As United States lawmakers weigh legislation that would commit U.S. support to Christian militias in Iraq and Syria, the Primate of the Chaldean Church warns that arming Christian militias fighting against the Islamic State is a "bad idea."
The National Defense Authorization Act that was already passed by the House and is caught up in the Senate would commit the U.S. government to provide defense articles, services and training to tribal and local security forces who are "committed to protecting highly vulnerable ethnic and religious minority communities, such as Yezidis, Christian, Assyrian and Turkmen."
Although there have been reports highlighting the efforts of Christian militias dedicated to protecting their homelands, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako told Fides News Agency that there are really no actual Christian militias and asserted that the U.S. should not arm any so-called Christian militias. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq has found yet another new and barbaric way to execute jihadi leaders who fail to meet the group's military expectations.
According to a Kurdish commander who spoke with the Iranian media outlet AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA), IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) recently executed a number of its own commanders for failing to "accomplish their chief duties."
Instead of just shooting the commanders in the back of the head or beheading them like the group has done with many others, IS employed another new and frightening method for execution designed to scare other militants. more >>
Islamic State publicly executed 25 civilians, who had been accused of spying on the terror group for Iraqi government security forces, by throwing them into a basin carrying nitric acid in Iraq's embattled northern city of Mosul in Nineveh Province, according to reports.
"ISIS terrorist members executed 25 persons in Mosul on charges of spying and collaborating with Iraqi security forces," IraqiNews.com quoted an anonymous source as saying. "ISIS put the citizens in a large tub containing nitric acid inside one of its headquarters."
The source said members of Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL or Daesh, tied all the 25 men with a rope and lowered him in the tub "till the victims' organs dissolved." more >>
Nearly half of IS-controlled territory in Iraq and Syria has been recaptured by allied forces, according to a Pentagon spokesman.
"The number right now in Iraq is about 45 percent of the territory they once held has been recovered. … The number in Syria is anywhere between 16 to 20 percent," said Peter Cook, press secretary for the Department of Defense, during a press briefing on Monday.
The percentages of territory lost is based off the amount of territory IS held in 2014, according to USA Today. more >>
At least 64 people are dead and 87 others injured following a major car bomb explosion at a crowded market in Baghdad, with the Islamic State terror group claiming responsibility for one of the worst attacks on the Iraqi capital in years.
The Associated Press noted that IS, which has captured cities across Iraq and Syria, targeted Shiite Muslims, which it considers heretics. Iraqi police said many of the victims were women and children.
The car bombing took place at the outdoor market in the eastern Sadr City district, with close to 2.5 million people living in or near the slum. more >>
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 >>