IRAQ – Christians Report Extortion Threats in Ankawa

International Christian Concern | Nov. 18, 2018

Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) law enforcement officials have arrested four individuals accused of threatening violence to extort money from residents of Erbil’s Ankawa district, which is known as Erbil’s Christian quarter. According to Kurdistan 24 News, the official charges faced by the men is “misusing mobile phones.”

The KRG has recently intensified its efforts to crackdown on illicit dealings and extortion across Kurdistan. Generally, the KRG is regarded as more stable and secure than the areas controlled by Iraq’s Central Government (ICG). It is for this reason that Christians fled to the KRG when ISIS swept across the Nineveh Plains in 2014.