Terror group ISIS is reportedly set to complete its takeover of the key Syrian city of Kobane on Monday in what would be a major land victory for the Islamic militants, despite U.S.-led airstrikes that tried to halt the advance.
CNN said that ISIS' army has been hitting Kobani with tanks and heavy artillery, and is close to taking over the city, which is located near the border with Turkey. Victory would give the Islamic State, as the group is also known, territorial gains between the Turkish border and its stronghold in Raqqa, Syria, nearly 62 miles away.
"We are afraid of this. We are obliged to defend our home, our town," said Kurdish Kobane official Idriss Nassan, who vowed to fight on. "We didn't choose this war, but we are obliged to fight." more >>
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a television interview that a recent White House rebuke of Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is "against American values," but he praised President Obama's decision to attack ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
"It's against the American values. And it doesn't bode well for peace," Netanyahu said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation."
Israel maintains that east Jerusalem is part of its capital but the United States does not recognize it as part of Israel's territories. more >>
Recently an armed man breached White House security, leapt over the fence and made his way over 160 feet into the residency of our President and his family. The intruder barreled past a guard and made his way into the unlocked East Room before finally being tackled by an agent.
This represents a picture of the very center of America's political power with its defenses down, revealing a shockingly vulnerable state. Even our most elite protective security force seemed like hapless Keystone cops in this debacle. It should remind us of times in Israel's history when God brought judgment upon His people by withdrawing His hedge of protection and positioning them for humiliating defeat unless they repented.
The United States of America is at this tipping point. We are in a watershed moment where the outlook is increasingly grim. This is not pessimism, but realism; yet God in His mercy is extending to us a lifeline of opportunity to see things turned around. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says this begins with God's people humbling themselves and since our President proclaims himself to be a Christian, it is now the time for him to step up and lead the American flock by his example. more >>
American charity Operation Blessing International has announced it's sending a team of aid workers with multiple chlorine generators and a shipping container full of critically needed hospital supplies to Liberia, one of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak.
The faith-based relief group is the latest to join in the fight against the deadly virus, which has killed over 3,400 people throughout West Africa, and has reached the United States.
"Chlorine is one of the most important tools in the fight against Ebola because it kills the virus on contact," OBI president Bill Horan explained in a press release. more >>
Some 3,000 American soldiers are arriving in Africa to fight an Ebola epidemic that is doubling about every 3 weeks, with the number of infections projected to reach 1.4 million by January. President Obama said: "It will require an 'air bridge' to get health workers and medical supplies to areas that are affected."
Meanwhile, the virus has used the air bridge of a commercial flight to reach Dallas. So far, only the index patient is ill, but 100 contacts are being observed.
Although a large number of experts agree that the likelihood of a widespread outbreak is "vanishingly small," owing to our "highly sophisticated public health system," a number of breaches in our invulnerability are already manifest. more >>
God is good. All the time.
With those six words, a 27 year-old Sudanese mother opened her address to the audience of the 2014 Values Voter Summit Saturday night. It was only four short months ago that a shackled Mariam Ibraheem gave birth to a baby girl in a disease-ridden Khartoum prison as she faced a death sentence -- all because she refused to renounce her faith in Christ.
Family Research Council had the distinct privilege of honoring Mariam with the first-ever Cost of Discipleship Award at the Summit's gala dinner on Saturday. Many of those who played a part in securing Mariam's release gave testimony to the fact that we can make a difference in cases like Mariam's. As Congressmen Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and Mark Meadows (R-N.J.) spoke to the crowd about how Congress worked with NGOs to fight for Mariam's life, we were all reminded that the silence of the President's administration didn't mean that America lacked a voice. Hardwired Global's Tina Ramirez talked about the legal maneuvering that went on in Sudan behind the scenes. It was all a vibrant picture of what we can do if we stand together -- even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. more >>