In the Ottoman Empire, the Janissaries were an elite military group made up of men who had as children been taken forcibly from their Christian families and converted to Islam. The Janissaries were often used against their own ancestral people — for jihad attacks against Christian areas. Here, they have become a symbol of rapidly
An Islamic preacher from Kuwait has called for the destruction of Egypt’s Sphinx and pyramids (effectively destroying Egypt’s tourist industry), stating it is time for Muslims to erase the pharaohs’ heritage. The alleged call comes as Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists ramp up their attacks against historic sites and antiquities.