On May 14, 2015, the Islamic State (ISIS) media company Al-Furqan released a new audio speech by its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, titled "March Forth Whether Light or Heavy." In the speech Al-Baghdadi issued a general call to arms to all Muslims, urging them to emigrate to ISIS territories and to fight ISIS's enemies, whom he called the enemies of all Muslims. Al-Baghdadi directly addressed several issues related to current events, primarily the campaign being waged in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels.
Pilgrims heading to Jerusalem from Cairo during Holy Week increased during 2015, sparking renewed debate on the stance of the Coptic Church in continuing to prohibit travel to occupied Palestine.
A government source told al-Shorouk newspaper that the National Security Apparatus recently issued a report reviewing “suspicious” incidents of foreign interference by Western entities is several state institutions, including the office of the Presidency, National Intelligence, and the Foreign Ministry. The report concluded that the work carried out by Western-funded research centers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Egypt has the ability to “incite dangerous political unrest in Egypt.” The report highlighted groups such as the April 6th Youth Movement as working in tandem with U.S., Canadian, and European governments to “destabilize Egypt” under the guise of advocating for “political and human rights.”
When it comes to protecting Christians in the Middle East who are vulnerable to extreme persecution, the United States government has its priorities all wrong, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. Part of the reason may be that government officials are not well-schooled in the nature of the persecution, but even more so, they seem to be focusing on the promotion of "reproductive rights" and "gay rights" almost to the exclusion of other issues.
A United Nations report has revealed shocking details of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) brutality includes a “slave bazaar” in which young rape victims are stripped naked before being sold and traded like livestock.
Coptic Solidarity 2015 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13, 2015.