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 >>
Besieged Syrians in three towns are facing an "extremely dire" humanitarian crisis, the International Committee of the Red Cross has warned, noting that starvation is forcing some to start eating dogs, cats, and grass.
"Citizens are dying. They're eating stuff off the ground. They're eating cats and dogs," an activist inside the rebel-controlled town of Madaya told BBC News.
The crisis has also gripped the government-held towns of Foah and Kefraya, with people resorting to eating grass to survive, reports added. more >>
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."