President Barack Obama has decided to deploy dozens of U.S. troops to train, advise and assist local rebel forces on the ground in northern Syria to fight the Islamic State terror group, the White House announced Friday.
Fewer than 50 soldiers will be based in Syria and openly work with local ground forces, Josh Earnest, spokesman for the White House, told reporters Friday, marking the expansion of the U.S. fight against IS, which controls a large part of Syria and Iraq.
Thus far, the U.S. has conducted airstrikes in Syria, targeting IS. more >>
A Syrian priest who was held captive for months by the Islamic State terror group before being released said he was kept in an underground dormitory with 250 other Christians who refused to convert to Islam despite being pressured every day.
"The Christians were often questioned about their faith and about the Christian doctrine, and they did not convert to Islam despite much pressure. They were faithful to the recitation of the rosary. This experience of trial strengthened the faith of everyone, including my faith as a priest. It is as if I have been born again," Father Jacques Murad, prior of the Monastery of Mar Elian, shared of his experience, according to Agenzia Fides.
Ten years after publication of Who Was Adam? by Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross, 13 new chapters detail the new scientific evidence on the origins of humankind in a second edition.
Rana and Ross are scholars affiliated with Reasons to Believe, which also published the new edition of Who Was Adam? RTB works to spread the Gospel by showing how science supports the truths found in Scripture. Rana and Ross both have doctorate degrees in the physical sciences, biochemistry and astronomy, respectively.
While much needed attention is being given to refugees flowing from war-torn Syria, one desperately suffering Middle East nation is barely a blip on the developed world's radar screen.
And to be honest, Yemen wasn't on my radar screen either, until I met Barbara Deller.
For 12 years Deller worked as a hospital nurse-midwife in Yemen, and later served as a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, advising ministries of health in numerous countries in Africa and Asia and the Middle East. more >>
Following its control of Palmyra in May 20 of this year, the Islamic State has yet again added crimes to its unending list of ways to instill fear in people around the world as it was reported that three people were tied to pillars of ancient treasures in Palmyra and were blown up.
According to a statement by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, locals reported the incident. The organization says the act is "the first-of-its-kind" in what could be one of the most shocking methods that the terrorists displayed for the public to see.
In detail, the organization said that locals who reported the extreme act said the terrorists tied the detained hostages to the pillars of an ancient site in Palmyra's artifact section. To finish off the job, the extremists detonated the pillars, killing the victims. more >>
The Islamic State terror group in Syria has found yet another new and barbaric way to execute its hostages as the caliphate has released footage showing militants killing an alleged Syrian soldier by crushing his body beneath the continuous track of a battle tank while he is still alive.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained IS' newest execution video last Saturday that purports to show the execution of a Syrian regime soldier who was accused of driving over the dead bodies of IS militants with an army tank.
The video, which according to Heavy.com (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO CONTENT) is titled "And if You Punish [an Enemy, oh Believers], Punish With an Equivalent of That With Which You Were Harmed," was recorded in an IS-controlled area of the Homs province. more >>