At least 4,000 Assyrian Christian families are believed to be among the 120,000 people who in recent days have fled the Syrian city of Hassakeh. ISIS forces are entering the city and looking to carry out a mass ethno-religious slaughter, humanitarian groups said, warning that the world still has not provided an adequate response.
"Although we appreciated the efforts of the Republic of France for calling an emergency session of the Security Council last March to discuss the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Assyrian Christians, Yezidis and other ethno-religious minorities of Iraq and Syria, no action has yet been taken to halt this ongoing slaughter. It is as if the world community thinks that the situation will resolve itself if it's ignored," said David William Lazar, Chairman of the American Mesopotamian Organization.
Fides News Agency reported earlier this week that the 4,000 Christian families who have fled Hassakeh belong to various churches, including Chaldeans, Assyrians, Syrian Catholics and Syrian Orthodox, and have been seeking refuge in the nearby urban area of Qamishli. more >>
The Administration has postulated that a deal on Iran's nuclear capability is the alternative to war as America and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany) have endeavored to come to terms. It seems as though the Administration is happy to do whatever is necessary to close this deal, even if that deal leaves the U.S. with the short end of the stick.
Reports out of Vienna, where the nuclear negotiations with Iran are taking place, are deeply troubling. The deadline has once again been pushed back, extending negotiations until July 7. This is just two days before the Obama Administration is required to submit the final deal to Congress, and it is in their best interest to do so sooner rather than later. In this instance, if the Administration misses the deadline, the deal will be in front of Congress double the amount of time it would be if submitted on July 9. Per the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, the review process would be 60 days if submitted between July 10 and September 7 -- bad for the Administration, but good for the American people to actually get a sense of what is included and what isn't.
Yesterday, during a press conference, President Obama stated that he "will walk away, if, in fact, it's a bad deal." But those words don't hold reassurance when details of extreme concessions have been running rampant among the press. Requirements that need to be a part of any good deal should include anytime/anywhere inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities. Unfortunately, it seems that element is already on the chopping block. more >>
Duke University's Islamic Studies Center director says the "violent and savage attacks" being carried out by ISIS terrorists during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan "shocks the decency" of Muslims around the world, and all slaughter of innocent life is a "great affront" to the teachings of Islam.
Omid Safi told The Christian Post on Tuesday that ISIS' brutal attacks and slaughter or Iraqis, Syrians and humanitarian aid workers has shown that it "abides neither by the letter nor by the spirit of Islamic teachings."
The jihadists, who have captured significant territory across Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility of three separate terror attacks on Friday, carried out in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait, in which dozens of people were killed. more >>
The al-Shabaab terror group, which back in April murdered 152 people, mostly Christian students, have vowed to attack "non-believers" throughout the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a pledge echoing ISIS' threats.
News 24 reported that at least 15 people were killed on Monday in clashes between al-Shabaab and Somali and African Union troops near the southern port of Kismayo, though eight Islamic militants were also killed in the battle.
Terror group ISIS has marked one year since the establishment of its self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate in the territory of Iraq and Syria. The militants marked the occasion by calling for more jihadist attacks during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, claiming that allah will reward jihadists who die with "10 times as much" during the period.
"ISIS' Ramadan message specifically preaches that jihad is 10 times more obligatory during Ramadan and that those who die in jihad will be rewarded by allah 10 times as much as during the rest of the year," said Ryan Mauro, national security analyst and adjunct professor of Homeland Security for the Clarion Project, according to Fox News.
"There will be ISIS supporters who have waited to strike until now in order to get the maximum award and those who were considering an attack and will now feel more pressure to actually do it." more >>