Pope Francis has reached out to an Iraqi priest helping refugees who are fleeing terror group ISIS and are said to be in a "miserable" situation, telling the priest that he is always with him in prayer.
"'I read your letter,' said the Pope. He said he was very sorry for everything that was happening to us and he said, 'Know that I am with you in prayer always. I never forget you,'" Fr. Behnam Benoka told CNA on Sunday, recalling the pontiff's phone call.
Benoka had written to the pope to tell him of the dire situation thousands of refugees, including many Christians, face in Iraq as they continue fleeing violence from ISIS. more >>
American soldiers are "bringing the war home": 22 veterans and one active duty soldier are said to commit suicide every day. Some estimate that more than 30 lives are lost every day.
According to Stop Soldier Suicide, veterans commit suicide at a rate two to three times higher than civilians.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is diagnosed in about 15 percent of soldiers, and may drive them to end their lives. Many more probably suffer from PTSD in silence, fearing that the stigma may end their career or keep them from finding any gainful employment. more >>
A 23-year-old captured suicide bomber from ISIS, who is lodged in a hospital in a Kurdish city in Iraq, spoke to Sky News and said the Sunni terror group has recruited numerous foreign fighters, including from the United States and Europe.
"There are nations from all over the world there. There is British amongst them. They are from Asian countries, Europe and America. From everywhere," Horr Jaffer, who is from Chechnya but had been fighting for ISIS in Iraq as a suicide bomber, told Sky News in an interview at a military hospital in the city of Sulaymaniyah, the capital of Sulaymaniyah Governorate.
The bomber was caught in the southern Kurdish town of Jalula after his bomb exploded only in part. Yet, four people were killed and several others were injured in the attack. more >>
A 13-year-old boy has shared of the beheadings, stonings and crucifixion he witnessed terror group ISIS carry out at children's camps in Syria, where the Islamic militants are indoctrinating young boys into their ideology and training them to use weapons.
"My friends and I were studying at the mosque, and they taught us that we should enrol in jihad with the [Islamic State]," Mohammed told CNN in a video. "I wanted to go, but my father did not allow me to."
The 13-year-old explains that he was called to attend one of ISIS' children's camps in northern Syria, and that the terror group threatened his father with death if he refused. more >>
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah warned that the United States and Europe could be targets of Islamic terrorists within months if world leaders fail to deal with the growing terrorist threat. He appeared to be alluding to the Sunni terror group ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
"If neglected, I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America," Abdullah said at a reception for foreign ambassadors Friday, according to Fox News.
"These terrorists do not know the name of humanity and you have witnessed them severing heads and giving them to children to walk with in the street," added the king of Saudi Arabia, a major U.S. ally in the region. more >>
ISIS has released a video showing the apparent mass slaughter of close to 250 Syrian soldiers who had been captured during the weekend when the Islamic militants captured an air base in the province of Raqqa, in northern Syria.
"Yes, we have executed them all," an ISIS fighter states.