ISLAMIC State fighters crucified a Christian in a harrowing five-hour ordeal telling him “if you love Jesus, you will die like Jesus”.
Christians who fled their homes when ISIS took control of large swathes of Iraq have revealed the sickening torture those who were left behind were forced to endure.
The jihadis gave Christians four options – leave, convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or die.
Now one Christian, named Esam, has revealed how his brother-in-law was crucified following five hours of torture.
“He was crucified and tortured in front of his wife and children, who were forced to watch. They told him that if he loved Jesus that much, he would die like Jesus.”
ISIS then cut his brother-in-law’s stomach open and shot him before leaving him to die on a cross.
Esam said: “A Swedish organisation helped his wife and the children; they are now in Sweden. His wife has cancer.”
Another Christian, using the pseudonym Marijam, told ADF International how her brother was crucified after ISIS stormed the family home in the Nineveh Plains.
The jihadis beat her brother in front of his family and threatened to kill him when he tried to fight back.
Marijam said the heinous jihadis then stabbed her brother and tortured him for five hours in front of his wife and children.
They then nailed him to a wooden plank and hanged his body on a cross before shooting him in the mouth in front of his terrified family.
The UN condemned Daesh for committing genocide against Yazidis in Iraq in June, but is yet to rule on the terror group’s actions against Christians.
At least two more of his wife’s relatives were unable to escape, with fears one man may have been killed and a female relative forced to live with the jihadis.
He said: “We heard of 12 Christian girls who are with Daesh. They may be more.
“Our bishop told people not to tell if they lose their girls: it is a shame on the family.”
The Christian population of Iraq has been decimated from two million in 2003 to just 180,000 today.
An SAS task force killed an ISIS fighter who was poised to torture a group of sex slaves, according to military sources.
The SAS man freed the group of women during a joint British and American mission to northern Syria.
The crack team were tasked with liberating women captured by ISIS to serve as sex slaves and jihadi brides for extremist fighters.
It comes as Iraqi forces continue to battle ISIS in an effort to recapture Mosul.
The campaign to the ISIS stronghold is the biggest ground operation in Iraq for more than a decade, pitting a coalition of around 100,000 Iraqi fighters against a few thousand militants.
It is thought the battle will stretch well into next year, threatening a humanitarian crisis in the city over the winter plus further heavy losses among army ranks.