Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has reportedly kidnapped more than 1,000 children and used some of them in neighboring Cameroon as human shields, prompting a U.N. official to condemn its actions as "inhuman."
"The system they use is just inhuman," Najat Rochdi, U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Cameroon, told AFP.
While the Islamic militants have killed more than 15,000 people in continuous attacks throughout Nigeria since 2009, they have also sought to expand their operations in other countries in the region, in a mission to establish an Arican Caliphate. more >>
President Obama, you recently gave an interview to Israeli television claiming you are "the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office." That's so far from the truth even a GPS cannot find it.
First, there was George Washington. His address to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport in 1790 was the first time in history any national leader spoke to the Jews as fully equal fellow citizens. Then, there was Thomas Jefferson, who thought the Great Seal of the United States should have been the Children of Israel and their Exodus from Egyptian bondage. President Lincoln was so beloved by American Jews that they called him "Rabbi Abraham."
Then there was FDR. President Roosevelt met the first King of Saudi Arabia. He didn't bow to him, Sir, as you did to that desert despot's son. But President Franklin D. Roosevelt insisted on holding Divine Services on board his warship, the USS Quincy, before his Sunday meeting with the Saudi king. Roosevelt got nowhere pleading with King Adbul Azziz for a homeland for the Jews. But at least he maintained his dignity and our national honor. more >>
With the Syrian civil war well into its fifth year, President Bashar al-Assad's government has outlasted many observers' predictions of his demise. But recently, major setbacks for that government have led many to question whether or not these are indeed the Assad regime's final days and to ponder what a post-Assad Syria might mean for neighbors such as Israel.
After defeating Syrian government forces in Palmyra, the Islamic State terror group now controls roughly half of Syria's territory, although that mostly constitutes Syria's vast deserts in the east. At the same time, Islamic State controls many of Syria's major oil and gas reserves and is threatening to seize more.
Other rebel forces in northern Syria have captured a key military base in Syria's Idlib province, pushing the Syrian regime further into their strongholds in Damascus and along the Syrian coast. But if that pattern continues, "it will be very very difficult for [Assad] to secure his positions in these areas," said Prof. Eyal Zisser, a Syria expert at Tel Aviv University (TAU). more >>
A Christian family in the ancient city of Nineveh is reportedly defending the 2,700 year-old tomb of the Jewish prophet Nahum, as the armies of terror group ISIS advance in the region and are now only 10 miles outside.
"When the last Jewish people in Al Qosh left, they asked my grandfather to watch over the tomb, to keep it safe. I don't know much more than that," said Asir Salaam Shajaa, an Assyrian Christian.
"Nahum is not our prophet, but he is a prophet, so we must respect that. He's a prophet, it is simple." more >>
Michael Enright, a British actor who has appeared in small roles in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" and Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," has joined the Kurdish army to fight terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Enright admitted he might not return alive from the mission, but said he feels it's his duty to fight the jihadists.
"ISIS, they need to be wiped off completely the face of this Earth," he told Dubai-based television network Al Aan, according to The Independent. "They are a stain on humanity. This is a call on humanity to obliterate them."
The 51-year-old actor was reportedly living in Los Angeles when he decided to join the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) earlier this year. He said he will be helping the army free civilians captured by ISIS, which has taken control of significant territory in Iraq and Syria. more >>
It has become a common occurrence over the years for Muslims in the Middle East who have converted to Christianity to claim to have been compelled to do so after dreaming of a person who they believe is Jesus Christ. Now, one militant belonging to the brutal Islamic State that has massacred Christians has converted to his victims' religion after dreaming of "a man in white" with a startling message, according to one missionary's account.
"One of our YWAM workers in the Middle East was contacted by a friend earlier this year and they met up and he was introduced to an ISIS fighter who had killed many Christians already. I mean that's a horrible situation, and admittedly, he was probably on guard," Gina Fadely, director of Youth With A Mission Frontier Missions, Inc. (YWAM), said during a recent appearance on The Voice of the Martyrs Radio Network.
YWAM, a nonprofit missionary organization active since 1960, describes itself as "a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world." The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is another nonprofit that draws attention to Christians facing persecution around the world. more >>