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ISIS urges home grown lone wolf terrorists to attack US churches

US federal authorities have issued warnings to local law enforcement throughout the US as ISIS has published lists of thousands of churches and encouraged lone wolf jihadists to attack them with the coming of the Christian New Year. The messages were posted to the ISIS social media site Secrets of Jihadis.

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Australian security forces foil terrorist Christmas Day plot

This past month, NOV 2016, ISIS featured the Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne Australia as a potential target for home-grown terrorists. In the video ISIS encouraged someone, anyone, to target the cathedral. Just a few days prior to Christmas, 400 combined forces in Australia acted upon 5 arrest warrants to arrest 6 men and a woman who were engaged in planning a plot to explode devices on or about Christmas day.

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Inviting ISIS for dinner: the “Vicar of Baghdad” is conflicted but supports military intervention in Iraq

Photo credit Justin Sutcliffe

In an interview published by The Telegraph, Canon Andrew White talks about a wide range of topics, from his ministry in Iraq, to living with multiple sclerosis, and most notably about his attempts to reach out to ISIS last year as they threatened to invade Baghdad.

In his extraordinary life, White has mediated violent conflicts around the world, meeting with extremists, warlords, and terrorists to try and resolve problems without violence. Despite his history in peaceful work, White believes […]

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Double standard in media coverage of ISIL/ISIS recruits?

Emma Barnett writes that we need to stop pitying the young women joining the Islamic State.

From the Telegraphy:

And yet people insist upon dismissing these girls as victims – bestowing them with pity instead of the anger and scorn that is lavished upon the young Western men joining Isil.

Last month, Barnett wrote another piece in which she characterized the women as marginalized people seeking acceptance in the face of an oppressive Western system. It seems at odds with her latest piece, […]

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Pope, Archbishops respond to ISIS murders

In statements yesterday, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Francis each condemned the martyrdom of Egyptian Copts at the hands of so-called ISIS fighters, and pledged their support for Christians in the region.

Speaking in Scotland yesterday, Pope Francis departed from his script, according to the Huffington Post, to speak in his native Spanish, rather than the Italian more normally used at formal speaking engagements.

“The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out be heard. It […]

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