Iraq: IS accused of burning crops near Mosul

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The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) reportedly burnt farmers’ crops in predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Iraq after they refused to pay a religious tax to the militant group.

Fields in Hammam al-Alil, an area of the banks of the Tigris River about 30 km (19 miles) south of Mosul, on Friday were reportedly the latest targets of these attacks.

One local farmer, Ahmed Mofaq, accused “the terror group of IS” of wanting simply “to destroy Iraq and Iraqi agriculture.”

IS claimed responsibility in its al-Naba newspaper for similar attacks and encouraged its followers to continue the destruction of what it termed “apostate” crops during the harvest season.

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