Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is strengthening and increasing the brutality of its actions as a result of its growing connection with ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, the Executive Director of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has said. He also strongly urged President Barack Obama to add Boko Haram to the U.S.'s global anti-terror strategy.
Pastor Laolu Akande told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday that Boko Haram is "gathering a greater boldness in their brutality," commenting on news that the group, which has been carrying out attacks in Nigeria for over five years, has turned to capturing and gaining control of towns in Borno state.
He also commented on recent reports that have said that ISIS is giving advice to Boko Haram on establishing an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria, noting that this is worrying news for Nigerians, Americans, and all those who stand in the terror group's way. more >>
After almost being martyred in Sudan for refusing to renounce her Christian faith a few months ago, global Christian icon Meriam Ibrahim, 27, is breathing easier now and smiling.
"Faith means life. If you don't have faith, you are not alive," said Meriam Ibrahim when asked if she was afraid of dying for her faith.
In her first public interview since arriving in the U.S. with her two children and husband, Ibrahim revealed how she was able to survive after being placed on death row in Sudan for her Christian beliefs and her response was simple — "faith." more >>
Over 20 Christians were arrested for holding a prayer meeting at a home in Saudi Arabia, where Christian churches and worship are banned. The Christians, many of them women and children, are appealing to the United States for help.
According to a report on Fox News, the Christians were arrested at the home of an Indian national in Khafji, a city in east Saudi Arabia, by hard-line Islamists from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Their whereabouts is unknown.
German authorities have imposed a ban on all Islamic State propaganda, symbols and activities that support the terror group, which is also knows as ISIS and ISIL.
The country's Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, said the decision will close a legal gap that has made it difficult to prosecute supporters of the militant group.
"As Minister of the Interior, I forbid the operation of the terrorist group Islamic State in Germany, with immediate effect," said Maiziere at a press conference in Berlin last week. more >>
While diplomats from 26 countries pledged to unite to fight ISIS "by any means necessary" at a conference in Paris Monday, the pathway to defeating the militant Islamic terror group appeared far from certain as Syria and Iran, the two countries sharing most of Iraq's borders, showed no support for the global coalition led by the U.S.
"They committed to supporting the new Iraqi government in its fight ... by any means necessary, including appropriate military assistance, in line with the needs expressed by the Iraqi authorities, in accordance with international law and without jeopardizing civilian security," said a statement after the meeting Monday, according to Al Arabiya.
"They will ensure that the commitments made today are implemented and followed up on, notably in the framework of the United Nations," it continued. more >>
A lack of concern for Christians and a lack freedom of expression for religious minorities in the Middle East is one of the reasons behind the rise of terror group ISIS in Iraq and Syria, said David Curry, the CEO and president of Christian persecution watchdog group, Open Doors USA.
Curry spoke with The Christian Post in a telephone interview about the most pressing needs and concerns of refugees at camps in Syria and Iraq, where Open Doors is serving.
He also shared his thoughts on President Barack Obama's recent speech about America's strategy concerning the terror group; the hopelessness that refugees are facing; and how Christians can help those who are suffering right now. more >>