Mange sunnier lot ære å flykte fra Mosul. De trodde ikke de hadde noe å frykte. Men ISIS krever det dyrebareste de har: deres sønner.
Catherine Philp Kalak skriver i the Times om en familie som fikk ISIS på døren.
The balaclava-clad men who came to Wahad’s door all spoke Arabic but in many different accents. “Syrian, Iraqi, from Tal Afar as well as ones close enough to be our neighbours,” he said. “But there were others as well, from places much further away.”
The men were from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis), the Syrian-based militants who overran Mosul on Monday.
On Wednesday they demanded that Wahad hand over any weapons, and when he said he had none to give they demanded his 18-year-old son, Abdullah. “They came, they opened the jails and took the prisoners,” Wahad said. “Now they are coming for our sons. They want them as fighters for their jihad.”
Wahad and his family chose not to flee the initial assault, believing that as fellow Sunnis they would be safe. The Iraqi army melted away without a fight and calm descended over the city. But the demand for Abdullah to join the jihad forced the family to flee along with hundreds of thousands of others.