As the Islamic State will not be represented at the 2016 Summer Olympics, the terrorist organization has reportedly staged its own version of the international games, requiring hesitant residents and children to participate in a set of organized contests in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar.
Photographs posted on Twitter by TerrorMonitor.org show children and young adults participating in various party games on a turf soccer field in front of as many as 100 spectators.
One photo shows participants playing a game of tug-of-war, while another photo shows men playing a game of musical chairs. A third photo shows children, as young as 5 years old, participating in a balloon blowing contest. more >>
A Christian mother of seven was hacked to death by suspected Muslim radicals in Nigeria and her mutilated body was discovered in a pool of blood along with a Bible and megaphone she used to preach every morning.
According to local reports, 41-year-old Eunice Olawale, a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria and an evangelist, was murdered in the early morning hours on Saturday while she was out evangelizing near Nigeria's capital of Abuja.
Olawale's husband, Olawale Elisha, told local media that his wife had left their home around 5 a.m. Saturday morning to preach in the neighborhood but she never returned home. more >>
A Muslim man in the Iraqi city of Balad sacrificed his own life by hugging an Islamic State terror group militant who was wearing a suicide vest, saving hundreds of lives in the process.
India Times reported that the man, Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi, was at Balad's Sayyed Mohammad Shrine when he witnessed the IS jihadist making his way toward the crowd of people. Al-Baldawi stopped the jihadist from entering the shrine, and when he saw that the attacker was wearing an explosive-laden vest, he hugged him, and took the direct brunt of the explosion.
The suicide attack was still very deadly, leading to 37 deaths according to a Joint Operations spokesman in Iraq, but the man's actions potentially saved hundreds of others. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini spoke before 100,000 people in Paris at the National Council of Resistance of Iran rally on Saturday, where he vowed that through faith in Jesus Christ, the "resurrection of the Iranian people" is coming soon.
"My presence here proves that each act of resistance will be a victory. A victory for freedom. The message of God in the Bible says that we should resist the face of tyranny," a smiling Abedini told the giant crowd.
The American pastor spent three and a half years in Iranian prison for his Christian faith, before finally being released in January as part of a hostage-prisoner exchange. In prison, he was beaten and pressured to renounce his Christian faith, but he refused to do so. more >>
A Roman Catholic bishop in Bangladesh said that the failure of families to raise up their children with morals, along with Islamic brainwashing schools that target students, are key reasons for the rise of radical Islamic terror.
"Parents do not care about children: there is a failure of the family. They have given them only money and good life without taking care of their education, ideas, mentality. They have exposed them to the ideological propaganda that promised them to become heroes or have Heaven, by killing. There is a generation gap," His Exc. Mgr. Gervas Rozario, Bishop of Rajshahi, told Fides News Agency in an interview.
"And we cannot forget the issue of madrasas (the free Koranic schools) where young people are brainwashed, training them to radical ideas. This is really a national problem," he added. more >>
SILVER SPRING, Maryland — According to renowned counterterrorism expert Sebastian Gorka, the Islamic State is not shy about its intentions of trying to usher in the end of the world with a series of battles in one "final jihad." In fact, the jihadis' apocalyptic aim can be seen just by analyzing the terrorist group's real name.
Gorka, the author of the New York Times bestselling book Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War and chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University, spoke Saturday at the first annual The Bridge conference for the persecuted church hosted by International Christian Concern and addressed the threat that the IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) poses not just to Iraq and Syria, but also the world.
Gorka, who is also adjunct professor at Joint Special Operations University and adjunct national security professor at Georgetown University, said that while most people call the group the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" and the U.S. government refers to the group as "Islamic State of Iraq and Levant," both names are technically wrong by intelligence standards. more >>