Islamic State militants are stealing relics from Christian churches and turning the places of worship into torture chambers.
The militants are holding Christians captive in make-shift torture chambers set up in raided churches in Qaraqosh, Iraq, and have been forcing them to convert to Islam, according to the Daily Mail.
IS has also smuggled ancient artifacts to Western collectors to help fund their terrorist activity. This is all part the radical group’s goal to “wipe out Christianity.”
“[Islamic State] has a stated goal to wipe out Christianity,” Jay Sekulow, of the American Center for Law and Justice and the author of “Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore,” told Fox News. “This [is] why they are crucifying Christians — including children — destroying churches and selling artifacts. The fact is, this group will stop at nothing to raise funds for its terrorist mission.”
The extremist organization has made around £23 million (nearly $36 million) from selling the stolen objects in Nabaq, Syria, according to the Christian Post.
The news comes as it has been revealed that militants captured a Jordanian pilot, First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kassasbeh, after his warplane crashed while launching airstrikes in Syria.
The U.S. denied claims IS militants were responsible for taking the plane down. It was the first instance of a foreign soldier being captured by the terror group since the U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes earlier this year.