Iraq Christians fear future holds ‘total extinction,’ ISIS resurgence

Feb 24, 2020 by

by Emily Judd, Al Arabiya: When ISIS took over the Nineveh plains in northern Iraq in 2014, terrorized Christian residents fled in fear of their lives. Six years later, despite liberation from ISIS, many Christians have not returned home and are leaving Iraq altogether – prompting concern that Christianity’s 2,000 year presence in the country could be under threat. A 1987 government census listed 1.4 million Christians in Iraq, but following the outbreak of war, ISIS, and continuing...

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Baghdadi’s death is a huge blow to Islamic State, but it won’t guarantee a safer world

Oct 30, 2019 by

by Greg Barton, The Conversation: “A very bad man” has been killed and “the world is now a much safer place”. The sentiment behind US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the death of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is difficult to argue with. Baghdadi was certainly a very bad man. And under his decade-long leadership of the Islamic State (IS) movement, many thousands of people in the Middle East and around the world suffered terrible brutality or death. Common sense would...

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UK: Going Easy on ISIS Terrorists, Hard on Those Who Fought Them?

Aug 12, 2019 by

by Judith Bergman, Gatestone Institute: The West has mercilessly let down persecuted minorities in the Middle East, while showing great concern for the well-being of returning ISIS terrorists, their children and their spouses. There seems to have been no such concern for the victims of ISIS terrorists, particularly the Christians and Yazidis. […]  In the UK, it is estimated that just a few dozen British volunteers fought against ISIS. By comparison, approximately 850 UK nationals...

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Iraq’s oldest Christian town celebrates Easter without Isis

Apr 22, 2019 by

by Martin Chulov, Guardian: The church ceiling was still scorched and some cherished relics missing, but after five years of war and exile, their tormentors were finally gone. When the men and women of Iraq’s oldest Christian town gathered for Easter mass this weekend, they did so knowing that the Islamic State extremists who had chased them away were not coming back. Their battlefield defeat two months ago meant the people of Hamdaniya (also called Qaraqosh) could once again celebrate without...

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Should ISIS Brides Be Treated Like the Prodigal Son?

Mar 6, 2019 by

from Christianity Today: N. T. Wright, the esteemed theologian and former Anglican bishop, recently offered brief reflections on the case of Shamima Begum—the British teen now seeking to return home after joining ISIS in 2015—in a letter to the editor of The Times of London. He wrote that “as a tax payer” he couldn’t fault a previous writer who warned against letting Begum come back, but “as a Christian I cannot help reflecting that if Jesus had thought like that he would never have told the...

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Post-Caliphate ISIS

Feb 19, 2019 by

by Lawrence A Franklin, Gatestone Institute: The disintegration of the Islamic State’s Caliphate — which once included large portions of Iraq and Syria — may be a strategic defeat for ISIS, yet the jihadi terrorist group is very much alive. Its ideology, tactics and objectives have not altered. ISIS remains steeped in the ideology of “salafiya jihadiyah” (Salafi jihad), which requires every Muslim to wage “holy war” in some fashion against the...

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