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  • Here Are The Parts Of The Quran That ISIS Uses To Justify Violence Against Iraqi Christians

    07/24/2014 10:35:12 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    BI - Now Lebanon ^ | 7-24-2014 | Hicham Bou Nassif
    Hicham Bou Nassif July 24, 2014 The uprooting and destruction of Christian communities in Iraq has sent shockwaves through social media and throughout the world. What is particularly infuriating about the tragic fate of Iraqi Christians is that they had remained neutral in the ongoing conflict. They did not form militias of their own, nor did they part in acts of violence against either side. Still, the ISIS-controlled parts of Iraq have been cleansed of their Christian inhabitants. Each time a heinous crime is committed in the name of Islam, social and traditional media become awash with declarations that “Islam...
  • ISIS Jihadists Seize Fourth Century Christian Monastery, Expel Monks

    07/24/2014 10:02:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jul 2014 | Frances Martel
    The purge of Christians from northern Iraq continues under the hands of the Sunni jihadist group, the Islamic State--formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). ISIS militants seized the famous Mar Behnam or St. Behnam monastery this week, a fourth century Christian landmark, and forced monks to leave immediately. According to the Agence France-Presse, the monastery, a famous landmark of early Christianity, is now fully in the hands of ISIS jihadists ... The monastery itself is one of the oldest monuments in the history of Christianity
  • ISIS reportedly orders women and girls of Mosul to undergo ‘genital mutilation’

    07/24/2014 9:49:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 24, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Following the purge of Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul and the destruction of a nearly 2,000-year-old Christian house of worship, fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have continued to impose a grotesque and medieval form of Sharia Law on the cityÂ’s remaining Muslim residents. On Wednesday, a United Nations representative claimed that the Sunni Islamist militant group order all women and girls of ages ranging from 11 to 46 to undergo the despicable practice of female circumcision. While a departure from past Islamist practice, this move would represent yet another violation of international human...
  • Baath in Iraq declares war on ISIS

    07/23/2014 3:23:01 AM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 25 replies
    Shafaq News ^ | 23 July 2014
    Outlawed Baath party in Iraq announced, the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “ISIS” organization because of the last displacement of Christians from Mosul city, the second largest city in Iraq, which is controlled by ISIS since 10th of last June. Observers had expected the occurrence of differences between groups allied to ISIS organization in cities and areas they control after the 10th of last June due to the views of ISIS which adopts the "Islamic Caliphate", and refuses anyone who don’t pay allegiance as well as what is known of the organization of fighting groups and...
  • Chaldean Patriarch:"We your shepherds will stay with you to the end."

    07/23/2014 3:19:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 22, 2014
    FULL TITLE: Chaldean Patriarch to Christians of Mosul:"We your shepherds will stay with you to the end." "Our suffering will be salvation to us and others." I’ll start my speech by the Word of Christ, as His Word is the source of strength and salvation of us, the poor of this lost world: "There is no need to be afraid, little flock" (Luke 12:32). Our present pain is associated with our Christianity and with the mystery of our Passover (i.e., Easter). Our suffering, if joined to the suffering of our Savior Jesus, "Man of Sorrows", will turn out to be...
  • ISIS 'orders female genital mutilation' for women in Mosul

    07/24/2014 6:53:52 AM PDT · by Izzy Dunne · 106 replies
    BBC ^ | July 24,2014 | Unknown
    The UN says militant Islamist group Isis has ordered all women and girls in Mosul, northern Iraq, to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). UN official Jacqueline Badcock said the fatwa, or religious edict, applied to females between the ages of 11 and 46.
  • 'We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL

    07/24/2014 7:10:30 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/23/14 | Douglas Ernst
    ....U.S. officials said Wednesday that not only are Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “worse than al Qaeda,” but that the group has a message for the president: “We’re coming for you, Barack Obama.” Brett McGurk, the deputy assistant secretary of state, told lawmakers at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that ISIL may have “changed its name,” but that it’s still al Qaeda.
  • Obama to the Rescue--of Hamas

    07/23/2014 2:51:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Realclear Politics ^ | July 23,"2014 | Caroline Glick
    Qatar hosts three major US military bases on its territory. And it is becoming one of the most important clients for US military contractors. Earlier this year Qatar signed an $11.4 billion dollar arms agreement with the US. At the same time, according to the Calacalist report, Qatar is the major bankroller of ISIS and al Nusra in Syria and Iraq. It gives $50 million a month to jihadists in Libya. It gives Hamas $100m. in annual aid. And in the past two years Doha has provided Hamas with an additional $620m. dollars, including $250m. it transferred to Hamas leader...
  • State Dept. Official: ISIS No Longer a Terrorist Group But ‘A Full-Blown Army’

    07/23/2014 3:56:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 23, 2014 - 12:58 PM | Penny Starr
    A State Department official who just returned from a seven-week trip to Iraq, said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—or the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL)—is no longer just a terrorist group. “ISIL is no longer simply a terrorist organization,” Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday. “It is now a full-blown army seeking to establish a self-governing state through the Tigress (sic) and Euphrates Valley in what is now Syria and Iraq.” …
  • The Hashemite Kingdom is Threatened by the Islamic State — and the Islamic Republic

    07/23/2014 7:41:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cliff May
    AMMAN – The terrorist army formerly known as ISIS has conquered about a third of Syria and much of western Iraq. What are these jihadists going to do next? Assuming they can’t go to Disneyland -- and, trust me, that’s high on their bucket list -- Baghdad would doubtless be their destination of choice. But despite a series of bombings last weekend that killed more than two dozen people, the predominately Shia capital is unlikely to fall easily as did such Sunni-majority cities as Mosul. So the question being asked is whether these warriors will turn their lethal attentions toward...
  • Major Newspaper Breaks Media Silence: Global Conspiracy Silence On Persecution Christians Iraq

    07/23/2014 3:25:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 22, 2014
    FULL TITLE: MAJOR NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL BREAKS MEDIA SILENCE: Why the Global Conspiracy of Silence on Persecution of Christians in Iraq? It is to the greatest honor of Le Figaro, by far the largest and oldest national French daily, that it becomes this Wednesday the first major world newspaper to put on its front page and as its main headline the persecution of Christians in Iraq: "The Calvary of the Christians of Iraq". Also on its front page, the main editorial for today, "Silence, on persécute!" (Silence, We are Persecuting!), a dire direct accusation of the accomplices of this genocide, those...
  • Worse may yet lie ahead [Israel and Hamas]

    07/22/2014 3:34:46 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 32 replies
    The times of a Israel ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    As of Tuesday night, despite the efforts of international intermediaries here in the region, there was no sign of an Israel-Hamas ceasefire. Visiting UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had failed to achieve the long-term humanitarian truce he planned. This despite signs Monday that Hamas might want to halt the fighting. The Al-Mayadeen satellite station, which has good contacts in the office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, claimed late Monday that Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal had reached a ceasefire deal, based on Egypt’s proposal for an immediate cessation of hostilities. Abbas’s intelligence chief Majid Faraj set...
  • ISIS CUTTING OFF WATER SUPPLY TO CHRISTIANS, KURDS IN REGIONS THEY DO NOT CONTROL

    07/22/2014 11:49:18 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Jul 2014, 10:22 AM PDT | by FRANCES MARTEL
    The Islamic State-- formerly Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)-- has previously used water as a destructive tool to destroy crops and dams in Shi'ite territory. Now, ISIS is attempting to deprive major Christian strongholds of water through their control of pipe systems. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the city most affected by ISIS's new campaign to deny water to as many Christians and Shi'ites in Iraq as possible is the city of Qaraqosh, currently under control of Kurdish Peshmerga forces and, thus, impenetrable to the terrorist jihadist group. Their only current connection to Qaraqosh is a water pipeline from...
  • Nun: The Sign of Genocide (Please join Aug 1 Day of Solidarity and Prayer)

    07/22/2014 2:30:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 19, 2014
    Please, join the August 1st Day of Adoration, Prayer and Solidarity for Persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East In solidarity with our Persecuted Brethren in Iraq and Syria Nun (ن), the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet (the equivalent of letter N in our Roman alphabet), is the first letter of the word Nasara (نصارى : Nazarenes), the way Muslims have called Christians since the beginning of their invasion of the Christian world in the 7th century -- Christians under Muslim rule never called themselves thus, since the intent of Muslims was to portray Christians as a contemptible and...
  • The Muslim who gave up his life for Mosul’s Christians

    07/22/2014 2:23:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 21, 2014 | Giorgio Bernardelli
    Chaldean website ankawa.com says a university professor was killed after speaking out against anti-Christian persecution. Meanwhile, the Islamic State has set the jizyah at 450 dollars Christians leave Mosul He refused to keep silent about the violence agaist Mosul’s Christians  who are forced to choose between converting to the Muslim faith, paying the jizyah (the Islamic tax for non-Muslims) or fleeing. Professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a law professor who lectures on pedagogy at the University of Mosul, had the courage to make a stand against this brutal duress which he believes go against the Muslim commandments. But he paid for...
  • ISLAMIC STATE POSTS PICTURES, VIDEO OF CHILDREN AT TRAINING CAMP

    07/22/2014 12:47:59 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 22, 2014 | Mary Chastain
    Two videos related to ISIS were released on Monday. A Twitter account for the Islamic State posted pictures and a video of a training camp in Ninevah and Al-Arabiya released a video with the real wife of ISIS's leader.
  • ISIS militants ransack Syrian Catholic monastery in Iraq / missile strikes Franciscan monastery

    07/22/2014 11:41:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    RT ^ | July 21, 2014
    Islamic militants have seized a monastery in northern Iraq, kicking out its Christian monks as well as Christian residents of Mosul. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) insurgents stormed the ancient Mar Benham monastery in the Christian town of Qaraqosh Sunday, near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which was overrun by ISIS on 10 June. Mar Benham is a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church. A member of the Syriac clergy said the monks pleaded to be allowed to save some of the monasteryÂ’s relics but the ISIS fighters refused and ordered them...
  • ISIL Spearheads Worldwide War On Christians

    07/22/2014 8:24:29 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | July 22, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: The fanatical Islamist group torches an 1,800-year-old church built before the founding of Islam and forces the Christian residents of Mosul to convert, pay a tax, leave or face execution. This is what the West faces. 'From Boston to Zanzibar, there's a worldwide war on Christianity," Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said at the Values Voters Summit last October, an annual conservative gathering. The number and intensity of attacks was so great, he said, that it's "almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages." That was an era when the swords of Islam had conquered much...
  • Pope laments exodus of last Christians from Mosul

    07/21/2014 2:53:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 21, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave. “They are persecuted; our brothers are persecuted, they are driven out, they have to leave their houses without having the possibility of taking anything with them,” Pope Francis voiced in his July 20...
  • ‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians (leave money, gold, jewelry)

    07/21/2014 1:51:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Following an ultimatum from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to leave Mosul, convert to Islam, or be killed, the city’s remaining Christians left for other parts of Iraq. ISIL, the jihadist group that controls large sections of Syria and Iraq, confiscated the Christians’ possessions as they departed from Iraq’s 2nd-largest city. “The heinous crime of the Islamic State was carried out not just against Christians, but against humanity,” said Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, as quoted by the Reuters news agency. In an urgent appeal, the Iraqi Patriarch reported...
  • Iraqi forces retake Tikrit base

    07/21/2014 1:21:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | 07/21/2014
    IRAQI special forces secured full control of a crucial former US military base on the outskirts of Tikrit, officials said yesterday. Camp Speicher, the headquarters for US forces in northern Iraq during the 2003 invasion and subsequent war, has become a focal point in the fight between Iraqi forces and Islamist militants.
  • Iraq Catholic Leader Says Islamic State Worse than Genghis Khan

    07/20/2014 7:00:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 7/20/14 | Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako led a wave of condemnation for the Sunni Islamists who demanded Christians either convert, submit to their radical rule and pay a religious levy or face death by the sword. At the Vatican, Pope Francis decried what he said was the persecution of Christians in the birthplace of their faith, while U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the...
  • Islamic State marks Christian homes in Mosul

    07/20/2014 9:46:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | July 19, 2014
    They are marking the Christians’ homes with ن, a nūn, for Nasara, which is the Qur’an’s word for Christians: Nazarenes. Probably they are doing this so that they can know from which houses to demand the jizya, the tax that the Qur’an demands that the subjugated People of the Book pay in the Islamic state: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya...
  • Sebastian Gorka: Christian Holocaust Underway in Iraq, USA and World Look On

    07/20/2014 7:16:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Jul 2014 | Robert Wilde
    When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000. In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi persecution, while America is basically standing by and watching. This is the sad news that Breitbart’s National Security Editor and one of the world’s leading experts on asymmetric warfare, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, brought to Breitbart News Saturday,...
  • Nun Expects to Become Target of Radical Islamic Group (ISIS)

    07/19/2014 4:26:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 | Omari Fleming
    Imagine being killed because of your religion. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical Islamic group, says this will start happening in Iraq by Saturday and the threat is sending shockwaves through the community of more than 50,000 Chaldeans in the San Diego area. At St. Michael Chaldean Church in El Cajon, locals are hoping for peace. Chaldeans visit the church in east San Diego by the thousands to pray for the thousands of victims killed in Iraq and people being persecuted because of their religion. One of the women praying there is Sister Francois. Though she’s...
  • Muslims Enter Catholic Church, See A Statue Of The Virgin Mary, Call It An Idol And Destroy It

    07/19/2014 3:22:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 130 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/19/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    Muslims in Iraq entered a Catholic church in Iraq, and when they saw a statue of the Virgin Mary they destroyed it because they deemed it an idol. As we read from one report: The militants also removed the cross from St. Ephrem’s Cathedral, the seat of the Syriac Orthodox archdiocese in Mosul, and put up the black ISIS flag in its place. They also destroyed a statue of the Virgin Mary, according to Ghazwan Ilyas, the head of the Chaldean Culture Society in Mosul, who spoke by telephone on Thursday from Mosul but seemed to have left on Friday....
  • Protect Our Borders from Syria and Iraq Jihadists

    07/19/2014 3:08:35 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 1 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 9 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Why should people who take a bus or Tube train in London be in fear for their lives from a bomb attack? Is it right that air passengers should be afraid of terror threats when they board a plane and also be subjected to continuous disruptions for the same reason? Every day we hear news of more young Muslims – often born and bread in the UK but not “British” in any true sense of the word – travelling to Iraq and Syria to join groups fighting in a jihad (Islamic holy war) to establish an Islamic state over...
  • It's over ... Genocide has been accomplished

    07/19/2014 3:07:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 19, 2014
    [Cross removed this week from dome of Syriac Orthodox Cathedral, Mosul, Iraq] For two thousand years, our dearest brethren saw it all from Mosul: Romanized Greeks, Hellenized Persians, Hellenized Romans from all origins later called "Byzantines", Armenians, Arabs from the desert with a religion of the sword, Egyptians, Crusaders, Mongols, Turks, French and British, "Independence"... Then the clumsiest Empire in history, an Empire unwanted by most voters, unwarranted by the Republic's own Constitution, led by bellicose hawks motivated by God knows what, justifying their actions on untruths, arrived, upsetting a balance that was not the best, but was best...
  • Iraqi Patriarch: For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians

    07/19/2014 7:21:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7/19/2014
    The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Iraqi Kurdistan. The exodus was caused by the proclamation on Thursday by the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate that Christians must pay a special tax or be killed. Islamists have for the past two days been marking the doors of homes belonging to Christians and Shia Muslims living in the city. “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,” said Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako in an interview with the AFP news agency. The Patriarch said as late as last...
  • As Christians Are Massacred in Iraq, Laid-Back Obama Maintains His Shameful Silence

    07/19/2014 12:25:17 PM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Damian Thompson
    Christians in Mosul have been offered three choices by ISIS: 1. Convert to Islam. 2. Pay the ‘jizya’ tax that renders them dhimmis – i.e., second-class citizens granted limited protection if they hand over half an ounce of pure gold. 3. Death by the sword. They had until noon today to make up their minds. Bit of a no-brainer, really. Mosul’s Christians – Catholics and Orthodox who until this month had celebrated Mass in the city every Sunday for 1,600 years – are fleeing for safety. Perhaps, by the time you read this, Barack Obama – a weekly worshipper at...
  • Islamic State kills 270 in Syrian gas field 'massacre'

    07/19/2014 8:02:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/19/2014
    Jihadists have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees since seizing a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said Friday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described Thursday's takeover of the Shaar field as "the biggest" anti-regime operation by the Islamic State (IS) since it emerged in the Syrian conflict last year. The watchdog, updating an earlier toll of 115, said it had documented "the death of 270 people killed in the fighting or executed" since Thursday. "A large majority of the men killed were executed at gunpoint after being taken prisoner following the takeover...
  • Islamic State overruns Camp Speicher, routs Iraqi forces

    07/19/2014 6:51:37 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | July 19,2014 | BILL ROGGIO
    Two days after repelling an Iraqi military attempt to retake the city of Tikrit, the Islamic State and its allies are said to have overran Camp Speicher, a large base just outside the city that was being used in the failed effort to retake the provincial capital. The Islamic State's Salahaddin Division claimed in an official statement released on Twitter yesterday that it overran Camp Speicher and is in "control of the airport and the base completely." In the statement, the Islamic State claimed it killed "scores" of Iraqi military personnel, including a brigadier general and a colonel. It also...
  • McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might not have happened

    07/19/2014 10:25:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jake Tapper
    Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, made a surprising suggestion Thursday night: If he had been elected in 2000, there might not have been a war in Iraq. The Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, who lost his race for the GOP nomination that year but went on to become his party’s nominee in 2008, made his comments in a far-reaching interview in CNN and National Journal’s “Politics On Tap” event, after this reporter asked him what would be different if he had won either in 2000 or 2008. On 2008, McCain said “national security” would be different, and he delineated...
  • Christians flee Iraq’s Mosul after Islamists tell them: convert, pay or die

    07/19/2014 8:02:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:21AM BST 19 Jul 2014 | (AFP)
    Christians were fleeing Iraq’s jihadist-held city of Mosul en masse on Friday after mosques relayed an ultimatum giving them a few hours to leave, the country’s Chaldean patriarch and witnesses said. Iraq is home to one of the world’s most ancient Christian communities, but their numbers have plummeted as attacks against them mounted after the US-led invasion in 2003, which unleashed a wave of sectarian violence. “Christian families are on their way to Dohuk and Arbil,” in the neighboring autonomous region of Kurdistan, Patriarch Louis Sako told AFP. “For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now...
  • Muslims Enter Churches, Tear And Rip Out All Of The Crosses, And Replace Them With...

    07/18/2014 7:26:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/18/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    By Theodore Shoebat For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ (Philippians 3:18) Muslims entered churches in Iraq, tore out all of the crosses, and replaced them with the antichrist black flags of Islam. The Muslims are doing the same in Syria. Here is a photo taken in Raqqa of Muslims removing a cross from the top of a church:According to a recent report: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants reportedly have occupied both Mosul’s Chaldean Catholic and Syriac Orthodox...
  • Christians Given Ultimatum in Mosul: Convert, Leave or Die

    07/18/2014 10:47:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/18/14
    Islamic State sets new rules, raising possibility of martyrdomChaldean Auxiliary Bishop Saad Sirop of Baghdad has confirmed a troubling report from Mosul that the Islamic State is now presenting Christians in that city with a final ultimatum of conversion, subservience or death. According to sources known to Aleteia, but kept anonymous due to security concerns, a number of mosques in the city of Mosul, and through loudspeakers, called on Christians Friday to leave the city. They said in their appeals that the reason was due to the rejection of the bishops to meet elements of the Islamic State to dictate...
  • Revisiting Kurdistan: 'If there is a success story in Iraq, it's here'

    07/17/2014 9:39:56 PM PDT · by blueplum · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 16, 2014 | Luke Harding
    In 2003, before the US invasion of Iraq, Luke Harding found the Kurds full of defiance and hope. Returning 11 years later – with Baghdad's hold on power crumbling – he finds a self-confident region transformed by oil money The news from Iraq has been grim of late. Sectarian killings, political feuding and the flamboyant rise of Islamist fanaticism. :snip: One part of Iraq, however, has largely escaped the mayhem engulfing the rest of the country. It is Kurdistan, the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Its capital, Irbil, is a haven of religious tolerance and relative safety. The suburb...
  • The Middle East's 30-Years War

    07/17/2014 2:34:32 PM PDT · by Thud · 3 replies
    Tablet ^ | 2014-07-14 | David Goldman
    “ The region has seen nothing like it since the Mongol invasion of the 13th century. Perpetual war has turned into a snowball that accumulates people and resources as it rolls downhill and strips the ground bare of sustenance. Those who are left shiver in tents in refugee camps, and their young men go off to the war. There is nothing new about this way of waging war; it was invented in the West during the Thirty Years War by the imperial general Albrecht von Wallenstein, and it caused the death of nearly half the population of Central Europe between...
  • [Palestinian Authority] PA Claims US Plotting to Torpedo Middle East, ISIS is Jewish

    07/17/2014 12:24:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 7/17/2014, 8:11 PM | Tova Dvorin
    The Middle East is falling apart, according to the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s official daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida—all because of an elaborate conspiracy on the part of the US to stoke conflict in Gaza, Iraq, Syria, and Libya. “After the coffins of US soldiers returned from Afghanistan and Iraq, and before that, from Lebanon, [the US] adopted a new method [to protect US interests]: exploitation and creation of Islamic, Christian and Jewish religious extremism, in order to fight [Arabs] with it [this method] rather than with its own soldiers,” the article claims, in a translation provided by Palestinian Media Watch. “Taking a...
  • Iraqi Kurds begin oil pumping from Kirkuk

    07/17/2014 10:31:35 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region has begun to pump oil from Kirkuk fields previously controlled by Iraq’s central government into the pipeline system that runs in its own territory, a senior Iraqi oil official said on July 17. Kirkuk lies on the disputed boundary between the northern Kurdish region and the rest of Iraq and is at the heart of a long-running dispute between Baghdad and Arbil, the Kurdish regional capital, over territory and natural resources. Kurdish forces took control of production facilities at the Kirkuk and Bai Hassan northern fields on July 11, exploiting a power vacuum created by an...
  • Young war veteran shot, killed by police

    07/17/2014 9:08:38 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies
    WMC Action News 5 ^ | July 16, 2014 | WMCActionNews5.com Staff
    GERMANTOWN, TN - (WMC) - A young war veteran was shot and killed by Germantown police officers Tuesday night just before 10 p.m. Justin Neil Davis' best friend, who asked to be called Val, told WMC Action News 5 that Davis went to Cameron Brown Park in Germantown off Farmington Boulevard, because it is where he had happy memories of his childhood. Davis was reportedly sitting in his car with a rifle and thoughts of suicide when Germantown police shot and killed him. Wednesday night, family and friends say they still have questions.
  • The turbulent summer of 2014

    07/17/2014 1:06:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters. Germany in 2008 enthusiastically hosted candidate Barack Obama for his so-called Victory Column speech. Now, Germans suddenly sound as if they are near-enemies of the U.S. Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly was furious that her cell phone was tapped by American intelligence agents. She just kicked the top CIA official out of Germany, further enraged that the U.S. had recruited at least one German official to provide intelligence on the German government. Polls show that Germans find Vladimir...
  • Gunmen kill 29 women in attack on Baghdad brothel

    07/16/2014 6:01:50 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 36 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 14 Jul 2014 | anon
    Religious militias are suspected of carrying out a massacre in a brothel in Baghdad in which 29 women and two men were killed. ... an notorious brothel-keeper known only as "Aws", who used to bribe police and soldiers in the neighbourhood to turn a blind eye to his rackets. The side street where the compound was located was routinely guarded by members of the security forces. Grisly photographs obtained by the AFP news agency showed crouching bodies of five women huddled together in a corner of a bathroom with blood-spattered tiled walls and floor ...
  • Witness: Ventura Said SEALs Deserved To Lose Men In Iraq

    07/16/2014 5:42:28 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 38 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 7/16/14 | Pat Kessler
    Defense lawyers in the Jesse Ventura defamation case rolled out a parade of witnesses Wednesday claiming Ventura got punched out in a California bar. That’s the claim in the best-selling war memoir “American Sniper” by the deceased author Chris Kyle. It’s about to be made into a movie. But the bar fight is a claim Ventura says never happened. For the last two days, Navy SEALs have claimed in court that they saw one part or another of the bar fight. Ventura, described in the book as “scruff face,” is accused of shooting off his mouth about the war and...
  • In Mosul, Islamic Caliphate Orders: No Aid to Christians, Shiites, While Homes Are Expropriated

    07/16/2014 6:23:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - The jihadist militiamen of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who since June 9 control Mosul and have proclaimed the Islamic Caliphate, have ordered civil servants to suspend any provision of food aid and gas cylinders to the Shiites, the Kurds and the few remaining Christians in Iraq's second city. This is confirmed to Fides Agency by Christian sources in Mosul, after the news had been launched by the Arab website www.ankawa.com. According to what was reported by the local official Fadel Younis, representatives of the Islamic Caliphate have announced that any infringement...
  • Weeks of combat in Iraq show Shiite militias have few offensive capabilities

    07/16/2014 4:33:01 PM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 7/16/2014 | Mitchell Prothero
    IRBIL, Iraq — The sectarian Shiite militias that the government in Baghdad has dispatched to fill the void created by the collapse of the Iraqi army are proving ill-equipped for offensive operations intended to reverse gains by the radical Islamic State, Iraqi soldiers and military experts studying the current military situation have concluded. The inadequacy of the militias to turn the tide was demonstrated again on Wednesday six miles south of Tikrit, the central Iraqi city that Islamic State fighters seized June 11 and that Iraqi forces and Shiite fighters have been trying to reclaim for more than two weeks....
  • Iraqi army retreats from Tikrit after assault stalls

    07/16/2014 3:42:17 PM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/16/2014 | Raheem Salman and Maggie Fick
    Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held city of Tikrit after their new offensive met heavy resistance, in a blow to the government effort to push back Sunni insurgents controlling large parts of the country. The failure highlights the difficulties of Baghdad's struggle to recapture territory from the insurgents who seized Mosul, Tikrit and other cities last month in a rapid offensive which threatens to fragment Iraq on ethnic and sectarian lines. The setback came as Iraqi politicians named a moderate Sunni Islamist as speaker of parliament on Tuesday. That was a long-delayed first step towards a power-sharing government urgently...
  • ISIL captured 52 U.S.-made howitzers; artillery weapons cost 500K each

    07/16/2014 3:36:03 PM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 7/15/2014 | Doug Ernst
    Sunni radicals with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may have captured as many as 52 U.S.-made M198 howitzers in their march across Iraq in June. “They shouldn’t have too much trouble shelling large area targets like a city if they have sufficient ammo,” Jeremy Binnie of the British military consultancy HIS Janes toldMcClatchy news service Monday.
  • Kurds Use Bait Car To Lure In Curious ISIS Thug

    07/15/2014 7:17:58 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    The Kurdish zone is not only in Northern Iraq but in parts of Syria and Turkey also. Here Syrian Kurds lure in a curious ISIS fighter with a bait car and take him out. Notice the lack of “AllahAkbars.”
  • Iran wants to greatly expand uranium enrichment

    07/09/2014 2:46:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 9, 2014 5:05 PM EDT | George Jahn
    Iran said Wednesday it wants to greatly expand its uranium enrichment program despite Western fears that it could be used to make atomic arms. The position outlined by Iranian nuclear agency head Ali Akbar Salehi appeared to be the most detailed yet of what Tehran wants at its closed-door negotiations with six world powers. It also highlighted the huge obstacles in the way of an agreement by a July 20 target date, since the world powers want Iran to reduce its enrichment program. …