Globe Trot A summary of international news compiled by senior editor Mindy Belz

Three years after ISIS assault on Iraq’s Christians

International | Many hope to return to their liberated villages
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/07/17, 10:59 am

IRAQ: This week marks the three-year anniversary of ISIS conquering Nineveh Plains in Iraq, forcing more than 150,000 Christians from their homes and emptying villages occupied by Christians for nearly 2,000 years. Here’s my recap of that final fall, and a look at what’s ahead for Iraqi Christians who hope to return to their villages after liberation this year from ISIS.

AFGHANISTAN: Iran is conducting an intensifying covert intervention as U.S. influence wanes, supporting Taliban attacks and seeking to further destabilize Afghanistan, which shares a 500-mile border with Iran. Meanwhile, U.S. generals aren’t getting a buy-in from President Donald Trump to send more troops to Afghanistan, missing a mid-July deadline.

SAUDI ARABIA: The executions of 14 Shiites convicted on terrorism charges for staging Arab Spring protests are set to take place any day now.

YEMEN: Humanitarian disaster and civil war hasn’t stopped Yemen from continuing as an incubator for global terrorism—and, not surprisingly, increasing targeted killings of Christians.

VENEZUELA: Authorities say they have put down an uprising at a military base, but it appears a rebellion within the military may be in the making, as protests against the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro continue.

KENYA: Hundreds of people are leaving Nairobi ahead of expected election violence, reports journalist Moses Wasumu, as voters go to the polls tomorrow. Their top choices for president are familiar: the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta or veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.

SWITZERLAND: Europeans have begun calling their heat wave Lucifer.

RUSSIA: Thirty years ago today, American swimmer Lynne Cox swam the Bering Strait in a daring feat to help end the Cold War.

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Mindy Belz

Mindy is senior editor of WORLD Magazine and the author of They Say We Are Infidels. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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    Posted: Mon, 08/14/2017 07:09 am

    I have almost finsihed reading They Say We Are Infidels.  I am fascinated by the story, disappointed in our government's slow response to the Islamic State's aggression, encouraged by those who refused to renounce their faith in Christ in the face of torture and perscution, and inspired by those who sacrificed so much to help the victims.  I don't think there is another source that so vividly illustrates the victims' depth of suffering or the degree of ISIS's evil and brutality.  Thank you for risking your own personal safety and for the sacrifices that you and your family made to bring this story to light.