1 Year Later, ISIS Still in Control of Iraq’s Second Largest City

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters)
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters)

On the night of June 9, 2014, ISIS invaded the city of Mosul in Iraq. After four days of advances by the militant group on an estimated 60,000 Christians who once lived in Iraq’s second-biggest city, many in the religious minority fled to escape an unknown enemy and imminent persecution.

Abandoned homes are now locked up and marked “Property of Islamic State” in Arabic, while women who remain in Mosul are harshly controlled by ISIS militants.

Schools have been shut down and classrooms are used to spread the message of ISIS, also known as the Islamic State. Colored markers are banned and propaganda videos play on the streets. ISIS militants even preach to locals on public transportation.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Jeesoo Park