The Catholic organization Knights of Columbus and the human rights advocacy group In Defense of Christians have launched a national television ad campaign this week calling on the United States State Department to label the Islamic State's treatment of Christians as a "genocide."
The 30-second commercial, which debuted Wednesday, shows various video clips and pictures showing how Christians and other religious minorities are being horrifically treated by IS (also known as ISIS) in the Middle East. The commercial is running in the mornings on MSNBC and is also running in the morning, daytime and primetime on Fox News. The ad is scheduled to run through the weekend but may be extended.
The ad shows clips of ISIS destroying crosses and monasteries and also uses IS footage of when the barbaric terrorist group executed 21 Coptic Christians in orange jumpsuits on a beach in Libya last February. more >>
Supporters of the Islamic State terror group are threatening that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter head Jack Dorsey will be their next targets for continuously shutting down jihadist social media accounts.
"To Mark and Jack, founders of Twitter and Facebook and to their Crusader government. You announce daily that you suspended many of our accounts and to you we say: Is that all you can do?" states the 25-minute video by a group calling itself the "sons of the Caliphate army."
Media and tech company Vocativ discovered the video, which apparently shows images of Zuckerberg and Dorsey covered with bullet holes. more >>
The various atrocities being carried out by Islamic terror group Boko Haram, an ISIS affiliate, on the civilians in Nigeria, have left children suffering mental issues and thinking about suicide, reports warn.
As many as 6,500 children have also been left malnourished due to the conflict.
"I witnessed people's shock and disbelief at the devastation suffered by their communities. I saw trauma in children's eyes. The scale of the suffering is way beyond what I anticipated to find. The people I met demand and deserve urgent protection," said Leila Zerrougui, the United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Nigeria. more >>
President Barack Obama has relaunched his early campaign plan to close GITMO, the infamous prison facility for terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, though is facing opposition from conservative critics who warn such a move would put American lives in great danger.
Explaining his plan on Tuesday, Obama insisted that keeping the prison open works against America's best interests.
"For many years, it has been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security — it undermines it. It's counterproductive to our fight against terrorists, who use it as propaganda in their efforts to recruit," Obama said. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for mass bombings in the key Syrian cities of Homs and Damascus on Sunday, with government reports stating that at least 140 people have been killed.
Different sources have so far reported different death tolls, with the state-run SANA news agency stating that 83 people were killed and 178 others were injured in a suburb of the capital of Damascus due to four separate blasts, while another 57 people died in a double car bombing in the city of Homs.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has reported on human rights abuses committed by IS, the government of President Bashar Al-Assad, and the various rebel groups seeking to take out his regime, put the death toll in Homs at 46. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has said that international news headlines indicate the world is unraveling, and urged people to trust Jesus Christ, who is going to one day "wipe the slate clean."
"While the United States is focused on its own politics, the world is unraveling. The danger signals are everywhere. Beheadings, rapes, murders, bombings are taking place every day across North Africa through the Middle East, all the way to the borders of India," Graham wrote Thursday on his Facebook page.
"The U.S. military is deploying fighter aircraft to Finland to counter Russia's moves in that region; China is deploying missiles on an artificial island they have built in the south China sea over the objections of the international community; and North Korea has successfully test fired a long-range missile that has the potential of eventually reaching America with a nuclear bomb," he noted of some of the international news developments in recent times. more >>