At least 12 children were killed Monday after a Russian airstrike hit a school outside of Aleppo, Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.
The children, along with three adults, were killed at a school located in the city of Ain Jara. SOHR told Al Jazeera on Monday that the death toll from the strike is likely to rise, as some of the injured are being treated for their life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.
An ISIS document circulating online has advises their terrorist brothers in the Western world to pretend to be Christian to avoid detection by intelligence agencies.
The document, titled "Safety and Security guidelines for Lone Wolf Mujahideen and small cells," was translated from Arabic to English from a series released by al-Fajr Media Centre a few years ago in Arabic, according a note from the translator.
"We present you this modest work for lone wolf Mujahideen and small cells of brothers who want to bring victory to this religion. … It was initially meant for Mujahideen groups (organizations) and not lone wolves, but we have tried to adapt it and pick what's important and leave what's not relevant for an individual Mujahid and small groups," explains the note from the translator. more >>
A Christian cemetery in Israel was vandalized by unknown individuals, leaving crosses and grave sites toppled.
Six tombstones in the Beit Jimal monastery's cemetery were defiled by unknown vandals. The Latin patriarchate of Jerusalem released a statement condemning the act and highlighted the fact that similar incidents have happened in the past few years, according to Church Militant.
On Saturday, the Latin Patriarchate in the city urged authorities to apprehend those responsible for the desecration of the holy site, the Times of Israel reports. However, Israeli police have chalked it down to mere local vandalism. Such "price tag attacks" are a form of protest against the Israeli army and are often directed at Christians, left-wing Arab-Israelis and Israeli Jews, and Palestinians, the report explains. more >>
A 20-year-old Islamic State militant publicly executed his own mother in front of hundreds of people because she asked him to leave the terrorist group, a monitoring group has said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reports on the atrocities being carried out in the ongoing civil war, said on Friday that its activists were able to document the incident, which took place in the city of Al-Raqqah.
The report said the woman was in her 40s, and "her son executed her in front of hundreds of people near the post office building in the city of Al-Raqqah where she was employed." more >>
Islamist militants have released an Iraqi Catholic priest, who serves as a pastor in Syria, two weeks after kidnapping him. The priest, Father Dhiya Aziz, who suffered from extreme cold and severe exhaustion in captivity, is recovering.
Aziz, a Franciscan priest who was kidnapped from Syria two days before Christmas, has been released and is undergoing medical treatment, according to Catholic Online, which quoted a statement issued by the Custody of the Holy Land, a custodian priory of the Franciscan order in Jerusalem.
The statement said further details could not be disclosed "due to confidentiality reasons," but "thanked all those who helped us to liberate him." more >>
The Islamic State terror group in Iraq strapped a bomb to a 4-year-old boy and blew him up after killing his father, who was accused by its militants of participating in an attack that killed two of its gunmen, according to an official of an Iraqi militia.
IS militants murdered the boy with "a bomb that was attached to the child through a remote-controlled device so that his organs would be blown apart," Jabar el-Maamouri, a senior official with an Iraqi government-backed Shiite militia, the Popular Mobilization Forces, said, according to AhlulBayt News Agency.
"ISIS executed the boy's father a week ago who they accused of participating in an attack on one of their outposts a month ago that killed two IS gunmen," el-Maamouri added. more >>