Islamic State Remains Persistent Threat in Iraq

One of the towns outside Mosul destroyed by Islamic State terrorists. (Caption, photo courtesy of Christian Aid Mission)

United States military leaders say the Islamic State remains a persistent “low-level” threat in Iraq. A new Inspector General report says terrorists exploit regional weaknesses while building their ranks and biding their time.

The extremists maintain cash reserves in the range of tens of millions of dollars. Speaking through an interpreter, an Iraqi believer named Umran* says the funding could come from several sources.

“Countries around Iraq are the ones that many Iraqis believe are [supporting] ISIS. There are other organizations and countries that are generally against the propagation of American values and/or Christian values in the Arab world; those are also supporting ISIS,” Umran says.

“There are some people [who] believe leadership within the country is continuing to support ISIS because they want it to stay weak so that they can continue to benefit from the corruption within Iraq.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray Iraqi believers may have the Lord’s strength, patience, and endurance.
  • Pray for evil and terror to be overcome by the power and love of Christ and His people.
  • Pray for the Gospel message to break through hearts hardened by longstanding divisions and intense rivalries.

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