Two courageous women in the Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa risked their lives in order to record undercover footage that documents the heinous and oppressive realities of life under IS' rule.
As it has been nearly two years since IS took control of Raqqa, the group's de-facto capital, much is known about the horrific human rights abuses that the group commits against residents in the town, but little is known about what day-to-day life is like for the people who live in Raqqa and have to abide by the terror group's strict brand of Shariah law.
On behalf of CNN's Swedish affiliate, Expressen TV, two female Raqqa residents using the pseudonyms Oum Mohammed and Om Omran, who both had well-paying jobs before IS arrived, recorded candid footage of life on the Raqqa streets to capture many of the injustices that women and others face under IS' rule. more >>
In its continued assault against Christianity and the religion's history, the Islamic State has released a video that shows its jihadis burning hundreds of Christian books last week in the Iraqi city of Mosul on the grounds that they are the "books of infidels."
The terror group, which conquered Mosul and much of the Nineveh Plains during the summer of 2014, published a video through the affiliated Amaq news agency, showing IS militants in its largest Iraqi stronghold tossing hundreds of Christian textbooks into a large bonfire.
The video was obtained by media activists and posted to YouTube by an Assyrian Christian media group so that it could be circulated as additional proof of IS' attempt to destroy Christianity and other religions in Iraq and Syria. more >>
Since Christians will live forever, they are told not to fear in the face of death. Paul says, Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? — 1 Corinthians 15:55
Since we know we will be with God forever, there is no more fear of death for the Christian of true faith. In fact, death is even beneficial to a Christian, because it sends him to God, with whom he is longing to be.
Paul writes, For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21 more >>
The Islamic State has released a new propaganda video in which the terror group took responsibility for the assassinations of at least 100 Syrian journalists and media activists they accused of being spies for the U.S.-led coalition.
According to the independent Syrian news agency ARA News, the IS-affiliated Al-Khair Media Center based in Syria's Deir Ezzor province released footage Wednesday that claimed IS fighters were responsible for the deaths of numerous journalists, many of whom were killed in Turkey in the past several months.
The report explains that the video chronicles the journalists and media activists who were killed by IS in the last two years, while stating that many others were shot and killed by IS-affiliated gunmen in neighboring Turkey. more >>
WASHINGTON — A new 280-page report chronicling the persecution of Christians by the Islamic State was submitted to the U.S. State Department this week, proving that there is enough irrefutable evidence for the agency to designate IS' atrocities against Christians as "genocide."
The report, said to be the most comprehensive compilation to date on IS' killings, murders, kidnappings and enslavement of Christians, includes 24 pages of first-hand statements from Iraqi Christians and lists over 1,131 Iraqi Christians who have been killed in Iraq. The report also documents over 200 attacks on the Christian community in Iraq, Syria and in North Africa along with 125 instances of churches being attacked in Iraq from 2003 to 2014.
The report was created by the The Knights of Columbus Catholic fraternal organization and the In Defense of Christians human rights advocacy organization after the State Department submitted a request four weeks ago for the Knights of Columbus to provide a detailed report on IS persecution as it relates only to Christians. more >>
President Barack Obama has responded to arguments that push-back against the White House administration is what is behind the rise of Donald Trump, the controversial Republican presidential candidate who is leading in the delegates race.
"I have been blamed by Republicans for a lot of things ... but being blamed for their primaries and who they're selecting for their party is novel," Obama told CBS News at the White House Rose Garden on Thursday.
"What you're seeing within the Republican Party, is to some degree, all of those efforts over a course of time creating an environment where somebody like a Donald Trump can thrive," he added. more >>