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EXPLAINER: The terrorist group behind the drone attack in Jordan

On Sunday, Jan. 28, another Iran-backed militant group known as Islamic Resistance in Iraq launched a drone attack on a small outpost in the country of Jordan, killing three U.S. Army soldiers and injuring more than 30 service members. “We shall respond,” President Joe Biden said on Sunday. Over the past four months, Iran-backed militant groups have increasingly attacked both civilians and military forces throughout the Middle East. The increase in violence began when Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel, killing 1,400 people in what has been referred to as Israel’s 9/11.

Lone Baptist church in Gaza hard hit in war, future uncertain

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (BP) – Gaza Baptist Church, established by Southern Baptists in 1954 and the lone Baptist church in Gaza, has been heavily damaged in the Israel-Hamas War, former pastor Hanna Massad told Baptist Press.

Southern Baptist helps Ukraine meet rising mental health care needs

LVIV, Ukraine (BP) – Baptists in the U.S. and abroad continue to help Ukraine meet mental health needs exacerbated by Russia’s latest war on the country, a conflict nearing its second anniversary.

Spread of Gospel at stake in Russia’s war on Ukraine, Baptist leader there says

KYIV, Ukraine (BP) -- Christians in the U.S. should remember the spiritual dimensions of Russia’s war on Ukraine, especially as military aid to Ukraine grows uncertain, an Ukrainian Baptist Union leader told Baptist Press.

Ukrainian Orthodox join Baptists in Dec. 25 Christmas, dropping Jan. 7 holiday

KYIV, Ukraine (BP) – Baptist, Ukrainian Orthodox and Greek-Catholic churches will celebrate Christmas in unison Dec. 25 for the first time in Ukraine’s history, the latter two abandoning their traditional Jan. 7 observance.

U.S. Christians support solution to conflict that benefits Israel and Palestinians

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) – Most American Christians have been following the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Ultimately, they say they want negotiations, Hamas to be subdued, and a result that benefits both Israel and Palestinians.

Christians in Sudan may face Sharia law as oppression overtakes Sahel

KHARTOUM, Sudan (BP) – A return to Sharia Law might be in store for Sudan as civil war nears its 10th month there, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) said in its latest Fact Sheet on the Sahel Region of Africa.

Israel, Hamas agree to extend truce for two more days, free more hostages and prisoners

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel and Hamas agreed to extend their cease-fire for two more days past Monday (Nov. 27), the Qatari government said, raising the prospect of a longer halt to their deadliest and most destructive war and further exchanges of militant-held hostages for Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.

FIRST-PERSON: Our Chamberlain or Churchill moment?

Neville Chamberlain was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940. Fair or not, Chamberlain is best known for his appeasement policy toward Hitler. The Munich Agreement was signed by both Hitler and Chamberlain on Sept. 30, 1938, ceding the German-speaking Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany in the hope that such appeasement would bring peace amid global instability.

Barber discusses Gaza in prime-time TV interview, calls Southern Baptists to prayer

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Bart Barber addressed Gospel issues connected with the war in Gaza as well as those existing culturally in America during a prime-time interview Nov. 14.