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 >>
A new Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) video has surfaced and it features a British-sounding militant who is reminiscent of "Jihadi John" who appeared in a previous video from the terrorist group.
Aside from the second "Jihadi John," the latest ISIS video also shows an English-speaking child who says the group will kill nonbelievers in the West. The adult militant, on the other hand, is heard threatening and insulting UK Prime Minister David Cameron, according to Fox 8.
The new ISIS video has surfaced amid the setbacks being experienced by the extremist organization from the constant airstrikes being carried out coalitions led by the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Russia and Syria, Tri-County Sun Times reports. more >>
A new video released by the Islamic State terror group shows a man and young boy with British accents presiding over the beheading of five supposed U.K. spies, and warning of further attacks.
Media analysts have suggested that the masked man with the British accent is taking up Jihadi John's mantle, the infamous IS figure believed to have been a U.K. citizen who was featured in several of the terror group's execution videos throughout 2015.
BBC News reported that Britain's security and intelligence agencies are examining the new 10-minute video, which shows the killing of five men who were accused by the Islamic militants of working as spies for the U.K. more >>
Protesters ransacked and set fire to the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran Saturday after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric, Sheik Nimr Baqr al-Nimr, and 46 other people in a single day, which is likely to heighten sectarian tensions in the conflict-ridden Middle East.
The Sunni-ruled kingdom had convicted the 47, who were killed either by firing squad or beheading, of adopting "radical" ideologies, being part of "terrorist organizations" and plotting other "crimes." The 56-year-old cleric was a vocal critic of the Saudi kingdom and was among the leaders of the 2011 protests in eastern parts of Saudi Arabia.
After the Saudi announcement of the executions, protesters in Tehran, some of whom were chanting "Death to the Al-Saud family," which rules Saudi Arabia, vandalized an annex to the embassy and then set fire to it, according to The New York Times. more >>