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Iraqi Vicar: No Communion in Nineveh This Week for First Time in 2,000 Years

The Islamic State's goal of eradicating Christianity from its ancient home in northern Iraq is nearly complete, report Christian officials remaining in the area. According to one Vicar, last week marked the first time in millennia that Christians did not receive Holy Communion in Nineveh, northern Iraq. Oct 1, 2014 1:31 PM PT

HuffPo Authors: Climate Change to Blame for Rise of ISIS

A read-it-to-believe-it column in the Huffington Post is demanding that each American do more to stop the looming threat of the Islamic State-- by recycling. Arguing a direct correlation between droughts in Syria and the rise of Islamist extremism, the authors blame climate change for the terrorist group's advance in the Middle East. Oct 1, 2014 1:21 PM PT

Russian State Media: Hong Kong Protests are Organized U.S. Plot Against China

Russian state media has developed a reputation for absurd interpretations of international news events that may shed unfavorable light on the control the Russian government has on expression and politics in the nation. The burgeoning protests in Hong Kong are no different-- these, the Russian government reports, are not earnest manifestations against government oppression, but an organized American plot to cause mischief in the region. Oct 1, 2014 10:26 AM PT

Report: Iraqi Pilots Accidentally Dropped Food, Ammunition to ISIS

In what could be a pivotal error in the war against the Islamist terrorist group, the Iraqi military accidentally provided Islamic State jihadists with food, water, and ammunition meant to have been air-dropped to needy Iraqi soldiers on the front lines of conflict. Oct 1, 2014 9:18 AM PT

Assyrian Christians Take Up Arms Against Islamic State in Ravaged Iraqi Towns

For much of the alarming surge of the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq, a great deal of attention on the resistance has remained on the Peshmerga, Kurdish fighters dedicated to keeping the Islamic State from expanding. Now, it is Assyrian Christians that are organizing similar militias to do their part in keeping the Islamist terrorists at bay. Sep 28, 2014 6:04 AM PT

ISIS Destroys 1300-Year-Old Church, Oldest Islamic Shrine in Iraq

BBC Arabic reports that the terrorists of the Islamic State, in full control of the Iraqi city of Tikrit, have destroyed two of its most ancient religious sites: the 1300-year-old Assyrian Green Church and the ancient Forty Shrine mosque. Sep 27, 2014 9:26 AM PT

Nigerian Military Warns: We Will Kill Anyone Impersonating Dead Boko Haram Leader

The past few days have been pivotal to the Nigerian government's fight to eradicate the jihadist terrorist group Boko Haram, as rumors flew throughout African media of the death of Abubakar Shekau, the group's leader. As reports surface of jihadists increasingly surrendering to authorities, the Nigerian military has warned it will kill anyone who dares use the name "Abubakar Shekau" to rekindle support for the group. Sep 26, 2014 9:37 AM PT

Erdogan: Turkey Will Provide 'Military or Logistics' to Fight ISIS

After months in which the Turkish government has received substantial criticism for not participating fully in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group, President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed that his nation will contribute either "military or logistics" to the U.S.-led coalition currently conducting airstrikes in Syria against the group. Sep 25, 2014 10:04 AM PT

Pentagon Releases Explosive Footage of Syria Airstrikes

The Pentagon shocked the world this week with the news of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria on Islamic State targets. Many wondered precisely what kind of airstrikes and what such a kinetic action would look like on the ground. To elucidate further, the Pentagon has released video of some airstrikes on ISIS targets. Sep 25, 2014 5:49 AM PT

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