The atrocities continue to flow from the heart of the Islamic State as it has been confirmed that a female Syrian journalist was executed sometime in September or October.
According to the New York Daily News, Syria Direct reported that Ruqia Hassan was executed by the terror group in September. The journalist's family were only informed this week that Hassan was executed for "espionage."
Hassan is famous in her area for being a citizen journalist. She was positioned in Raqqa before the execution. Raqqa is known as the heart of ISIS since it is the extremist organization's stronghold in Syria, and while the city tries to hang on, it seems the town will be reduced to ashes in the near future if the war never stops. more >>
An Iraqi soldier who escaped from an Islamic State prison has described the terror group's brutal torture of Christians, many of whom died during the torture.
"They tortured the [expletive] out of the Christians and some died in the process," Sergeant Karam Saad of the Iraqi military, who was held captive in June 2014, told Independent Journal.
"They would take some and lock them in a kind of casket, and set it on fire from the inside," he added. "I only spent three nights in prison. During that time, I paid attention to how many guards were on duty and any signs of weaker security." more >>
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani vowed in 2013 to serve justice to the persecuted ethnicities and religious minorities, but Christian converts are still being widely persecuted to this day.
The Alliance of Iranian Churches (Hamgam) reported that a Christian convert in Isfahan was arrested a couple of days before Christmas. Iran's Intelligence Ministry took him including some of his personal belongings to an undisclosed location, according to Iran Human Rights (IHR).
It can be remembered that Rouhani had pledged justice for the persecuted groups when he was still campaigning for presidency. more >>
Christian leaders in the Assyrian-Syriac Churches have issued a joint statement condemning the Islamic State terror group's New Year's Eve attack on Christian-owned businesses that killed 16 people in the Syrian city of Qamishli.
"We dedicate this evening to prayers for the victims of those attacks," the Christian church coalition said in a Jan. 1 statement, according to ARA News. "We pray for our region and country amid the bloody war that claims lives of civilians everyday."
Land belonging to an Iranian Assyrian church that was illegally confiscated by authorities two years ago will soon be the venue for a center for Islamic prayers, according to Iran's state-controlled media.
The Chaldean Catholic Church in Western Tehran, the original owner of the land, has made numerous pleas to authorities to get the grounds back, but in vain, the state-run newspaper Sharq quoted Jonathan Bet-Kelia, a member of the regime's Majlis, or parliament, as saying, according to Assyrian International New Agency.
Bet-Kelia met with Ali Younesi, special assistant to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on ethnic minorities affairs, with the same request but was told that nothing could be done about it. Younesi is a former Minister of Intelligence and Security, and is known for ordering arrests and assassinations of numerous dissidents. more >>
In one of the most dangerous places in the world, three military heroes say faith helped them survive the terror attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA Annex in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
The Sept. 11, 2012, attack that left four Americans dead — U.S. Amb. Christopher Stevens, Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and State Dept. computer expert Sean Smith — is documented in the book, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, that has been turned into the upcoming film "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi."
Marines Mark "Oz" Geist, John "Tig" Tiegen and former Army Ranger Kris "Tanto" Paranto were among six CIA contractors who risked their lives to save Americans working at the State Dept.'s Special Mission Compound. Now that their first-hand account of the tragic events are being turned into a movie, the three security operators are using the platform to speak about their Christian faith. more >>