ISIS May Have Committed Genocide Against Iraq Minorities, Report Says


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Is this really something we don’t already know? How about the crime of sitting by and letting them do it?

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has systematically targeted minorities in Iraq and may be guilty of committing genocide, a new report from human rights groups says.

The report aims to shed light on the atrocities committed against minority religious groups, including Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen. Based largely on eyewitness accounts and field visits across Iraq, the report says ISIS has committed summary executions, sexual violence and torture that amount to crimes against humanity and possibly genocide.

“Information exists which would support a prima facie case that ISIS forces have committed the crime of genocide against religious minorities in northern Iraq, in particular against the Yezidi minority,” the report says.

The report, released in Brussels on Friday, comes days after ISIS kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christian men, women and children in Syria.

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American Missionary Kidnapped in Nigeria


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Nigeria: Persecution News Update

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Armed men kidnapped an American missionary from a school in Nigeria and have demanded the equivalent of almost $300,000 for her safe return, Nigerian police said Tuesday. The Rev. Phyllis Sortor, a missionary with the Free Methodist Church in Seattle, was identified by her church as the U.S. citizen abducted from the Hope Academy compound in Kogi state.

A group of five armed men, three of whom had masks over their faces, jumped the walls of the compound and fired shots into the air at 10:30 a.m. local time Monday (4:30 a.m. ET), Kogi Police Commissioner Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi said. Speaking to NBC News…

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ISIS Abducts At Least 90 Christians in Syria, Activists Say


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Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants have abducted at least 90 Christian men, women and children from a cluster of villages in northeastern Syria, according to reports received by human rights activists on Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that ISIS militants seized members of the Assyrian community, a Christian minority sect, during a series of dawn raids centering on the town of Tal Tamr and neighboring villages.

Another group, the Syriac National Council of Syria, said that it had verified at least 150 people missing who were kidnapped in the raids.

The abductions occurred as Kurdish Peshmerga forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, have waged a campaign against ISIS strongholds in northern Syria, forcing ISIS militants back by at least 3 miles, according to Peshmerga commanders and activists on the ground.

Islamist militants swearing allegiance to ISIS beheaded an estimated 21 Coptic Christians in Libya…

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Malaysia: Persecution News Update


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http://www.persecution.org/2015/02/10/christian-students-in-malaysia-forced-to-convert-to-islam/

Kenya: Persecution News Update


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http://morningstarnews.org/2015/02/eight-people-injured-in-grenade-attack-in-northern-kenya/

Bangladesh: Persecution News Update


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http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/features/article/christian-proselytizing-raises-tensions-in-bangladesh

Libya: Persecution News Update


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http://christiannews.net/2015/02/16/isis-beheads-21-at-beach-we-will-mix-crusaders-blood-with-osama-bin-ladens-in-sea/