Militants with the Islamic State terror group in Mosul, one of the captured cities in Iraq, reportedly executed nine youths by slicing them in half with chainsaws as punishment for joining an anti-ISIS faction.
Iraqi News reported on Wednesday of a "well placed source" inside Mosul that recalled the graphic execution, which was apparently sanctioned by one of the terror group's courts.
"The death sentence pronounced by ISIS sharia court stated that the men should be tied to an iron pole in the center of Tal Afar Square in Mosul and then sliced into two with an electric chainsaw," the anonymous source said. more >>
President Barack Obama's administration is facing a federal lawsuit from the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative law group, over its failure to properly address the ongoing genocide of the Islamic State terror group against Christians and other religious minorities.
The ACLJ pointed out that despite the U.S. Department of State recognizing earlier this year that IS has indeed been committing a genocide in its captured territories in Iraq and Syria, the persecuted minorities are still not receiving the help they need.
Mel Gibson's upcoming film "Hacksaw Ridge" details the heroics of a U.S. Army medic whose only weapon on the battlefield during World War II was prayer.
Based on the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider Man"), who served in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle in the Pacific and miraculously saved 75 men without firing a shot, "Hacksaw Ridge" will hit theaters nationwide on Nov 4.
Doss served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army but refused to kill or carry a weapon into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. Consequently, he thought it was fitting to become a medic during the war. more >>
The first reports of Christian leaders being arrested in Russia following the passing of new anti-terrorism laws that ban evangelism outside of churches have started coming in.
The Moscow Times reports that Sergei Zhuravlyov, a representative of the Ukrainian Reformed Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior, was arrested earlier this month while he was preaching before the St. Petersburg Messianic Jewish community, and was charged with violating a provision of the law that bans illegal missionary activity.
Law enforcement officials later told Interfax news agency that Zhuravlyov is being accused of "fomenting negative attitudes toward the Russian Orthodox Church," and of having ties to the Ukrainian nationalist political party called Right Sector, which is banned in Russia. more >>
An extensive report by The Associated Press has found at least 72 mass graves in Iraq and Syria, where the Islamic State terror group is feared to have slaughtered thousands of people in its ongoing genocide of Yazidis, Christians, and all who stand in its way.
AP reported that many more graves are expected to be unearthed as IS is pushed out of territory it held in Iraq and Syria, which could reveal devastating numbers of victims.
Sixteen of the mass graves in Iraq were located in territory that is still too dangerous to excavate, while 17 such graves in Syria have revealed great human rights atrocities, with the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe left in one of the graves. more >>
Fifty-four people were killed in the Yemeni port city of Aden on Monday, after an Islamic State suicide bomber drove a car bomb into a military compound.
Al-Khader Laswar, the director general of Yemen's Health Ministry in Aden, told Reuters that at least another 67 people were injured in the attack, which targeted a school compound where conscripts loyal to the government had gathered for breakfast.
Amaq news agency, a media outlet that functions as a part of IS, said the terror group took responsibility for the attack in a statement reading: "Around 60 dead in a martyrdom operation by a fighter from ISIS targeting a recruitment center in Aden city." more >>