The U.S. military targeted sites of an al-Qaeda-linked Islamist extremist group, the Khorasan, in Syria by airstrikes overnight after intelligence officials warned this group is as big a threat to the U.S. as the ISIS, or Islamic State, and has the ability and inclination to attack Western targets.
The Pentagon said early Tuesday that the U.S. military targeted not only ISIS but also the Khorasan overnight "to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned al-Qaeda veterans."
The airstrikes on Khorasan were conducted by the U.S. military alone, but five Arab nations that include Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, "participated in or supported" the attacks on ISIS, the Jordanian army said, according to Reuters. more >>
Militant Muslim jihadist group ISIS, which is also known as the Islamic State, recently issued a threat to the U.S. warning that the "flag of Allah" will be raised in the White House and charged that American soldiers will be humiliated in Syria as they were in Iraq.
The threats were made via a documentary produced by Vice News in which the group allowed Vice News reporter Medyan Daireh to spend three weeks learning about ISIS, travelling from the group's power base in Al Raqqa, Syria, to Iraq.
"I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established. And we will not stop. Don't be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead, send your soldiers. The ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing. And we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House," said Abu Mosa, an Islamic State press officer. more >>
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Iran's nuclear program and the ISIS threat with his Iranian counterpart Sunday even as Islamic State militants intensified attacks, including beheadings, on villages in northern Syria, forcing tens of thousands of Kurds to flee to Turkey.
Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly gathering in New York to push for an agreement between six world powers – the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany – and Iran to curtail the latter's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions.
Kerry "noted that this week is an opportunity to make additional progress and stressed that it is our intention to do so," The Associated Press quoted a senior State Department official as saying about the meeting, which was held at a hotel and lasted for more than an hour. more >>
The wife of British aid worker, Alan Henning, who ISIS said could be the next hostage to be executed, has made a desperate plea to the terror group for his release. A jihadi ideologue has also urged ISIS to spare Henning, saying he worked with a charitable organization led by Muslims.
"I pray that the people holding Alan respond to my messages and contact me before it is too late," Barbara Henning said in a statement released by the U.K. Foreign Office Saturday.
Even as more than 70,000 mostly Kurdish refugees have fled an ongoing offensive by the terror group Islamic State, or ISIS, in northeastern Syria over the last three days, hundreds of Kurdish fighters from Turkey and Iraq have streamed into Syria to shield the region under attack.
At least 70,000 civilians, mostly Syrian Kurds, have crossed into Turkey since Friday due to an ISIS onslaught in northern Kobani area, according to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The Kobani area borders Turkey.
The media wing of the Islamic State terrorist organization has announced the creation of a new Grand Theft Auto-like video game where players can participate in Jihad against U.S. and Iraqi forces.
Using the game as a propaganda tool, the ISIS media wing says the game is designed to "raise the morale of the mujahedin and to train children and youth how to battle the West and to strike terror into the hearts of those who oppose the Islamic State."
Not only is the game supposed to inspire young jihadists to join the Islamic State, but it also includes "all of the organization's military tactics against its opponents," The Islamic State's media wing stated. more >>