President Barack Obama has pledged that the United States will continue aiding Iraq in its war against Islamic State militants, but will not be deploying ground troops into the region.
Obama began his statement on Thursday by stating that many of the thousands of refugees that had been stranded on Mount Sinjar last week, hiding from Islamic militants, have now been rescued. He said that he "could not be prouder of the men and women of our military who carried out this humanitarian operation almost flawlessly."
He added, however, that "the situation remains dire for Iraqis subjected to ISIL's terror throughout the country, and this includes minorities like Yezidis and Iraqi Christians; it also includes Sunnis, Shia and Kurds." more >>
The United Nations has declared the highest level of humanitarian emergency in Iraq and has accused Islamic State militants of carrying out "barbaric" acts of sexual violence against women and teenage boys and girls belonging to Iraqi minorities.
U.N. special representative Nickolay Mladenov said that the declaration by the UN of a "Level 3 Emergency" in Iraq would "facilitate mobilization of additional resources in goods, funds and assets to ensure a more effective response to the humanitarian needs of populations affected by forced displacements," BBC News reported on Thursday.
The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has taken over significant territory in Iraq and Syria, capturing major cities, carrying out violent attacks on minorities, including Christians, and forcing close to 1.2 million people to flee their homes. more >>
Egypt's most influential Muslim cleric has recently denounced the terrorist group commonly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, considered the North African nation's highest religious authority, said on the state news agency MENA that ISIS "poses a danger to Islam and Muslims."
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.
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 group of churches from the Commonwealth of Virginia have helped an Afghan interpreter and his family stay in the United States after coming to the country after his life was threatened.
The Northern Virginia Military Mission Outreach, a group of congregations who help aid American veterans and their families, recently "provided furniture, food, clothing, toys, a television and money," for the interpreter, reported Neill Caldwell of United Methodist News Service.
Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield is one of the members of NVMMO, the majority of which are United Methodist Church congregations. more >>