Syriac Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan has warned that the vast refugee crisis in Iraq and Syria has reached "biblical proportions," and fleeing Christians are begging Western countries to step up and save them from persecution at the hands of extremists.
"We are begging the West to stand for the rights of all citizens in Iraq and Syria," the spiritual leader of the world's 158,000 Syriac Catholics declared in a speech during a visit to Detroit, according to Catholic San Francisco.
"The situation is very devastating and tragic. For Iraq, this has been happening for two generations. For Syria, the war has been taking place for the last three years, with no hope on the horizon for Christians in the area." more >>
Following the release of propaganda videos wherein the Islamic State flaunts Toyota vehicles, the U.S. Treasury has raised questions about how the extremists acquired the trucks.
Toyota is the world's second largest carmaker, and according to ABC News, the auto giant is unaware of how the jihadists got a hold of the large numbers of trucks sported in the propaganda videos.
On the other hand, Toyota said in a statement that it will definitely be "supporting" the investigation spearheaded by the Terror Financing branch of the Treasury Department. The inquiry is actually part of the United States' efforts to keep the terror group from obtaining and making use of Western-produced goods. more >>
Following the grisly attacks by Palestinians that claimed the lives of several Israeli civilians and injured others, Israel has been forced to take an unexpected step that stripped Palestine off of its historic rights.
Amid the increasing debate over whether another Palestinian Intifada (the term they use for an uprising) is on the way, Israel's prime minister has vowed a "harsh offensive" against the growing violence as a response to the Palestinian attacks that targeted none other than Jerusalem's cherished holy site, which is significant not only to the Muslims but to the Jews.
According to The Associated Press, Israel announced on Sunday that Palestinians would temporarily be excluded from entering the historic and sacred site. The move is Israel's first ever since it claimed the Old City way back 1967 during the Mideast War. more >>
A Yazidi woman who fled captivity at the hands of the Islamic State terror group has claimed that hundreds of others are taking their own lives rather than be subjected to sex slavery by the jihadists.
"We just want them to be rescued," Ameena Saeed Hasan said in a CNN report. "Hundreds of girls have committed suicide.
"I have some pictures of the girls who have committed suicide ... when they lose hope for rescue and when ISIS many times sell them and rape them ... I think there is maybe 100. We lost contact with most of them," she added. more >>
A Roman Catholic priest and Holocaust investigator has said that although they operated under a different ideology, the crimes of Nazi Germany and the atrocities committed by the Islamic State terror group can be compared under the same "disease" of genocide.
"It's not the same ideology," Father Patrick Desbois told CBS' "60 Minutes." "But behind, it's the same disease."
Desbois investigates the forgotten massacres in Eastern Europe, where Nazi death squads murdered millions of Jewish people. His focus is on the lesser known victims, those who died outside the infamous camps of Auschwitz and Dachau. more >>
A dozen Christians — including a 12-year-old child — were brutally executed by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants after they refused to renounce their faith.
The 12 Christians in Syria refused to convert to Islam and renounce Jesus Christ, so the ISIS militants tortured and killed them. Three men and one boy, who was the son of a ministry leader in Syria, were executed via crucifixion, according to Christian Today (CT).
Humanitarian organization Christian Aid Mission said the brutal executions happened in a village outside Aleppo on Aug. 28. The ISIS militants tortured the boy in front of his father, relatives, and other spectators and threatened to continue the horrific act if the ministry leader refused to embrace Islam, Town Hall reports. more >>