Nadia Murad, a former Yazidi sex slave who was held captive by the Islamic State before she escaped in 2014, told members of Congress that the Obama administration must escalate its actions in Iraq if the terror groups is going to be defeated.
"The USA must act. We must terminate Daesh (IS) and all such terror," Murad told the Senate Homeland Security Committee, according to CNN.
Murad said IS will not willingly give up their weapons, and described the suffering of persecuted minorities in Iraq and Syria, including Yazidis and Christians, who "cannot wait" any longer for help. more >>
After Iraqi special forces recaptured the city of Fallujah from the Islamic State earlier this month, they discovered a makeshift prison where the terror group used torture devices to interrogate and punish its captives.
Images of the prison in the central part of the city, taken by Iraqi soldiers, show a filthy dog cage and a car battery in the prison, according to the U.K.'s Mirror newspaper.
The pictures suggest that IS terrorists, which is also known as Daesh, ISIS or ISIL, held some of the captives in the filthy dog cage and administered shocks by attaching the battery's metal clips to their genitalia. more >>
Omar Mateen, the man behind the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history who took the lives of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, praised Allah and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State terror group in a 911 call on the night of the massacre, transcripts reveal.
"In the name of Allah the merciful, the beneficial," Mateen said in Arabic in his call to police.
"Praise be to Allah, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God. I let you know, I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings," he added, signaling his confession. more >>
The United Nations has released statistics on World Refugee Day on Monday signaling that the refugee crisis has now affected 65.3 million people – the largest number since World War II.
Humanitarian organizations around the world, including a number of Christian relief groups, have been marking the day by sharing the stories and experiences of refugees forced to survive on meager provisions in harsh environments.
"When they doze off, they have nightmares about the things they've experienced," one unnamed mother says about her children in a "refugee mom's to-do list" released by children's charity World Vision. more >>
A Grammy-nominated gospel singer who is also an Orlando pastor has a prophetic word about some of the recent violence that has taken place in his city.
"I know most of you will not understand what in the world I'm talking about. As a resident of Orlando and a pastor in Orlando with a prophetic edge I feel like standing on top of the biggest thing I can with the loudest megaphone and shouting this as loud as I can," 39-year-old Pastor William McDowell of Deeper Fellowship Churchwrote on Instagram. "IT'S HAPPENING!!!!!!Those with a spiritual awareness will know exactly what I am talking about!"
While McDowell did not elaborate much further for those without such a spiritual awareness, he did call for prayer amid the devastation. more >>
CIA Director John Brennan warned on Thursday at a hearing on CIA intelligence activities that the United States government is failing to contain the spread of the Islamic State terror group, and said that its operatives are trying to come to the West through the refugee crisis.
Brennan also graded the war effort against IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) as an "F" two years later, the Daily Beast noted.
"Unfortunately, despite all of our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group's terrorism capability and global reach. The resources needed for terrorism are modest. The group would have to suffer even heavier losses on territory, manpower and money for the terrorist capacity to decline significantly," Brennan said at the hearing. more >>