Baptist Press Tag Search

Stories tagged with: islamic state

Found 5 stories matching your search criteria.

Displaying page 1 of 1 total pages.

  • U.S. needs to act on IS genocide, critics say

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (10 days ago)

    "The next six months will be the moment of truth for them."

    -- Nina Shea

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The United States finally needs to act in keeping with its designation a year ago that the Islamic State's murderous campaign against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East is genocide, religious freedom advocates said.

    The calls for action came on the occasion of the first anniversary of then-Secretary of State John Kerry's classification of ISIS' atrocities in Iraq and Syria as genocide. Neither the United States nor the United Nations have followed up that March 17, 2016, designation by Kerry -- who served in the Obama administration -- with suitable justice for the terrorists or humanitarian assistance for their victims, critics said. Read More

  • Pray for Aleppo, Southern Baptist leaders urge

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 15, 2016 (3 months ago)

    AFP screen capture
    ALEPPO, Syria (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders are exhorting Christians to pray for Aleppo, Syria, a city being destroyed in civil war between the Syrian government and rebels including the Islamic State.

    The latest call for prayer follows the desperate pleas of residents who believed their death was imminent as the Syrian government reportedly made significant progress in overtaking and evacuating rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo. The United Nations received multiple reports of execution-style killings -- although it was not clear whether the perpetrators were government or rebel forces -- and as many as 6,000 men who had tried to evacuate eastern Aleppo have been forced to fight for the Syrian government, the New York Times reported Dec. 13. Read More

  • In IS-torn Iraq & Syria, rays of hope for Christians

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, November 04, 2016 (4 months ago)

    Image: iStock
    MIDDLE EAST (BP) -- While the Islamic State maintains territorial strongholds in Syria and Iraq, Christians have reportedly been able to remain in or return to areas where they held majorities before civil war began.

    Alqosh, about 30 miles north of IS-held Mosul, is described as the last Christian town in Iraq, with 500 Christian families, four churches and two monasteries, World Watch Monitor reported Thursday (Nov. 3). Iraqi soldiers are liberating several surrounding communities in the Nineveh Plain north of Mosul, including Qaraqosh, Karamles and Bartella, allowing some Christians to return to their homes despite fear of landmines left behind by Islamic State terrorists, World Watch said. Read More

  • IS group kills priest in Western church attack

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 27, 2016 (8 months ago)

    Screen capture from Fox News
    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

  • ISIS forcing Yazidi conversions, marriages

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (2 years ago)

    File photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    DOHUK, Iraq (BP) -- The ISIS terrorist group has imprisoned hundreds of Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, forcing men and boys to convert to Islam and enslaving the younger women as jihadists' brides, Human Rights Watch has reported.

    "The Islamic State's litany of horrific crimes against the Yazidis in Iraq only keeps growing," Fred Abrahams, Human Rights Watch special adviser said in a press release, referencing reports from families of the victims. "We heard shocking stories of forced religious conversions, forced marriage and even sexual assault and slavery -- and some of the victims were children." Read More