WASHINGTON — A vigil was held in the nation's capital in remembrance of those killed by a Taliban terrorist attack at a military-run Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday that killed 132 children and nine staff members.
Asad Majeed Khan, deputy chief of Mission at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, D.C. and an attendee of the vigil, told The Christian Post that he was there in solidarity with those in mourning.
"I am to be with those who are here to express solidarity and support for the victims and the families of those who were killed in Peshawar," said Khan, who told CP that having hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds gather in Washington's Dupont Circle was "remarkable." more >>
Terror group ISIS has reportedly killed over 150 women and girls, some of them believed to be pregnant, for refusing to become sex slaves and marry jihadists.
The news was reported in a statement by Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights, which has been monitoring the various atrocities committed by the terror group throughout its attacks in Iraq and Syria.
The Pakistani branch of the Taliban has attempted to justify its attack on a school on Tuesday in the city of Peshawar that left 132 children and nine staff members dead, calling it revenge for the army's offensive against the group. The attack has been condemned by world leaders, including the government of Iran as well as by the Afghan branch of the Taliban.
BBC News reported that Pakistani Taliban (TTP) leader Mullah Fazlullah is believed to be currently hiding in Afghanistan, even as the group claimed sole responsibility for the attack and said it did not coordinate with the Afghanistan branch.
A TTP spokesman apparently said that the gunmen, all seven of whom were killed by the Pakistani army, had targeted older pupils rather than "small children." The Islamic militants attempted to justify the attack by characterizing it as revenge for the Pakistan army's numerous operations against them, noting that their families had also suffered heavy losses. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham says Christians should never deny Jesus Christ in order to spare their lives from slaughter by terrorists, such as ISIS, and further asserts that doing so would be a betrayal against martyrs who stood strong for their faith, despite persecution.
"Christians have been martyred going all the way back to the Romans when they fed them to the lions. We would be betraying every person who stood for their faith, who stood for Jesus Christ, if we turn our back on Jesus Christ. … I think we take a stand for our faith," Graham said on Fox News' "The Kelly File" when host Megyn Kelly asked if Christians should lie in order to save their lives when confronted with death at the hands of Islamic terrorists.
Noting that Christians who live in countries where they're the religious minority are the most persecuted people in the world, Kelly commented on a story about four Iraqi Christian children who were beheaded by ISIS militants after they refused to convert to Islam, a story reported by The Christian Post earlier this month. more >>
About 100 Syrian soldiers and at least 80 Islamic militant fighters lost their lives in a major battle over the past two days, resulting in the insurgents capturing the Wadi al-Deif military base.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights noted that militants from the Ahrar al-Sham, Jund al-Aqsa and Jabhat al-Nusra groups also arrested close to 200 soldiers who had attempted to flee the camp after it was captured.
"SOHR couldn't confirm the exact number of the detainees due to the secrecy in Jabhat al-Nusra, Islamic fighters also seized large amounts of weapons, ammo, heavy machine guns, what makes the area between Ma'ara al-Nu'man and the southern countryside of Idlib is completely out of regime's control," the group said in a report on Tuesday. more >>
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' right to education, expressed heartbreak at the news of the Taliban's attack on a school in Pakistan where at least 130 people, most of them children, were killed.
In a statement released Tuesday, Yousafzai expressed, "I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us. Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this."
"I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable." more >>