Neal and Danette Childs knew they were in danger. From their compound in Niger's capital city they could see three churches burning. The smoke was filling their home.
"We immediately started packing a trunk, putting in our valuables, our documents, and we loaded up the car," Neal told me. "There were concerns our family would be targeted."
"Our immediate response — there is that little bit of panic," he said during a telephone conversation from the West African nation of Niger. more >>
A Republican organization which recently launched a petition calling on "Hollywood liberals" to stop disrespecting the military amid criticism of Clint Eastwood's blockbuster film "American Sniper," says it has had "tremendous support" from the public.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, led by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), condemned controversial filmmaker Michael Moore in a stern email sent to supporters on Tuesday over a recent tweet in which he referred to snipers as "cowards."
Moore did not directly refer to the Academy award-nominated film in his tweet; however, it sparked outrage among top conservatives including former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who accused him of blatantly disrespecting military servicemen. more >>
In a new propaganda video released earlier this week, the Islamic State terrorist organization has threatened to behead President Barack Obama and spread Shariah law by converting the United States into one of ISIS' Muslim provinces.
The video, titled "Bombardment of Peaceful Muslims in the City of Mosul," which was released on Monday and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, is thought to be a retaliation after Kurdish forces fully seized control of the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane on the same day.
The first part of the video shows the destruction caused in Mosul due to mortar shelling from Kurdish forces. The second part of the video goes on to show an ISIS fighter beheading a captured Kurdish soldier. more >>
Terror group ISIS sent a message on Thursday through Japanese hostage Kenji Goto that unless a woman on death row in Jordan is exchanged for him, a Jordanian air force pilot captured by the group will be killed by sunset.
"I am Kenji Goto. This is a voice message I've been told to send to you. If Sajida al-Rishawi is not ready for exchange for my life at the Turkish border by Thursday sunset 29th of January Mosul (Iraq) time, the Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh will be killed immediately," the voice in the recording says, according to Reutuers.
"American Sniper" widow Taya Kyle shared her fondest memory of her late husband Chris, the former Navy SEAL who inspired Clint Eastwood's latest blockbuster film.
The tragic love story of Taya and Chris and their journey through fate and the perils of the Iraq war is unraveled in Eastwood's Academy Award-nominated film, which is based on Chris' 2012 best-selling autobiography of the same name.
In 2013 the father of two, widely considered to be the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history for having 160 confirmed kills, was fatally shot at point-blank range by a former Marine he was trying to help overcome PTSD at a North Texas shooting range. Taya, 40, recently shared her favorite memory of her late husband while praising the film. more >>
Following the January 7 massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, where Islamic gunmen killed a dozen people because the satirical magazine had mocked the prophet of Islam, one thing has become clear: the amount of atrocities committed in the name of Islam all around the world have become so frequent, so ubiquitous, that other, lesser hostilities by Muslims, which might once have been newsworthy, are now completely falling by the wayside, seen as minor and insignificant—commonplace, almost expected.
Thus, while Islamic gunmen were massacring "infidels" in Paris (and elsewhere), "everyday Muslims" in Europe were engaging in less dramatic, but no less significant behavior.
On Friday, January 9—Friday being when Muslims get most riled during mosque sermons and when non-Muslims are frequently attacked—"foreigners" in Italy, believed to be Muslims, attacked a man kneeling in prayer before the statue of the Virgin Mary, tore the photo of a loved one from his hand, and then broke and urinated on the Virgin Mary statue. By the time police arrived at the chapel the attackers had already fled. more >>