Whatever the U.S. accomplished after about a decade of war in Iraq has, in a matter of months, deteriorated to a situation that may become unprecedented in its instability and threat to Western interests. Obama's clumsy departure from Iraq, his military mismanagement of the mess that ensued, and his refusal to intervene in Syria – again, overruling his top security advisers – are what produced the current quagmire.
The loss of Christianity in Mosul didn't have to happen. Obama's tardy airstrikes managed to prevent the Mosul Dam from falling, but the city may never be the same. Similarly, why did the Yazidis have to find themselves besieged on Mount Sinjar before the U.S. took action? more >>
British war photographer and Islamic State hostage, John Cantlie, appeared in his fourth Islamic State propaganda video on Sunday and claimed that the ISIS militants "eagerly await" the arrival of U.S.-led coalition ground troops, implying that the militant group cannot be quelled without them.
Cantile, who is 43 years old and has been held captive by ISIS since November of 2012, chastised the U.S.-coalition airstrikes saying that all they are doing is wasting "millions" of dollars with no real positive result. Although President Barack Obama has made it clear that the U.S. will not use ground troops to combat the group, Cantlie seems to think that coalition ground forces will eventually be used.
"One month ago, Obama pressed the button on airstrikes. Now you have to wonder how long his policy of no boots on ground has left to live," Cantlie said. "As for the Islamic State, they eagerly await to see those boots." more >>
A new report released Sunday provides more details on how Islamic State militants are inhumanly treating their captives of religious minority groups, more specifically the Yazidis. The report finds that militants are forcing preteens, teenagers and grown women into forced marriages and sex slavery, while forcing detained Yazidi men to convert to Islam and young Yazidi boys to train to become ISIS fighters.
On Aug. 3 when ISIS captured much of northern Iraq including the Yazidi religious minority town of Sinjar, they took hundreds of Yazidi men, women and children hostage. The report released by The Human Rights Watch is based on interviews with 16 escaped Yazidi captives, dozens of family members of ISIS detainees and two current ISIS captives. The interviews shine light on the brutal living conditions and requirements for Yazidi people under ISIS captivity.
Numerous female interviewees said that the younger Yazidi women are usually hand-picked by ISIS fighters to be forcefully married, while others are sold off as sex slaves by ISIS militants to the group's supporters. more >>
In response to the Christian Post's multiple attempts to contact both the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, a spokesman released a statement saying that DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships Director David Myers visited "multiple faith-based groups" during his weekend trip to the mosque where it is believed beheading suspect Alton Nolen worshiped. However, DHS refused to divulge where Myers traveled and whether the agency gave any thought to the timing of the trip.
A Department of Homeland Security spokesman sent this statement to the Christian Post in regards to Myers' Saturday trip, "The Department's Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships continuously engages with faith-based and community organizations across the country to build resilient communities and discuss Departmental initiatives. As part of this ongoing effort, Rev. David Myers met with multiple faith-based groups in Oklahoma City this past weekend to thank them for their work to rebuild the region and help affected communities in the aftermath of last year's EF5 tornado."
The official characterized the meetings as "closed door" gatherings and refrained from specifing which groups Myers met with over the weekend. more >>
Fort Hood, Texas, shooter Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 people in 2009 and has been sentenced to death, has sent a warning letter to Pope Francis and other religious leaders, describing himself as a "soldier of Allah" and praising jihadism.
Fox News reported on Friday that the six-page hand-written letter was titled "A warning to Pope Francis, members of the Vatican, and other religious leaders around the world." Hasan apparently directed his attorney, John Galligan, to mail the letter.
The former U.S. Army psychiatrist, who killed 13 people and wounded over 30 others during the mass shooting on Nov. 5, 2009, at Fort Hood — that the Obama administration has declined to classify as a terrorist attack — refers to himself by the acronym "SoA," or soldier of Allah several times in the letter. He referenced the Quran, and praises "the willingness to fight for All-Mighty Allah," in a subsection titled "Jihad." more >>
A 10-year-old member of the ISIS terror group has been reportedly killed while fighting in the Middle East. Going by the name Abu Obadya al-Abassi, ISIS posted a video on YouTube Wednesday announcing his death.
The YouTube video has garnered over 75,000 hits as of Friday morning and depicts photos of the boy, but no tangible confirmation of his demise, according to The Jerusalem Post.
"It should be noted that there is no independent confirmation regarding the authenticity of the clip which was posted on YouTube showing the boy dressed in military fatigues and carrying weapons," the Post reported. more >>