Hundreds of Christian books have been burned by Islamic State in Mosul, almost two years after jihadists took over the Iraqi city. Video footage emerged last week showing militants throwing books onto a burning pile. Close-ups showed many of the books were emblazoned with crucifixes.

The video was titled “Diwan of education destroys Christian instruction books in Mosul”. The Diwan Al-Hisbah is ISIS’s morality police, responsible for enforcing the group’s laws. A local activist, Abdullah al-Mulla, told ARA News the books had been collected from schools and churches in Mosul, which was once considered the heartland of Iraq’s Christian population. “ISIS jihadis burned hundreds of Christian textbooks in central Mosul,” al-Mulla said. READ MORE