Islamic State has declared a "state of emergency" in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital for the terror group's self-declared Caliphate, taking seriously an announcement made by the U.S.-backed local Kurdish forces that they plan to attack the militants' stronghold.
Leaders of Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, IS and Daesh, took the decision to intensify security measures and deploy hundreds of militants around Raqqa to guard the city from a possible attack by troops of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, according to ARA News.
"The group has moved its security headquarters to confidential locations inside Raqqa, beside deploying hundreds of fighters in the city suburbs," the news website quoted an anonymous local media activist as saying. more >>
Recently, I wrote an article about a presentation at the White Privilege Conference in Philadelphia last month. In response to that piece, I was accused of setting up a straw man and then attacking same.
The speaker in question, Paul Kivel, is the founder of "the Challenging Christian Hegemony Project."
While Kivel in his talk apparently issued a wide-ranging indictment of Christianity's influence, perhaps it was an overstatement to say that he "blamed Christianity for everything bad in the world" — although he indeed blames institutional Christianity for much of it. more >>
There have been over 300 incidents of Christians being physically or sexually assaulted by Muslims in refugee camps in Germany, while thousands of other Christians are facing persecution in many different ways, a report has warned.
The German-language report "Religiously Motivated Attacks on Christian Refugees in Germany," produced by the German branch of persecution watchdog group Open Doors, was released last week, though the The Gatestone Institute provided an analysis on Sunday which broke down the numbers and figures.
The report warns that German authorities and police might be purposefully downplaying such incidents in order to avoid the "taboo" topic of Muslims attacking Christian refugees, keeping in mind the growing anti-immigration sentiments in the country. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has released a new mobile app for Android devices that is designed to teach children in its strongholds to read by helping them identify letters in the Arabic alphabet.
The Long War Journal, a terror blog run by the Washington-based think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reports that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has released a new educational childrens mobile app through its propaganda arms, the Library of Zeal.
As with most IS initiatives, there is a violent catch to the app. more >>
The United Nations Security Council, the branch that has the power to act and send assistance to persecuted people, is being urged to examine the ongoing genocide of Christians and other minorities being carried out by the Islamic State terror group.
The American Center for Law and Justice, which called the news a "major breakthrough," explained that it sent a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, calling for meaningful action to help minorities being exterminated by the Islamic radicals who have captured significant territory throughout Iraq and Syria.
Late last week, the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Jan Kubis, submitted a briefing to the Security Council condemning "in the strongest possible terms the continued killings, kidnapping, rape and torture of Iraqis by ISIL, which may constitute crimes against humanity, war crimes and even genocide." more >>
Always looking for new and barbaric ways to publicly execute its victims, the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria has displayed its latest method of public execution.
The Iranian-based AhlulBayt News Agency reports that the jihadi group recently released a set of sickening photos that show a man dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit being publicly executed in the streets of Raqqa after he was charged with cooperating with the United States-led coalition.
Instead of just shooting the man in the back of the head like the jihadis do with many of their prisoners, the photos show the captive sitting on his knees while a heavy-set IS militant drives a knife straight into his heart. more >>