Two nuns missing in Iraq, ISIS suspected of kidnapping
A total of five Assyrians are missing from Mosul.
Five Assyrians disappeared nearly four days ago from an orphanage in Mosul, Iraq. Two nuns are among the missing.
Sister Miskintah, Sister Utoor Joseph, Hala Salim, Sarah Khoshaba, and Aram Sabah have not been heard from since they returned to the Nineveh Province capital to check on an abandoned orphanage. Mosul fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorist group weeks ago.
The Chaldean nuns ran the all-girl orphanage near Miskintah Church in Khazraj, Mosul. The women and children escaped to Dohuk when ISIS ravaged the city, but returned to Mosul late Saturday. No sign of them has been discovered.
The Assyrian media reported that the women may have been kidnapped by ISIS.
The Sunni Muslim extremists have persecuted, raped, and killed Christians and Shiite Muslims across Iraq and Syria. Churches and Shiite shrines have been bombed, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have fled the area because of the violence.
Women and children are not spared in the attacks, and survivors of assaults in Brawawchli, Chardaghli, Karanaz, and Bashir said that the militants shot villagers at point-blank range.
"You cannot imagine what happened, only if you saw it could you believe it," Hassan Ali told the Associated Press from Kirkuk, where many fled.
"They hit us with mortars and mortars, and the families fled, and they kept hitting us. It was completely sectarian. The Shiites, out."
The survivors say the militants shouted "God is great!" while they carried out their attack.
"All shot in the head," one person told the Washington Post.
"Please tell the world," another pleaded. "It was a savage massacre."
ISIS seeks to establish a Sunni Muslim reign across Iraq and Syria. The terrorist group, led by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, has increased in power substantially since the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq in December 2011.
ISIS controls the Iraqi cities of Mosul, Baiji, and Fallujah, as well as parts of Syria. The group has also posted photos and videos online showing Iraqi policeman and civilians being slaughtered.
The United Nations reported Tuesday that over 2,400 people were killed in Iraq last month.
ISIS Drowns 13 Civilians, Execute 8 Others In Mosul, Kirkuk On Charges of Collaborating With The Enemy
The Islamic State (ISIS) has numerous execution methods to choose from. On Wednesday, it selected one where there's no flesh or burn wounds but brutally efficient just the same: drowning.
Christians In Mideast Reject Trump Plan To Prioritise U.S. Resettlement Of Christian Refugees: 'Wrong Message, Wrong Policy'
Thanks, but no thanks. That was the blunt response of at least two Christian leaders in the Middle East to the recent pronouncement of U.S. President Donald Trump that his administration will give priority to persecuted Christian refugees seeking to resettle in the U.S.
- 'Supergroup' Of Chorister Kids Releases Album Of Choral Classics
- The Great Wall Review: A Boundary-Shifting Movie That Might Get Donald Trump Worried
- Why We Should Not Take Ourselves Too Seriously: 7 Fun Looks At Evangelical Christian Culture
- Why Did Jesus Ask A Blind Man If He Wanted Healing?
- A Radical Way To Buy Your Own Home - Thanks To God And Christian Mission
- 8 Moments You'll Only Understand If You're A Calvinist
- Why Trump's Rambling, Incoherent Press Conference Is So Worrying
- When Are British Bank Holidays In 2017?
- Why Christians Should Beware Of Random Acts Of Kindness
- Boko Haram Has Murdered 100,000, Displaced 2 Million In War To Wipe Out Christianity In Nigeria
- Malaysia Arrests North Korean Man As Row Over Kim Jong Nam's Death Escalates
- Islamist Extremists Spill More Christian Blood In Egypt Amid Fears That More Attacks Are Forthcoming
- Mother Of Man Who Killed Pastor Turns To Christ After Church Shows Forgiveness, Compassion
- Turkey Nightclub Massacre Gunman Says He Wanted To Kill Christians — But Murdered Mostly Muslims Instead
- Priest On The Front Line Of The Refugee Crisis Speaks Out
- Iraq Launches Final Offensive To Kick ISIS Out Of Mosul
- ISIS Drowns 13 Civilians, Execute 8 Others In Mosul, Kirkuk On Charges of Collaborating With The Enemy
- Christians In Mideast Reject Trump Plan To Prioritise U.S. Resettlement Of Christian Refugees: 'Wrong Message, Wrong Policy'
- Egyptian Christian Gunned Down By Suspected ISIS Militants
- Christian Persecution Made Worse By Lack Of U.N. Action To Uphold Religious Freedom, Report Says
- ISIS Pours Tar On 15 Civilians, Including Children, Before Burning Them Alive For Trying To Flee 'Caliphate'
- Is Trump's Policy Of Prioritising Christian Refugees Unfair – On Christians?