A 20-year-old Islamic State militant publicly executed his own mother in front of hundreds of people because she asked him to leave the terrorist group, a monitoring group has said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reports on the atrocities being carried out in the ongoing civil war, said on Friday that its activists were able to document the incident, which took place in the city of Al-Raqqah.
The report said the woman was in her 40s, and "her son executed her in front of hundreds of people near the post office building in the city of Al-Raqqah where she was employed." more >>
Islamist militants have released an Iraqi Catholic priest, who serves as a pastor in Syria, two weeks after kidnapping him. The priest, Father Dhiya Aziz, who suffered from extreme cold and severe exhaustion in captivity, is recovering.
Aziz, a Franciscan priest who was kidnapped from Syria two days before Christmas, has been released and is undergoing medical treatment, according to Catholic Online, which quoted a statement issued by the Custody of the Holy Land, a custodian priory of the Franciscan order in Jerusalem.
The statement said further details could not be disclosed "due to confidentiality reasons," but "thanked all those who helped us to liberate him." more >>
As Nigeria's conflict with terror group Boko Haram looks set to continue throughout 2016, the executive director of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has said that only repentance and the fear of God can win the war.
The Islamic extremists have been attacking government buildings, civilians, Christians and people of all walks of life in various raids, shootings and bombings throughout almost six years of insurgency, where they have killed over 20,000 people.
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to drive out the militants, even as his previously set deadline for doing so in December passed with the attacks still continuing. The extremists killed close to 100 people over the holiday period in a series of suicide bombings and village raids. more >>
Besieged Syrians in three towns are facing an "extremely dire" humanitarian crisis, the International Committee of the Red Cross has warned, noting that starvation is forcing some to start eating dogs, cats, and grass.
"Citizens are dying. They're eating stuff off the ground. They're eating cats and dogs," an activist inside the rebel-controlled town of Madaya told BBC News.
The crisis has also gripped the government-held towns of Foah and Kefraya, with people resorting to eating grass to survive, reports added. more >>
With a view towards curbing abusive posts, Twitter has established new, stricter guidelines, stating, "We do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user's voice."
So far, so good.
I can't imagine that anyone thinks we need more incivility and hatred and incitement on social media, and I can understand why Twitter CEO Dick Costolo feels "ashamed" at how poorly his company has handled abusers. more >>
An Iraqi soldier who escaped from an Islamic State prison has described the terror group's brutal torture of Christians, many of whom died during the torture.
"They tortured the [expletive] out of the Christians and some died in the process," Sergeant Karam Saad of the Iraqi military, who was held captive in June 2014, told Independent Journal.
"They would take some and lock them in a kind of casket, and set it on fire from the inside," he added. "I only spent three nights in prison. During that time, I paid attention to how many guards were on duty and any signs of weaker security." more >>