Persecution watchdog group Open Doors has accused the U.S. and world leaders of standing by and watching Christian genocide happen in 2014, following the release of its World Watch List of countries where followers of Christ are most heavily targeted. The group added that Christian persecution is very much a "leading indicator" of major humanitarian problems, such as the rise of terror group ISIS.
Open Doors CEO David Curry told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Wednesday that "there has been a genocide of Christians in Iraq, and the Western world stood by and watched it happen."
He added that for 2015, he would like to see world leaders "understand that the persecution of Christians is a leading indicator, around the world, of major humanitarian problems. It's not that Christians are collateral damage; it's that they're being targeted — and wherever they are being targeted, there are future problems." more >>
Internet hackers, claiming to be associated with the Islamic State terrorist organization, have conducted a series of hacks on various news outlets in the United States and their social media accounts this week, which are being investigated by the FBI.
The group of extremist hackers, which calls itself "Cyber Caliphate," struck on Tuesday, hacking into the Twitter accounts and website servers of the Albuquerque Journal newspaper in New Mexico and the Maryland-based WBOC 16 TV station.
The hackers posted several confidential documents, claimed to have been stolen, in the tweets. Some of the documents include drivers licenses, corrections records and spreadsheets with names and addresses. The hackers also tweeted claims that they also hacked FBI databases. Additionally, the hackers tweeted warnings to the organizations' followers and replaced the companies' cover photos and profiles with pro-ISIS photos. more >>
WASHINGTON – Last year saw the highest level of persecution of Christians the world has seen since the fall of the Soviet Union, according to a report by a Christian persecution watchdog group released Wednesday.
Open Doors USA highlighted that in the 24 years that Open Doors has been tracking numbers on global persecution, 2014 was the most violent year of Christian persecution and was far worse than the year before.
"Perhaps most chilling is the fact that all the factors, all of the issues that made this a violent year for Christian persecution are still in place," said David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors, at the press conference. more >>
As a Crisis Management strategist, I learned very quickly that the first step to winning a battle is to know as much about your enemy as possible. In the past, I have hired companies to gather information about the person, company or group who are leading the attack, for the reason of understanding the complete agenda of the perpetrators.
Only when I understood the motive of the attacking force, could I develop a strategy of protection and a battle plan. Going in to battle without knowing your opposition is like throwing tennis balls at person who is coming after you with a machete, and as much as the political elite want to keep their heads in the sand, the reality has not changed.
For the sake of the reality of who and what we are at war with and why, let me quote some scriptures from the Koran: more >>
After killing an important ISIS leader in battle, Kurdish forces in Syria found a huge bag of cocaine in the slain commander's home, providing further speculation that militants often use narcotics despite the fact that its police units strictly enforce drug bans inside the group's strongholds.
As Kurdish advancements in Kobane have allowed the People's Protection Unit to push ISIS militants out of about 80 percent of the strategic Syrian border town, key ISIS leader Emir Abu Zahra was killed by the kurds in a recent gun fight.
Vice News' video footage shows that the during the Kurdish unit's subsequent search of Zahra's home in the Botan neighborhood of Kobane, the troops found a huge bag containing a white powdery substance. more >>
The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for an early Monday-morning altercation involving four militants and a Saudi border patrol post on the Iraq-Saudi border that left three Saudi border officers dead and two others injured.
The incident marks the first documented attempt at infiltration into Saudi Arabia by ISIS operations in Iraq since the terrorist group expressed desire to expand the claiphate into the Desert Kingdom in late November.
According to the Saudi Press Agency, four militants were spotted trying to sneak across the border into Saudi Arabia close to a Saudi border post near the town of Arar around 4:30 a.m. When a Saudi border guard arrived to try and halt the four individuals from advancing across the border, the militants open fired and killed the border guard. more >>