Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/1/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (

Iraq military fails in advance north

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) declared that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was now caliph of the Mulsim world, and that the territory the group has conquered in Iraq and Syria is a new Islamic state.

Members of Iraq's military special forces outside Tikrit.

Members of Iraq's military special forces outside Tikrit.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

7/1/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: International, Middle East, Iraq

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The last time a Caliph was recognized was over 90 years ago, when the last Ottoman sultan was deposed after World War One, and this new turn is worrying international leaders about the stability of the Middle East.

End world hunger through "prayer and action."

"He is the imam and caliph for Muslims everywhere," said the group's spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani in an online statement posted on June 29.

This announcement comes at the start of the Muslim's holy month of Ramadan, and follows a three-week offensive by ISIS militants which has claimed dozens of towns and cities in Iraq's north and west.

The new caliphate aims to erase borders created by Great Britain in the mid-20th century and defy the U.S. and Iranian backed government of Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Malaki in Baghdad.

The Sunni based caliphate also threatens al-Qaeda's global leadership, who disavowed ISIS earlier this year for being too extreme.

Outside Sunni majority nations like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have been accused of aiding ISIS, and Iraq has appealed to international aid in fighting the group.

"This declaration is a message by [ISIS] not only to Iraq or Syria but to the region and the world. The message is that [ISIS] has become a threat to all countries," said Iraqi army spokesman Qassim Atta. "I believe all countries, once they read the declaration, will change their attitudes because it orders everybody to be loyal to it."

The United States has been on top of the situation, sending in military advisers, and President Barack Obama has considered using limited drone strikes.

Iraq's military, with the aid of Shi'ite militias, have managed to stop the militants about 40 miles short of the capital, but have thus far been unable to retake territory that was lost. A late June attempt to retake Tikrit, the home of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, failed, and the militants continue to battle with military personal.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Middle East

How to balance compassion with security concerns with influx of Syrian refugees Watch

Image of In the wake of the attacks, U.S. Catholic bishops have asked Americans not to scapegoat all Syrian refugees as possible terrorists and to remember their dire humanitarian plight.

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

As the U.S. plans to increase its intake of Syrian refugees to 10,000 next year, Americans - including Catholics - are trying to balance national security concerns with compassion for the refugees. Washington D.C. (CNA) - "Americans need to understand that ... continue reading

The one thing ISIS is afraid of - and it's not what you think! Watch

Image of Nicolas Hénin was an ISIS hostage for ten months, during which he observed the remarkable ignorance of Islam extremists.


In a blog written by Nicolas Hénin, posted to, Hénin wrote what life was like as an ISIS hostage, and revealed the one thing ISIS fears most. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - During his ten-month captivity, Hénin observed the extremist view of ... continue reading

UPDATE: Did the U.S. military actually know they were bombing the Doctors Without Borders hospital full of innocent people? Watch

Image of The burned Doctors Without Borders hospital following explosions in the city of Kunduz, on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 (Médecins Sans Frontières/AP).


In a log released by Doctors Without Borders on Thursday for a report on the October 3 bombing of its Kunduz, Afghanistan medical facility, it was revealed that the United States military was aware the building was not in use as a Taliban headquarters. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

You won't believe what happened to these misguided teens who joined ISIS Watch

Image of Sabina Selimovic was only 15-years-old when she disappeared from her home in Austria and resurfaced as a married woman in Syria after joining ISIS.


Two Austrian teenagers joined ISIS and became "poster girls" last year. Since then, one has been reportedly beaten to death during an attempt to escape Syria, while the other has been declared missing. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The teenagers, Samra Kesinovic ... continue reading

'A stab in the back': Putin accuses Turkey of treachery after Russian warplane shot down Watch

Image of Turkey claims it warned Russian plane ten times before shooting down the Russian warplane (Getty Images).


Russian warplane ignored ten warnings and repeatedly violated Turkey's airspace before being shot down in what Russian president Vladimir Putin has deemed an act of treachery. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Putin claims the downed plane will result in "serious ... continue reading

Russia kills 472 ISIS targets over the weekend Watch

Image of A French Rafale fighter jet takes off (AFP/Getty Images).


This weekend, France launched their first fighter jet attacks on ISIS from their Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. They used Rafale fighter jets to carry out their mission, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 500 ISIS targets within a two-day span. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Writer visits the Islamic State, what he reports will chill you and give you nightmares Watch

Image of Islam is on the march once again, and they do not plan to stop this time.


German author Jürgen Todenhöfer spent 10 days in the Islamic State, interviewing its fighters and working to understand their aims and ambitions. What he learned will chill you to the bone and give you nightmares. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Jürgen ... continue reading

Will this make a difference? ISIS' money source hit with Russian airstrikes Watch

Image of Islamist State oil tanker trucks in Syria in particular are being sought by Russian warplanes. Russia's increased involvement is largely in retaliation for the down passenger jet that killed all 224 people onboard.


Ever since Islamic State took credit for downing a Russian passenger jet over Egypt last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been using his fighter jets in surgical and precise airstrikes against ISIS strongholds in Syria. The strategy is intended to ... continue reading

What role does the U.S. government really play in ISIS attacks? Iranian Supreme Leader makes alarming connections Watch

Image of It is an extremely bold claim, one that has its roots in radical thought: Modern warfare is waged by the creation of an enemy that is funded and supported before the conflict begins.


It is an extremely bold claim, one that has its roots in radical thought: Modern warfare is waged by the creation of an enemy that is funded and supported before the conflict begins. That is what the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declares. On ... continue reading

Mastermind to ISIS' Paris attack poses with decapitated bodies and laughs while dragging corpses to a mass grave (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Watch

Image of The world's public enemy number one is 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (California Network)

The Muslim extremist believed to be the mastermind behind the Paris terror attacks is 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud. He has appeared in several videos and images smiling and laughing while playing with, dragging, and even posing with corpses. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

All Middle East News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • St. James Intercisus: Saint of the Day for Friday, November 27, 2015
  • The Miracle Prayer HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Friday, November 27, 2015
  • Happy Thanksgiving Day: Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart
  • Bet you've never seen a space rocket do THIS!
  • Prayer For Courage HD Video
  • BIGGER THAN ISIS - There's a hidden power behind ISIS and it's so big ...

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 7:2-14
2 Daniel said, 'I have been seeing visions in the night. I saw that the ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81
75 Bless the Lord, mountains and hills, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:29-33
29 And he told them a parable, 'Look at the fig tree and indeed every ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 27th, 2015 Image

St. James Intercisus
November 27: James was a favorite of King Yezdigerd I of ... Read More