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  • ISIS bomber reportedly eyeing Shiites kills 57 Afghans

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (BP) -- A suicide bomber who killed 57 Afghans and injured at least 100 more in Kabul April 22 was targeting Shiite "apostates," the Islamic State said in claiming responsibility for the bombing via its Aamaq news agency.

    While the attack occurred outside a voter registration center leading up to October parliamentary elections, according to World News, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has targeted Shiites shrines increasingly in an effort to divide the country along sectarian lines, according to news reports. Read More

  • Iraq declares end of war with ISIS

    by Lynde Langdon/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    IRAQ (BP) -- Iraq officially declared victory in its war on Islamic State (ISIS) on Saturday (Dec. 9) after more than three years of fighting.

    ISIS overran nearly a third of Iraqi territory including Mosul, the country's second largest city, in the summer of 2014. In November, Iraqi forces retook Rawah, the last Iraqi town held by ISIS, before continuing to push the extremists out of the country's western deserts.

    A U.S.-led coalition has backed the Iraqi military throughout the campaign. Prime ... Read More

  • Amid attacks in Egypt, Christians see churches close

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    CAIRO, Egypt (BP) -- Christian persecution continues in Egypt amid the terroristic slaughter of more than 300 Sufi Muslims during worship at a North Sinai mosque, Morning Star News reported.

    Weeks before the Nov. 24th attack at the Al-Rawdah Mosque, attributed to Muslim terrorists who carried an Islamic State (ISIS) flag, Coptic Christians in the country already faced the closure of many Christian houses of worship for fear of similar attacks, Morning Star reported Nov. 27. Read More

  • House OKs aid for ISIS survivors

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation to assist Christians and other survivors of the genocide committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    "Some of the areas in which the Christian faith was born are now killing fields." -- Russell Moore

    In a June 6 voice vote, the House passed without opposition the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, H.R. 390. The bill, which still requires Senate approval before going to President Trump, would provide humanitarian aid to Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities in the two Middle East countries. It also would promote criminal ... Read More

  • IS group kills priest in Western church attack

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 27, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NORMANDY, France (BP) -- Islamic State jihadists slit the throat of an elderly Catholic priest who was celebrating Mass in Normandy, France, early July 26, marking the terrorist group's first known attack on a church in the West, the Associated Press reported.

    In the knife attack just before 10 a.m. in the rural community of Saint-Etienne-Du-Rouvray, two men forced 85-year-old priest Jacques Hamel to his knees, murdered him and filmed themselves making comments in Arabic while dancing around the altar, a nun who witnessed the attack told AP. Read More

  • Pakistani Easter bombing death toll rising

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- The death toll is rising from a suicide bombing targeting Christians in a crowded park on Easter Sunday in Lahore, Pakistan, with at least 75 dead and more than 368 wounded, 138 of them critically, based on reports from Morning Star News and CNN.

    Already claiming responsibility for the evening attack and professing to have targeted Christians is the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar terrorist group, a splinter faction of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that has professed allegiance to ISIS. Read More

  • Call it 'genocide,' coalition urges Obama on ISIS

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, February 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Russell Moore, head of Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has again called on the Obama administration to designate Christians as genocide victims at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria -- this time as part of a broad coalition.

    Moore was among more than 110 signers of a Feb. 17 letter to President Obama urging him to categorize as genocide the terrorist campaign of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. The communities cited in the letter as victims of genocide include Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims, the Turkmen and the Shabak. Read More

  • State of the Union addresses gay marriage, Islam

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- In his final State of the Union address, President Obama praised nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, warned against overemphasizing the threat posed by the terrorist group ISIS and touted American exceptionalism.

    The hour-long address made no reference to abortion-related issues, including the attempt by conservatives to withdraw government funding from Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider. Obama proposed few legislative agenda items to the Republican-controlled House and Senate, opting instead to review some of his administration's accomplishments. At times, he criticized 2016 Republican presidential candidates without naming them specifically. Read More

  • GOP debate: Trump's proposed Muslim ban challenged

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, December 16, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States drew critique at the first Republican presidential debate since Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.

    Following opening statements by the nine top GOP candidates, moderator Wolf Blitzer of CNN asked Trump about his proposal. Read More

  • SBC leaders appeal to Kerry on genocide

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, December 07, 2015 (2 years ago)

    "Acknowledging the targeting and slaughtering of Christians in this region is a first step toward achieving peace and justice there." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders Russell Moore and R. Albert Mohler Jr. have joined a coalition calling on the U.S. State Department to heed evidence Christians are targets of genocide in the Middle East.

    Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, signed onto a Dec. 4 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting a meeting before the department issues a ruling on genocide by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). They have learned ... Read More