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The number of U.S. adults who perceive refugees as a threat to U.S. security has declined over the past 10 months, according to the Pew Research Center. More than half (55 percent) of respondents in April 2016 labeled refugees leaving Iraq and Syria in large numbers as “a major threat” to U.S. security. By January […] Read More

Legislation proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide relief to victims of genocide in Iraq and Syria and to hold perpetrators, namely the Islamic State, accountable. The Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2016 was introduced on Sept. 9 by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ) with bipartisan support. ISIS is “ideologically […] Read More

The intersection of humanitarian crises, conflicts and religious persecution was highlighted in a new report from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). USCIRF “recommended that the United States designate all five of these nations – Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Central African Republic and Burma – as ‘countries of particular concern'” (CPC). A CPC is […] Read More

Religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq are living at the edge of extinction. They are marginalized and under threat from the genocidal actions of the Islamic State in Iraq, resulting in the purging of religious and ethnic minorities from their historic homes. If immediate action is not taken, the existence of religious and ethnic minority […] Read More

The Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon has issued a “state of emergency,” hoping “to preserve what remains of the Christian–and moderate non-Christian–presence in the East, and to circumvent its complete demise.” They stated that “the issue of Christian presence in the Middle East has gone beyond the state of calling […] Read More

We have heard about the atrocities, the thousands of Christians displaced and the ancient churches being destroyed by Islamic State (IS). Is this a temporary battle that U.S. firepower will help win or are we witnessing the end of Christianity in Iraq? “The history of the church in Iraq has been of persecution from the […] Read More

The West should be helping Christians to stay in the Middle East, not offering them visas to escape, BMS World Mission trustee Nabil Costa says. Costa, executive director of the Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development (LSESD), a BMS partner, is calling on Christians in the West to not only pray for the situation […] Read More

Christians in Mosul have been ordered to leave the city or face execution by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants. As a result, Mosul is empty of Christians for the first time in the country’s history. According to Middle East Concern, an association of Christian agencies seeking human rights for Christian communities in the Middle […] Read More

On the morning of June 30, various media channels reported that ISIS declared the Muslim “caliphate” stretching across Iraq and Syria. ISIS refers to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or Levant), a Sunni Muslim extremist and militant group, currently led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. One of its major aims is to restore the […] Read More

Some six days before the fall of Mosul and seven before the capture of Tikrit by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) insurgents, Baghdad itself—only 87 miles away—already seemed a city under siege. Any institutions of strategic value—government buildings, TV and radio stations, and banks—were hidden behind ugly blast walls and razor wire. […] Read More