Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians who have fled the Islamic State terror group to neighboring countries such as Jordan have said they are stuck in limbo, with nowhere to go and limited ways to provide a living. Pope Francis has condemned the world's silence on the issue, while an Iraqi archbishop has said that Christians in the region are hated because they want to keep hold of their faith.
"The Church is unable to offer and guarantee the fundamental security that its members need to thrive. It is no secret that hatred of minorities has intensified in certain quarters over the past few years. It is difficult to understand this hate. We are hated because we persist in wanting to exist as Christians. In other words, we are hated because we persist in demanding a basic human right," His Exc. Mgr. Bashar Matti Warda, C.SS.R., Archbishop of Erbil, said in a statement to Fides News Agency.
The Associated Press reported on Sunday that close to 7,000 Christians from northern Iraq alone have fled to Jordan. They have not been granted permission to work and have not been resettled to the West as hoped, leaving them in a state of limbo. more >>
A United Nations official has confirmed the existence of an Islamic State sex slave price list that is distributed in Iraq and Syria to regulate how much enslaved women and children are sold for in the caliphate's slave markets.
United Nations special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, Zainab Bangura, recently told Bloomberg that while she was visiting Iraq last spring, she obtained a copy of an IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL, pamphlet that lists the varying prices for the different age ranges of enslaved women and children.
According to the list, which Bangura deemed authentically produced by IS and representative of real transactions, small children fetch the most money, with little girls being sold for as much as $165. more >>
A new recruitment document thought to be a product of the Islamic State discusses how the terrorist group plans to bring about "the end of the word" by building up its operations inside Pakistan and Afghanistan and then attacking India to instigate a "final battle" between the Muslim community and Western nations.
The 32-page document, written in Urdu, is titled "A Brief History of the Islamic State Caliphate, The Caliphate According to the Prophet" and was discovered in Pakistan's lawless tribal lands.
Obtained by the American Media Institute through a Pakistani citizen with ties to the Pakistani Taliban, the document purports to show the Islamic State's plans to attack U.S. troops as they withdraw from Afghanistan and plans to target U.S. diplomats and Pakistani officials. more >>
ERBIL, IRAQ — Amidst the battle against Islamic State across Syria and Iraq, an Arab Holocaust continues to unfold as millions of people flee their extremist ideologies and horrifying violence.
The situation is reaching a "new level of barbarity with each passing day" that's resulting in "devastating spillover effects across the region," stated U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at a meeting with world powers late last year.
Here in Iraq and Syria, the atmosphere among the people is one of despair as the world turns a blind eye to their suffering. "Only the mountains are our friends," say many Kurds, a minority group hatefully persecuted by the radical Islamists. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has released a new propaganda video showing a baby-faced child soldier, dressed in black, shooting a suspected Iraqi spy in the head from point blank range, according to an anti-ISIS citizen journalism website.
The video shows the "accused," dressed in orange, making a confession that he spied on the terror group in the Iraqi town of Al-Qa'im, Daily Mail reported, citing a report by the citizen journalism website, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently.
The man seems to be under duress as he says he regrets being involved in the covert operation and urges the United States-led coalition to stop airstrikes in ISIS territory. more >>
Sadiq al-Husseini, chief of Iraq's security committee in Diyala province, claims Islamic State fighters blew up a baby for the purposes of a training exercise to teach militants how to operate remote explosives.
While the age and sex of the infant is unknown, the baby was reportedly killed in the Iraqi northern Salahuddin region on July 10 after IS militants arrested the father for purportedly killing fighters at a training facility. Iraqi officials are uncertain what happened to the infant's mother. It is believed that dozens of militants witnessed the horrorific murder.
Al-Husseini told IraqiNews.com: "The booby-trapping of the baby was a training mission for IS to teach its elements the booby-trapping mechanisms. The organization does not care for the most basic human values." more >>