Assyrian Americans came out in large numbers in Michigan on Sunday, following similar demonstrations in Illinois and California earlier, to raise awareness about the persecution of Christians in Iraq's Nineveh Plain by ISIS militants. A report suggests nearly 200,000 displaced Assyrians from the region are in "desperate need."
About 2,500 Assyrians rallied on Sunday in Detroit, home to nearly 120,000 Assyrians, according to AINA.
The demonstrators held red wooden crosses and wore T-shirts saying, "Stop killing Iraqi Christians." They also carried signs and chanted slogans. more >>
As ISIS continues to terrorize Iraq, a new threat has been issued against the United States as the spokesman for the group gave an interview last week saying they will fight and "raise the flag of Allah in the White House."
"I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established," Abu Mosa, spokesman for ISIS, told VICE Media in an interview. "Don't be cowards and attack with drones. Instead, send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House."
ISIS controls the Syrian city of Raqqa, which it claims is now the capital of the Islamic caliphate. However, the group has recently been heavily involved in taking over territory in Iraq, attempting to drive out Christians and other minority religious groups in the hope of establishing the Islamic caliphate in that country as well. Over 200,000 Christians have had to flee from their homes in order to seek refuge in Kurdish villages. more >>
National spokesman for Iraqi Christians and Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo said the "evil" being carried out by ISIS militants in Iraq now includes shocking beheadings of children, and he praised President Barack Obama for authorizing an intervention in the crisis Thursday.
"They are systematically beheading children, and mothers and fathers. The world hasn't seen an evil like this for a generation. There's actually a park in Mosul that they've actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick," Arabo told CNN's Jonathan Mann last week.
"And they have them in the park. This is crimes against humanity. The whole world should come together. This is much broader than a community or faith. This is crimes against humanity and they are doing the most horrendous, the most heartbreaking things you can think of," he explained. more >>
The children of Christian American-Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran since 2012, cannot understand why their father is in prison for "loving Jesus," and pleaded with President Barack Obama in a heartbreaking video this week to "bring my daddy home."
"Dear President Obama, please help bring my daddy home," the children plead at the beginning of the video posted on YouTube Monday.
"Why does our daddy need to be in prison for loving Jesus," asked Pastor Abedini's 7-year-old daughter Rebekkah. more >>
Islamic State fighters in Iraq are said to be unfazed after U.S. Warplanes unleashed bombs on those marching on the Kurdish capital on Friday.
U.S. President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes in Northern Iraq to protect hundreds of thousands of non-Muslims being persecuted by Islamic State jihadists.
The U.S. airstrikes are the first in Iraq since 2011, when Obama pulled out all troops. The move is designed to protect the Kurdish-controlled city of Erbil from the advancing militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). more >>
ISIS forces have overtaken the largest Christian city in Iraq, forcing thousands of Christians and other religious minorities to flee and seek refuge in the northern Kurdish region.
ISIS militants issued a stern mandate to Christians living in the Mosul: "Convert to Islam, pay a fine, or face death by the sword."
The jihadists took over the cities of Qaraqosh, Mosul, Bartella, and Tall Kayf, as well as Hamadaniya. more >>