The Islamic State terrorist organization has destroyed a 2,000-year-old structure known as the "Gate of God" near its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, according to a British research organization.
The gate, which is also known as the "Mashqi Gate," was one of the many gates that guarded the biblical Assyrian city of Nineveh that dates back as far as the seventh century B.C. during the rule of Assyrian King Sennacherib.
Local activists in Mosul who spoke to the Kurdish news outlet ARA News, confirmed that IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) destroyed the gate, as the group continues its systematic destruction of cultural and religious antiquities in Iraq and Syria. more >>
Jared Allen hung up his football cleats at the close of the 2015-2016 NFL season, but that isn't stopping the defensive end from tackling the problems many wounded warriors are facing.
Through his Homes for Wounded Warriors initiative, the Christian athlete broke ground on a new handicap-accessible home Monday for an Oregon veteran and his family. Cpl. Jed Morgan joined the Marines in 2009 and in 2012 was deployed to Afghanistan where he was critically injured in an IED explosion. As a result, he lost both of his legs and all mobility in his dominant arm.
Morgan has not stopped glorifying God in the midst of what some might view as a setback in his life. Along with the help of his family, the Marine said his faith in God was intigral to his survial and physical rehabilitation. more >>
Recent comments made by Donald Trump regarding the United States' relationship with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization hold merit, according to some foreign policy experts.
In multiple interviews, the Republican frontrunner has argued that the United States is doing too much to support NATO and not getting enough in return.
Leading Assyrian Christian organizations have collectively penned an open letter to the five remaining U.S. presidential candidates, urging them to fight against radical terror groups and to recognize the past genocide that Christians have suffered under the Ottoman Empire.
The letter, addressed to Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump, states that Assyrian Christians are being "tortured, kidnapped, raped and murdered by radical terrorist organizations such as ISIS." Assyrians – also known as Chaldeans, Syriacs, and Arameans – are an ethnic group indigenous to the MIddle East who trace their ancestral homeland to today's northern Iraq, southeastern Turkey, northwestern Iran and northeastern Syria. Assyrian people are almost entirely Christians.
"We have seen this terror in Paris, Brussels, and other cities around the world, committed in the name of Islam by radical Islamic organizations. For Assyrians it feels like 1915 all over again," the groups write, referencing the ethnic and religious cleansing carried out by the Ottoman Empire, present-day Turkey, between 1915-1924, when 750,000 Assyrians, 500,000 Greeks and 1.5 million Armenians lost their lives. more >>
U2 lead singer Bono testified before Congress on Tuesday in favor of a multibillion-dollar plan to provide help for refugees around the world, and at the same time, counter the rising tide of extremism.
"When aid is structured properly, with a focus on fighting poverty and improving governance, it could just be the best bulwark we have against the extremism of our age," Bono said at the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign aid, according to Reuters.
The outspoken anti-poverty activist, who co-founded the international advocacy group ONE, has also started petitions and led campaigns to raise awareness of the plight of millions of people struggling under the weight of war and persecution — not only in Syria, but also in South Sudan, Somalia, and elsewhere. more >>
International children's relief organization UNICEF has reported a 10-fold increase of child suicide bombers being used in attacks by Nigerian terror group Boko Haram.
"Let us be clear: these children are victims, not perpetrators," Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF regional director for West and Central Africa,.said Tuesday. "Deceiving children and forcing them to carry out deadly acts has been one of the most horrific aspects of the violence in Nigeria and in neighbouring countries."
The report by the organization noted that while there were four reported child bombers in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger in 2014, that number rose to 44 in 2015. What is more, 75 of the children involved in such attacks were girls. more >>