Thousands of Christians are fleeing northern Iraq and communities they have lived in for almost 2,000 years following militant group ISIS' ultimatum last week that they convert to Islam, pay a tax, or be killed for their faith.
"In my opinion this is a very grave situation. No Western leader is moving to stop such a tragedy but they offer only empty words with no actions," Dr. Munir S. Kakish, Chairman Council of Local Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land, told The Christian Post in an email on Sunday. "ISIS must be stopped before it wipes out Christians from other areas." The Independent noted that ISIS, which has taken control of the city of Mosul and much of the surrounding region, gave Christians until midday on Saturday to comply. The militants have declared the establishment of an "Islamic state" on the territory of Iraq and Syria, where they have also been active.
"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," an ISIS statement was read out at Mosul's mosques, BBC News reported. more >>
Iraq could break apart into three separate states in response to the extremist Islamic group ISIS, which declared an "Islamic state" in Iraq and Syria, a Kurdish government official predicts.
"Baghdad seems to be pushing us into that direction, and we're closer than ever," said Karim Sanjari, minister of Interior for the Kurdish region, according to Christian relief group World Compassion Terry Law Ministries.
Jason Law, vice president of Operations for World Compassion, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Thursday that Iraq splitting up into Shia, Sunni and Kurdish states is very much a real possibility. more >>
Israeli ground forces have moved in on the Gaza strip with a mission to take down terrorist tunnels and other targets, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing on Friday that the military is preparing for a "significant expansion" of its ground operation against militant group Hamas.
Speaking at an emergency cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu said that "since there is no way to deal with the tunnels only from the air, our soldiers are doing it now from the ground."
Netanyahu added that there is no guarantee of success, but said that everything will done to achieve maximum results. more >>
Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have said that they will grant access to an international team of investigators to look into the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, carrying 298 people on board, which is suspected to have been shot down by a missile on Thursday.
"Should this be confirmed, it will contravene international law and be an outrage against human decency," Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai told reporters in Kuala Lumpur, Reuters reported on Friday.
A Ukrainian official said 23 Americans were aboard Malaysia Flight MH17, reportedly shot down in the troubled Donetsk region of the Ukraine near the Russian border Thursday. President Barack Obama said, however, that the U.S. is still checking to see if any Americans were among the 295 people killed on the doomed flight.
"Obviously, the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border, and it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we are working to determine whether there were American citizens on board," Obama said in brief remarks in Delaware on Thursday, according to Reuters, which reported the figure from the Ukrainian official.
Archie Comics Publications, Inc. has garnered controversy over its latest edition of the Archie comic series, wherein the title character is killed by politically driven violence.
Released Wednesday, the latest "Life With Archie" comic concludes with Archie Andrews being killed while protecting a gay politician who was trying to advance a gun control measure.