One day after the Obama administration confirmed that American aid worker Kayla Mueller was killed by Islamic State terrorists who'd been holding her captive in Syria since August 2013, the president asked Congress Wednesday to authorize additional war powers to combat and defeat ISIS.
While both Republicans and Democrats have yet to coalesce around Obama's strategy and take a vote on his resolution, coalition players want to see ISIS defeated and for Iraq to become a success story instead of being seen by the administration as a "loser" and a country to withdrawl from and avoid, as former Ambassador to Iraq Christopher R. Hill described it in his October 2014 column in Politico.
To better understand the U.S.'s mission in Iraq during both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, as well as the rule of Saddam Hussein and the plight of Christians in the floundering country that's fighting for its survival, The Christian Post spoke to Joseph Ghougassian, a former ambassador to Qatar, who was also a special envoy in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 through the summer of 2014. more >>
U.S. intelligence officials said that at least 20,000 foreigners from around the world, including 150 American citizens, have attempted or are still trying to join the ranks of terror group ISIS in its mission to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Some, like Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, have said that Syria has seen "the largest convergence of Islamist terrorists in world history."
CBS News said that an American intelligence official confirmed the news on Tuesday, which is an update on previous estimates concerning terrorism concerns.
Nick Rasmussen, chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, revealed that the rate ISIS is recruiting foreign fighters is "without precedent," and far exceeds foreign fighters who have joined jihadist campaigns in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen or Somalia. more >>
The Islamic State policing unit in Mosul severely disfigured the faces of 15 Iraqi women by pouring acid on them as a form of punishment after the women were caught without their faces being veiled appropriately, by ISIS standards, last weekend.
ISIS' all-female policing unit, the Al Khansa brigade, which polices the streets of the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa and Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, reportedly carried out the punishments after the women were detained on Sunday in the Mosul neighborhood of Salamiya, a kurdish official told BasNews.
The official from the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul, Saed Mamuzini, told the news site that the women were subject to the cruel, face-deforming punishment simply because they were caught in public without wearing a Niqab, the cloth like veil that fully covers the face except for slit for the eyes. more >>
The recruiting efforts of Islamic terror group ISIS was dealt a huge blow this week after the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous hacked into hundreds of ISIS Twitter accounts and email addresses in a major strike called #OpISIS.
In a statement issued by Anonymous, the group which describes itself as "Muslims, Christians, Jews …" and said they "come from all races, countries, religions, and ethnicity" declared that ISIS militants are not Muslims.
"UNITED AS ONE, DIVIDED BY ZERO ... We Are Anonymous. REMEMBER ... THE TERRORISTS THAT ARE CALLING THEMSELVES ISLAMIC STATE, (ISIS), ARE NOT MUSLIMS!!!" noted the statement. more >>
Terror group ISIS claims to have heavily sedated Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh before they burned him alive inside a cage. The militants have said they drugged al-Kasasbeh in an attempt to minimize his pain when they recorded the video of his death, which was released last week.
The Daily Mail said that the militants made the claims on Saudi Arabian site burnews.com, with one Jihadi asserting that Kasasbeh "was so heavily sedated he had no idea what was about to happen to him."
The horrific video titled "Healing the Believers' Chests" was released last week and has been featured several places around the Internet, including on Fox News' website. In it, militants set fire to the cage where 26-year-old Kasasbeh was being kept, with flames quickly engulfing the Jordanian pilot. more >>
Jordan pledged Saturday it will go after Islamic State and carry on with the fight until the terror group is "eliminated and completely wiped out." The United Arab Emirates has also resumed its participation in U.S.-led airstrikes.
Jordan's interior minister, Hussein al-Majali, said his country will go after the militants "wherever they are," The Associated Press quoted the state-run al-Rai newspaper as saying.
The airstrikes that Jordan began recently are "the beginning of a continued process to eliminate them and wipe them out completely," he added. more >>