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Islamic State advances in northern Iraq, Lebanon; Christians, others flee

August 05, 2014

Yazidis, Christians, and other minorities fled villages in northern Iraq after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) defeated Kurdish fighters.

ISIL, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, has also seized its first town in Lebanon. The town, Arsal, has a predominantly Sunni Muslim population.


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Aug. 05, 2014 5:43 PM ET USA

    If my reading is accurate, many Mohammedans live peacefully in Israel; the Jews don't seem to have persecuted them especially. Even in the propagandistically named "occupied territories", I've not read stories of Jews beheading anyone or forcing them to pay a tax because they refuse to convert to Judaism. Yet liberals in the West assure me that it is the ISRAELIS who are the source of troubles in the Middle East. Have I missed something?