The Islamic State terror group in Iraq strapped a bomb to a 4-year-old boy and blew him up after killing his father, who was accused by its militants of participating in an attack that killed two of its gunmen, according to an official of an Iraqi militia.
IS militants murdered the boy with "a bomb that was attached to the child through a remote-controlled device so that his organs would be blown apart," Jabar el-Maamouri, a senior official with an Iraqi government-backed Shiite militia, the Popular Mobilization Forces, said, according to AhlulBayt News Agency.
"ISIS executed the boy's father a week ago who they accused of participating in an attack on one of their outposts a month ago that killed two IS gunmen," el-Maamouri added. more >>
In an attempt to curtail "violations" in the treatment of female sex slaves, a religious ruling by so-called theologians of the Islamic State specifies when "owners" of enslaved women can have sex with their captives.
The ruling, or fatwa, was discovered among a collection of documents seized by U.S. Special Operations forces during a raid targeting a top official of the terror group in Syria back in May, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The document states that some IS militants have "committed violations in the matter of the treatment of the female slaves" and details an extensive list of bulleted items regarding the handling of female captives. more >>
Although the Islamic State has its eyes set on becoming a global caliphate that spreads into Europe, a journalist who spent 10 days with the terrorists says there's just one country the militants are afraid of — Israel.
German reporter Jürgen Todenhӧfer, a former member of the German parliament who spent 10 days last winter in IS-controlled Iraq and Syria interviewing a number of militants and made it out alive, told the British news site Jewish News that although IS militants are not afraid of the western military power of the United States or European countries, the group's fighters fear military capabilities of Israel.
"The only country ISIS fears is Israel," Todenhӧfer explained. "They told me they know the Israeli army is too strong for them." more >>
With the holiday season in full swing, it is easy for many people to get caught up in frivolous stresses such as shopping for gifts or travel headaches. However, often forgotten by many in the West is the ongoing suffering and persecution of Middle East Christians, especially in the war-torn countries of Iraq and Syria.
"There is a very big ignorance of what is happening here, it is a genocide and nobody is doing anything for them [Christian refugees]," Father Luis Montes, a Catholic priest who presides the small community of Iraqi Christian refugees in Baghdad that were displaced by the Islamic State, told JNS.org.
Last year the Islamic State made international headlines for its sweeping assault on areas in northern Iraq, including conquering Iraq's second largest city, Mosul. Amid this assault, hundreds of thousands of Christians — most of whom have lived in the region for thousands of years and are heirs to the former Assyrian Empire of biblical fame — were forced to flee from their homeland or face forced conversion to Islam or even death. more >>
The Iraqi army has declared a victory against the Islamic State, having reportedly retaken a city once held by the terrorist organization.
After a battle that lasted several days, Iraqi forces claimed victory after raising a national flag at a government complex in Ramadi, a major city occupied by IS for several months.
Members of the minority Yazidi sect stood in front of U.S. Congress last week to describe the horrors inflicted upon their religious group by the Islamic State, including claims that the terrorist organization burned Yazidis alive this year.
Mirza Ismail, chairman of the Yazidi Human Rights Organization-International, stood in front of Congress' House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations last week to detail the horrific atrocities inflicted upon the Yazidi population in Iraq by the Islamic State terror group, which considers the religious sect to be infidels.