In what is being described as one of ISIS' most brutal videos, hundreds of young Iraqi military cadets in Tikrit were machine gunned to death while lying face-down in mass graves.
The recently released 22-minute footage from June 2014 shows hundreds of executions in the Iraqi city north of Baghdad. Sunday, The Daily Mail published photos and a portion of the video online. Many of the victims in the full video can be shown pleading for their lives before being executed. Some experts estimate the death toll to be as high as 1,700.
Further details of the massacre were reported by The Christian Poston Sunday. The mass graves of around 1,700 soldiers were uncovered by forensic teams in Tikrit, Iraq, back in April after the city was liberated from ISIS. A government spokesman said that the soldiers were killed sometime in 2014. more >>
The Vienna deal has been signed and likely will soon be ratified, which raises the question: Will any government intervene militarily to stop the nearly inevitable Iranian nuclear buildup?
Obviously it will not be the American or Russian governments or any of the other four signatories. Practically speaking, the question comes down to Israel, where a consensus holds that the Vienna deal makes an Israeli attack more likely. But no one outside the Israeli security apparatus, including myself, knows its intentions. That ignorance leaves me free to speculate as follows.
Three scenarios of attack seem possible: more >>
About one hundred years ago a terrible massacre was taking place against Christians. It was the Armenian massacre, where literally hundreds of thousands of Christians were slaughtered just for being Christian by Muslims in what is now Turkey.
It is eerily similar to the crisis of today, where ISIS and Boko Haram and other radical Islamic groups are killing Christians just for being Christian. Masterminds of ISIS are scheming of new sadistic ways to kill their enemies, to videotape it, and post it on the Internet.
The 20th century was the most anti-Christian century on record. It was also the bloodiest century on record. In fact, the term genocide was coined in the 20th century. more >>
A major global poll by Pew Research Center has listed climate change, the economy, and ISIS as the top three greatest threats the world faces today. The Islamic militant group was the top threat identified by respondents both in the United States and Europe.
On a worldwide basis, respondents identified climate change as the top threat in the world today, with the majorities in most countries in both Latin America and Africa noting that they are very concerned about the issue.
"Publics in 19 of 40 nations surveyed cite climate change as their biggest worry, making it the most widespread concern of any issue included in the survey. A median of 61 percent of Latin Americans say they are very concerned about climate change, the highest share of any region," Pew noted. more >>
ISIS executed over 700 Iraqi soldiers in Tikrit in June of 2014 and the blood soaked ground was visible with satellite imagery.
The amazing photos were published by the Daily Mail on Thursday and show mass execution sites which tripled the initial death toll estimated by experts. The photos helped build a case to prosecute two dozen ISIS militants implicated in the massacre, while hundreds are still at large.
Those apprehended were sentenced to death by an Iraqi court. Human rights experts were also able to identify raised earth, pointing to evidence of mass graves and earth moving equipment. Bulldozers were apparently used to cover the mass graves. more >>
A church in Georgia has recently collected over five tons of Oreos, which were shipped overseas to members of the United States Armed Forces.
Alpharetta First United Methodist Church collected 5.6 tons of the beloved cookies in an annual charitable endeavor called "Operation Oreo."