Three men were sentenced to prison Tuesday for plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS) group, as a federal judge concluded the second day of sentencing in a case that shed a light on terror recruiting in the state.
Keramlis, a Christian town on the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq, fell to ISIS in August 2014, sending its inhabitants fleeing. The town was retaken by Iraq forces three weeks ago as part of the push for Mosul, but most of its homes were destroyed in the process.
The IDF battalion charged with safeguarding Israel’s border with Egypt has been stepping up its preparation for potential ISIS attacks from the Sinai Peninsula, where members of the terrorist organization have been operating.
Calling the use of chemical weapons ‘a barbaric tool, repugnant to the conscience of mankind,’ US Ambassador Samantha Power urged the UN Security Council to take ‘strong and swift action’ against the perpetrators.
Islamic State terrorists have demonstrated the ability to conduct complex, multi-stage attacks outside the conflict zone, while at the same time the role of its affiliates in the wider region has been elevated, UN experts said in a new report.
The indigenous Christian population in the Middle East has been largely decimated by Islamic forces sweeping through the region, leaving them in a precarious situation as Israel has become the only safe country for Christians in the Middle East.