Evolutionary biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins says while former President George W. Bush and failures in Western foreign policy have played a role in the rise of the Islamic State terror group, it's radical Islam that's responsible for the atrocities committed by the jihadists.
"Yes, blame Bush for IS gaining power in Iraq. But don't blame him for IS's cruel, misogynist, homophobic, etc. policies when they got power," Dawkins wrote via Twitter on Tuesday.
A California memorial embroiled in a years-long legal battle due to its inclusion of a large cross has been sold to a private organization by the United States Defense Department.
The property that includes the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial and its 43-foot tall Latin cross was sold July 17 to the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association at a price slightly below $1.4 million.
Bruce Bailey, president of the MSMA, told The Christian Post that the purchase of the property and memorial derived from a provision in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has released a new propaganda video showing a baby-faced child soldier, dressed in black, shooting a suspected Iraqi spy in the head from point blank range, according to an anti-ISIS citizen journalism website.
The video shows the "accused," dressed in orange, making a confession that he spied on the terror group in the Iraqi town of Al-Qa'im, Daily Mail reported, citing a report by the citizen journalism website, Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently.
The man seems to be under duress as he says he regrets being involved in the covert operation and urges the United States-led coalition to stop airstrikes in ISIS territory. more >>
Photos have been posted online purporting to show the Islamic State's new attack strategy — using innocent chickens and hens as suicide bombers to kill their enemies.
The Daily Mail reports that both pro-IS and anti-IS tweeters have shared pictures of what appears to be chickens with improvised explosive devices strapped onto them.
According to the British news agency, claims have been made that IS is equipping chickens with explosives in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. The chickens are then encouraged by the militants to venture into the opposition's territory, where IS militants remotely detonate the explosives and kill opposition fighters that are within the striking distance of the birds. more >>
President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon must recognize the ongoing mass murder, torture and rape of Christians, Yezidis, and other religious minorities at the hands of IS as a "genocide," former Congressman Frank R. Wolf said earlier this week.
"Genocidal intent can clearly be seen in Islamic State's ideology and mission which is directed toward the creation of a global caliphate that has been purged of every man, woman and child deemed to be an 'unbeliever' through either forced conversion or death," Wolf said in a letter to Obama and Ban.
"In Iraq, this has manifested most clearly in the insurgency's actions against Christians and Yezidis. They have been killed, tortured, kidnapped, raped, sold into slavery, and forcibly removed from their homeland." more >>
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that more than 1,000 children have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the Syrian government in the ongoing civil war. The watchdog group adds that 4,879 civilians in total have died in aerial bombardments by warplanes and helicopters, with a U.N. envoy deriding the "unprecedented levels of destruction" Syrians are suffering.
SOHR is keeping records on the civilian casualties in the civil war, which is being waged between the government of President Bashar al-Assad, various rebel forces, and terror group ISIS.
All sides have been accused of causing mass civilian casualties, though SOHR has pointed out that the barrel bomb attacks by the government on cities and towns has been especially deadly to civilians trapped in the cross fire. more >>