The city of Raqqa in Syria, deemed the main base of the Islamic State terror group, is reportedly set to be assaulted by French, Russian, and Kurdistan forces in a major operation.
"Three days ago we saw 14 airstrikes suddenly hit just nearby, and then the French said they'd started bombing," a fighter with the Kurdish YPG unit told CNN during an interview on Monday.
"We will do our best to avenge Paris," he vowed. more >>
Sinjar has been reclaimed, and with the promise that all Yazidis can one day come home and be safe in the town they grew up in, escaped Yazidis who suffered in the hands of the Islamic State are gaining courage to share tales of their travails.
When the ISIS seized Sinjar, a huge number of Yazidis had to leave their homes, and some others were taken captive, with the young girls and women being sold into sex slavery. Boys, on the other hand, were trained to become fighters against their own people.
The Kankle Refugee Camp is one of the few camps that takes in refugees who were forced out of their homes due to the war. Many escaped Yazidis also run to the said camp, ready to tell how the extremists deal with their hostages. more >>
Thousands of residents of Sadad have fled as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) closes in on the Syrian Christian town.
Sadad, which is home to several ancient churches and relics, is now in the crosshairs of ISIS. While 12,000 women and children of the Syrian Christian town have already fled, the men have stayed behind to fight the jihadists, the World Tribune reports.
"Around 60 percent of the 12,000 residents, particularly the women and children, have fled to other Christian villages in the province, like Fayruza and Yazdal," the Tribune quotes Sadad Mayor Suleiman Khalil's statement. "The men are staying behind to defend the town." more >>
As Parisians continue to grieve the lives of their people taken away by the Islamic State in a series of attacks last week, the terrorists are once again spreading terror as officials recently confirmed that chemical weapons may be used by the jihadists in other attacks.
Ever since the ISIS claimed large areas of Iraq and Syria last year, the authorities have not been able to track the activities going on inside many of the terror cells spread across the war-torn countries.
While the U.S.-led coalition continues to fight the terrorists and Kurdish Peshmerga forces have recently reclaimed Sinjar, it seems the extremists have only become stronger as Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials confirmed that the most-gated terror group of this day is "aggressively pursuing the development of chemical weapons." more >>
As president of a country whose Christian population is quickly vanishing, Syria's Bashar al-Assad has said he sees Vladimir Putin as the only world leader defending Christianity.
"When I look at the present state of things in the world I realize that Vladimir Putin is the sole defender of Christian civilization one can rely on," declared Assad during an interview with the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles earlier this week.
According to World Vision, since the start of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, more than 240,000 people have lost their lives, many of them children. Much of the repression and the slaughter of civilians has been perpetuated by Assad and his Syrian Army and secret police during their brutal crackdown on dissent. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization announced Wednesday through its monthly online magazine that its militants have executed two foreign hostages from China and Norway.
In the newest edition of IS' online English-language magazine, Dabiq, the jihadi group published two photos of foreign hostages that it claims had been "executed after being abandoned by their kafir [infidel] nations and organizations."
The photos appeared on the second-to-last page of the magazine and featured 48-year-old Norwegian graduate student Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad and 50-year-old Beijing native Fan Jinghui, whom both appear to have been fatally shot in the head. more >>