A new militia comprising about 300 armed "Christians" has emerged in the Muslim-majority, conflict-ridden Central Mindanao region in southern Philippines, and it says it's training to fight local terror groups and those claiming allegiance to the Islamic State.
Declaring themselves as "Pulahan," which translates as "Red Warriors of God" or "Red God Defenders," the group made their first appearance before media this week, according to reports, which say their soldiers burned an Islamic State flag, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
The Islamic State terror group has razed to the ground Iraq's oldest Christian monastery where U.S. troops would worship until recently, in an apparent attempt to erase the region's history, receiving strong condemnation from around the world, including from the Obama administration and the Vatican.
Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, destroyed the 1,400-year-old St. Elijah's monastery in Mosul just months after taking over the Iraqi city in June 2014, The Associated Press reported with satellite images Wednesday, saying the terrorists demolished the structure in late September.
"Bulldozers, heavy equipment, sledgehammers, possibly explosives turned those stone walls into this field of gray-white dust. They destroyed it completely," Stephen Wood, CEO of Allsource Analysis, was quoted as saying. more >>
Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Great Mosque in Rome at the end of the month, Muslim leaders confirmed this week.
Leaders from one of the largest mosques in the western world told local news outlets that they requested a special visit from the pontiff several months ago.
Although the Vatican has yet to confirm its visit, Omar Camilletti, a member of the mosque's governing council, told CBS News that the meeting is "certain" to take place, but hasn't been confirmed due to security reasons. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group has finally confirmed the death of its most famous executioner, "Jihadi John," as the organization included an obituary for him in the latest edition of its English-language propaganda magazine after he was believed to have been killed two months ago.
After United States officials strongly believed that an airstrike in November had slain Mohammed Emwazi, the black-masked British militant who became notorious in 2014 for beheading American and British citizens in publicized propaganda videos that stunned the world, IS finally announced Tuesday the death of the one the world called "Jihadi John."
In its most recent issue of the online magazine Dabiq, the militant organization published an obituary for Emwazi, who was referred to as Abū Muhārib Al-Muhājir, that explained that he died on Nov. 12, 2015, after "the car he was in was targeted in a strike by an unmanned drone in the city of Raqqa." It added that Emwazi's car was destroyed and he was killed "instantly." more >>
One of the Muslim passengers who stood up and defended Christians during a bus terror attack in Kenya in December has died from a bullet wound he sustained during the ambush, but not before urging Christians and Muslims to live as brothers.
BBC News reported on Monday that Salah Farah died while receiving surgery for his injuries in the capital, Nairobi.
Farah and other Muslim bus passengers risked their lives during an Al-Shabaab attack in December to save fellow Christian passangers. While the attack left two people dead and three others injured, including Farah, authorities said at the time that many more would have been killed had the passengers not stood up to the gunmen. more >>
A 15-year-old boy in Pakistan cut off his own hand after the cleric of a mosque accused him of blasphemy. The boy's family and villagers praised him for the act of "proving" his faith.
The incident took place after the boy, identified as Mohammad Anwar, from Pakistan's Okara district, attended a gathering at a mosque in Hujra Shah Muqeem area last week, according to Pakistan's Dawn newspaper.
The cleric, identified as Shabbir Ahmed, asked the gathering if there was anyone who had stopped praying and believing in the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The boy couldn't understand the question, and raised his hand by mistake. more >>