The body of a high-ranking official in the Islamic State's self-proclaimed police force in Syria, a unit well-known for conducting beheadings, was found beheaded, a monitoring agency reported Tuesday.
Reliable sources told the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that an Egyptian national, who is known as a deputy "emir" of the al-Hesbah police in province of Deir al-Zor in the eastern region of the country, was found decapitated near a power plant in the city of al-Mayadin.
Sources also said that the head of the official, whose name was not disclosed in the report, was found with a cigarette in his mouth and the words "O Sheikh this is munkar (a hateful and evil thing)" written on his body. His body was also found to have been tortured. more >>
Militant group ISIS, which has captured significant territory in Iraq and Syria, announced that its annual budget for 2015 exceeds $2 billion. The funds will be used to pay the salaries of its fighters, and monthly wages will also reportedly be offered to orphans, widows, and families who have lost relatives due to the American-led airstrikes in the region.
ISIS has also opened up an Islamic Bank in Mosul, Iraq, according to tribal leader Naji Abdullah. He told al-Araby al-Jadeed that the budget, which has a projected $250 million surplus, is part of a development program for the territory the group has captured.
Also known as the Islamic State, the jihadist group has sought to establish a country on the territory of Iraq and Syria, and implement strict Islamic law. Its actions, which include mass beheadings and targeting of Christians and other religious minorities, have been condemned throughout the world. more >>
A group of masked gunmen took by force 13 Egyptian Coptic Christians from a housing complex in Sirte, Libya, on Saturday, reports have said. The attacks signal a rising wave of religious extremism against Christians, who've faced a number of similar attacks in the past few weeks in the Islamic country.
"Christians in Libya are in extreme danger from Islamic extremists who have shown they are actively hunting them down. It is imperative that the Egyptian government work with relevant authorities to provide for the security and safety of its citizens who are currently in Libya and provide a way for them to safely exit the country as they attempt to flee the violence," said Todd Daniels, International Christian Concern regional manager for the Middle East.
"We mourn together with the families affected by these actions, urge the government to quickly act to protect Christians, and pray for the safe return of those who have been kidnapped today in Libya." more >>
Archaeologists have claimed that an excavated building in Jerusalem's Old City could very well be the site of Jesus Christ's trial by King Herod before He was crucified.
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the discovery was made following a dig that started 15 years ago beneath an abandoned building close to the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem.
The building had in past centuries been used as a prison by the Ottoman Empire, but according to Amit Re'em, the Jerusalem district archaeologist who led the excavation, it could also very well be the site where Christ was trialed by Herod the Great, as found in the New Testament. more >>
The U.S. Special Forces two attempts to rescue hostages held by Islamic State terrorists in Syria were thwarted on Thursday night.
American military operatives abandoned the mission to free a Jordanian fighter pilot held hostage by ISIS after heavy fire resulting in one helicopter coming down, according to the Daily Mail. Both coalition forces and militants clashed over the pilot who was taken captive by Islamist terrorist last week during a mission in Syria.
Early Friday morning, fighter jets heavily bombed the area surrounding the house where the pilot, Moaz Safi Yousef al-Kassasbeh, is reportedly being held, reported Turkey's Anadolou news service. Two U.S. military helicopters were intended to rescue to pilot, but heavy fire prevented the helicopters from safely entering the area. more >>
The Islamic State has released a new guide informing mothers within the caliphate how they should properly raise their babies to be fully prepared to fight in the Muslim extremist jihad.
The publication, called "Sister's Role in Jihad," surfaced online and is designed to encourage mothers to begin training their children at an infant age to take on a radical mindset in order for the kids to be prepared for battle when they reach the appropriate age to join ISIS' fighting ranks, the Daily Mail reports.
The publication, which was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute in a report they are conducting on the indoctrination of children, asserts that the most important job for women in the ISIS caliphate is indoctrinating their children into Muslim extremism "while they are babies." more >>