Media reports have surfaced indicating that the Islamic State has blown up the homes of 10 Christian families in the northern Ninevah province of Iraq, while a leading human rights organization has reported that Iraqi Security Forces burned down two whole Sunni civilian villages in Iraq last September.
As the Islamic State's systematic destruction of Christian property in Iraq continues, a security source has revealed that the militant group blew up and demolished 10 homes belonging to Christian families in Iraq's depleted northern Ninevah province.
The anonymous security source told Iraq's al-Sumaria satellite television network that ISIS militants raided the abandoned homes on Tuesday in the town of Qada' Talkif, which is about 15 miles northeast of ISIS' Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. more >>
The brutal Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria has recruited at least 400 children for use in combat roles since January, a leading Syrian monitoring group reported this week.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that as ISIS has opened up "Cubs of the Caliphate" recruiting offices and training camps in a number of its strongholds, at least 400 minors have joined the group from Jan.1 until March 23, but not necessarily by choice.
"I think to speak of children joining ISIS is not a good way to put it," Charlie Winter, researcher at the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam, told SOHR. " Even if they have the perception of choice, it's not choice. If you're a minor and being indoctrinated from a very young age, you don't have the power to make a serious choice. I think that it's certainly worth considering more robustly that people are being groomed." more >>
A Syrian Christian man, who was held hostage by the Islamic State for over five months before being freed, revealed recently that his captors forced him to call his family and a friend while he was being tortured, in hopes that his cries of pain and agony would inspire them to pay his $80,000 ransom.
In an interview with New York Magazine's Sulome Anderson, the anonymous Christian man explained how he was kidnapped in February 2013 by the Syrian rebel group called Muhajadeen Shura Council, which later absorbed into ISIS while he was still in captivity.
The man, who was originally from Syria but was living and working in Beirut, Lebanon, at the time, said he was on his way back to Syria to visit his family when he and another Christian man were both stopped at what he believed was a Syrian army checkpoint. more >>
Terror group ISIS has reportedly released a video showing the conversion of one kidnapped Assyrian Christian into Islam. Previous reports have stated that the 200-plus Christian hostages have refused to deny Christ during ISIS' conversion attempts, but the latest video shows a man from the village of Tel Temit declaring that Muhammad is God's prophet.
"These forms of propaganda are repugnant, offend the conscience of every man and should provoke rebellion also on behalf of Muslims who have true religious piety" Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, head of the Syrian Catholic archeparchy in Hassaké -Nisibi, told Fides News Agency in response to the video.
"It is obvious that the moral and physical violence on persons held hostage is another manifestation of barbarism in which we have fallen. We pray that the Lord helps and consoles those who suffer in his name." more >>
The "hacking division" of Islamic State has posted a list of 100 U.S. military personnel saying they are fighting to defeat the terror group and has also included their names and photos so that "brothers in America can deal with you."
These 100 individuals have been involved in efforts to defeat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and the list has been released to allow "brothers in America" to deal with them, the Sunni group says, according to National Public Radio.
The information about the military personnel has been gathered mostly from public online sources with no breach of government servers. more >>
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has said that President Barack Obama needs to get over his "temper tantrum" concerning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent re-election victory. Obama has said that Netanyahu has been misleading in his campaign plans for a two-state solution to create a Palestinian state.
"The President should get over it. Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President," McCain told CNN's Gloria Borger on "State of the Union" on Sunday.
"It's time that we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem this tide of ISIS and Iranian movement throughout the region, which is threatening the very fabric of the region," he added. more >>