The Islamic State terror group, which continues to control regions in Iraq and Syria, has reportedly declared a state of emergency in the city of Mosul after a wave of assassinations have rocked the jihadists.
Iraqi News reported on Thursday that "well placed sources" in Nineveh said IS has withdrawn all of its patrols from the streets of Mosul, which it has held since 2014.
"The international coalition airstrikes on Tuesday and Wednesday, destroyed gathering points and headquarters of ISIS in the forest areas in Mosul, and also destructed an ISIS headquarters in al-Imam al-Azam College," the sources said. more >>
A former member of the Islamic State in Afghanistan says the terrorist group is raping girls as young as 10 in the Central Asian country.
The Independent reported on Tuesday that a man identifying himself as Lahor Shah described IS to the Dubai-based news outlet Al-Aan TV as engaging in a wide range of crimes against humanity.
"I witnessed the worst crimes against humanity, perpetrated against Afghans, like the kidnapping and rape of girls aged no more than 10 or 12," explained Shah. more >>
Christian author and humanitarian Johnnie Moore recently labeled the Obama administration and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton "Christophobic" for their records on protecting religious liberty at home and abroad.
Moore told NewsMax earlier this week that President Obama and Clinton have failed Christians, especially those experiencing violent persecution in the Middle East.
A new government office aimed at helping the millions of Christians around the world who face persecution has been established in Hungary.
"Today, Christianity has become the most persecuted religion, where out of five people killed out of religious reasons, four of them are Christians," Zoltan Balog, the Hungarian Minister for Human Capacities, told Catholic News Agency about the 10 person office within the department.
"In 81 countries around the world Christians are persecuted and 200 million Christians live in areas where they are discriminated against. Millions of Christian lives are threatened by followers of radical religious ideologies." more >>
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has urged the EU to establish a common military force that will work alongside NATO, and said that there needs to be a European strategy for dealing with the war in Syria and rising terror concerns.
"We should work towards a common military force to complement NATO," Juncker said in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, arguing that the 28-nation bloc "should be stronger" and build its own joint army.
He asserted that "more European defense in Europe doesn't mean less trans-Atlantic solidarity," however, aiming to dispel fears that an EU army would distance the EU from NATO or U.S. partnership. more >>
Pope Francis has said that all who murder in God's name are carrying out "satanic crimes," and praised Christian martyrs, including French priest Father Jacques Hamel, who were killed by radical jihadists but refused to deny Jesus Christ.
"Today there are Christians murdered, tortured, imprisoned, slaughtered because they do not deny Jesus Christ," Francis said on Wednesday while celebrating mass in honor of Hamel, the priest who was killed by IS earlier in the summer.
"Christians who suffer today because they will not deny Jesus Christ — whether in prison or by death or torture — they show how cruel this persecution is. And this cruelty that demands apostasy — we say the word — is satanic," the pontiff added, according to Vatican Radio. more >>