A Syrian Catholic Church leader recently condemned both U.S. foreign policy and Western media for ignoring Christian persecution and worsening the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
"Innocent people, especially Christians, have no support. The West has betrayed us," Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan told Egyptian Catholic magazine Le Messager last week.
"Western democracies have conspired against Syria and produced the destruction of the nation's infrastructure, the demolition of houses, towns, villages, monuments and archaeological sites," he added. more >>
An American investigation has concluded that the deadly October air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan ran by Doctors Without Borders that killed 30 people was a "tragic mistake" due to "human error."
The international relief group, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, has said that the U.S. violated the rules of war, and continued to call for an independent investigation into an incident.
President Vladimir Putin has condemned the Turkish government for shooting down a Russian warplane over Syria, saying the pilot never violated Turkish airspace as claimed.
The Russian Su-24 was shot down Tuesday morning in the Hatay Province that borders Syria.
The United States has admitted only five Syrian Christians since Oct. 1, when the administration began to implement President Obama's directive to accept 10,000 refugees. Christian refugees account for 1.6 percent of the total number of arrivals this year thus far, according to Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing Systems.
Three Syrian Catholics, one Syrian Christian and one Orthodox Christian have arrived in the country since Oct. 1, according to Washington Free Beacon, which quoted data from WRAPS. Since January, 1, 875 Syrians have arrived, and only 30 of them are Christian, the data shows. Of the total arrivals, 1,833 – or 97.8 percent – are Muslims, it added.
Since the civil war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011, 2,370 Syrian refugees from that country have arrived in the U.S. more >>
Perhaps the most unfortunate rhetorical moment in the presidency of George W. Bush was his now infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech. Delivered from the deck of an aircraft carrier on May 3, 2003, the President declared that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."
As we all now well know, and liberals love to remind us, the Bush administration's assessment of the scope of the challenges in Iraq was woefully short-sighted, and his declaration of victory a mere two months after the initiation of combat operations in Iraq was premature to say the least.
President Obama recently had his own "Mission Accomplished" moment. Speaking to ABC's George Stephanopoulos, the President said that the goal of containing ISIS had been achieved. Not 12 hours later, the world watched in shock and horror as ISIS conducted several coordinated attacks across Paris, killing 129 and wounding hundreds more. more >>
One American, a mother and public health worker, was among 27 killed in a terror attack on Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Bamako, in which al Qaeda-affiliated attackers carrying AK-47s took more than 100 people hostage Friday.
The 7-hour siege ended Friday after Malian security forces, aided by U.S. and French special forces, killed two of the attackers, according to media reports.
An al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups, Al-Mourabitoun and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Reuters. The terror group is led by notorious one-eyed jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who was behind the 2013 attack on an Algerian gas plant that killed 40 people, including three Americans. more >>