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The U.S. military is pulling its forces from an American-led coalition base in Iraq and shifting them to Afghanistan following the defeat of Islamic State group militants in the country.

Western contractors at the base say U.S. troops began the drawdown over the past week, with groups of soldiers leaving the base on daily flights. The exact scale of the redeployment was unclear.

According to various estimates, as of 2016, there were more 5,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in Iraq, with nearly 4,000 deployed to support and assist local groups fighting ISIS militants. The remaining personnel included special operations forces, logistics workers and troops on temporary rotations, the BBC reported.

Source: Fox News

3 terror groups that have sworn allegiance to ISIS have begun operating in the Syrian Golan Heights. A new recording that was published shows the weapons that they captured from rival rebel groups as well as how they have reinforced their positions near the Israeli border.

In the Syrian Golan Heights recently, 3 terror groups have united under the ISIS flag. In video documentation that was recently published, battles to control the Yarmouk Valley between these groups and rival rebel groups led by the Free Syrian Army were displayed along the Israeli-Jordanian-Syrian border.

ISIS aims to strengthen its influence in the region adjacent to Israel. They are taking over heavy weapons including tanks. These remote villages are only kilometers away from Israel. For relatively minor offenses in these areas, people are displayed getting lashes in the video clip. All of this presents a clear threat to Israel for Syria’s internal problems at this stage are along the border.

Source: Jerusalem Online

More reports of the brutal treatment that Christians and other minorities experienced at the hands of the Islamic State (SIS) emerged during May. One account told of a couple who, after their children were abducted by ISIS militants, answered their door one day to find a plastic bag on their doorstep. It contained the body parts of their daughters and a video of them being brutally tortured and raped.

Another Christian mother from Mosul answered the door to find ISIS jihadis demanding that she leave or pay the jizya (protection money demanded as a tribute by conquered Christians and Jews, according to the Koran 9:29). The woman asked for a few seconds, because her daughter was in the shower, but the jihadis refused to give her the time. They set a fire to the house; her daughter was burned alive. The girl died in her mother's arms; her last words were "Forgive them."

The Islamic State reportedly beheaded another Christian leader on February 18. No media reported it, except for one Italian paper in May: "There are reliable reports are that Father Yacob Boulos, was beheaded by the terror group' militants after he prayed on the altar of his church. He was punished for his faith."

Source: Gatestone Institute

Friends,

How can any human being perform such terrible acts? There is no question. We are absolutely living in some of the worst days in recorded history. People tell stories about the reign of Adolf Hitler and other leaders, but my Bible says that worse leaders are going to rise up and make war with His people! I know that vengeance belongs to the Lord in Heaven so it's best to trust Him completely and wait until He returns to establish His kingdom on Earth.

I want to encourage you to stay strong until Jesus Christ returns for his bride. Please keep your eyes on the prize, because we know who wins in the end. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Thanks for reading,
Brandon

Source: Opposing Views