As students at Youngstown State University walked to class Monday morning, they were shocked to find Islamic State terror messages painted on a well-known on-campus boulder, which promised "We Are Coming."
Between Sunday night and Monday morning, a large rock on the Ohio campus that is commonly used to post messages, promote student groups and campus events had been vandalized with jihadi-themed graffiti.
The rock, which is located just outside Youngstown's Kilcawley Center, had been spray painted with IS' black flag logo and provocative pro-terror statements that included "France deserves destruction," "Jihad over God," and "YSU supports ISIS." more >>
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.
As tens of thousands of refugees flee war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Europe, world leaders are deliberating on what actions, if any, to take against President Bashar al-Assad whose government has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in barrel bomb and chemical weapons attacks as the country fights a civil war and the Islamic State.
It is estimated that 240,000 people have been killed since the start of the Syrian civil war and millions have been displaced or have fled to neighboring countries and Europe.
Last week, as he has done for years, President Barack Obama announced that Assad must be replaced if Syria is to have a chance at peace and stability. more >>
Turkey's military has reportedly shot down a Russian Su-24 jet that it claimed was violating Turkish airspace, causing a major political row with Russia, which says its aircraft was over Syrian territory.
BBC News reported on Tuesday that NATO, of which Turkey is a member, has scheduled an extraordinary meeting to discuss the events.
The fate of the two Russian pilots who were ejected from the burning jet as it plunged into a Syrian hillside is not yet clear, though video footage has allegedly shown what appears to be the dead body of one of the pilots on the ground. more >>
The city of Raqqa in Syria, deemed the main base of the Islamic State terror group, is reportedly set to be assaulted by French, Russian, and Kurdistan forces in a major operation.
"Three days ago we saw 14 airstrikes suddenly hit just nearby, and then the French said they'd started bombing," a fighter with the Kurdish YPG unit told CNN during an interview on Monday.
"We will do our best to avenge Paris," he vowed. more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, has admitted that the terror attacks in Paris earlier in November that killed 130 people have made him doubt the presence of God.
The leader of the Anglican Communion told BBC's program "Songs of Praise" that his first reaction to the terror attack was "shock and horror and then a profound sadness," noting that he and his wife had once lived in Paris.
"Saturday morning, I was out and as I was walking, I was praying and saying: 'God, why — why is this happening? Where are you in all this?'" he said. more >>