The famously brutal terrorist group, ISIS, claims it will execute 180 Assyrian Christians who they kidnapped in February. The group demanded the Assyrian community pay $12 million for the release of the captured Christians, but Assyrian leadership says the amount is “unbearable.” The Christian Post cited Osama Edward, director of the Assyrian Human Rights Network, as saying, "The negotiations ... have been suspended due to the unbearable demands of the terror group. ISIS threatened to execute the 180 hostages if we didn't pay the ransom."
The kidnapped Assyrians are part of a group of 230 ISIS captured back in February from the Khabur river valley in Syria. Discuss
The Islamic state gets all the press. But could a different Islamic extremist group be the biggest threat to the global church? We went to Nigeria and saw and heard firsthand the horrifying reality of boko haram. Read More
Yesterday, the International Committee of the Red Cross—a global humanitarian organization— suspended operations in the Yemen port city of Aden. Around 2 p.m., a group of gunmen stormed the organization’s compound, held the staff at gunpoint and stole vehicles and cash, along with some laptops. A spokeswoman said the Red Cross relocated the 14 staff members in Aden, which could negatively affect the area in a big way: The group’s Aden operations include supporting a surgical hospital and providing clean drinking water to the city. Discuss
The perpetrator(s) placed the battle flags right below a “Black Lives Matter, Hands Up” poster at Ebenezer Baptist Church—the historically black church in Atlanta, Georgia, where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. In a statement, Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer, said the flags represent “a terrorist act meant to intimidate.” He equated the littering to placing Swastikas around a Jewish synagogue. “Let the message go out that we will not be shaken by this,” said Warnock, who has been outspoken about recent race-based acts of violence like police shootings and the Charleston shooting. “We will not be intimidated.” Federal and local authorities are hopeful that the church’s surveillance cameras will help identify suspects. Discuss