At least 70 people have been detained by the Islamic State forces on Saturday in a remote town in Iraq, following a very rare street protest laid out by residents after one of their own was executed by the extremists.
According to Fox News, ISIS fighters moved toward the western town of Rutbah, in Anbar province and detained residents, including a number of tribal leaders, while some were tied to streetlight poles as a punishment.
Security officials said the incident was fueled by the execution of Munir al-Kobeisi, a civil servant, who killed an ISIS member. It is said that the killing was actually part of a blood revenge type of feud among two local clans. more >>
Iraqi security forces have been commissioned by Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi to collect data on the persecution of Christians in the nation.
Sources told news outlet Agenzia Fides that a committee has been set up by the prime minister that will collect this data in an attempt to curb the recent violence against Christians in the region.
These officials plan to work alongside the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq to collect the information and have already met with its Patriarch Louis Raphael I. They will also take a census of the homes and properties illegally seized from believers. more >>
An Iraqi Archbishop says he argues with God "every day" and is failing to understand "what He is doing" in the face of the extreme suffering of persecuted Christians in the region.
"I don't understand what he is doing when I look at what has happened in the region," Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil told The Criterion, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. "I quarrel with him every day."
Warda said that over 100,000 Christians and other minorities have sought refuge in Erbil over the past year, fleeing the Islamic State terror group. more >>
ERBIL, Iraq — Dozens of Yazidi sex slave survivors, including 9-year-old girls, were rescued this week by smugglers from their Islamic State captors following months of brutal rape and torture by their "owners" and other Jihadi soldiers who purchased them at an IS slave market.
"Their fighters pray to Allah before and after they systematically rape Yazidi women and children, including some as young as 9-years-old," said Hadi Pir, vice president of Yazda, a U.S.-based global Yazidi organization, to The Christian Post.
While some Christians had the option to pay jaziya (Islamic tax paid by non-Muslims) to purchase their freedom, most other minority groups such as the Yazidis, who number about 600,000 in Iraq, were specifically targeted and separated for sex slavery. more >>
While summer offers a lot of job opportunities and rest days for American collegians to enjoy, Iraqi students make use of the break to learn how to fight their country's sworn enemies: the Islamic State.
Shadad Haider shared her summer break activities to NBC News, noting that she is currently completing her master's degree in media studies, but now that classes have concluded for summer, she has found a new way to spend summer time.
The 25-year-old collegian is learning how to dismantle and operate an AK-47 assault rifle. "This is the first time I have ever carried a weapon," she said. She also said she has no plans of using her learning toward violence, but she would be "ready to carry a weapon to fight, in order to defend my country." more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has started a new petition urging President Barack Obama to do more to support Christians who are facing increasing brutalities at the hands of the Islamic State terror group. The ACLJ urged Obama to appoint an ambassador to lead a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.
"While Christians and other religious minorities are decimated in that region, the Obama administration leaves this vital position unfilled. This is why the ACLJ has urged them to fill this spot and will continue to do so," the law group said in an article on Thursday, highlighting the various atrocities committed by ISIS.
"We must help our brothers and sisters in Christ and all people who are suffering daily at the hands of pure evil. We cannot stand by and let our fellow human beings be tortured and exterminated." more >>