Just when it seemed the minds of Islamic State militants couldn't get any more twisted and barbaric, ISIS fighters in Mosul allegedly chopped up the body of a Kurdish prisoner and fed his remains to his mother in a rice dish when she arrived at the group's headquarters to demand his release.
Yasir Abdulla, a British security guard who traveled to Iraq to help defeat ISIS when he learned that the militant group was within 6 miles of his home village in Kurdistan, told of the elderly Kurdish woman's horrific experience in an interview with The Sun upon his return to the U.K. last week.
"I hate ISIS because of what happened to an old Kuridsh woman from a nearby tribe," Abdulla asserted. more >>
A 27,000-strong Iraqi army, backed by both Shiite and Sunni fighters, is attempting to retake the city of Tikrit from terror group ISIS' control. The assault began Monday morning, reports said, with the army being backed by artillery and airstrikes by Iraqi fighter jets.
Fox News noted that the assault on Tikrit, known as the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, is being documented by state news media. American and French forces, which have been launching airstrikes against ISIS across Iraq and Syria, are also aiding the ground troops.
The city, which has a population of 260,000 people, fell under ISIS' control in the summer of 2014. Fox News suggested that recapturing Tikrit might be an important step in the wake of the offensive planned on the city of Mosul, which the jihadists have made into one of their strongholds. more >>
Archeologists in Nazareth say a first century house discovered in the 1880s could be the home of Mary and Joseph where Jesus was brought up.
"Was this the house where Jesus grew up? It is impossible to say on archaeological grounds," writes Ken Dark, a professor at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, in Biblical Archaeology Review, referring to a first century "courtyard house" containing limestone pottery that was first uncovered in the 1880s by nuns at the Sisters of Nazareth convent, according to Live Science.
It was Dark who led a team of archaeologists in 2006 that dated the house to the first century. more >>
Terrorists from Islamic State, or ISIS, in northern Syria Sunday released 19 Assyrian Christians, out of the hundreds they had captured last week, but refused to set free a 6-year-old girl, whom they are likely using as a "bargaining chip," an activist group said.
The 19 Assyrians from the village of Tel Goran in Syria's al-Hasakah province were released after local Arab leaders negotiated with ISIS for three days, Assyrian International News Agency, or AINA, said Sunday.
The Assyrians have arrived safely at St. Mary's Church in Hasakah, the group said. more >>
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is seeking a fourth term in election scheduled for March 17, will address U.S. Congress Tuesday, and he is expected to call on President Obama, with whom he already has strained relations, to halt Washington's emerging nuclear deal with Iran.
Netanyahu, who is known as an admirer of former British premier Winston Churchill, is visiting the United States on the invitation of Republican House Speaker John Boehner, and the Obama administration reportedly had no knowledge about it. He will address a joint meeting of Congress Tuesday.
"No matter how Churchillian Netanyahu may be when he speaks, no matter how powerful his words, he misunderstands the dynamics in Washington," Bloomberg quoted Gil Troy, an American-Israeli historian and commentator, as saying. "With each added insult, we're going from the usual spat to a really serious and game-changing challenge." more >>
Islamic State is likely to release 29 Assyrian Christian hostages, especially those who did not fight when the terror group attacked their villages and captured hundreds this week, but the Sunni militants may have already killed 15 Christian hostages, according to reports.
A Sharia Court of the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in the Tal Tamer area of Syria's al-Hasakah province issued an order for the release of 29 Assyrian citizens, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which documents human rights situation in Syria, reported Saturday.
An Assyrian commander, who informed the Observatory about the court's order, said the fate of the other Assyrian Christian hostages will also be decided by Sharia courts. more >>