Lets update ourselves on the situation with the Islamic State.
In Iraq, advancing Islamic State fighters now appear to hold as much as 80% of the Anbar province west of Baghdad.
IS fighters reportedly reached as close to 6 miles distance from Baghdad's International airport before retreating under fire from American Apache helicopter gunships sent to stop their advance.
Despite this occurrence Iraqi and American officials remain confident that Baghdad itself will not fall to Islamic State.
In Baghdad this week the Shia areas suffered from extensive car and suicide bombings. Markets, checkpoints, and crowed streets were targeted where perhaps as many as 100 people have been killed and hundreds more wounded in the series of daily attacks which included mortar rounds striking Shia neighborhoods. Meanwhile in Syria where intensified US airstrikes and a resolute Kurdish fighting force on the ground appear to have made progress in retaking parts of the Syrian Kurd border town of Kobane.
The fighting in and around Kobani has ebbed and flowed this week, where more than 550 people, the majority of them Islamic State fighters, have died. Islamic State outnumbers and outguns the Kurds with tanks and heavy weaponry, and the free flow of supplies and fresh fighters. But increased Coalition airstrikes have served to assist the pushing back of the Jihadists who had reportedly taken up to 50% of the besieged town. Lets continue to pray for those effected, displaced, wounded, and suffering from the fighting – and that God in His great mercy would find His way into the hearts of men – so desperately needing Him.
Brian Bush Middle East Correspondent LeSEA Broadcasting