The Iraqi army has declared a victory against the Islamic State, having reportedly retaken a city once held by the terrorist organization.
After a battle that lasted several days, Iraqi forces claimed victory after raising a national flag at a government complex in Ramadi, a major city occupied by IS for several months.
Members of the minority Yazidi sect stood in front of U.S. Congress last week to describe the horrors inflicted upon their religious group by the Islamic State, including claims that the terrorist organization burned Yazidis alive this year.
Mirza Ismail, chairman of the Yazidi Human Rights Organization-International, stood in front of Congress' House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations last week to detail the horrific atrocities inflicted upon the Yazidi population in Iraq by the Islamic State terror group, which considers the religious sect to be infidels.
One hundred and forty-nine Iraqi Christian refugees rested easier Thursday night after escaping the murderous grip of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, thanks to the coordinated evacuation efforts led by media personality Glenn Beck and faith leader Johnnie Moore.
The refugees did not face treacherous ocean waters in an unsafe vessel or resort to the dangers of illegal smugglers in order to make their escape. Instead evacuees were whisked to safety in the security and comfort of a privately chartered Airbus that carried them from their home in IS-ridden Nineveh Plains, a region in northeast Iraq and near Mosul, to safety in the central European country of Slovakia.
The effort was shrouded in secrecy, with one of its key operatives, Johnnie Moore, who authored the 2015 book Defying ISIS: Preserving Christianity in the Place of Its Birth and in Your Own Backyard, tweeting out a cryptic message requesting prayers just hours before executing the mission. "Requesting prayer for something I have been quietly working on for a long time. The next 24 hours are critical," he wrote. more >>
New documents have surfaced that purportedly detail the Islamic State's master plan to establish fully functioning government bureaucracies and also highlight how the terror group has always planned to train child militants for jihad.
Through an undisclosed businessman working within IS, Aymenn al-Tamimi, a 23-year-old British researcher who has compiled over 300 IS documents in the past year, has obtained a copy of a 24-page document that he believes is a set of instructions and directives on how to establish governmental agencies for healthcare, education, economy and treasury.
The document is titled "Principles in the Administration of the Islamic State," and is believed to have been published soon after IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi claimed a caliphate in June 2014. more >>
A Jordan-based priest warned that Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria are being discriminated against due to Western policies, and at the same time are being "eliminated" by the Islamic State terror group.
Father Khalil Jaar, of the Messengers of Peace Association, argued that Christians are not only being persecuted by IS, but they are also being discriminated against by Western governments who are only taking in refugees from the main designated camps.
The problem with that is that many Christians, fearing attacks from Muslim extremists, refuse to enter the camps, which leaves them out of the circle of those receiving help. more >>
An European Parliamentarian is working on a resolution calling on EU members to recognize that the Islamic State terror group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities, and act upon that reality.
Lars Adaktusson of the Christian Democrats party in Sweden wrote in an op-ed published by Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that there is clear evidence IS wants to eradicate all Christains from the territory it has captured across Iraq and Syria.
Adaktusson recalled a number of IS' deadly actions against Christians in the past year and a half, including forcing all Christians to flee from the Iraqi city of Mosul, and marking homes with a visible "N," for Jesus' hometown of Nazareth. more >>