The U.S. military targeted sites of an al-Qaeda-linked Islamist extremist group, the Khorasan, in Syria by airstrikes overnight after intelligence officials warned this group is as big a threat to the U.S. as the ISIS, or Islamic State, and has the ability and inclination to attack Western targets.
The Pentagon said early Tuesday that the U.S. military targeted not only ISIS but also the Khorasan overnight "to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned al-Qaeda veterans."
The airstrikes on Khorasan were conducted by the U.S. military alone, but five Arab nations that include Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, "participated in or supported" the attacks on ISIS, the Jordanian army said, according to Reuters. more >>
Militant Muslim jihadist group ISIS, which is also known as the Islamic State, recently issued a threat to the U.S. warning that the "flag of Allah" will be raised in the White House and charged that American soldiers will be humiliated in Syria as they were in Iraq.
The threats were made via a documentary produced by Vice News in which the group allowed Vice News reporter Medyan Daireh to spend three weeks learning about ISIS, travelling from the group's power base in Al Raqqa, Syria, to Iraq.
"I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established. And we will not stop. Don't be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead, send your soldiers. The ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing. And we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House," said Abu Mosa, an Islamic State press officer. more >>
Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday in what was the first anti-war protest against President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine. Some protesters held up signs asking the Russian president to "stop lying."
"The Peace March," as it is called, came as Putin's government continues to deny any responsibility for the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels in the eastern parts of the country have captured several cities.
The media wing of the Islamic State terrorist organization has announced the creation of a new Grand Theft Auto-like video game where players can participate in Jihad against U.S. and Iraqi forces.
Using the game as a propaganda tool, the ISIS media wing says the game is designed to "raise the morale of the mujahedin and to train children and youth how to battle the West and to strike terror into the hearts of those who oppose the Islamic State."
Not only is the game supposed to inspire young jihadists to join the Islamic State, but it also includes "all of the organization's military tactics against its opponents," The Islamic State's media wing stated. more >>
The chairman of the House subcommittee on National Security said that he had heard reports that four individuals connected to Middle East terrorists groups have tried to cross the southern border and have been apprehended.
In a House Homeland Security Committee hearing this week, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said that he was informed that four individuals with known ties to Middle Eastern terrorist organizations were apprehended on Sept. 10 trying make it through the Texas-Mexico border.
Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, said previously in the hearing that "no specific cases come to mind" when asked if he knew of any apprehensions of known terrorists. Johnson was later asked about the specific incident Chaffetz mentioned and said that he had "heard reports to that effect." Johnson also said he didn't know how much "credence" to give those reports. more >>
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke before Congress Thursday and asked the U.S. to provide military assistance against Russian aggression. Poroshenko described the critical situation in eastern Ukraine, where several towns have been captured by pro-Russian forces, and said that Ukrainians are fighting a "war for the free world."
"If they are not stopped now, they will cross European border(s) and they will absolutely spread throughout the world," Poroshenko said, according to USNews. "The choice is simple: It is between civilization and barbarism."
The Ukrainian president said that his country appreciates the help the U.S. has sent in terms of supplies, but said that more will be needed in order to combat separatists who are tearing the country apart. more >>