An American journalist was released from captivity by an al-Qaeda related group on Sunday, possibly thanks to the attention drawn from James Foley's brutal death.
"I don't know what was going through their heads but there can be no doubt they realized it was not in their best interests to be holding an American hostage at this time," GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni told MailOnline.
Peter Theo Curtis was kidnapped while in Turkey in 2012 before he could enter Syria to document the humanitarian crisis in the country. He was held by an al-Qaeda offshoot known as the Nusra Front. They made the decision to release him to UN intermediaries on Sunday, but nothing is known about what exactly led to his release. However, Balboni, who employed Foley, believes that his death and the attention brought by it, was a contributing factor. more >>
Pope Francis has called the family of American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic militants in a video posted by terror group ISIS earlier this week. The family is said to be "moved and grateful" by the pontiff's gesture.
"Pope Francis phoned the family of #JamesFoley this afternoon at their residence in New Hampshire. The family was 'moved and grateful,'" Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, wrote in a Twitter message Thursday.
Martin clarified that a Vatican official gave him permission to share the news. more >>
While Iraq is struggling to cope with the severe humanitarian crisis that has seen close to 1.2 million people flee their homes on the run from terror group ISIS, Christian Churches are opening their doors and housing Muslim families in acts of generosity, Christian humanitarian group World Vision has said.
Refugees, who are constantly increasing in number, are in need of basic necessities and are praying for the end of hostilities, which have disrupted the lives of millions, including many children who are now unable to go to school.
The Iraqi government has been locked in a battle against ISIS, which has captured large amounts of territory in Syria and Iraq, with humanitarian groups playing a crucial part in providing relief to the millions of people in need. more >>
When comparing the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al Qaeda, experts on international terrorism say that one should be careful in saying that one group is more violent than the other.
John G. Horgan, professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell and director of the Center for Terrorism & Security Studies, told The Christian Post on Thursday that he doubted the claim that ISIS was necessarily more violent.
"We seem to have short memories when it comes to Al Qaeda. I'd caution against thinking of Al Qaeda as somehow 'softer' face of violent Islamism," said Horgan. more >>
The parents of American journalist James Foley have said that they are "so proud" of their son and know that he is in Heaven, after he was brutally murdered by members of Jihadist group ISIS.
"We know Jimmy's free," John Foley said in front of his family's home in Rochester, New Hampshire on Wednesday. "He's finally free. And we know he's in God's hands … and we know he's in Heaven."
James had been captured by militants while reporting in Syria nearly two years ago. It was revealed yesterday that the Obama administration had authorized a secret military mission to try and recover Foley and other Americans being held in Syria. However, they were unable to locate the hostages after Foley and a number of other abducted journalists were moved just hours or days before. more >>
Saudi Arabia's top religious official has recently denounced the Islamic State terrorist organization, better known as ISIS.
Following the words of other Muslim leaders, Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh issued a statement Tuesday that was released by the Saudi Press Agency.
"Extremist and militant ideas and terrorism which spread decay on earth, destroying human civilization," said al-Sheikh, "are not in any way part of Islam, but are enemy number one of Islam, and Muslims are their first victims." more >>