Everyone loves to deal with moderates, especially when they represent a rare shift toward moderation for a rogue state. The trouble is that the concept of a moderate is relative. In dealing with the former Soviet Union we heard the term "Politburo moderates" over and over. Reaching out to this fabricated species was an excuse for being nice to despicable governments.
In the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran, reaching out to "moderates" among the ayatollahs' inner circles has been a constant dream of American officials for the past 30 years. These moderates are supposed to be the cure to the Iranian enigma, which has been a unique problem for every US administration for the past three decades.
Voice of the Martyrs is partnering with Integrity Music and its parent organization David C Cook to aid Christians displaced by the Islamic State terror group and bring greater awareness to the "I Am N" movement.
The movement gets its name from the the Arabic letter ن or "N" that IS Sunni terrorists are known to have painted on the homes of Christians (Nazarenes) in Mosul before forcing them to flee the city, as reported by The Christian Post back in 2014.
David C Cook, the 140-year-old church resource provider, is helping VOM to combat the plight of persecuted Christians around the world through a new 12-track album titled I Am N that will be released on Feb. 12, accompanied by a book of the same name, I Am N: Inspiring Stories of Christians Facing Islamic Extremists along with a curriculum and 90-day companion devotional, which is set to release on March 1. more >>
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Tuesday, and asked the pontiff for prayers as the Middle Eastern country attempts to improve its relationship with the international community.
Rouhani had a private meeting with the pope during his four-day trip in Europe, which analysts say is meant to restore ties to western powers after economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic were lifted.
During his visit, Rouhani reportedly asked the pope to pray for him, adding that visiting the Catholic holy site was a "real pleasure." more >>
A mass grave containing 40 bodies, including women and children, has been discovered in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, which was recently liberated from the control of the Islamic State terror group.
CBS News reported Tuesday that Iraqi video footage shows local security forces and a forensics team at the scene, wearing masks and digging with shovels. Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan confirmed, explaining that the mass grave contains the bodies of civilians and police.
A joint United Nations report from earlier in January said that as many as 18,800 people have been killed since 2014 in the ongoing Iraq war, while 3,500 women and children are being kept as IS sex slaves. more >>
In the battle for Syria, it seems President Bashar al-Assad is slowly starting to slip on his power and authority as news just came in suggesting a second regime stronghold is on the verge of falling in the hands of the Islamic State.
According to CNN, human rights groups report that the strategic city of Deir Ezzor is slowly turning into the ghost town that Raqqa looks like today. The war between regime fighters and ISIS forces continues to batter the city and its people.
Hundreds have been killed — both fighters and civilians — as the battle heats up. Fierce exchanges of gunfire and bombs have been raging over the past week and it is expected that if al-Assad's fighters fall short for even a split second, ISIS will immediately take over the city. more >>
The Obama administration is denying claims made by an Iranian militia leader that the recent wiring of $1.7 billion to the Islamic republic was ransom money paid in exchange for the freedom of five American hostages.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters this week that despite comments made by Gen. Mohammad Reza-Naghdi of Iran's Basij militia, the $1.7 billion wired to Iran was not an exchange for the recently-released prisoners.
"There was no bribe, there was no ransom, there was nothing paid to secure the return of these Americans who were, by the way, not spies. We've spoken to this in the days after their release on Sunday morning in great detail about how this process worked," Toner told reporters, according to Breitbart. more >>