International children's relief organization UNICEF has reported a 10-fold increase of child suicide bombers being used in attacks by Nigerian terror group Boko Haram.
"Let us be clear: these children are victims, not perpetrators," Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF regional director for West and Central Africa,.said Tuesday. "Deceiving children and forcing them to carry out deadly acts has been one of the most horrific aspects of the violence in Nigeria and in neighbouring countries."
The report by the organization noted that while there were four reported child bombers in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger in 2014, that number rose to 44 in 2015. What is more, 75 of the children involved in such attacks were girls. more >>
The Islamic State terror group killed 21 Christians in the Syrian town of al-Qaryatain after taking control of the city last year, a prominent clergy member has said.
After al-Qaryatain was liberated from IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) by Russian-backed Syrian forces earlier this month, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II, the head of the Syrian Orthodox Church, explained in an interview with BBC that the militant group showed no mercy on some Christians that remained after the group took control of the area last August.
Following the takeover of the al-Qaryatain, IS kidnapped as many as 230 Christians who lived in the town. According to the patriarch, the militant group executed at least 21 of those Christians, with three Christian women being among those executed. more >>
The Islamic State has reportedly burned 15 people alive for trying to escape the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, and has also reportedly arrested a woman who pleaded in a video for Western powers to "save us or bomb us," so they can die quickly and end their sufferring.
MailOnline reported that IS captured and killed 15 civilians in Fallujah, which is located west of Baghdad, and is currently being besieged by Iraqi government forces who are trying to liberate the city.
The radical group is said to have sentenced the hostages to death for their attempts to flee, with a source telling Kurdish news agency ARA that living in the IS-held city has become "unbearable." more >>
The Gatestone Institute, a think tank based in New York, has published a report claiming that Syrian women and girls are being trafficked at refugee camps in Turkey, where they are sometimes sold to wealthy Muslim men from other nations as sex slaves.
"Although the desperate victims are their Muslim sisters and brothers, wealthy Arab states do not take in refugees. The people in this area know too well that asylum seekers would bring with them problems, both social and economic," Gatestone said in a report, published Sunday.
"For many Muslim men such as wealthy, aging Saudis, it is easier to buy Syrian children from Turkey, Syria or Jordan as cheap sex slaves." more >>
One of the two girls carrying explosives on an apparent suicide bombing mission in Cameroon said after her arrest that she was one of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Chibok in neighboring Nigeria in 2014. Meanwhile, the terror group's purported leader, Abubakar Shekau, is reported to be contemplating stepping down.
The government of Nigeria is sending some parents from the Chibok community to Cameroon to verify the claim of the girl, who was arrested along with her associate by local self-defence forces in Limani village in northern Cameroon before she could blow herself up, according to The Guardian.
Of the 270 schoolgirls kidnaped by Boko Haram in April 2014, 50 managed to escape and 219 remain missing. more >>
The upper house of the British Parliament shot down an amendment this week that would have forced the government to decide whether or not the Islamic State's persecution of Christians and other religious minorities is a "genocide."
According to the Catholic Herald and the Catholic News Service, the House of Lords voted down an amendment that would have required a High Court judge to determine if IS (also known ISIS or ISIL) is committing a genocide in the Middle East.
The proposal, which was an amendment to immigration legislation introduced by Lord David Alton, was shot down by a vote of 148 to 111. more >>