Fort Hood, Texas, shooter Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people in 2009 and has been sentenced to death, has sent a warning letter to Pope Francis and other religious leaders, describing himself as a "soldier of Allah" and praising jihadism.
Fox News reported on Friday that the six-page hand-written letter was titled "A warning to Pope Francis, members of the Vatican, and other religious leaders around the world." Hasan apparently directed his attorney, John Galligan, to mail the letter.
The former U.S. Army psychiatrist, who killed 13 people and wounded over 30 others during the mass shooting on Nov. 5, 2009, at Fort Hood — that the Obama administration has declined to classify as a terrorist attack — refers to himself by the acronym "SoA," or soldier of Allah several times in the letter. He referenced the Quran, and praises "the willingness to fight for All-Mighty Allah," in a subsection titled "Jihad." more >>
A 10-year-old member of the ISIS terror group has been reportedly killed while fighting in the Middle East. Going by the name Abu Obadya al-Abassi, ISIS posted a video on YouTube Wednesday announcing his death.
The YouTube video has garnered over 75,000 hits as of Friday morning and depicts photos of the boy, but no tangible confirmation of his demise, according to The Jerusalem Post.
"It should be noted that there is no independent confirmation regarding the authenticity of the clip which was posted on YouTube showing the boy dressed in military fatigues and carrying weapons," the Post reported. more >>
Christian pastor Rotimi Obajimi has escaped from terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria after nearly 10 months in captivity and has been brought back to his church, reports said.
"We were so amazed to see him because we have been praying earnestly for a long time trusting Jesus that He would surely come back, but lo and behold he was brought to our headquarters in Maiduguri by the military," a pastor at Redeem Church in Maiduguri told SaharaReporters.
Obajimi, who led the church in the rural area of Borno/Yobe province, was kidnapped by Islamic militants on Jan. 6. He was then taken to Sambisa Forest, where he was tied down for months, before being moved to an unknown destination and brought back to Sambisa once again. more >>
Margaret Nagle, a screenwriter who's worked on hit TV shows such as "Boardwalk Empire" and recently penned the screenplay for "The Good Lie," which details the lives of Christian Sudanese refugees, describes how she incorporated the characters' Christian faith in the film.
"It was organic [to the refugees]. I haven't been raised going to church but I write historical projects, a lot of true stories, and so, I felt, I'm just going to use their faith as they use their faith in the telling of the story," Nagle told The Christian Post, explaining how she included the Christian faith of the lead characters who are based on people that fled the Sudan.
"I love the way their faith generated a belief system for them and carried them through. It was sort of a love letter from me to their personal faith and how it opened them up and kept them strong," she said. more >>
Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse will be airlifting close to 90 tons of aid to thousands of Iraqi and Syrian families who have fled their homes on the run from terror group ISIS.
The group said in a press release Thursday that it is launching the airlift with relief supplies on Monday from Charlotte, North Carolina. The aid packages are intended to reach families who have been left with nothing much besides the clothes on their backs.
"Now winter is coming to the area, making a difficult situation even worse for these families," the group said. more >>
A retired American professor and author has said that terror group ISIS cannot be defeated by airstrikes alone, and that Christians in Syria are facing genocide if Sunni groups take over. William Relf, who has a PhD in international relations, shared his views on a number of complex ethical, political and strategic dilemmas facing U.S. forces in the Middle East.
Relf, who has taught strategy, international management, and entrepreneurship at institutions such as California State University, the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, has led a business seminar in Iran, and authored novels such as The Iranian Connection.
Speaking with The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday, Relf offered his thoughts on President Barack Obama's strategy of hitting ISIS targets throughout Iraq and Syria with airstrikes, but without committing any official ground troops. He said that an air strategy alone cannot be enough to stop the Islamic militants. more >>