veiled faces.

The decree by the terrorist group was made under the pretext that doing so is in line with Sharia law, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. Members of the group assert that the human form is not to be depicted in statues or artwork.

Only days ago, ISIL told Christians in Mosul that they must convert to Islam or die.

“This is ethnic cleansing, but nobody is speaking up,” Yonadam Kanna, Iraq’s most prominent Christian politician, said this week, Agence France-Presse reported Saturday.

“It is the first time in our history that something like this has happened,” he added. “Muslims and Christians used to live together.”

An ISIL document reviewed by AFP said there would be “nothing for them but the sword” if Christians didn’t heed the group’s demands.

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• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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