One of Osama Bin Laden's sons-in-law and trusted propaganda officials was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday by a New York federal judge after being found guilty in March of conspiring to kill Americans and providing support to terrorists.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was convicted on terrorism charges by a Manhattan federal jury for providing material support to the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, which his father-in-law so famously founded. Abu Ghaith is the highest ranking al-Qaeda member to ever stand trial in U.S. federal court.
Abu Ghaith, originally from Kuwait, is most notable for being the spokesman for al-Qaeda in the time period after the 9/11 attacks. Additionally, he founded an Islamic charity front called Al Wafa which the U.S. government believes served as a key fundraiser for al-Qaeda. more >>
A journalist with close ties to the Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan claims that two "very important" imprisoned Islamic State members were freed by the Turkish government as part of the trade that caused ISIS, also known as ISIL, to release 49 hostages whom returned to Turkey on Saturday.
With Erdogan appearing before the Council on Foreign Relations on Monday in New York, many wondered how he and the Turkish government had gotten ISIS to free the hostages it secured when the group seized the Iraqi city of Mosul in June. Erdogan was asked about the hostages but gave vague responses providing nothing more than hints leaving many unanswered questions about what exactly Turkey gave up in return to the barbaric terrorist group that doesn't normally just willing let go of large groups of hostages.
Initial hopes that the Nigerian army had managed to free some of the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from the town of Chibok in April by terror group Boko Haram were dashed after the army retracted an earlier statement.
BBC News reported on Tuesday that the military had initially said that some of the girls were freed, but Army spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade later said that the girls that are in custody are not those from Chibok, as originally thought.
The international community has rallied behind the schoolgirls, who were taken by Islamic extremists who said they were going to sell them off as child brides. more >>
U.S. President Barack Obama praised Middle Eastern allies who assisted in targeted airstrikes against ISIS in the Islamic terrorist group's stronghold in Syria early Tuesday ahead of his trip to the United Nations in New York where he is expected to build support for his global coalition against the terrorists Wednesday.
"I made clear as part of this campaign the United States would take action against targets in both Iraq and Syria so that these terrorists can't find safe haven anywhere. I also made clear that America would act as part of a broad coalition and that's exactly what we've done. We were joined in this action by our friends and partners: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar," Obama said in a televised address to the nation Tuesday morning.
"America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security. The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America's fight alone. Above all, the people and governments in the Middle East are rejecting ISIL and standing up for the peace and security that the people of the region and the world deserve," he added. more >>
Two Palestinians suspected of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teens in the West Bank earlier this summer, which served as a prelude to the Israeli-Hamas war, have been shot dead by Israeli security forces.
"We were determined in bringing the ruthless murderers of Gil-Ad, Eyal and Naftali to justice," said Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner, according to CNN. "Today's successful mission brings the long-term search to an end, and the perpetrators of the crime no longer pose a threat to Israeli civilians."
BBC News said that two men, Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha, were being hunted down by security forces in the city of Hebron when they opened fire on Israeli forces, which led to the shootout. more >>
In The Race to Save Our Century, authors Jason Jones and John Zmirak argue for five core principles to prevent the catastrophes of the previous century from being repeated in the next century. In a video interview with The Christian Post, Jones explains how he became a Christian in the process of writing the book.
The idea for the book came when Jones was an undergraduate at the University of Hawaii. He pitched the idea for a video to encourage his fellow students to major in political science to the political science department.
"I just wanted to pour the horrors of the 20th century into two minutes," Jones said, "to create an urgency among young people at my school, and why they should major in political science, because ideas matter." more >>