Four Iraqi Christian children, who were all beheaded by the Islamic State, refused to betray Jesus and graciously died in his name when the ISIS militants gave them one last chance to say the Islamic words of conversion, the Rev. Canon Andrew White revealed in a recent interview.
In an interview last week with the Christian Broadcast Network published on the Orthodox Christian Network, White, who is the only Anglican vicar in Iraq and is know as "The Vicar of Baghdad," detailed the plight of Christians in Iraq and recounted two instances when Islamic State's forceful conversions directly pulled the strings of his heart.
Speaking on ISIS' brutal mistreatment of religious minorities, White recounted the recent incident when ISIS militants beheaded four kids, all of whom were under the age of 15, when the kids refused to say that they would follow the Prophet Muhammad and told the ISIS fighters that they will always "love" and "follow" Jesus. more >>
The wife and child of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi have reportedly been detained by Lebanese security forces near its border with Syria.
BBC News reported on Tuesday that Baghdadi's family entered Lebanon 10 days ago, and were recently picked up by military intelligence. The ISIS leader's wife, a Syrian citizen who wasn't named, is being questioned by the defense ministry, according to al-Safir newspaper.
There have been conflicting reports surrounding the gender of the child – while BBC has said it is Baghdadi's son, a senior Lebanese security official said it is Baghdadi's daughter. more >>
Islamic State militants are claiming that they have built a "dirty bomb" with radioactive uranium that was reportedly stolen from Mosul University after ISIS seized the city of Mosul in June.
Four months after 40 kilograms of uranium were reported as missing from the university, several ISIS militants have taken to social media to purport that they have used the missing uranium to build a "dirty bomb," which is a special improvised explosive device consisting of radioactive nuclear waste and conventional explosives, designed to spread hazardous radioactive material over a wide ranging area.
If the militants' claims are true, the "dirty bomb" would represent the first "weapon of mass disruption" controlled by the Islamic State. more >>
An Iranian senior military official has warned that Iran might take "direct action" against the Islamic State terrorist organization if ISIS militants attack Baghdad or any other sacred sites hosting Shiite holy shrines.
Brigadier General of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Baqeri told reporters on Saturday that the Islamic Republic of Iran will act to protect Iraq's capital city and other towns with Shiite holy sites from possible destruction or occupation by Sunni ISIS militants, who have already seized large swaths of territory throughout Iraq and Syria.
"Baghdad, the holy shrines and the shines of Shiite imams are surely all among the Islamic Republic's red lines," Baqeri stated. "The Islamic Republic will take direct action [if they are attacked]." more >>
At least 30 airstrikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition have struck the city of Raqqa in Syria, in some of the heaviest attacks on terror group ISIS' stronghold in the country. Meanwhile, at least 50 militants were killed in the ongoing battle for the border town of Kobane near Turkey.
CNN reported of several activist groups that have shared information about the airstrikes in Raqqa, which has been the sight of much fighting in recent months. Last week, at least 100 people were killed in the stronghold following airstrikes carried out by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who's also battling ISIS but is not aligned with the U.S.-led coalition.
American warplanes have been striking terror targets across Iraq and Syria for months, seeking to stop the advance of the jihadist militants. more >>
As United Nations statistics estimate that over 5 million children's lives have been affected in Syria as a result of the Islamic State's ongoing jihad, U.N. officials are saying that ISIS has created new and more barbaric ways to utilize children in the conflict, including using them as human shields and forcing them to donate blood to injured jihadis.
United Nations International Children's Fund regional child protection adviser, Laurent Chapuis, said in a Thursday interview with Syria Deeply that Islamic State militants are recruiting children, including those of younger ages, to join the caliphate by providing them with various paying roles within the caliphate.
Although Chapuis says that some children are used in more civil and "domestic" roles like "cooking, cleaning, bringing water or providing medical aid to the wounded," some children are thrust to the front lines and used in military roles like combatants or human shields. more >>