Terror group ISIS reportedly killed at least 30 soldiers on Friday on its way to capture the last remaining military air base in Syria. The major battle took place at al-Jafra village near the military airport, where 37 ISIS fighters were also killed.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the jihadists, who have captured a number of cities across Iraq and Syria, have now reached the gates of the airport, despite a number of ground battles with local forces and airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition.
The death count in the battle against the Islamic militants has been rising day by day, with SOHR reporting that at least 129 people were killed in Syria on Wednesday alone. Airstrikes on ISIS on its way to the military airport in Der-Ezzor province have also injured a number of civilians, though exact numbers on the wounded were not available. more >>
The Assyrian Democratic Movement has announced the formation of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, a militia largely comprised of Christian volunteers created to defend civilians from ISIS. The NPU also hopes to recapture land that was taken over by the terrorist organization.
There are reportedly between 500 and 1,000 Assyrian volunteers in training with the NPU, which was fomed by the Assyrian Democratic Movement, the primary political party of Assyrians in Iraq, according to Aletia.
"The mission of the NPU will be first to protect the remaining Assyrian lands from further attacks by ISIS, and then to participate in the necessary military campaigns to liberate the Assyrian homeland of the Nineveh Plain from these notorious terrorists," reads a press release from the American Mesopotamian Organization, which is helping the project by raising awareness and support for the NPU. more >>
A 33-year-old American photojournalist kidnapped in September 2013 in Yemen by an al-Qaeda affiliate has appeared in a video, asking for any help that can be offered to save his life. The U.S. government has been told that he will be killed in three days time, unless demands for his release are met.
"It's now been well over a year since I've been kidnapped in Sanaa," Luke Somers says in the video, released on Thursday. "Basically, I'm looking for any help that can get me out of this situation. I'm certain that my life is in danger. So as I sit here now, I ask, if anything can be done, please let it be done. Thank you very much."
The video was obtained through U.S. terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group. It was not made known what specific demands the al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula group has asked for, but the militants have said they will kill Somers in three days time if they are not met. more >>
As the Islamic State attempts to further establish its caliphate in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist organization has taken control of all the hospitals inside its strongholds, where militants are said to have instituted ridiculously sexist policies, abuse patients and execute doctors.
Although medical staff in most hospitals around the world are suppose to accommodate and politely adress questions that patients might have concerning their health issues, Islamic State-run hospitals, especially those in the Iraqi stronghold city of Mosul, are doing things differently in a negative way.
One doctor from Mosul told the newsite TheStar.com that in early November he witnessed a case of one male patient being brutally beaten after having an arguement with an ISIS-affiliated doctor. more >>
The world's newest nation is in big trouble.
After more than 20 years of civil war between the southern and northern areas of Sudan, the southern part of that country on July 9, 2011, became the independent nation of the Republic of South Sudan.
But the situation on the ground soon looked like South Sudan had not been born, but instead was still suffering intense labor pains. more >>
Harvest Ministries Pastor Greg Laurie said Sunday his study of Bible prophecy and current events shows America will fade as the world's foremost superpower in the last days, either because it will join with the antichrist or it will be diminished by the rapture.
In a November 30 sermon entitled "Israel, Iran, ISIS and Bible Prophecy," Laurie preached that Christians are now living in the "last days" before the fulfillment of various End Times prophecies laid out in the Bible book of Revelations. Current events such as Israel establishing itself as a nation, Russia alignment with Iran and the rise of Islamic extremism, he said, are setting the stage for a predicted conflict in which the world's forces turns against Israel.
One force that will be missing during that conflict, Laurie says, is the United States of America. "[As] the forces of antichrist emerge, I believe that America will fade from the scene." Putting the United States in the context of Scripture, he explained, "We are not found in the End Times scenario." more >>