The Associated Press is reporting that the Islamic State has buried thousands of people in at least 72 mass graves, with the number set to increase as ISIS's territory gets smaller.
As areas become free from ISIS control, people are able to uncover the mass graves that are only covered with a thin layer of dirt in the first place.
AP found 17 mass grave locations in Syria—one had hundreds of bodies of a tribe that ISIS basically exterminated in their takeover. Sixteen graves were found in Iraq in areas still too dangerous to excavate.
The number known so far is more than 15,000 people killed and buried in the holes dug by bulldozers.
Satellite technology allowed AP to find other mass graves including one at the Badoush Prison in June 2014 with 600 inmates based on the way the land in the area looks. Discuss
Actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson recently visited the California megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship, sitting down with pastor Greg Laurie to discuss his upcoming film Hacksaw Ridge and the rumor that he is making a follow-up to The Passion.
Earlier this summer, screenwriter and director Randall Wallace revealed that he and Gibson were collaborating on a sequel to the controversial New Testament-focused film. Gibson explained,
We're talking about that. Of course, that is a huge undertaking. And you know, it's not the 'Passion 2.' It's called 'The Resurrection.' Of course, that's a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don't want to just do a simple rendering of it—you know, read what happened.
But in order to read it, experience and explore probably deeper meanings of what it's about, it's going to take some doing and Randall Wallace is up to the task. He is also, as well as a brilliant writer, he is a great director. He directed 'We Were Soldiers' and 'Heaven is for Real' and stuff. So, he is a good writer and director.
In June, Wallace told The Hollywood Reporter, “‘The Passion; is the beginning and there's a lot more story to tell. The evangelical community considers ‘The Passion’ the biggest movie ever out of Hollywood, and they kept telling us that they think a sequel will be even bigger.” Though The Passion was made for just $30 million, it took in more than $600 million in global tick sales.
When discussing the real-life star of his new war film Desmond Doss, Gibson addressed what he saw as the appeal of The Passion: "Faith is a real thing. I think that often times, I made the ultimate superhero film in the 'Passion of the Christ.' Someone like Desmond Doss is also a superhero and real superheroes don't wear spandex and they don't have a lot of 3-D special effects. But, they do operate on a higher level, on a supernatural level. They actually look and appeal to something greater than themselves and then they do something super human."
Here’s some mildly creepy news. Researchers working at a massive telescope in Russia say that they have detected a “strong signal” coming from a star system that’s only about 95 light years from Earth.
And, though it’s not proof of extraterrestrial life, astronomers are cautiously intrigued about what could be causing it. Next month, researchers from around the world will discuss the findings at the Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico (which sounds like a good time). If it is some sort of alien beacon (obviously, a big if), it would have to come from a fairly advanced civilization.
Texas A&M University astronomer Nick Suntzeff told the tech magazine Ars Technica, “If this were a real astronomical source, it would be rather strange,” though he added that the source may not be that mysterious in the end. He speculates it could be from ground stations on earth broadcasting to our own satellites: “I would follow it if I were the astronomers, but I would also not hype the fact that it may be at SETI signal given the significant chance it could be something military.” Discuss