New estimates suggest that over 1,400 yazidi children are being held by the Islamic State and are being trained to be jihadi fighters or trained to carry out suicide attacks.
The Directorate of Yezidi Abductees Affairs in Duhok, a city in northern Iraq, announced on Wednesday that there are believed to be 3,770 yazidis still held captive by IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL), regional news outlets are reporting.
Hussein Kuru, who heads abductees affairs office and traces abducted Yazidis in the Duhok province, said at a press conference that as many as 2,640 abducted yazidis of both sexes have been freed from IS by the Kurdish Regional Government and its peshmerga forces. more >>
The Islamic State is trying to change up the leadership of Nigerian-based Boko Haram and has appointed a new leader who is vowing to bomb churches and kill all Christians.
IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) announced Wednesday in its al-Nabaa newspaper that Abu Musab al-Barnawi is the new leader of its Nigerian-affiliated outfit, calling him the "Wali" (governor) of its West African Province.
In an interview published by the IS news source that was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, al-Barnawi vowed to kill less Muslims and more Christians. more >>
Famous atheist author Richard Dawkins has decried the "horrific scenes" of radical Islamists praying before raping young women, as found in The Girl Who Beat ISIS, the ghost-written memoir of Farida Khalaf, the pseudonym of a 19-year-old Yazidi and former Islamic State terror group sex slave.
Dawkins wrote a review of Khalaf's book on his website, The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, describing the teenager as an "almost superhumanly brave and heroic young woman."
The Girl Who Beat ISIS provides a first-hand account of Khalaf's struggles in IS slave markets, where she is sold, beaten, and raped by numerous IS fighters. more >>
Amid recent allegations that the Obama administration made a $400 million cash payment to the Iranian government for the release of American hostages, Pastor Saeed Abedini, one of the prisoners released on the same day of the payment, is speaking out.
The pastor, who spent three years in an Iranian prison and was released in January earlier this year, told Fox Business Network this week that on the day of his release he and other prisoners were taken to the Tehran airport where a plane was waiting for them. They waited several hours, however, until a second plane arrived. It is widely speculated that the second plane contained a ransom payment.
Abedini said their plane did not depart until 10 a.m. the next day when they flew in that same plane to the U.S. more >>
The Family Research Council has published a new video ad that points out the National Basketball Association's "hypocrisy" for moving its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte because of North Carolina's controversial transgender bathroom law.
The NBA announced last month that it will no longer hold next season's All-Star Game festivities in Charlotte because of its objection to a North Carolina law passed earlier this year that requires people to use state-owned bathrooms consistent with their biological sex and gives businesses the ability to create their own bathroom policies.
Citing concerns about legal protections for the LGBT community, The league explained in a statement that it can not "successfully host" its week-long all-star festivities "in the climate created by HB2." The NBA now appears to be close to a deal that would move the 2017 All-Star game to New Orleans. more >>
The first Egyptian Christian convert to seek a change of religion on his ID card declared last week that he has returned to Islam after having been imprisoned for over two-and-a-half years.
In 2007, Mohamed Hegazy, also known by his Christian name Bishoy, became the first Egyptian man to sue the government to officially change his religion of record from Islam to Christianity so that his child could be raised as a Christian and get married in a church.
In response, many radical Muslim leaders called for Hegazy to be killed as an apostate. In December 2013, Hegazy, who worked for a Coptic Christian television station, was arrested and accused of spreading a "false image" of persecution against Christians in Egypt. In June of 2014, Hegazy was sentenced to five years in prison. more >>