A Syrian Catholic Church leader recently condemned both U.S. foreign policy and Western media for ignoring Christian persecution and worsening the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
"Innocent people, especially Christians, have no support. The West has betrayed us," Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan told Egyptian Catholic magazine Le Messager last week.
"Western democracies have conspired against Syria and produced the destruction of the nation's infrastructure, the demolition of houses, towns, villages, monuments and archaeological sites," he added. more >>
Christians in a Kenyan town need police guards to stand by during their worship service for fear that another violent event will hit them.
In April, the extremist group Al Shabab left almost 150 people dead during an attack at the University of Garissa in Kenya. It is worth noting that most of the victims were Christians. Because of the deadly attack, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta placed a bounty worth $217,000 on the head of the Islamist group's leader Mohamed Kuno, the Youth Independent reports.
Now, the interfaith relations in the Kenyan town of Garissa have somehow improved, but Christians in the area still need police guards on standby while they worship. Security officials, some of them Muslims, are present on nearby grounds when there is a church service, according to an AP report cited by CBS News. more >>
While most of the Islamic State terrorist organization's foreign fighters come from Muslim backgrounds, a terrorism expert said Tuesday that jihadi recruits hailing from Christian families are among the most ferocious fighters the militant group has to offer.
During a meeting held by the United Nation's Security Council's counter-terrorism committee that focused on foreign terrorist fighters, Scott Atran, the co-founder of Oxford University's Center for Resolution of Intractable Conflict, explained that ISIS has a "revolutionary pull" that is capable of attracting more than just radicalized Muslims.
Although much has been made about IS' (also known as ISIS or ISIL) intricate online recruiting process, Atran said that IS' most successful form of international recruiting is through the convincing of friends and family. more >>
Christians in the predominantly Muslim country of Sudan continue to suffer intense persecution, with the government engaging in a systematic destruction of churches, a conservative law group has warned.
The American Center for Law and Justice said Tuesday that its contacts on the ground in Sudan have affirmed that government officials continue to order the destruction of Christian churches, further marginalizing the minority Christian population.
At least three churches were destroyed in October, according to the ACLJ, including the Sudanese Church of Christ building in Omdurman, the Lutheran Church of Sudan building in Karari, and another Lutheran Church of Sudan building in Gadaref, East Sudan. more >>
The Islamic State terror group released 10 Assyrian Christian hostages Tuesday night in the Tel Temir town in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, but over 150 remain captured and threatened with death.
"The released Assyrians, who are residents of the towns of Tel Shamiram, Tel Jazeera, Qabr Shamiya and Tel Fayda, are in good health conditions," a statement from the Assyrian Network for Human Rights read.
"The total number of the released since the start of the negotiations has reached 98, mostly sick and elderly," the network added, noting that there are five women among the 10 most recently released. more >>
As tens of thousands of refugees flee war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Europe, world leaders are deliberating on what actions, if any, to take against President Bashar al-Assad whose government has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in barrel bomb and chemical weapons attacks as the country fights a civil war and the Islamic State.
It is estimated that 240,000 people have been killed since the start of the Syrian civil war and millions have been displaced or have fled to neighboring countries and Europe.
Last week, as he has done for years, President Barack Obama announced that Assad must be replaced if Syria is to have a chance at peace and stability. more >>