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 >>
A United Nations report highlighting the human rights violations of the Islamic State's jihadist campaign in Iraq found that while over 24,000 Iraqi civilians have been injured or killed by ISIS in the first eight months of 2014, and the extremists have taken up the practices of recruiting 12- and 13-year-old soldiers and forcing women and girls into sex slavery.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in conjunction with the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq released a report last Thursday that investigated ISIS' violations of human rights by conducting interviews with over 500 internally displaced witnesses. The witnesses told the UN investigators of the atrocious ways in which the terrorists were killing, kidnapping and persecuting citizens of all religious beliefs, including those holding ISIS' own faith of Sunni Islam.
Using information obtained from a variety of governmental, non-governmental and local media sources, the report states that in the first eight months of 2014, ISIS terrorist and militants from associated groups have killed approximately 8,493 Iraqi civilians, while injuring 15,782. more >>
A Muslim inmate is expected to prevail in his lawsuit for the right to grow a beard, an expert told The Christian Post after hearing arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The arguments were heard Tuesday regarding Gregory Holt, an inmate serving life in an Arkansas prison, who was denied permission by correctional officials to grow grow a short beard in accordance with his strict Muslim beliefs.
Also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, Holt had legal representation from Professor Doug Laycock at the University of Virginia Law School and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which recently prevailed in another religious freedom case involving Hobby Lobby, a craft store chain owned by an Evangelical Christian family. more >>