WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of displaced Iraqi Christians who fled from their ancient homelands over a year-and-a-half ago to escape the the barbarity of the Islamic State feel as though their plight has been forgotten by the rest of the world, a prominent Chaldean priest explained Wednesday.
Father Douglas al-Bazi, who left his home in Baghdad for the protection of the Kurdish North in 2013, now runs the Mar Elia Church in Ainkawa. As over 125,000 people fled from the Mosul area to Kurdistan following the rise of IS in the summer of 2014, Bazi's church currently shelters over 112 displaced Iraqi families, as it and 16 other churches in the area are being used as refugee centers.
Although refugee families living in the Mar Elia center have just a 10-by-15-foot iron container to call a temporary home and are struggling to find jobs and educational opportunities, the 43-year-old priest said in an interview with The Christian Post that he foresees Iraqi Christians living in refugee centers long after IS is defeated because of the lack of trust that they will be protected in their homelands. more >>
Seventeen-year-old Nihad Barakat Shamo Alawsi escaped the Islamic State with her life, but in the process left her newborn baby behind.
In 2014, Alawsi was captured by Islamic State militants after the terror group had taken over her town of Sinjar in northwest Iraq, abducting her and 27 of her family members, according to Daily Mail. Alwasi, 15 at the time, was held captive in Mosul where she was repeatedly beaten and raped by jihadists.
"They raped us, they killed our men, they took our babies away from us," she recently told AMAR Foundation, an organization that helps people in areas of conflict. "The worst thing was the torture in Mosul. We were beaten and raped continuously for two weeks." more >>
Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed the Obama administration's support for Israel Wednesday, one day after the Iranian Republic launched two ballistic missiles at a test site Tuesday, and threatened to use them against the "Zionist regime."
Fars News Agency reported Tuesday that the Iranian regime launched two Qadr H missiles in the country's Alborz mountain range that landed over 1,000 kilometers away in the Sea of Oman. The media outlet says it has photos of the missiles that include the anti-Semitic and threatening message: "Israel must be wiped out."
According to Reuters, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said the missiles have the capacity to hit Israel, and were tested on Wednesday at a distance of 1,400 kilometers (869 miles), and Jerusalem sits 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) from Tel Aviv. more >>
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Russian Orthodox Church will be hosting a summit on religious persecution in Moscow, the Rev. Franklin Graham announced today.
"I was in Russia this past October and met with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, and evangelical leaders, and we discussed at length the persecution of the Church worldwide," Graham wrote in a Facebook message Wednesday, explaining the roots of the summit, which will be held in October.
"The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians will shed a global spotlight on this crisis. We will bring delegates from around the world and will be able to join hands with people of other churches and denominations of the Christian faith to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and to hear firsthand reports of the suffering that is taking place." more >>
Islamic State militants have been raping girls as young as 8 and 9-years-old in packed halls full of victims, details from an anti-extremist report reveals.
The revelations came from a detailed 100-page report by the Quilliam Foundation, based on six months of research into the practices and abuses being carried out by IS.
"One woman described how she was raped in Mosul and that she heard the screams of girls who had been taken from the main hall where she and other women were being kept, to a small adjacent room. She recounted how she saw an IS man point a gun at a young girl who had been resisting," the report states in part. more >>
For a sizable portion of America, the War of Iraq was not simply wrong because it is a war. It was wrong because we were misled into it, with President George W. Bush lying about weapons of mass destruction to get us there.
Or did he?
New York Times journalist Judith Miller argues differently. She was one of the journalists who was given information about WMDs in Iraq in the early 2000s. more >>