Mass graves of around 1,700 soldiers are believed to have been uncovered by forensic teams in Tikrit, Iraq, after the city was recently liberated from terror group ISIS. A government spokesman said that the soldiers were killed sometime in 2014.
"We dug up the first mass grave site today (Monday). Until now we found at least 20 bodies. Initial indications show indisputably that they were from the Speicher victims," Khalid al-Atbi, an Iraqi health official, told Reuters.
He added: "It was a heartbreaking scene. We couldn't prevent ourselves from breaking down in tears. What savage barbarian could kill 1,700 persons in cold blood?" more >>
A call to prayer for persecuted believers throughout the world issued by New York City Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Hollywood producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett has sparked a wave of support in the Christian community.
Leaders from various parts of the world responded to this call which was made on Good Friday to combat the growing persecution of Christian men and women throughout the world. The official prayer request was made in an opinion piece published on CNN.com on Friday.
"This Holy Week we are calling upon Christians to also reflect upon the crucifixion, beheading, stoning, enforced slavery, sexual abuse, human trafficking, harassment, bombing and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Christians — and others — whose faith alone has made them a target of religious extremists," wrote Dolan, Burnett and Downey. "These communities need our love and support like never before, and they also need security and protection from the world like never before." more >>
In the newly released edition of the Islamic State's monthly English-language magazine, the terrorist group featured and quoted three American "crusaders," including potential 2016 presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who have consistently voiced their concerns with the jihadists' rise and ambitions.
The Dabiq article titled "In the Words of the Enemy" features photos of Santorum, Virginia state Sen. Richard Black and former CIA officer and author Gary Berntsen, who are all quoted at length in the article on their various warnings about the group's abilities to expand its caliphate.
Santorum, who's a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and the runner-up in the 2012 Republican presidential primary election, has been speaking at length in speeches and appearances about the ISIS threat and the need to "bomb ISIS back to the seventh century." more >>
In the newest edition of its monthly English-language magazine, the Islamic State terrorist group attempts to justify the use of child executioners in two of its publicized execution videos by stating that coercing children to commit murder is consistent with Muhammad's teachings and the muslim way of life.
According to Radio Free Europe, the eighth edition of ISIS' Dabiq magazine contains an article titled "The Lions of Tomorrow," which praises two children who carried out videoed executions of alleged "spies." One of the boys was seen shooting dead two alleged "Russian spies" in a video released in January, while the other boy was featured in a video released in early March that showed him killing an alleged "Israeli spy."
Although many in the West were stunned or appalled to see the militant group using children who looked no older than 12 to ruthlessly commit heinous executions, the article justifies using children to carry out their acts of terror by declaring that the practice is part of the "Sunnah," or the Muslim way of life based on Muhammad's teachings and interpretations of the Quran. more >>
Terror group al-Qaeda has reportedly freed close to 300 prisoners in Yemen as it battles for control over territory. Houthi rebels have meanwhile stormed the presidential palace in Aden, despite airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition seeking to protect what it says is a legitimate government.
The Telegraph reported on Thursday that while the identity of those freed from Al Mukalla prison is not yet clear, several reports have said they include well-known jihadis.
Houthi rebels, supporting former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, took over the capital of Sanaa in 2014, and are looking to overthrow the rule of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who insists he's still in power. more >>
A new video by terror group ISIS shows children that appear to have been trained at its jihadist camps leading out eight Syrian men to their execution and handing out the knives used by the militants to carry out the beheadings.
The video was spread through social media accounts, and according to The Daily Mail captures the beheadings of the eight Syrians in the central province of Homa, all believed to be Shiite Muslims.
The footage shows the men, wearing orange jumpsuits, being led out blindfolded and with hands bound behind their backs by teenage boys who hand the men over to the masked jihadists. more >>