Essam Demian, brother of Emad Domian, who was killed in Sahel Salim village in Assuit governorate (Upper Egypt) a year ago, said, “The cases of ransom and royalties imposed on Copts in the governorate have increased amid silence of the security forces. More than 250 Copts, some of them physicians or pharmacists, paid ransoms” (presumably over the past three years).
Members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) kidnapped a Christian girl named Christian Khidr Ebada, 3, from her mother’s lap in the city of Qaraqosh, in Nineveh, north Iraq.
A witness said that ISIL members did not respond to appeals of the girl’s parents when they took her away. The witness explained that the girl is still in the city of Qaraqosh, while her parents have arrived in the city of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region in Iraq.
The witness told MCN that ISIL members ordered the remaining people in the city of Qaraqosh to leave after they robbed their money and jewelry.
People were divided into groups, which ISIL members then took near the Khazar area, close by Kurdish-controlled Kalik.
The rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is spurring calls for major changes to a visa program that allows for easy entry into the United States for people with Western passports.
Some lawmakers say the program, which allows citizens from 38 countries to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa, has created a major security weakness for groups such as ISIS to exploit.
House Armed Services Committee Vice Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said Friday that as many as 3,000 members of ISIS have U.S. or European passports and could slip into America undetected.
As the Islamic State tears across Iraq and Syria this summer, sending religious minorities fleeing for their lives, Congress created a new job at the State Department — one the president needs to fill immediately, say those who pushed for the position.
The job: “Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.”
Those regions “are the hot burning center” of the global problem of religious persecution,” said Katrina Lantos Swett, who heads the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which Congress created in 1998 to monitor the issue independent of the State Department.
On 19 August 2014 BBC presenter of HARDTalk Stephen Sackur interviewed His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom regarding Christians and Minority Groups in the Middle East.
Coptic Solidarity 2014 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 26-28, 2014.