Radical militias with Iranian support are reportedly attacking Christian communities in Iraq, seizing property and sites of cultural interest.
Lisa Daftari of Foreign Desk wrote Tuesday that this was happening especially around Baghdad and attributed her information as coming from multiple sources, including "Christian members of the Iraqi Parliament," "Christian community leaders," and the pan-Arab daily Al Hayat.
"According to leaders, the seizures have been carried out in the upscale regions of Baghdad, where militia men have forced entry into homes and businesses with falsified documents," wrote Daftari. more >>
Christians in Iraq have recently joined with Kurdish fighters and government forces in an effort to push the Islamic State out of the northern territory, including the city of Mosul.
The Nineveh Plains Protection Unit (NPU), formed two years ago following the rise of the Islamic State's persecution of Christians in northern Iraq, works together with the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government to fight the terrorist group's militants.
"We are currently 600 trained fighters and more young Christians are ready to join," Sefa Ilyas Checo, the commander of of the Christian military unit, told Voice of America. "We are ready to fight IS inside Mosul city." more >>
The worldwide persecution of Christians reached horrifying heights in 2015. But what do the presidential candidates have to say about it?
It's campaign season, which means the media has us entertaining vitally important questions as we decide who their next president will be. Questions such as: What's behind Hillary's coughing fit? Is Bernie Sanders really a Communist? Is Ted Cruz actually a Canadian citizen? And why is Donald Trump's hair orange?
If the level of political discourse makes you feel like boarding a cruise ship, sailing to Tahiti, and staying until the election is over, I don't blame you. But if you have no plans to leave, I'd suggest we focus on a far more important campaign issue — one the candidates aren't saying much about, but should be: The persecution of Christians around the world. more >>
An Australian Christian missionary who was kidnapped by an al-Qaeda affiliate in the African nation of Burkina Faso last month has been released, however, her husband still remains detained.
Jocelyn Elliott and Dr. Ken Elliott were kidnapped in mid-January by militants associated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb in the town of Djibo, which is near the Mali border.
The Christian couple, who are both in their 80s, have lived in the Djibo since the 1970s and operate a 120-bed medical clinic in the town where Dr. Elliott is the only surgeon. The Elliotts' clinic is the only one located within hundreds of miles of the location. more >>
Over 150 Coptic Christians reportedly staged a sit-in protest on Sunday at the provincial administration office in Minya, Egypt, spreading awareness for the continued kidnappings of Christians across the country.
The protest in Minya specifically highlighted the case of an 18-year-old Coptic girl who has been missing for several days, with her family in the city of Samalot convinced she has been kidnapped, according to Fides News Agency.
"Kidnappings that target Christians remain a scourge for the Coptic community in many areas of Egypt. Already several appeals have been launched by Christian organizations to Egyptian authorities, including President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, so that adequate measures are taken to combat this phenomenon," the agency reported. more >>
The Islamic State has released a new chilling execution video showing an indoctrinated child jihadi declaring in English that IS will meet its enemies in the Syrian town that fighters believe the final apocalyptic battle against the West will be fought before going on to behead a defenseless prisoner.
According to a clip of the 17-minute video published by the Daily Mail, the child, who looks to be as young as 10 years old and is dressed in a gray tunic, leads an adult prisoner dressed in an orange jumpsuit with his hands tied behind his back through a wooded area before forcing him to kneel down in front of him.
The boy then stands behind the prisoner and points his knife to the camera and issues a threat to the United States and IS' other Western nations. more >>