President Barack Obama indirectly blamed the foreign policy of his predecessor, President George W. Bush, for the rise of the barbaric and brutal Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq.
In an interview with Vice News founder Shane Smith released on Tuesday, Obama was asked how the ISIS terrorist group, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State, which has seized large chunks of Syria and Iraq, was able to become "so popular so fast."
Obama responded saying that the group's rise was aided by the U.S. invasion of Iraq that began in 2003 during Bush's presidency. more >>
Evangelical author and former vice president of Liberty University, Johnnie Moore, asserted in a book to be published in April, that Western Christians don't care enough about the threat posed by the Islamic State, which is attempting to wipe out Christianity in the Middle East.
"I am convinced that one of the reasons why Christians in the West haven't been more supportive of Christians in the East is not that they don't care about the situation, they just chose not to care for it," Moore asserted in a Monday interview with The Christian Post. "It is just not relevant to their lives. Everybody has their own lives, and their own problems, and their own jobs, and kids and all these things."
Moore traveled to the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq last October to hear first-hand accounts from refugees on how barbarically ISIS treated Christians when it took over much of its territory in Syria and Iraq last summer. Afterwards he was inspired to write his new book, Defying ISIS, so that westerners can fully grasp the magnitude of what ISIS' rise to power means for the future of Christianity in the region. more >>
Terror group ISIS has posted a series of photos detailing its latest act of destruction, namely destroying Christian crosses, statues, and icons in churches in Ninawa, Iraq, and replacing them with its infamous black flag.
MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor obtained and published the photos that show men smashing crosses with hammers, tearing down crosses from rooftops, smashing various Christian iconography, and bringing down statues.
"The images show ISIS men engaged in the destruction of various Christian symbols, which ISIS perceives as being polytheistic and idolatrous," JTTM states. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has created a terrifying entrance to a city that is believed to eventually become its new Iraqi stronghold, as the group released photos on social media showing eight lifeless bodies dangling from a metal checkpoint structure at the entrance to the town of Hawija.
The photos were first reported by the Daily Mail on Saturday and show the deceased bodies of the eight individuals hanging upside-down from a pavilion-like structure at the roadway entrance to Hawija, as cars drive by underneath the hanging bodies.
Although the hanging bodies are wearing military fatigues in the photos, it's not certain as to whether or not those individuals are captured Iraqi or Kurdish soldiers. more >>
Terror group ISIS has been bulldozing and destroying the ancient biblical city of Nimrud, Iraqi officials have said. The U.N. and the international community at large have condemned the "war crime," which Iraq has said is aimed at erasing the country's history.
BBC News reported that on Thursday ISIS began the destruction of the ancient Assyrian site, founded in the 13th Century BC.
"In a new crime in their series of reckless offenses they assaulted the ancient city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy machinery, appropriating archaeological attractions dating back 13 centuries BC," the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO said. more >>
ISIS has claimed that a U.S. citizen carried out a suicide bomb attack with a truck in Iraq earlier this week that killed "dozens of security forces. While the terror group's claim has not yet been verified, if true it would be the first report of an American who has died fighting for ISIS.
"The brother Abu Dawud al-Amriki (may Allah accept him) launched himself with his explosives-laden truck," an ISIS bulletin read, according to AFP news agency. It added that "dozens" of Iraqi soldiers were killed in the attack in Samarra.
CNN, which also reported on the news, said that U.S. government officials haven't been able to confirm the identity of the attacker. Two senior Iraqi security officials confirmed that such an attack took place, but also did not know the identity of the suicide bomber. more >>