Over 100,000 Christians were forced to flee Mosul in just one night to escape the Islamic State's genocidal campaign of ethnic cleansing, says an Iraqi priest, recalling the terror of seeing IS militants capture the city.
"Before 2003 we were 2 million Christians in Iraq. Now we are maybe 180,000. At least 1,800 Christians have been killed since 2003 in Iraq. That's why the people are afraid," Father Douglas Bazi told The Express during an interview published on Tuesday.
"Overnight 100,000 people escaped from Mosul and escaped from IS. When they arrived and took over Mosul they told the people we have three conditions according to Shariah." more >>
While the March and November airstrikes that allegedly wounded Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have not been confirmed by the Pentagon just yet, another similar claim has once again become the topic of debate among U.S. leaders and the Iraqi government.
Anticipation and mixed emotions brewed around the world as the Iraqi Interior Ministry claimed this week that an airstrike attack struck al-Baghdadi's convoy while moving toward a meeting with ISIS leaders in a Karabelah area.
According to CNN, the statement released by the ministry reads, "The Iraqi air force carried out a heroic operation by striking al-Baghdadi's convoy while he was on his way to attend a meeting with senior ISIS leaders in Karabelah." more >>
Young Yazidi women, who were captured by ISIS terrorists in Iraq and were found to be already pregnant, were forced to undergo unsafe abortions by the terror group's gynecologists before being sold as sex slaves, according to three Yazidis who managed to escape their evil captors.
Three young Yazidis, who now live in the refugee camps of Dohuk in Iraq, told their tragic stories to CNN, even as hundreds of other abducted women and girls remain in the clutches of the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
"One of my friends was pregnant. Her child was about three months in the womb. They took her into another room. There were two doctors and they did the abortion," a 21-year-old Yazidi woman was quoted as saying. more >>
A Roman Catholic priest and Holocaust investigator has said that although they operated under a different ideology, the crimes of Nazi Germany and the atrocities committed by the Islamic State terror group can be compared under the same "disease" of genocide.
"It's not the same ideology," Father Patrick Desbois told CBS' "60 Minutes." "But behind, it's the same disease."
Desbois investigates the forgotten massacres in Eastern Europe, where Nazi death squads murdered millions of Jewish people. His focus is on the lesser known victims, those who died outside the infamous camps of Auschwitz and Dachau. more >>
With thousands of migrants arriving on European shores each day, Rev. Canon Andrew White, also known as "the Vicar of Baghdad," is criticizing European governments for focusing their attentions on migrants within their own borders instead of helping poor Iraqi and Syrian refugees stuck in the Middle East.
In a statement reported by Breitbart London, White, who was the only Anglican vicar in Iraq before he fled the country in 2014 after receiving death threats from the Islamic State, said it's wrong for European leaders to focus resources on migrants coming from all over the world while Iraqi refugees who are running for their lives from IS are being ignored.
He insisted that more resources should be used to help Iraqi refugees who have fled into Middle Eastern nations like Lebanon and Jordan. more >>
The head of a Christian humanitarian organization reports that the Islamic State terrorist organization in has turned captured church buildings into torture chambers that are being used to coerce Iraqi Christians into renouncing Christ and converting to IS' brand of radical Islam.
Christian Freedom International, a Virginia-based aid organization that provides necessities to Christians living in nations that are the most hostile toward Christianity, has released a new video that reveals alarming statistics showing the number of Christians throughout the world who are being persecuted or killed for their faith.
The video, released ahead of the organization's day of prayer on Nov. 8, explains that there are over 200 million followers of Christ who face some form of persecution in 105 of the world's 196 countries. more >>