Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will formally announce his candidacy for president on June 1. He said he's running because "the world is falling apart."
"I am running because I think the world is falling apart, and I've been more right than wrong on foreign policy," Graham said during his Monday appearance on "CBS This Morning." "It's my ability in my own mind to be a good commander-in-chief and to make Washington work."
The South Carolina senator will join a group of Republican leaders in vying for the presidential nomination. To date, Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Carly Fiorina and Dr. Ben Carson are already in the race. more >>
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, has called the capture of the key Iraqi city of Ramadi by terror group ISIS "one of the most disgraceful episodes in American history," and slammed President Barack Obama's decisions to withdraw American troops from the country in 2011.
ISIS took control of Ramadi after government and tribal forces retreated from their positions on Sunday, and has reportedly been carrying out mass atrocities in the city – including going door-to-door searching for sympathizers of the government and killing their families.
McCain, who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Fox News that the fall of Ramadi, as well as Obama's strategy when it comes to war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, has constituted "one of the most disgraceful episodes in American history." more >>
A detailed Islamic State "secret agent" training manual has been distributed on the Internet and is designed to provide prospective ISIS supporters in Western nations with ways to disguise themselves and their motives when trying to plan and carrying out "lone wolf" attacks and espionage missions.
The 71-page e-book, which was originally published in March and has recently resurfaced on the Internet, includes wide-ranging suggestions for the group's radicalized sympathizers in the West who are looking to make significant contributions to the terror group's jihad, Radio Free Europe reported.
The ebook, which contains 11 chapters, advises extremists in the west not to show any signs that they're devout Muslims so that they do not raise suspicion from national and local law enforcement agencies. more >>
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation wants a two-star general court-martialed because he spoke about his relationship with God.
Major General Craig Olson was a speaker last week at a National Day of Prayer gathering. He described himself in that speech as a "redeemed believer in Christ."
Mikey Weinstein called the general's remarks a "brutal disgrace." Mr. Weinstein is the president of the MRFF. He fired off a nasty letter to the Secretary of Defense calling for the Air Force general to be severely punished. He alleged that airmen were "utterly disgusted and shocked by the brazenly illicit and wholly unconstitutional, fundamentalist Christian proselytizing recently perpetrated on international television." more >>
Terror group ISIS has reportedly captured the key Iraqi city of Ramadi, which it had besieged for months. The Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters fighting the jihadists have been forced to retreat from their positions following heavy car bomb blasts, though U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the fight is not yet over.
"It is possible to see the kind of attack we have in Ramadi, but I am absolutely confident in the days ahead that will be reversed," Kerry said on Monday during a visit to Seoul, CNN reported. "Large numbers of Daesh were killed in the last few days, and will be in the next days because that seems to be the only thing they understand."
Peter Mansoor, a retired U.S. Army colonel, noted, however, that the fall of Ramadi is a "huge setback to Iraqi forces and to the U.S. strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS." more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization released a new audio message on Wednesday purporting to come from the mouth of the group's caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who asserted that Islam is not the religion of peace, but rather the religion of violence.
If it is in fact Baghdadi speaking in the message, which was posted by the group's al-Furqan media outlet and shared by several ISIS-affiliated websites, it would mark the first time that the public has heard from Baghdadi in months, after it was reported that he was immobilized by a spinal injury resulting from shrapnel wounds from an airstrike.
The last audio message Baghdadi released was in November, which was just days after he was wounded in another airstrike. BBC reports that analysts believe that the voice in Wednesday's audio message, entitled "March Forth Whether Light or Heavy," sounds like Baghdadi's but it's still hard to verify. more >>