A Catholic nun from Iraq who suffered persecution at the hands of ISIS and sought to share her testimony in Washington D.C. this month was denied entry into the United States because government officials felt she would attempt to stay in the country illegally.
The nun, Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine, was reportedly denied a visa because U.S. officials concluded that she would attempt to stay in the country permanently and illegally, according to a report in the National Review by Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C.
Shea obtained Momeka's letter of rejection from the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, which stated the nun was considered an IDP or "Internally Displaced Person" defined as someone forced to leave their home that remains within their country's borders. more >>
Almost 60 percent of millennials "disapprove of the Obama administration's management of the rise of ISIS," and support sending U.S. ground troops back to Iraq to fight the terror group, according to a recent poll by the Harvard Institute of Politics.
The Harvard Public Opinion Project's spring survey found that 57 percent of 18 to 29 year olds said they "support the U.S. sending ground troops to participate in a military campaign against ISIS;" while 40 percent of millennials polled said they oppose increasing military intervention.
The survey also reveals that in just one year, "support has grown by 10 percentage points for the U.S. to 'take the lead in solving international crises and conflicts,' (35 percent in March 2015; 25 percent in March 2014)." more >>
The Islamic State has come up with another heinous and barbaric mode of execution, as the group released photos this week showing two criminals in Iraq being executed by having their heads bashed between a forcefully thrown concrete block and a street curb.
Earlier this week, ISIS militants released a series of photos on social media that were shared among the group's sympathizers that purported to show the group carrying out the execution of two men accused of robbing and killing three women in the Nineveh province of northern Iraq, the Daily Mail reported.
Although the most common types of executions carried out by the Islamic State are beheadings, stonings or gunfire, the two accused murderers were instead publicly executed by having their heads forced over a street curb while a militant lifted a heavy concrete block above his head and slamed it down, essentially curb stomping the criminals to death as a crowd looks on in amusement. more >>
As the Islamic State continues to control Iraq's two "capitals of Christianity," American combat experts have taken it upon themselves to train Christian militia fighters to not only defend the remaining Christian villages from ISIS, but eventually go on the offensive to recapture the historic Christian lands of Mosul and Qaraqosh.
Sons of Liberty International, a group headed by Baltimore-native Matthew VanDyke, a renowned Libyan revolutionary and former prisoner of war, has been operating in northern Iraq since last December. The organization's main focus is training recruits in the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit, a militia made up of a couple thousand Christians, and prepare them to protect the Nineveh Plains from the brutal ISIS extremists.
"The purpose of the NPU is beyond just fighting ISIS," VanDyke told The Christian Post in a Thursday interview. "It is not just a short-term project. They have their eye on being a security force for their region from now on, and being able to demonstrate to their people that they will be safe and that they can stay in the country and Christianity can survive in Iraq." more >>
Reports are circulating that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi might've been seriously injured during an airstrike operation, leading the terror group to choose a former Iraqi physics teacher as his replacement.
Hisham al Hashimi, an Iraqi government adviser, told Newsweek earlier this week that al-Baghdadi was wounded back in March, and is unable to carry out his day-to-day duties. He said that Abu Alaa Afri has been selected to stand in as his replacement, and could take over permanently if al-Baghdadi dies.
"After Baghdadi's wounding, he [Afri] has begun to head up Daesh [arabic term for ISIS] with the help of officials responsible for other portfolios," Hashimi said. "He will be the leader of Daesh if Baghdadi dies." more >>
Recently published testimony provided by an escaped Yazidi Islamic State captive battling a "terminal illness" has revealed more horrifying details into ISIS' blatant disregard for human rights and how many of the thousands of Yazidi sex slaves were sorted and divided as battle "shares" for militants.
In an op-ed published by the International Business Times, Murad Ismael, a Yazid activist who works for the NGO Yazda, wrote about a Yazidi women named Samia who was taken captive, along with her two sisters, after ISIS seized her Iraqi village of Kocho on Aug. 15 of last year.
Although Samia was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and was still receiving chemotherapy last August when she was taken hostage — along with 130 other women and girls from her village — that didn't prevent her from being subject to the total wrath of the group's sexual and physical brutality that it systemically imposes on religious minority women. more >>