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Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
African Islamists, often with outside support, are engaged in religious cleansing campaigns across central and northern Africa. The jihadists are interconnected at many levels, and often draw support and inspiration from one another. Africa is now the latest front in radical Islam's war on Christianity.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
The Islamic terror group Boko Haram is waging a campaign of religious cleansing in Nigeria, in an effort to establish Sharia rule in the northern territories. Their increasing strength and operational tempo indicate a repeat of attacks on Churches and Christian communities timed to coincide with the holy day. Nigerian security forces are making preparations to thwart any such terror operations, but have thus far not been effective in repulsing Boko Haram's Islamist campaign.
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
The Nigerian military has initiated a sustained offensive against the Islamist Boko Haram, but the militants still managed to mount a serious attack on an air force base and international airport. The Boko Haram are engaged in a campaign of religious cleansing, as they use terror tactics to remove Christians from Nigeria's northern territories.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Recently, Nigeria's Muslim Fulani herdsmen have increased the unprovoked slaughter of unarmed Christians in their homes, that has been taking place for several years in Plateau state. Many believe that Islamic extremist groups are inciting Fulani Muslims to attack Christian villages in a coordinated campaign of Religious Cleansing.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
This brave brother in Christ survived certain death to share his story of persecution and faith in Christ. Pray for him and all those suffering the evil of Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Monday, November 18th, 2013
Sunday, November 17th, 2013
We reported yesterday that Boko Haram is abducting Christian women, forcing their conversion to Islam, and then forcing them to become wives of the many "commanders" of the terror group. Today, new details have emerged, indicating that this accumulation of wives is part of a regrouping strategy emulating that of the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Boko Haram are provisioning, including taking women, and making a slow withdrawal to Nigeria's hill country. It is likely this redeployment is in expectation of increased Western military support that could follow for the belated Foerign Terror Organization designation of Boko Haram from the United States earlier this week. The FTO designation broadens the tactics the United States military, law enforcement, and commercial regulators may use to combat these terrorists.
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Boko Haram, which was finally designated by the US Government as a foreign terrorist organization earlier this week, has been abducting Christian women, forcing their conversion to Islam, and marrying them to Islamist commanders against their will.
Friday, November 15th, 2013
ICC previously reported the tragic raid by Islamists, who slaughtered four members of the same family. Morning Star News has now released information that two small children are among the dead.
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Christian groups such as Justice for Jos, the Jubilee Project, and International Christian Concern have long urged the Obama administration to designate the Boko Haram and Ansaru Islamist groups as terrorist organizations in response to their brutal campaign of religious cleansing in Nigeria. Today, as the House Foreign Affairs Committee was about to begin a hearing into the abuse, State formally announced the designation.
Monday, November 11th, 2013
What originally appeared to be a weekend raid by Fulani Islamists against a Christian village has seemingly developed into a sustained offensive, with over 5000 jihadists cutting a swath through East-Central Nigeria. Almost 40 persons have been reported killed thus far, and thousands displaced as the outmatched Nigerian security forces are unable to slow the rampage.
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
The Fulani are a pastoral Muslim tribe that has long quarreled with its Christian neighbors. However, today a well-armed group of Fulani mercenaries, likely acting at the behest of Boko Haram Islamists, invaded a Christian area and ravaged a town. At least seven were left dead in the assault, and driving thousands from their homes.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
Human Rights Groups' investigations reinforce the claims that Boko Haram is advancing in its religious cleansing campaign. Boko Haram is targeting Christians with extreme terror and violence to exterminate or drive them out and establish Sharia rule.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Despite a recent offensive by the Nigerian military, the Boko Haram Islamist insurgency seem to be gaining strength. Boko Haram is engaged in a religious cleansing campaign across central and northern Nigeria. Christians and their churches and schools have been specifically targeted, with hundreds killed and thousands displaced. President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency six months ago in the affected provinces. Yesterday, he appalled to the legislature to extend the declaration for at least another six months.
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Central Nigeria is host to a sporadic religious cleansing campaign as Islamists fighters from the North occasionally raid farther south in an effort to terrorize Christian communities. These attacks are often downplayed by local government officials, some of whom may have Islamists sympathies. Despite indications to the contrary (and a lack of cattle), an Islamists incursion in the same area last month was branded as the work of cattle rustlers.
Monday, November 4th, 2013
The Boko Haram Islamist terror group has targeted Christians, "secular" Muslims, and other religious minorities for conversion or extinction in a campaign of terror an religious cleansing across northern Nigeria. The latest reports indicate that the recent effort to counter the militants may have only increased the pace and breadth of Boko Haram's violence.
Friday, November 1st, 2013
Nigeria is Africa's most populous nation. While Christians and Muslims have generally coexisted peacefully, an Islamist insurgency in the North has subjected a great many of Nigeria's Christians to persecution. The Pew Research study referenced here indicates that Nigeria may hold the largest number of persecuted Christians on Earth.
Monday, October 28th, 2013
The Boko Haram Islamists are waging a campaign of religious cleansing in Northern Nigeria in an effort to establish Sharia rule. Christians and non-Muslims have suffered severe persecution as a result. A recent military offensive held hopes of relief for the besieged civilians in the rebel areas, but this assault appears to have been a major effort by the Islamist to counter the gains of the military and regain the initiative. Yobe state is majority Muslim, but there is a notable Christian minority that has been specifically targeted for attack by Islamist.
Sunday, October 27th, 2013
Recent evidence indicates that Boko Haram's ranks include foreign jihadists, signaling an strengthening of relations between Islamists groups operating on the African continent. Boko Haram is conducting a campaign of terror and persecution against Christians and other Muslim sect in Nigeria in an effort to establish Sharia rule.
Thursday, October 24th, 2013
As Boko Haram's terror activities become more widely known, their operations have elicited greater scrutiny from Western security organizations. Nigerian Muslims have maintained cordial relations with Iran for some time. However, recent intelligence indicates that Iran is playing a major role in supporting Islamists activity as part of a broader strategy to destabilize Western diplomacy and to gather intelligence on Western military presence and capabilities. As the United States pursues closer relations with the regime in Tehran, it is important to recall the role they play in orchestrating the ongoing persecution of Christians in Nigeria.
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
ICC has continued to cover the increasing oppression of Nigerian Christians in Muslim-majority states through the formal operation of government. Twelve of Nigeria's states have adopted sharia rule; but only recently has it become more aggressively enforced against Christians in those areas. In Kano state, all citizens are now required to adhere to an Islamic dress code or face severe fines and imprisonment.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Systematic persecution of Christians is increasing rapidly across sub-Saharan Africa. How do these groups broadcast their beheadings, bombings, and tortures? And how is the call to violent jihad broadcast to other Muslims on the continent? Tech-savvy terrorists use the same US-made social media that American teens use to plan an outing: FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube. The BBC explains:
Monday, October 21st, 2013
Some media outlets are reporting that Christian vigilantes and even the Nigerian government are pursuing violent revenge against Islamist seeking to establish Sharia rule in the country. However, reliable sources indicate quite the opposite: Nigerian Christians call for peace with and prayer for their Muslim persecutors. Please join them in praying for peace, protection, and faithful strength.
Friday, October 18th, 2013
Nigeria was yesterday elected to a seat at the UN Security Council, despite its inability to successfully counter the Islamist insurgency in the country. The Nigerian government's recent attempts in the media to play down the nature and extent that Christians are persecuted in the country is again exhibited in the report by Morning Star News, where the massacre of a Christian family was attributed to cattle rustling gone awry... despite the fact that the family owned no cattle.
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
God's presence is seen in Nigeria the actions of His servant Pastor Yohanna Buru, who bravely provided food and comfort to poor Muslim observants of Eid, despite the permeating threat of Islamist violence. Please continue to pray for Nigeria, and for the ministry of Pastor Buru.
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
ICC has continued to report on the efforts of Christians in Muslim-dominated ares to resist Islamists oppression. Nigeria, nominally a secular nation, appears unable or unwilling to protect the religious freedoms of Christian minority communities.
Monday, October 14th, 2013
The Boko Haram Islamic terrorists have cleansed another area in Nigeria's north of its Christian population. This ongoing campaign of targeting Christians and other religious minorities with terror attacks is designed to pave the way for establishment by Islamists of a Sharia state in Nigeria.
Monday, October 14th, 2013
Across the globe Christians are routinely subject to violent persecution because of their faith. There are many factors that drive persecution, but an extremist interpretation of Islam is behind much of the persecution in the Middle East. Senator Rand Paul addressed this issue at length at a recent event in Washington. There is a greater need for serious engagement not just to react to this persecution, but to work to prevent it and the United States ought to be at the forefront of these discussions.
Sunday, October 13th, 2013
The Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has recently suggested that elections may be scheduled as early as January 2014. This announcement has caused a stir amongst Christian voters, who claim that many polling places in the last election were established in locations unsafe or uncomfortable for Christian and Animists voters, such as mosques and madrases, cemeteries, and "evil forests." This may have had the effect of suppressing Christian turnout in key areas, and swinging votes toward Islamic candidates. INEC Does not dispute that such sites were established as polling places in the last election. However, INEC does promise to work to avoid recurrences in the coming elections. Christians and others, however, have expressed little confidence that INEC will follow through on this promise.