Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei continues to claim that the infamous "Death to America" chant is not actually against the American people.
Khamenei told students in Tehran earlier this week that the slogan, often chanted at anti-American rallies, is aimed at U.S. foreign policy, and not at actual Americans.
"Your 'Death to America' slogan, and the cries by the Iranian nation, have strong logical support behind them," he said, according to The Associated Press. "Obviously by 'Death to America,' we don't mean death to the American people. The American nation is just like the rest of the nations. It ... means death to U.S. policies and its arrogance." more >>
Sarah Parcak is the 2016 TED Prize winner, and along with her honor comes a hefty amount that she will be using for her high-impact project that will help save archaeological sites from total ruin and terrorist attacks.
Dubbed as a space archaeologist, Parcak will be announcing her project that aims to identify and protect archaeological sites not only in the Middle East but all around the world during the 2016 TED conference in February of next year.
With the use of satellite imagery, Parcak is able to spot structures that once stood as archaeological sites but are now lost in the world of change. She also uses Google Earth from time to time, but much of her work involves infrared imagery so she can spot those sites that aren't visible to the human eye on Google Earth and other images. more >>
Palmyra was once a city that homed some of the world's most treasured ruins, but a new report says the ruins may be totally wiped out of the map.
Historian Simon Mills spoke to CNN and shared his insights about the recent attacks on the ruins, leaving nothing but rubble and remnants of the site that once attracted many tourists and travelers.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for bombing the first-century AD Temple of Bel, and while the previous site showed strong pillars that have stood for ages, new satellite images reveal that there is almost nothing left of the beautiful temple that the people of Palmyra protected before the city was attacked by terrorists. more >>
A large survey of attitudes and opinions held by people in several Arab states have found that Egyptians and Palestinians are the most sympathetic toward the Islamic State. Among Syrian refugees, 13 percent expressed support for the terror group.
The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, which released its findings this month, carried out a public opinion poll of 600 respondents in the countries of Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iraq, as well as a sample of 900 Syrian refugees based in camps in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
While the vast majority, or 72 percent of all respondents said that they have an overall negative view of IS, which has captured territory across Iraq and Syria, the militant group found small pockets of support — overall 4 percent of all respondents said they have a positive view of IS, and 7 percent said "positive to some extent." more >>
Aggressively enforcing their interpretation of Shariah law, Islamic State militants have released a new video showing two alleged thieves in Western Syria blindfolded, bound, and flanked by members of the terror group as each has a hand chopped off with a meat cleaver.
The news and entertainment site Heavy.com published the graphic video on Saturday which shows a propagandist for IS explaining the punishment to onlookers before their hands are severed.
Heavy reports that the amputations took place in Welayat Homs, a city that's controlled by radical Islamic jihadists. more >>
Jesus Christ is coming soon.
That's not the message of a religious tract or televangelist.
It's a warning from former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann who has called for an intensified effort to convert Jews to Christianity in time for the return of Christ. more >>