Members of the Islamic State terrorist organization who were involved in the kidnapping of as many as 150 Christians in Syria this week, are claiming that the hostages are "safe" and will be released in a few days, according to the Assyrian International News Agency.
AINA reports that an Assyrian man, who's not a member of ISIS but knows many ISIS fighters, was told by ISIS members that the hostages, who were kidnapped during the Islamic State's raids on 35 Christian villages along the Khabur River near the town of Tel Tamer, are in "good condition" and are expected to eventually be released.
Although the news agency's source, an Assyrian named Matthew, was told the captives will be released, he's skeptical that the militant group will actually free the Christians, since ISIS has become notorious for its publicized hostage execution videos. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group executed three women and arrested 13 other females in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul on Sunday, after the women refused to get married to ISIS militants.
A Kurdistan Democratic Party official from Mosul, Saed Mamuzini, informed the Kurdish news site BasNews.com on Monday that ISIS continues to kidnap and kill women within its strongholds who refuse to marry fighters.
"On sunday, IS (another name for ISIS) militants arrested 13 women in Mosul and later held them in unknown locations," Mamuzini explained. "The woman were kidnapped because they refused nikah (Muslim marriage) with the jihadists." more >>
As concern grows that the Islamic State terrorist organization is plotting to use its foreign militants to infiltrate Europe and conduct attacks, an ISIS-linked Twitter account has vowed ISIS will conquer Rome, install sharia law and throw homosexuals off the top of the "leaning tower of pizza."
Days after the Islamic State released a video threatening to "conquer Rome by Allah's permission," the Daily Mail reports that an ISIS supporter, who is strongly linked to the terror group, expanded on the threat against the Italian capital in tweets posted last Saturday.
"#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome, we will conquer & establish the justice of #shariah," the ISIS supporter posted using the Twitter handle @abu_britani2. "We will use to the leaning tower of pizza [sic] to throw off homosexual." more >>
A young girl thought to be only 7 years old has killed herself and five other people in the town of Potiskum in northeast Nigeria, following a suicide bombing blamed on terror group Boko Haram.
So far, five people were killed with the girl while 19 others have been taken to hospital for injuries," revealed Buba Lawan, described as a local vigilante leader in an article for AFP.
Members of ISIS have abducted 90 Assyrian Christians from villages in northeast Syria, activists from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The raids took place in the early morning near the town of Tal Tamr, where a Christian minority lives. Tal Tamr is also located near Hasaka, a city held by the Kurds. ISIS has managed to take two villages from the Kurds on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory reports, and is the latest in a series of battles between the Kurds and ISIS, which is trying to establish a caliphate, or an Islamic emirate, in the Levant region. The United States has been helping Kurdish forces by conducting air strikes against ISIS, with a recent strike killing 14 ISIS members on Tuesday.
There is no information on where the abducted Assyrian Christian men, women and children may have been taken or what their fate may be. more >>
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has said that he's ashamed of America, President Barack Obama, and himself, for failing to seriously help the people of Ukraine who are caught in a war against pro-Russian separatists.
"I'm ashamed of my country, I'm ashamed of my president and I'm ashamed of myself that I haven't done more to help these people," McCain said in an interview on CBS' "Face the Nation."
The latest attempt at a peace agreement in eastern Ukraine has fallen apart after heavy fighting continued last week, and the eastern town of Debaltseve was captured by pro-Russian rebels. A ceasefire agreement had earlier this month been reached by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko and major European leaders, but the conflict, which has led to the deaths of over 5,600 people, continues. more >>