NATO's top general Philip Breedlove has warned that the Islamic State terror group, which he compared to a "cancer," is finding ways to spread into Europe by taking advantage of the ongoing refugee crisis.
"I think that they (IS) are doing that today," Air Force Gen. Breedlove said in his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, referring to IS fighters who might be hiding among the streams of refugees coming into Europe.
"I think every refugee flow needs to be looked at with an eye toward it could be taken advantage of by those who seek to do us harm," Breedlove added. more >>
A Veterans Administration clinic in Ohio recently removed a Bible from a POW/MIA display after a military church and state watchdog group protested its presence.
The Akron-based facility removed the Bible from the display after being contacted by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.
Mikey Weinstein, founder and president of the MRFF, told The Christian Post that his organization became aware of the Bible at the display after they were contacted by 11 veterans of diverse faiths who were receiving treatment at the clinic. more >>
In an effort to raise awareness of persecuted Christians around the world, Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit that's provided practical and spiritual help for persecuted believers since the 1960s, launched a special promotion of its I Am N campaign Tuesday.
The promotion kicked off with 24 hours of prayer for persecuted Christians, and a social media blitz that shared images of those who are suffering around the globe — all in an effort to help citizens of the world realize that Christian persecution isn't simply something that happens "over there," and to give the suffering a face by associating the names and faces of real people.
"When Christians learn about their brothers and sisters around the world, they're inspired by that to stand with them … " said Jason Peters, associate vice president of connection for VOM, to The Christian Post Tuesday. "We are their voice." more >>
United States Sergeant First Class Charles Martland has reportedly been granted a two-month extension in his ongoing case with the U.S. Army as he faces expulsion for intervening to protect a child from an Afghan child-rapist.
The American Center for Law and Justice called it a "small victory in a vitally important case defending a war hero and exposing evil."
Martland, a Green Beret Bronze Star recipient, was disciplined after he and his superior officer, Captain Daniel Quinn, confronted an Afghan commander allied with U.S. forces who was abusing a young boy. more >>
As Nigeria continues battling well-known terror groups like Boko Haram, reports have stated that hundreds of people have been killed and Christians have been heavily targeted in brutal Islamist Fulani raids across the country's "Middle-Best."
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the tribal clashes between Fulani ethnic herdsmen and local farmers in central Benue state, BBC News reported, expressing "deep shock" at the level of violence that has left hundreds of people dead across several villages.
"We will conduct an investigation to know exactly what happened; the only way to bring an end to the violence once and for all is to look beyond one incident and ascertain exactly what factors are behind the conflicts," Buhari said. more >>
The Vatican minister of foreign affairs has said Vatican envoys in Iraq and Syria are risking their lives amid bombings and terror threats to help people and find a way to end what Pope Francis has called a "piecemeal" World War III.
"Let's not be kidding ourselves about what the stakes are here: If we are going to bring peace, if we are going to reconcile nations, if we are going to secure countries and communities, particularly minorities, particularly people who are persecuted, we are going to have to make an unprecedented effort," Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher told Catholic News Service last week.
Gallagher noted that IS, which has captured vast territory in Iraq and Syria, has persecuted Christians and other minorities, driving out tens of thousands of believers from their homelands. Still, the Archbishop remained hopeful that negotiations will help resolve the conflicts in the region. more >>