ISIS forcing girls in eastern Syrian province to marry its fighters

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Girls from a province in eastern Syria are being forced by extremists to marry ISIS militants or be put to death. Islamic State leaders in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province released a statement last week demanding that parents allow their young daughters to wed ISIS militants or face severe consequences. According to a report from AhlulBayt News…

Pakistani boy, 7, gang raped, murdered in country's Christian district

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An abducted 7-year-old Pakistani boy was gang-raped and murdered by a mob of four men, before his body was dumped in fields near Bahawalnagar’s Christian district in the Punjab Province. The boy, whose name has been withheld to protect his family, was reported missing Tuesday night in Bahawalnagar, according to The Express Tribune. His body…

Egypt requests Israel keep Turkey out of Gaza

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Senior Egyptian Foreign Ministry officials have quietly expressed concerns regarding the status of a possible reconciliation between Israel and Turkey and the impact that may have on Turkey’s access to Gaza. The prospect of Israel and Turkey resuming bilateral ties has left Egyptian officials concerned, according to Haaretz. Last month, Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily reported that…

ISIS e-book advises young recruits on how to tell their parents

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An Islamic State member released an e-book advising young people around the world interested in joining The Caliphate, including advice on how to go about informing their parents of their decision to join ISIS. In the book, observed by The Foreign Desk, notorious British jihadi Abu Sa’eed Al-Britani, also known as the Supermarket Jihadi, referring…

Assad government is starving residents in besieged Syrian town

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Starving and freezing cold residents of Madaya, a Syrian town north west of Damascus, are calling on the world to help provide aid as they run out of food and prepare to face a brutal winter. According to individual accounts from Madaya, the stranded have resorted to eating leaves and even their pets to survive…