The Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq has executed 13 teenage boys solely because they were found watching a soccer match, an act that has apparently been deemed punishable by death under ISIS' sharia law.
According to the Syrian activist organization Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, a group closely monitoring executions carried out by ISIS militants, the 13 teens were caught last week in the Al-Yarmouk district of the Iraqi city of Mosul watching the Iraq vs Jordan Asian Cup soccer match, which was held in Australia.
After being caught watching the game, which Iraq won 1-0, The boys were rounded up by ISIS militants and were later publicly executed via a firing squad using machine guns. more >>
In response to the growing threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group, the royal family of Saudi Arabia is having a 600-mile barrier constructed to completely block the Iraqi portion of the Saudi northern border, hoping to prevent ISIS militants from infiltrating the kingdom.
The planned fence structure will span the entire distance of the Iraq-Saudi border, from Jordan to Kuwait. The border barrier system will feature five layers of barbed wire fencing, a ditch, a patrol road, 240 rapid response vehicles, underground motion sensors, 40 watchtowers, radar, day/night cameras, seven command centers, 28 communication towers, 32 military response stations (equipped with helipads), and three rapid intervention teams. The entire system will also be connected through a fibre-optic communications network.
The idea for the "great wall" was first proposed during the height of the United States' invasion of Iraq in 2006. But, construction on the barrier did not begin until last September, after the Islamic State conquered large swaths of the neighboring Anbar province in Iraq. more >>
At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night, a packed theater in Franklin, Tenn., was completely quiet. As the credits rolled, some folks were filing out, but many more were standing, still looking at the screen, honoring the man whose life they'd just seen portrayed on the silver screen.
Before the movie, I'd never seen the parking lot so crowded. I had to park more than a quarter-mile away, hidden in the corner of a restaurant parking lot (hoping I wouldn't be towed), and watched in amazement as people were streaming into the theater from parking spaces scattered far and wide. It almost goes without saying when a January movie release breaks $90 million in three days, but I felt as if I was witnessing an important cultural moment. This movie was striking a chord in America beyond any post 9/11 movie — beyond even the best of movies about the War on Terror, including Lone Survivor. I think I know why.
First — and most important — it's a phenomenal movie. America is awash in "message movies," left and (recently) on the right. While there are some people who'll attend movies just to make a statement, most of us want to see good movies, with the right statement merely an optional bonus. American Sniper is better than good. It's one of the best war movies I've ever seen, and is now in the pantheon of my all-time favorite movies of any type. Bradley Cooper is outstanding, and the movie pulls off something I've never truly seen in a war film: It creates fully realized characters both inside and outside the combat environment. By the end of the movie, we feel that we understand who Chris Kyle was, who is wife is, what they endured, and what motivated them. They're not one-dimensional heroes but fully realized people who did heroic things. more >>
Duke University's director of the Islamic Studies Center, Omid Safi, has said that French satirical newspaper Chalie Hebdo's controversial drawings are "racist bullying" disguised as "freedom of speech." At the same time, Safi said that Muslim leaders have made it very clear that Islam does not condone terrorism of any kind, and dismissed claims made by HBO host Bill Maher that hundreds of millions of Muslims support violence.
Safi shared his views on a number of topics concerning the recent terror attacks in Europe in an email interview with The Christian Post on Monday. He affirmed that Muslims "have already, consistently and unequivocally, spoken out against terrorism."
At the same time, he called Charlie Hebdo, the magazine that published several cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, "bad satire" for continuously targeting Muslims and their religion. more >>
Real life "American Sniper" widow Taya Kyle believes that her late-husband, Chris, is watching down on his family from heaven and recently recalled the heartbreaking moment their children learned he had been killed.
The tragic love story of Taya and Chris and their journey through fate and the perils of the Iraq war is unraveled in Clint Eastwood's Academy Award-nominated film, which is based on Chris' 2012 best-selling autobiography.
In 2013, the Navy SEAL, widely considered to be the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history for having killed at least 255 people, was fatally shot by a former Marine he was trying to help overcome PTSD. more >>
A coalition of Philadelphia-area protesters will stage what they hope will be a 10,000-marcher demonstration on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to protest the recent deaths, caused by police officers, of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Amid this mass protest on MLK Day, what would Dr. King have thought about their deaths and would he agree with the reactions so far?
The Philadelphia coalition of groups staging the protest believe, according to Daily news writer Mensah M. Dean, that "the slain civil-rights icon would have taken to the streets to protest what they believe are unjustified killings of unarmed black men."
"Organizers of MLK D.A.R.E. - Day of Action, Resistance and Empowerment - hope to get 10,000 marchers to honor King by protesting not only the deaths of Garner and Brown, but also to spotlight the need for reforms in the city's and nation's justice, economic and education systems," reported Dean. more >>