Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the man recognized as al-Qaeda's second in command, has reportedly been killed in a drone strike in Yemen, marking the terror group's heaviest loss since the death of leader Osama bin Laden.
CNN reported that al-Wuhayshi led the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula branch, which is one of the most active wings of the faltering terror group.
AQAP released a video statement on Tuesday confirming his death, and announced that military chief Qasm al-Rimi would be taking his place. more >>
Almost 70 percent of homes left vacant in Baghdad by Christians who fled the city after the U.S. invasion in 2003 have been seized illegally and an investigation by the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq suggests that government officials might be behind the seizures.
Mohammed al–Rubai, a member of Baghdad's municipal council, brought the matter up during a recent interview with the Al–ada Iraqi TV station.
"Almost 70 percent of Baghdad's Christian homes have been illegally seized. These houses belonged to Christians who fled from Baghdad, seeking refuge from violent attacks targeting them and their homes. The title deed documents have been falsified and the new title deeds have been lodged with the real estate registry," said al–Rubai. more >>
On the first anniversary of the Islamic State's capture of Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, the terrorist group released a 29-minute propaganda documentary showing never-before-seen footage of the group's takeover and also explained how the group established bureaucratic governmental services to serve the city's residents.
According to AFP, the propaganda film shows footage of ISIS forces strolling into the city without being contested by U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces, who are shown fleeing the city. The video also shows ISIS fighters freeing prisoners and being welcomed into the city by its residents.
"It was unthinkable that the advance would be so much greater than was planned," the video's narrator stated, according to a SITE Intelligence Group translation. " more >>
Three monks and six students have taken refuge in the ancient monastery of Mar Mattai in northern Iraq, just 12 miles from the Islamic State-occupied Mosul City, not willing to flee, and expressing "their faith that this is a secure place."
Erbil's Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda said a small unit of the Kurdish military is protecting the nine Christians but that's not why they believe they are safe in the shrine, also known as St. Matthew's Monastery.
"There is a kind of feeling that they cannot express but they at least feel relaxed in a way that even if, God forbid, something would happen, they are in safe hands," Warda told Catholic News Agency. more >>
Hundreds of Kurds lined a funeral procession for American Keith Broomfield in northern Syria before turning his body over to his parents at a Turkish border crossing.
Broomfield, 36, was believed to be killed on June 3 in northern Syria in a military engagement with ISIS forces. His parents and several family members have all said that Broomfield was "led by the Lord" to fight ISIS and "believed in opposing evil." Broomfield paid his own way to link up with Kurdish forces in the fight against ISIS in February. more >>
A 1,500-year-old Christian church filled with artifacts from the Byzantine era was discovered by road workers expanding Israel's main highway that connects Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
The church includes a four-leafed clover shaped baptismal font. Fragments of red-colored plaster, which indicate that the sanctuary walls had been decorated with frescoes, were also uncovered, according to Israel Antiquities Authority.
The centuries-old sanctuary was discovered at a Byzantine period rest stop on a road said to be from the Roman period. more >>