The wife of British aid worker, Alan Henning, who ISIS said could be the next hostage to be executed, has made a desperate plea to the terror group for his release. A jihadi ideologue has also urged ISIS to spare Henning, saying he worked with a charitable organization led by Muslims.
"I pray that the people holding Alan respond to my messages and contact me before it is too late," Barbara Henning said in a statement released by the U.K. Foreign Office Saturday.
Even as more than 70,000 mostly Kurdish refugees have fled an ongoing offensive by the terror group Islamic State, or ISIS, in northeastern Syria over the last three days, hundreds of Kurdish fighters from Turkey and Iraq have streamed into Syria to shield the region under attack.
At least 70,000 civilians, mostly Syrian Kurds, have crossed into Turkey since Friday due to an ISIS onslaught in northern Kobani area, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The Kobani area borders Turkey.
The media wing of the Islamic State terrorist organization has announced the creation of a new Grand Theft Auto-like video game where players can participate in Jihad against U.S. and Iraqi forces.
Using the game as a propaganda tool, the ISIS media wing says the game is designed to "raise the morale of the mujahedin and to train children and youth how to battle the West and to strike terror into the hearts of those who oppose the Islamic State."
Not only is the game supposed to inspire young jihadists to join the Islamic State, but it also includes "all of the organization's military tactics against its opponents," The Islamic State's media wing stated. more >>
An ex-ISIS member, who lived and worked with the militant Islamic terror group in Syria, gave a gory and seedy glimpse inside the group's operation highlighting the brutal rape of Christian women after their husbands are beheaded and a promise of "72 eternal virgins in heaven" to fighters.
Speaking under the pseudonym Sherko Omer, the ex-ISIS member told yourmiddleeast.com in a report Friday that members of the terror group are promised eternal virgins and are allowed to have sex with non-Muslim women, even if they are married. Christian women, he explained, were sexually assaulted after their husbands were beheaded during the time he was with the group.
"We were promised women in heaven and on earth, too, based on IS jihadist teaching of the verses of some Suras of the holy book of Quran and hadiths by prophet Muhammad, all of which were explained through the Tafsir (explanation) by Islamic scholars like Ibn Majah, Bukhari and Ibn Kathir. We were told all non-Muslim women prisoners will be our wives and God wills it," said Omer. more >>
Several Christian villages that were overrun by members of ISIS were recaptured by Kurdish peshmerga forces after a clash in northern Iraq that resulted in the death of a senior commander in the terror group on Tuesday.
In early August, ISIS militants forced tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians to flee their homes in an exodus Christian leaders described as the worst assault on their group in centuries. Iraq's largest Christian village Qaraqosh and many others were emptied of Christians driven out by ISIS. more >>
More than 460 prayer vigils in 30 countries and territories next week are set to mark the two year anniversary of American pastor Saeed Abedini's imprisonment for his faith in Iran.
"The kids and I are longing to see Saeed returned home safely to us. The kids have been suffering for too long. Our family is ready. It is time," said Naghmeh Abedini, the pastor's wife.
"We are praying for a miracle. My hope is that, as thousands gather together on Sept. 26, our governments and leaders will be reminded of the importance of religious freedom for all and continue to pressure Iran to secure Saeed's release." more >>