Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants vandalized a Christian cemetery and left a monastery and many homes ruined, based on an Assyrian news report.
On Nov. 27, ISIS militants vandalized two cemeteries in Kirkuk, leaving graves opened and the crosses and tombstone in ruins. Authorities failed to identify the individuals responsible for the said acts, according to the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA).
AINA published photos of the defiled graves and destroyed tombstones. The pictures show that the graves have been smashed open and the tombstones have been displaced from their original positions. Aside from that, AINA also listed 11 other Assyrian churches and monasteries that were attacked by ISIS. more >>
The all-female policing unit of the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria has mutilated and murdered a woman for breastfeeding her baby in public, a witness claims.
As IS has become notorious for punishing and torturing women who violate its strict brand of Shariah law, Aisha, a former resident of Raqqa who managed to escape to Turkey after her husband was beheaded, told the United Kingdom-based Sunday Times that she once witnessed the militant group execute a woman simply because she needed to feed her nursing baby in public.
Aisha explained that although the woman shielded her breasts by breastfeeding her child underneath her full-veil burqa, IS' Al-Khansaa Brigade, an all-female unit in charge of enforcing IS' law on the streets of Raqqa and Mosul, deemed the mother's action of breastfeeding a violation of Islamic State law. more >>
The government of Iran reportedly arrested a group of nine Christians on Christmas Day for celebrating their faith at an in-house church in the city of Shiraz.
"There has been a steady deterioration of human rights abuses in Iran during Hassan Rouhani's tenure as president, including executions and suppression of religious and ethnic minorities," said Shahin Gobadi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
"This is just another case in point. Actually, the clerical regime is one of the top violators of rights of religious minorities, including Christians, in the world. The regime has institutionalized repression of the Iranian people as the main tool of its survival." more >>
In an attempt to curtail "violations" in the treatment of female sex slaves, a religious ruling by so-called theologians of the Islamic State specifies when "owners" of enslaved women can have sex with their captives.
The ruling, or fatwa, was discovered among a collection of documents seized by U.S. Special Operations forces during a raid targeting a top official of the terror group in Syria back in May, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The document states that some IS militants have "committed violations in the matter of the treatment of the female slaves" and details an extensive list of bulleted items regarding the handling of female captives. more >>
Kim Kardashian West and her husband, Kanye, might just be planning to baptize their son in Israel.
The Wests, consisting of Kim, the 35-year-old "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star, and 38-year-old rap mogul Kanye, welcomed their second child and first son, Saint, into the world on Dec. 5. Now, reports are stating that the pair are gearing up to baptize the baby at the same Armenian Church as their 2-year-old daughter, North.
"She wants to take Saint to Jerusalem to get baptized like they did with Nori," a source reportedly told Us Weekly, according to In Touch Weekly. "The family of four will perform the ceremony at the Armenian St. James Cathedral, where they held North's baptism in April." more >>
Although the Islamic State has its eyes set on becoming a global caliphate that spreads into Europe, a journalist who spent 10 days with the terrorists says there's just one country the militants are afraid of — Israel.
German reporter Jürgen Todenhӧfer, a former member of the German parliament who spent 10 days last winter in IS-controlled Iraq and Syria interviewing a number of militants and made it out alive, told the British news site Jewish News that although IS militants are not afraid of the western military power of the United States or European countries, the group's fighters fear military capabilities of Israel.
"The only country ISIS fears is Israel," Todenhӧfer explained. "They told me they know the Israeli army is too strong for them." more >>