After weeks of fighting, Iraqi special forces backed by multiple airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition on Friday recaptured the government headquarters and most other parts in the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State terror group, which has held the city since January 2014.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the government forces have retaken most of Fallujah from Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL or Daesh, as they continue to flush out terrorists from other parts in the city, according to Al Jazeera.
"We promised you the liberation of Fallujah and we retook it. Our security forces control the city except for small pockets that need to be cleared within the coming hours," al-Abadi said in a brief address on state TV. "Fallujah has returned to the nation and Mosul is the next battle," he wrote on Twitter. "Daesh will be defeated." more >>
Three Christian missionaries have gone missing in the Middle East following their release from a hospital earlier this week.
Bibles for Mideast, a group of missionaries that delivers Bibles to underground house churches in 17 countries in the Middle East, announced on Tuesday that it is believed three of its young missionaries were abducted by "Islamic terrorists."
The ministry's website explains that Samuel, 29, James, 30, and Stephan, 32, who are all Christian converts from Islam, were hospitalized on Sunday after being ambushed by Muslim extremists as they were preaching to a man they met on their way home from prayer service. more >>
Islamic State terrorists have beheaded a 4-year-old girl in the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa and forced her mother to soak her hands in her daughter's blood, an Iranian news outlet has reported.
A Syrian woman who recently escaped the wrath of IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) told the Tehran-based Al Alam International News Channel on the condition of anonymity about a terrifying incident that led to the decapitation of an innocent child.
"A mother told her 4-year daughter to go home and she refused and then the mother told her unintentionally 'go home and I swear to God that I will behead you if you don't,'" the woman recalled. "And one of the ISIS members heard this and told the mother 'since you swore to God you should behead her,' but the mother strongly opposed." more >>
As Israel sealed off the West Bank and Gaza strip to restrict the entry of Palestinians into the country after the terror attack in Tel Aviv, which killed four people and injured over a dozen, the brother of one of the two shooters said, "I'm very proud" of what he did.
"I'm very proud of what Muhammed did," Hussein Ahmad, the older brother of one of the shooters, Mohammed Ahmad Mahamra, said, according to Haaretz.
Mohammed and his cousin, Khaled Mohammed Mahamra, opened fire Wednesday night at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, killing four and injuring over a dozen before they were arrested. more >>
A massive platform in the ancient city of Petra, possibly linked to a part of its Christian history, has been discovered using satellite imagery, drones and ground surveys, archeologists announced.
Archaeologists Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow, and Christopher Tuttle, executive director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, said in a National Geographic report that the monument is as long as an Olympic-size swimming pool and twice as wide. It is situated half a mile south of the center of Petra, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
CNN reports that the enormous platform was likely built during the second century near where the Nabataean civilization established the part-carved, part-built city, and it is believed to have initially been used for ceremonial purposes. more >>
A new ISIS propaganda video shows the destruction of an Iraqi temple and makes threats to one of the seven wonders of the world — Egypt's Giza Pyramid complex.
In a 10-minute video posted this week by the DailyMail, IS militants are seen laying waste to Iraq's Nabu Temple, an ancient landmark dedicated to Nabu, the Babylonian god of wisdom, situated in the country's northwestern Nineveh province and is considered a culturally significant site that predates Islam.
The propaganda video footage shows multiple angles in which the 2,500-year-old site is destroyed. Satellite imagery from the United Nation's Institute for Training and Research, or UNITAR, which used optics captured on June 3 compared against photos taken back in January, confirmed the destruction. more >>