30 Dec '15, 6pm

Popular Mobilization Force threatened to persecute Christians celebrating Christmas in Baghdad

A photograph of the Popular Mobilization Force’s poster suggesting Iraqi women in Baghdad wear the hijab. Image from Qenshrin . The Popular Mobilization Force (PMF), the command assigned by the Iraqi government with organizing militias to fight the Islamic State, has exceeded the scope of its mission by attempting to impart changes in society and culture through threats and force. This month, the PMF began harassing Christians in Baghdad by suggesting women wear the hijab, or veil, and instructing the religious minority not to celebrate Christmas. The PMF erected posters in several Baghdad neighborhoods with large numbers of Christians in mid-December, calling for women there to wear the hijab, multiple witnesses said according to Qenshrin . The posters were plastered on “churches and monasteries” in the neighborhoods of “Al Karada, Karadat Maryam, Al Kathmiyeh, Al Sayyide...

Full article: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/12/popular-mo...

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