The boyfriend of Christian aid worker Kayla Mueller, who's death was confirmed at the hands of ISIS last week, revealed that he attempted free her while she was held in Syria by pretending to be her husband, but she refused to risk his life.
Omar Alkhani told The Associated Press in an interview on Sunday that he had managed to allow Mueller's captors to allow him to talk her in the detention cell in Syria where she was being kept in 2013. Alkhani was prepared to lie and say that they were married, which he hoped would persuade ISIS to release her.
He said, however, that Mueller was told that Alkhani would not be harmed as long as she told the truth, and so she admitted that they were not married. more >>
ISIS released a video on Sunday showing the apparent mass beheading of 21 Coptic Christians who had been kidnapped in December and January from Libya. Egypt responded hours later by bombing the terror group's camps in Libya, vowing to eliminate the jihadists' presence.
"Eight strikes have been conducted so far (in Derna). The plan is to target all IS locations in the country wherever they are," Mohamed Azazza, a spokesman for Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, told BBC News. Libyan officials have been cooperating with Egypt's efforts.
Persecution watchdog groups condemned the mass killing of the 21 Egyptian Christians, which was shown in the video entitled "A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross." more >>
ISIS, or the Islamic state, is gaining ground in Anbar Province, an important area near the capital city Baghdad that contains both the country's second largest dam and a large U.S. military airbase. The ruthless terrorist group could carry out a massacre on the residents of the Anbar town of Jubbat al-Shamiya if reinforcement are not quickly provided, an Iraqi tribal leader warned Saturday.
CNN reports that Sheikh Naim al-Gaoud of the Albu Nimr tribe urgently appealed for more U.S. assistance in fending off ISIS, warning that the resistance could "collapse within hours" if tribal forces retreat. Al-Gaoud asked for more weapons for tribal fighters, either from the U.S. or the Iraqi government, or the U.S. to send ground troops.
The lives of residents of Jubbat al-Shamiya will likely be lost if ISIS successfully invades the town, Al-Gaoud warned. more >>
One day after the Obama administration confirmed that American aid worker Kayla Mueller was killed by Islamic State terrorists who'd been holding her captive in Syria since August 2013, the president asked Congress Wednesday to authorize additional war powers to combat and defeat ISIS.
While both Republicans and Democrats have yet to coalesce around Obama's strategy and take a vote on his resolution, coalition players want to see ISIS defeated and for Iraq to become a success story instead of being seen by the administration as a "loser" and a country to withdrawl from and avoid, as former Ambassador to Iraq Christopher R. Hill described it in his October 2014 column in Politico.
To better understand the U.S.'s mission in Iraq during both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, as well as the rule of Saddam Hussein and the plight of Christians in the floundering country that's fighting for its survival, The Christian Post spoke to Joseph Ghougassian, a former ambassador to Qatar, who was also a special envoy in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 through the summer of 2014. more >>
U.S. intelligence officials said that at least 20,000 foreigners from around the world, including 150 American citizens, have attempted or are still trying to join the ranks of terror group ISIS in its mission to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Some, like Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, have said that Syria has seen "the largest convergence of Islamist terrorists in world history."
CBS News said that an American intelligence official confirmed the news on Tuesday, which is an update on previous estimates concerning terrorism concerns.
Nick Rasmussen, chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, revealed that the rate ISIS is recruiting foreign fighters is "without precedent," and far exceeds foreign fighters who have joined jihadist campaigns in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen or Somalia. more >>
The Islamic State policing unit in Mosul severely disfigured the faces of 15 Iraqi women by pouring acid on them as a form of punishment after the women were caught without their faces being veiled appropriately, by ISIS standards, last weekend.
ISIS' all-female policing unit, the Al Khansa brigade, which polices the streets of the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa and Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, reportedly carried out the punishments after the women were detained on Sunday in the Mosul neighborhood of Salamiya, a kurdish official told BasNews.
The official from the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul, Saed Mamuzini, told the news site that the women were subject to the cruel, face-deforming punishment simply because they were caught in public without wearing a Niqab, the cloth like veil that fully covers the face except for slit for the eyes. more >>