Horrific stories of the ongoing genocide being carried out by the Islamic State terror group against Christians and other religious minorities were shared at a conference in New York last week, with one account revealing that a couple was sent the body parts of their dead daughters, along with a video of them being raped and tortured.
The Catholic News Agency described the stories shared by human rights activists at the #WeAreN2016 international congress on religious freedom as "graphic, brutal and raw."
"One account told of a couple whose children had been captured by ISIS militants. When they answered their door one day, they found a plastic bag on their doorstep. It contained the body parts of their daughters and a video of them being raped and tortured," the report described. more >>
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday ordered the arrest of hundreds of supporters of Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr who stormed Iraq's parliament Saturday evening and camped out, demanding reforms in the political quota system that was introduced after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
A United Nations spokesman and western diplomats said their compounds inside the Green Zone were locked down, according to Reuters, which also said some of the demonstrators set up tents at a nearby parade ground.
The Green Zone houses the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq and many embassies, including the U.S. Embassy. more >>
BAGHDAD — Two suicide car bombs claimed by Islamic State killed at least 32 people and wounded 75 others in the center of the southern Iraqi city of Samawa on Sunday, police and medics said.
The first blast was near a local government building and the second one about 60 meters (65 yards) away at a bus station, police sources said. The death toll was expected to keep rising.
Unverified online photographs showed a large plume of smoke rising above the buildings as well as burnt out cars and bodies on the ground at the site of one of the blasts, including several children. Police and firefighters carried victims on stretchers and in their arms. more >>
Local residents of Iraq's northern city of Mosul killed a security man working for the Islamic State terror group after he sexually harassed a woman in the city, according to reports.
The militant, who was stabbed to death by a mob of local people in the district of Aden in eastern Mosul, was from al-Hisba Police, a security branch of Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, ARA News reported Wednesday.
"Many people (who were seen carrying knives) attacked the official and stabbed him several times all over his body," a witness was quoted as saying. "The perpetrators disappeared before the ISIS-linked police patrols arrived in the area." more >>
Islamic State terrorists have blown up the historic "Clock Church" in the center of Mosul, one of the few remaining Christian structures in the Iraqi city.
Known as the Sa'a Qadima Church, the 1872-built structure used to be an archeological site in downtown Mosul until it was "completely destroyed" by explosives this week, according to ARA News.
A rights activist, identified as Anass Hamzawi, was quoted as saying that the the church's destruction is part of a series of attacks on the ancient heritage of Nineveh province by Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL or Daesh, which seized Mosul in June 2014. more >>
Persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria fear that they are on the "brink of extinction" amid the genocidal actions of the Islamic State terror group.
"We are a people on the brink of extinction," Juliana Taimoorazy, a Chaldean Catholic and ethnic Assyrian, told the National Catholic Register in an interview published Wednesday.
The report notes that hundreds of ancient Christian churches and places of worship have been destroyed by IS throughout Iraq and Syria, while millions of people have been forced to flee as refugees, and entire groups have been killed. Large Christian communities have also been emptied, putting an end to thousands of years of history. more >>