As a way of celebrating the the month-long Islamic festival of Ramadan, the Islamic State terrorist organization is holding a seven-day Quran memorization contest in which the top three competitors will receive a sex slave as their grand prizes.
ISIS' fliers, believed to have been circulated around the Hasakah province of Syria, now renamed Barakah, were posted to social media outlets last Friday advertising the contest.
According to a tweet from Rita Katz, director of one of the leading counter-terror monitoring organizations SITE Intelligence Group, the advertisement states that the top winners of the Quran memorization contest will receive female slaves as a reward for their Quranic knowledge. more >>
Terror group ISIS has reportedly crucified and killed two children in Syria for failing to fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The boys, who were both younger than 18, were later displayed with placards hung around their necks revealing their "crime" in the town of Mayadin, Deir Ezzor province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed on Monday.
Over 200 Assyrian Christians remain captured by terror group ISIS despite the release of another hostage earlier this week, and despite the liberation of Assyrian villages that the Islamic militants had earlier taken over.
The Assyrian International News Agency revealed that 70-year-old Francois Sawa from the village of Tel Shamiram was released earlier this week, and is reported to be in good condition, joining dozens of others who have also sporadically been released. At least another 227 Assyrians are being held captive by ISIS after the terror group raided 35 villages on the Khabur river back in February.
The jihadists have asked for $100,000 for the release of each kidnapped Christian, or about $23,000,000 in total, which is more money than most in the region are able to pay. more >>
The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha, located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus is believed to have fed the 5,000, has been burned in an arson attack that occurred Wednesday night. Anti-Christian graffiti was marked at the site, with the words "May the false gods be eliminated" written in Hebrew reportedly found at the entrance.
Breaking Israel News said that two people suffered minor smoke inhalation while trying to control the fire, with firefighters called to the scene shortly after 4 a.m. local time on Thursday. Aided by volunteers, they managed successfully to put out the fire, which was started on the rooftop.
While the sanctuary of the church did not suffer much damage, the arson attack affected more heavily a number of offices, a storage room of books and an event hall. Wadia Abu Nasser, the Catholic Church's media adviser in Israel, estimated that the cost of repairs will be in the "millions," but said that "the emotional damage is worse." more >>
The Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, has warned that Christianity is slowly dying in the war torn country, and asked just how much horror must the people experience before the world takes action to stop the massacres.
"In my country, Syria, Christians are caught in the middle of a civil war and they are enduring the rage of an extremist jihad. And it is unjust for the West to ignore the persecutions these Christian communities are experiencing," Jean-Clément Jeanbart said in an article posted by MercatorNet on Tuesday.
"What horrors must ISIS commit before the world will take greater action to stop the murderers?" he asked. "Syrian Christians are in grave danger; we may disappear soon." more >>
Terror group ISIS has released a new 14-minute propaganda video where it shows young boys dressed in ISIS uniforms reciting from the Quran, performing military drills with weapons, and being taught that carrying out suicide attacks will be a "great honor."
The Daily Mail noted that the video was shot near Raqqa in Syria, the captured city that the terror group has made the capital of its Islamic caliphate.
The boys in the video are shown crawling under barbed wire, being taught to use rocket launchers and AK47s, reciting Islamic prayers, listening to their teachers and carrying out their commands. more >>