President Barack Obama attempted to assure the American public that the U.S. military and its allies are "squeezing the heart" of the Islamic State terror group, and vowed continued destruction of terror targets.
"We are hitting [ISIS] harder than ever," Obama told reporters on Monday.
"As we squeeze its heart, we'll make it harder for [ISIS] to pump its terror and propaganda to the rest of the world," he added. more >>
Twenty-five Christians from a large group of Assyrians kidnapped from the Khabur river valley earlier this year have been released, marking progress in negotiations with the Islamic State terror group.
Fides News Agency revealed that the hostages, all men and including two young boys, were released on Wednesday following negotiations, and reached the town of Tel Tamar in Syria.
The newly released Assyrians belong to a group of over 250 that were kidnapped during major raids by IS militants in February. Talks with IS for their release have been going on since, and pockets of Christians have been released throughout the year. Another group of 10 Christians, mostly elderly people, were released on Nov. 24, but overall close to 130 hostages remain in captivity. more >>
Following the shooting in San Bernadino, California, last week, 2015 has become the deadliest year for jihad-inspired terror attacks on American soil since 2001, according to a Washington-based think tank.
The New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank that focuses on a wide range of public policy issues, has compiled a set of data outlining various massacres that have occurred inside the United States since the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2011, that killed nearly 3,000 people.
The list, which was released after last Wednesday's jihad-inspired mass shooting in San Bernardino, finds that 19 people have been killed by radical Islamic extremists in the U.S. this year alone, making 2015 the most violent year for Islamic extremism in America since 2001. more >>
As the Islamic State terrorist organization continues to come up with barbaric ways to execute its prisoners, the militant group has reportedly ripped a journalist's body in half and executed an Iraqi woman by biting her hand off.
According to the Iranian-based AhlulBayt News Agency, IS militants in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, executed a journalist whom they accused of acting as a spy for the Syrian army and giving away the locations of IS fighters.
While the militant organization has become well adept at beheading or fatally shooting its prisoners in the back of the head for their executions, IS chose to make an example of the unnamed journalist by forcing him to endure what can be described as one of the group's most brutal methods of execution. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has reportedly been expanding its recruitment efforts into China with a new song in Mandarin seeking to attract Chinese Muslims to jihad.
The "I am Mujahid" song was released earlier this week, and has been reported on by several sources, including terrorism monitoring website SITE intelligence Group. The song's lyrics call for "Muslim brothers to awaken," to take up weapons, and to "die fighting on the battlefield."
The song is being distributed online by the Al Hayat Media Center, which is the terror group's foreign-language media division. more >>
Donald Trump puts his notes back in his jacket after talking about Democrat opponent Hillary Clinton at a Trump for President campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina December 4, 2015. The notes read, "Beat Hillary, No Strength, No Stamina, Goes Away".
Nearly two-thirds of likely Republican voters support candidate Donald Trump's controversial ban on Muslim immigration idea, according to a recent poll.