LONDON — The world has become increasingly violent with deaths from conflict at a 25-year high, terrorist attacks at an all-time high and more people displaced than at any time since World War II, the 2016 Global Peace Index showed on Wednesday.
The annual index, which measures 23 indicators including incidents of violent crime, countries' levels of militarization and weapons imports, said intensifying conflicts in the Middle East were mostly to blame.
But beyond the Middle East, the world was actually becoming more peaceful, researchers behind the index said. more >>
Nineteen women were burned alive inside an iron cage by the Islamic State terror group in the Iraqi city of Mosul after they refused to have sex with the extremists.
Eyewitnesses said that the women, all of whom were Yazidis, were killed in front of hundreds of spectators, Ynetnews reported.
Yazidis, Christians, and other religious minorities have been enslaved by the thousands across Iraq and Syria, with IS forcing women and girls to marry jihadists and use them as sex slaves. more >>
An Iraqi Christian woman in her 30s and a mother of three narrates how Islamic State terrorists "married and divorced" her as many as nine times a night to rape her with "justification" before she escaped their stronghold of Mosul.
"They had me whenever they would desire it. Especially this one, Farouk, who was obsessed with me and he would say, 'I like the people of Jesus,'" the woman says in a video interview with the non-profit group In Defense of Christians, which shared the footage with Fox News.
The woman, whose identify has not been disclosed for security reasons and who is seen crying and shaking in parts of the interview, then talks about how she was "married" by fighters of Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL or Daesh. more >>
As the Islamic State terrorist group has become notorious for selling captured religious minority women and girls at sex slave markets in Iraq and Syria, militants are now auctioning off Yazidi sex slaves online through social media platforms like Facebook.
The Washington-based terror monitoring organization Middle East Media Research Institute's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor Project has discovered the Facebook profile of a German national IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) fighter, who appears to have tried to use Facebook to advertise and facilitate the sale of captured sex slaves.
The German militant, who goes by the name Abu Assad Almani, posted pictures of two captured women to his Facebook page on May 20 and included an asking price of $8,000. more >>
The Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul, Mgr Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, has described how extensive the destruction of the Islamic State terror group's efforts against Christians are in Iraq and Syria.
"They take everything from us. They take our churches, they take our monasteries, they take our houses, our land, our money, our life, our dignity, our history," Sharaf told the European Centre for Law & Justice, an affiliate of the American branch, ACLJ.
The church leader said that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) repeatedly destroys or converts to mosques early-century Christian churches essential to the history of the faith, and called for Western citizens to push their governments to help. more >>
The fight to protect Christians and other religious minorities from genocide at the hands of the Islamic State terror group has intensified, with the United Nations being called to take immediate action, the American Center for Law and Justice has confirmed.
In a letter thanking U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for declaring the massacre against Christians in Iraq and Syria a genocide, the ACLJ called on the U.S. to take several steps and advance the case at the U.N., by:
"1) pressing the United Nations to declare that the ongoing atrocities committed by the Islamic State and associate groups constitute genocide; 2) communicating with all appropriate offices of the United Nations to that end; and 3) doing everything in your power to mobilize the international community to take swift and decisive action." more >>