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Islamists in Syria force Christians to pay protection levy

by Gerald Butt, Middle East Correspondent

Posted: 07 Mar 2014 @ 12:23

MINORITY communities in Syria, in the country and abroad, have been shocked by the news that Islamists in the eastern city of Raqqa are forcing the remaining Christians there to pay a levy for their protection. The move is being interpreted as another sign that the overthrow of the Bashar al-Assad regime could herald rule by fiercely anti-Christian Islamists.

Battles for Raqqa have raged for more than a year; the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham [Arabic for Syria] (ISIS) finally ...

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