A human rights group has warned that minorities in Iraq, including Christians, are facing a "catastrophic" reality with tens of thousands of people murdered or abducted by terror groups.
"The impact on minorities has been catastrophic. Saddam [Hussein] was terrible; the situation since is worse. Tens of thousands of minorities have been killed and millions have fled for their lives," said Mark Lattimer, head of Minority Rights Group, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The Christian population was as many as 1.4 million in Iraq back in 2003 during the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, but that number has dwindled since. In October 2015, Aid to the Church in Need said that only 300,000 Christians were left, but MRG says that number is now down further to somewhere between 50,000 to 250,000. more >>
BAGHDAD — The death toll from a suicide bombing in a Baghdad shopping district has risen to over 150, fuelling calls for security forces to crack down on Islamic State sleeper cells blamed for one of the worst ever single bombings in Iraq.
Numbers rose as bodies were recovered from the rubble in the Karrada area of Baghdad, where a refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up on Saturday night when people were out celebrating the holy month of Ramadan.
The toll in Karrada stood at 151 killed and 200 wounded by midday on Monday, according to police and medical sources. Rescuers and families were still looking for 35 missing people. more >>
Academy-Award-winning actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson has teamed up with Lionsgate for an inspirational film about a World War II soldier, Desmond Doss, who proves that the only weapon needed on the battlefield is prayer.
"Hacksaw Ridge" is the extraordinary true story of WWII medic Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider Man"), who in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII miraculously saves 75 men in a matter of hours without firing or carrying a gun.
Doss served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army but refused to kill or carry a weapon into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. Consequently he thought it was fitting to become a medic during the war. more >>
In its latest gruesome publicized execution video, the Islamic State terrorist organization beheaded five men accused of spying after forcing them to reenact the crimes they were accused of.
According to Heavy.com, a website that documents and republishes IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh) execution and propaganda videos, the barbaric militant organizations released a new video on various pro-IS media platforms Tuesday titled "Story of Slaughter." The 21-minute video, features five men accused of being members of the U.S.-backed New Syrian Army rebel faction being executed as spies.
In the video, the men were each forced to reenact their crimes against IS in cinematic scenes that imitate criminal reenactments seen in Western television crime dramas. more >>
Christian women in a Lebanese village rattled by two waves of deadly suicide attacks earlier this week are taking up arms, vowing to protect their homes and threatening to send any future jihadis who attack "straight to Hell."
The day after eight Islamic terrorists killed five and wounded many others in suicide attacks in the predominantly Christian border village of Qaa, Christian women in the town were photographed patrolling the streets armed with assault rifles.
Although the village is just miles from Lebanon's border with conflict-stricken Syria, Christians in Qaa are refusing to bow to the fear of violence and terror and will not flee from their homes like hundreds of thousands of other religious minorities in the terrorized region have done. more >>
A 13-year-old Israeli girl with U.S. citizenship has reportedly been stabbed to death by a Palestinian man who broke into her bedroom on Thursday.
The BBC reports that the girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, was attacked while she slept by 19-year-old Mohammed Tarayreh from the nearby village of Bani Naim.
Ariel was repeatedly stabbed in her upper body before a security guard responded to the scene, but was also wounded by the attacker. Tarayreh was later killed by two other security guards patrolling the settlement. more >>