As the Islamic State continues to spread fear into the hearts of residents in Iraq and Syria, the group recently forced hundreds of civilians to watch the decapitations of 15 people accused of apostasy.
As apostasy is a crime punishable by death in about 13 fundamentalist Muslim-controlled countries around the world, the so-called caliphate of IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) is no exception. However, IS has been known to accuse people of apostasy just because they oppose the brutal and torturous militant regime.
According to the Kurdish news site ARA News, IS executed 15 civilians in its Syrian stronghold of Deir ez-Zor on Thursday after an IS-run Sharia court convicted the individuals of renouncing Islam because they violated the group's strict brand of Sharia law. more >>
At least 25 Christians have been arrested in the Islamic Republic of Iran solely because of their faith in Jesus Christ, it has been reported.
According to the National Council of Resistance in Iran, Iranian human rights outlets are reporting that over two dozen Christians were recently arrested during a raid by authorities in the southern city of Kerman.
Security officials raided Christians' homes where they confiscated belongings and arrested as many as 25 believers. As of now, there has been no reason given for why the Christians were arrested and their location is unknown. more >>
A 39-year-old housewife in Iraq, who leads a tribal militia and has been fighting Islamic State for years, says in a media interview that she has beheaded fighters from the terror group, cooked their heads and posted the pictures on her Facebook page.
"I fought them. I beheaded them. I cooked their heads, I burned their bodies," Wahida Mohamed, also known as Um Hanadi and who carries a Beretta 9-millimeter pistol with her, tells CNN. "This is all documented. You can see it on my Facebook page," adds Hanadi, who leads a force of around 70 men in the area of Sharqat in Salah al-Din province, a town 50 miles south of Mosul.
The mother of two daughters says she started fighting terrorists in 2004, working with government and coalition forces. She has received death threats from Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh. "But I refused. I'm at the top of their most wanted list even more than the prime minister," she says, adding that terrorists killed her first and second husbands, her father and three brothers. more >>
As Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria are systematically sexually enslaving and physically abusing women, at least one anonymous woman in the group's stronghold in Iraq has reportedly taken it upon herself to kill the jihadis.
According to Iraqi News, it was reported on Monday that two IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) militants were killed by a veiled woman in Mosul.
The news site reports that the killing of the two jihadis by a woman wearing a veil is the third of such incidents to occur in the region in the past month. more >>
Excavation work in Israel has uncovered an ancient city gate and shrine that the biblical King Hezekiah wanted destroyed somewhere in the eighth century B.C., archaeologists have said.
The gate in question was found in the ancient city of Tel Lachish within an 80-by-80-foot six-chambered area. The gate, parts of which were first discovered decades ago by archaeologists from the United Kingdom and Tel Aviv University, is believed to be the largest one of its kind found in Israel from the First Temple period. more >>