Still reeling from last week's news of the Islamist beheading of 21 Coptic Christian migrant workers in Libya, Middle Eastern Christians were again targeted by a large scale Islamist terror attack with thousands of victims Monday, in Syria. Islamic State jihadists laid siege to a string of Christian Assyrian villages, along the Khabour River, in northeastern Syria, kidnapping or killing scores of residents. Those abducted are now in imminent peril and thousands more who were expelled have joined the ranks of mendicant displaced.
Piece by piece, Middle Eastern Christianity is being shattered.
What this means for the Islamist militants are gains in strategic ground and further headway in the goal of religious cleansing. In other words, the Islamic State also known as ISIS is still winning -- militarily and politically. And despite upbeat statements about our counter-terrorism strategy by new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and last week's Counter Violent Extremism conference at the State Department, our side -- those who oppose this barbarism – finds itself still back on its heels. more >>
Speaking in a discussion on Islam at the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention on Tuesday, New York Times bestselling author and Middle East expert Joel Rosenberg explained that the biggest threat facing the Western world is not the rise of radical Islam, but rather the rise of "apocalyptic Islam."
In one of four Islam discussions held at the three-day conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Rosenberg, who authored the bestselling book series The Last Jihad, criticized the Obama administration for refusing to acknowledge the threat posed by radical extremist terrorists as a threat from "radical Islam."
Rosenberg continued by saying that although many people feel that the rise of radical terrorist groups is one of the biggest threats to America and Western nations, a bigger cause for concern in the West should be the rise of two nation-states — Iran and the Islamic State — with leaders promoting an "apocalyptic" brand of Islam focused on the "annihilation" of the United States and Israel. more >>
Assyrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, ordinary of the Syrian Catholic Archieparchy in Hassaké-Nisibis, has spoken out against the kidnapping of more than 260 Assyrian Christians and blamed the U.S. and its Western allies for triggering conflicts that have destabilized the region and prompted ISIS to carry out such attacks.
"With their disastrous policies — mainly the French and the U.S., with their regional allies, have favored in fact the Daesh (ISIS) escalation," Hindo told Fides News Agency.
"Now they persevere in error, commit strategic, grotesque mistakes such as the announcement of the 'spring campaign' to liberate Mosul and insist on interfering with irrelevant interventions, instead of recognizing that their guaranteed support to jihadist groups has led us to this chaos and has destroyed Syria, making us regress 200 years." more >>
"In the days to come, the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills," writes the prophet Isaiah.
"Many peoples shall come and say: Come, let us go up to the Lord's mountain … that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths. …
"They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again." more >>
Islamic State terrorists captured more Assyrian Christians Wednesday night, bringing the total number of hostages to 262 as the group continues its siege on the country.
"ISIS is taking over more and more Assyrian towns," Osama Edward, founder of the Assyrian Human Rights Network told CNN.
The terrorist organization took nearly 150 Christians hostage before Wednesday, causing widespread fear across the country. The greater fear is that they will either be executed or sold into slavery. Men, women, children, and the elderly were among those captured, meaning that no one is safe from the threat of captivity. more >>
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 >>