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Islamic State seizes nearly 300 Christian hostages

Anne Barnard, The New York Times

The reports are horrifying, something out of a distant era of ancient conquests: entire villages emptied, with hundreds taken prisoner, others kept as slaves; the destruction of irreplaceable works of art; a tax on religious minorities, payable in gold. Despite being abandoned by Obama, Assyrian Christians said “you can burn the churches but you cannot burn our faiths, and in this faith we will rebuild the churches.”