State Dept. Embraces Islamic Cleric OK’d Killing Americans in Iraq, Israel’s Destruction


PJ Media: Last Thursday, Sam Brownback was sworn in as the State Department’s new ambassador for religious liberty.

Today — in his first official speech as ambassador — Brownback openly embraced a hardline Islamic cleric who authorized a fatwa in 2004 justifying the killing of Americans in Iraq, and another fatwa in 2012 calling for the destruction of the state of Israel.

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah’s past is no mystery to the State Department. For example, the Obama administration’s State Department had to repeatedly apologize in May 2014 for promoting Bin Bayyah as a moderate. However, the Obama administration then implemented a full-court press with the U.S. media and the D.C. foreign policy “Smart Set” to rehabilitate the image of the Mauritanian cleric.

The presence of multiple senior Trump State Department officials at an “interfaith” event in Washington, D.C. in support of Bin Bayyah’s efforts appears to confirm there will be no change. more …

Opinion by Bible Prophecy: Abdullah Bin Bayyah is vice president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, a group founded by Egyptian cleric Yusuf Qaradawi (a Muslim Brotherhood leader banned in Egypt for 30 years until Barack Obama engineered the Arab Spring in February 2011).

On February 17, 2011 Qaradawi delivered (here) his first Friday prayer sermon in Egypt where he strongly denounced Israel: “The people [of Gaza] do not deserve to be killed, what did they do to be killed? Israel is the liar that has been lying all through history,” added Qaradawi.

Abdullah Bin Bayyah, like his mentor Qaradawi, has called for the death of Jews and Americans and was once the welcome guest to the White House where he met with Obama’s Senior Director for Development and Democracy Gayle Smith and other members of the National Security Council staff.

That an anti-Semite/anti-American like Bin Bayyah is still welcomed to the US State Department confirms that Obama operatives are deeply embedded in government despite the fact that Bin Bayyah’s views on Israel are directly contrary to those of President Trump.

It took eight years for Obama/Clinton/Kerry to staff the State Dept full of Islamic apologists, and it doesn’t appear that much has changed even with a once socially conservative Catholic Republican like Sam Brownback as the ambassador for religious liberty.

The day after being nominated as ambassador for international religious freedom, Brownback quoted Mother Teresa saying she loved all religions – but was in love with her own:

“The concept being that religion is a search for God, it’s where most people live their inner lives in faith,” Brownback said at a news conference. “I love that. I’m in love with my own.”

Perhaps the senator should read Romans 1:16 …

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek

… without the gospel, their ‘inner faith’ is lost.

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Over 400 dead from earthquake in Iran-Iraq border area


Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings brought down by a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people in the once-contested mountainous border region between Iraq and Iran, with nearly all of the victims in an area rebuilt since the end of the ruinous 1980s war.

Sunday night’s magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck about 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey. It hit at 9:48 p.m. Iran time, just as people were going to bed.

The worst damage appeared to be in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, which sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq…. read more

BAGHDAD PASTOR’S MIRACULOUS ESCAPE FROM A CAR BOMB EMBOLDENS HIS FAITH


A Bomb Confirms the Calling of a Pastor in Baghdad 

The man has just left his home, hopping into his car, turning the keys in the ignition, and pushing the accelerator as he had so many times before. Only this time, as he began the familiar journey toward the church where he worked as a pastor, he immediately sensed something was different.

Almost right away, an explosion ripped through the car, violently shaking the vehicle and—at the same time—engulfing it in the flames.

“I was totally confused, and I couldn’t see anymore.” The young pastor, named Joseph, remembers.

Though disoriented and in shock, he could hear a woman’s hysterical voice piercing his ears. “This man is dying!” She screamed.

“This is it.” Pastor Joseph resolved. “I am dying.”… read more

Powerful Testimony, God is Amazing!

American Runs Through ISIS Gunfire To Save Little Girl In Mosul


Aid worker and former U.S. special forces soldier David Eubank, 56, was captured on video heroically saving a young girl in Mosul, Iraq, by running through ISIS gunfire.

Eubank made the brave decision to run though the gunfire after he spotted what appeared to be two live children among a heap of civilians murdered by ISIS snipers.

“There was a woman sprawled on her face. Dead,” said Eubank. “A baby, all shot up. Dead. Near them, two old people. Dead. And then you realize all those lumps of rags were kids. Dead dead dead.”

“Then, in the distance, Eubank noticed movement among a group of corpses clustered before a wall pocked by bullets: A half-naked toddler stumbled over the bodies; a girl of about 5 peeked from under the hijab of her dead mother; propped up against the wall, a wounded man waved for help,” explains the LA Times… read more

For Christians in Syria and Iraq, Trump’s enthusiastic words on religious freedom must be met with action


Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., has given President Trump a grand opportunity to do something he has yet to do in his first months in office: make significant progress on religious freedom for persecuted Christians and other religious minorities around the world. With the recent passage of the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act (HR 390) by the House of Representatives, the President is well-positioned to make a bold move to stabilize the region.

If passed by the Senate, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act will provide relief to those victimized by the ongoing genocide, human rights violations and war crimes by terrorist groups. But it is perhaps the secondary effects of this bill that will lead to the most powerful and lasting impact.

HR 390 allows the U.S. to assist in the reestablishment of Christian, Yazidi and other minority communities in the Middle East, which are central to the survival of a pluralistic and open society—a giant slap in the face to the stated goal of ISIS to drive out all those who do not embrace their savage ideology. It also gives hundreds of thousands of refugees the opportunity to return to their homes instead of seeking refugee status in the West or risking dangerous journeys to enter Europe in desperation. And to be sure, as we often witness firsthand at Open Doors through our work on the ground in Iraq and Syria, many Christians wish to remain in their homeland and would do so if they had not lost hope after years without resources, as the world turns a blind eye to their plight… read more

Ex-Soldier Recounts Miraculous Way God Intervened When Death Was the Only Way Out


Dave Eubank carrying a little girl to safety with help of U.S. military and Iraqi Army.

Dave Eubank says he knew the odds were against him.

“ISIS fire was intense as we approached the huddled group of three survivors,” Eubank recalled in an Instagram post.

On June 1, Eubank, an ex-U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who runs a Christian humanitarian organization called Free Burma Rangers, got a call from an Iraqi unit that was fighting ISIS on the frontlines west of Mosul, Iraq.

“They said civilians coming, a lot (of them) shot,” Eubank told CNN.

He and members of the Free Burma Rangers are in Iraq helping civilians flee from ISIS-held areas.

The team jumped into action after they got the call…. read more

WHITE HOUSE SOURCE: TRUMP TO LEAVE IRAQ OFF NEW TRAVEL BAN ORDER


Trump IsraelWashington – President Donald Trump will remove Iraq from a list of countries targeted in a US travel ban when he is expected to sign a new executive order on Monday after his controversial first attempt was blocked in the courts, a White House source said.

The senior White House official said the new executive order would keep a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of six Muslim-majority nations – Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

Iraq was taken off the list of countries in the original order, issued on Jan. 27, because the Iraqi government had imposed new vetting procedures, such as heightened visa screening and data sharing, and because of its work with the United States in countering Islamic State militants, the official said…. [read more]

Water cuts and rising food prices leave Mosul facing crisis


By Ulf Laessing and Maher Chmaytelli | MOSUL/BAGHDAD, IRAQ
Fighting between Iraqi troops and Islamic State militants has cut water supplies across a large part of Mosul, where poorer families are already struggling to feed themselves, and a local official said the increasingly encircled city was in crisis.

Water was cut to 650,000 people – or 40 percent of residents – when a pipeline was hit during fighting between the jihadists and U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces trying to crush them in their northern Iraq stronghold, a local official said.

“We are facing a humanitarian catastrophe,” said Hussam al-Abar, a member of Mosul’s Nineveh provincial council, adding that 1.5 million people were still inside Mosul. He said the pipeline ran through a contested part of the city and could not be reached by repair teams.

“Basic services such as water, electricity, health, food are non-existent,” he said, standing in an eastern suburb while mortars were fired inside the city.

The battle for Mosul has already raged for six weeks. An alliance of Iraqi forces, backed by U.S.-led air power, have surrounded it and elite troops have seized eastern districts, but face deadly and determined resistance…. [read more]