The city of Fallujah in Iraq has reportedly been "fully liberated" by Iraqi military forces following five weeks of intense battles with the Islamic State terror group, but grave concerns remain for the thousands of refugees who have been forced to flee.
Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, head of counterterrorism forces in the operation, said the battle for Fallujah "is done, and the city is fully liberated," The Associated Press reported. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Fallujah following its liberation on Sunday, and is now looking to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.
A heavy military offensive backed by the U.S. and other international allies has seen IS pushed back in a number of territories in recent months, though the terror group still remains in control of major cities in both Iraq and Syria. more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of formerly imprisoned American Pastor Saeed, says she and her family came to America as Muslim immigrants before converting to Christianity after witnessing the love of Jesus Christ exhibited by those who helped her.
"I was a Muslim immigrant. I left a devastating war between Iran and Iraq. America gave me the freedom to choose Jesus as my Lord and Savior. When we came to America more than 30 years ago I was treated with love and acceptance by the Christians. I could see the tender heart of Jesus toward foreigners and the lost through the Christians that surrounded us," Abedini wrote in a Facebook post.
"I have parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and my 95 year old grandmother who all came to America as Muslim immigrants and found Jesus here." more >>
Donald Trump is no doubt a forthright person. He remained controversial because of his unfavorable comments, leaving citizens wonder whether it is a political strategy to gain popularity or just a mere slip of the tongue
Since his announcement of candidacy for the presidential elections, he has caught media's attention because of his comments on illegal immigration and Islamic terrorism. He has said and done things that raised doubts regarding his abilities to be the next U.S. President. How has this negative image affected his campaign progress more so with the groups he has offended?
Trump's Muslim Remarks more >>
Close to 70 Muslim and LGBT groups in America have come out with a joint statement in the wake of the Orlando massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history where a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub, and vowed not to attack each other.
"In this moment of immense sadness and outrage, we stand together united against fear, hate and violence. We will not lose hope in the people and communities around us because we know we are stronger together," the joint statement read.
"In standing together, hand in hand, across every faith, we send a powerful message to those who seek to divide us using hatred and violence: love is stronger than hate and hope will defeat fear," it added. more >>