I’d rather die.

Via IPT:

Islamic militants connected with Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate, have marked Assyrian Christians for death unless they embrace the group’s hard-line interpretation of Islam.

Assyrian refugees from the town of al-Thawrah in north-central Syria report being threatened with death should they return to their homes. Jabhat al-Nusra fighters seized the town and its strategic dam on the Euphrates River in February.

The Assyrians are descendants of Syria’s original inhabitants who have lived in the area since before the advent of Islam. They adhere to a form of Christianity that broke ranks with Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy in the 5th century.

Christians saw their properties seized by the Islamists and their possessions sold on the black market to buy weapons and ammunition.

“Everything now is in Jabhat al-Nusra’s hands,” an Assyrian refugee told the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA). “All the Muslims stayed here, but if any Christians want to go back they have to become Muslim or else they will be killed.”

One Christian man said the Islamic extremists would call or text him on his cell phone ordering him to do as they said or be killed. Christians report they hesitate to provide too much information over the phone or on the Internet for fear Syrian rebels are monitoring communications.

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