The United States is sending weapons to the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan that is battling the forces of the Islamic State militants. A Christian leader in the Middle East says that although Christians there welcome the move they believe it is "too late and not enough."
"[President Barack] Obama needs to do more to slow down Islamic State and to stop [them] completely," Dr. Munir S. Kakish, chairman of the Council of Local Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land, told The Christian Post in an email on Tuesday.
"Yes, they need to send more aid and stop IS both in Syria and Iraq. Stop them to the point of never again [carrying out] barbaric slayings of human beings. If they stop all those foreign groups, this means all the refugees that left can return to their homes. I feel very strongly that the West must move fast and with great power. Yet I feel it is late, but never too late to do the right thing." more >>
The nation with the largest Muslim population in the world has officially banned support for the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is responsible for mass killings of religious minorities in Iraq that has forced the U.S. government to respond with air strikes.
Indonesia, whose citizens comprise over 10 percent of the global Islamic population, recently announced the ISIS ban in response to ISIS recruiting efforts.
A touching prayer for the Middle East by a young boy in Egypt included prayers for "those killing others" in Iraq and Arab countries, according to audio and video released by a children's program on an Arabic Christian television channel.
"Mario, a regular fan of the SAT-7 KIDS program 'Why Is That,' called the studio last week to pray for Iraq and all the Arab countries," the SAT-7 station stated on its website on Monday. SAT-7 KIDS is the first and only Arabic Christian television channel designed exclusively for young and adolescent children that broadcast in the Middle East.
"The young boy called from his home in Tanta, just north of Cairo in Egypt. As soon as Mario's voice came over the air, presenter Mr. Know recognized him. Even though Mario lives hundreds of miles away from Iraq, he is touched by the plight of families suffering there," SAT-7 KIDS stated. more >>
United States and Iraqi forces have been delivering much needed aid to members of the Yazidi community in northern Iraq, and video footage of the scene at Mount Sinjar, where they have been hiding from rampaging ISIS militants, show them desperately storming helicopters to make an escape.
A video produced by news outlet Rudaw shows Iraqi forces transporting food and water to Yazidis, members of a local religious sect, who have taken refuge at Mount Sinjar (or Mount Shingal) to escape the murderous rampage of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or the Islamic State). ISIS has been wiping out residents who do not subscribe to the terrorist group's particular extremist brand of Sunni Islamic beliefs.
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A 5-year-old boy, who's the son of a founding member of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad, was slaughtered by Islamic State terrorists, better known as ISIS, who cut the boy in half during an attack on the Christian town of Qaraqosh.
"I'm almost in tears because I've just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half," Anglican Canon Andrew White of St. George's Church told the Anglican Communion News Service Friday. "I baptized his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me — he was called Andrew."
Christian refugees who fled to Qaraqosh seeking shelter in the Christian town were forced to flee again by the tens of thousands Thursday as Islamic State forces began invading the peshmerga-controlled regions of the country. more >>
At least 500 Christian women were reportedly abducted from Mosul and marked to be sold as sex slaves by ISIS militants who stretched their dominance over Christians in Iraq further last week when they overran Qaraqosh, the nation's largest Christian city where believers had been flocking to after being chased out of Mosul.
"Elements of ISIS kidnapped women from the Yezidis and Christian as Sabaya (war booty slaves), and subjected them to be sold," said a spokesman for the Red Crescent, Mohammad Khuzai, in a statement translated by Shoebat.com. Eyewitness accounts of the abductions said the most beautiful women were given to ISIS princes.
Qaraqosh is a historic Assyrian town of 50,000 people, about 20 miles southeast of Mosul, according to CNN. And now, like their brothers and sisters in Mosul, Christians there are running for their lives. more >>