An Iraqi law that forces children of Christian converts to be legally recognized as Muslims will lead to Christianity's extinction, says Bishop Rabban al-Qas.
Al-Qas, the senior Catholic Bishop in the Dohuk area of Iraqi Kurdistan, has spoken out against the Iraqi parliament's rejection of an amendment to a law that forces children who have one parent who converted from Islam to be automatically considered a Muslim upon birth.
The Bishop asserts that the law discriminates against Christians and other religious minorities and doesn't give the child the ability to eventually choose his or her own faith. The changing of one's religious affiliation can be a difficult task considering accusations of apostasy, a serious offense under Islamic law, are generally hurled around when someone converts. more >>
The global persecution of Christians is uniting denominations, including Evangelicals and Roman Catholics, Pope Francis said in a message earlier this week.
"In various parts of the world, the witness to Christ, even to the shedding of blood, has become a shared experience of Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, Evangelicals and Pentecostals, which is deeper and stronger than the differences which still separate our churches and ecclesial communities," Francis said in a message to Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. more >>
Three hostages who were freed last month by Kurdish and U.S. commandos during a rescue mission on an Islamic State compound in northern Iraq have provided detailed insight about their torturous experiences sitting on Islamic State's death row.
Acting on intelligence that the terrorist group was going to execute dozens of Iraqi prisoners, Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. special operations forces, freed nearly 70 IS-held captives during a late-October raid on an IS prison near the Iraqi town of Hawija that cost Delta Force Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler his life.
Wheeler, who is the first U.S. soldier publically known to be killed in the fight against IS, did not die in vain, as the mission spared the lives of dozens of Iraqis, including many Iraqi security forces who were to be slaughtered in the days following. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has executed 12 Iraqi children who attempted to flee from a jihadi training camp in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.
Saeed Mamuzini, the spokesman for the Kurdistan Democratic Party's Mosul branch, told the Kurdish news site Rudaw that the militants killed the boys last Saturday for trying to escape from the town while they were being trained and indoctrinated at IS' Ashti military training camp.
"At least 12 children have been reportedly killed by the IS radicals. The children were receiving training at Ashti military camp in Mosul and they were caught trying to escape," Mamuzini said. "The ages of the executed children are around 12 to 16. They are mostly Arabs from Mosul." more >>
With an ultimate goal to reclaim their territory that once spoke of peace, Yazidi volunteers have come back home and are training to become fighters against the Islamic State.
The town of Sinjar was once home to the Yazidi people until the ISIS seized the community in August of last year. About 50,000 Yazidis were seen in videos trying to escape the attack of the terrorists. While many hundreds were massacred and women and young girls were sold to slavery, some were able to escape.
According to CNN, some men who were able to get away from the violence have returned to the place they once called home to redeem themselves and avenge their loved ones who were victims of the onslaught last year. more >>
On Friday, a video surfaced online showing Kurdish Peshmerga fighters being beheaded by what are believed to be members of the Islamic State forces.
According to CNN, the 15-minute video includes the beheading of several prisoners wearing orange jumpsuits in what could be one of the most chilling videos yet released by the ISIS as a warning was addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama before the beheadings took place.
At the end of the video, the statement "Peshmerga soldiers that Americans came down to rescue" was flashed in Arabic. An English-speaking ISIS representative also spoke in the video, letting the United States know that the Islamic State won't take the U.S.-led coalition easily as war and violence continue to persist in Iraq and Syria. more >>