Further establishing a reputation for making bizarre and over-exaggerated political comments, prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has made yet another odd comparison: comparing America's Founding Fathers to the ruthless terrorists fighting for the Islamic State.
Speaking at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting on Thursday, the 63-year-old retired neurosurgeon and best-selling author explained that ISIS fighters are much like the brave soldiers of the Revolutionary War, who showed conviction and willingness to die for the right of independence from Great Britain.
"A bunch of rag tag militiamen defeated the most powerful and professional military force on the planet. Why? Because they believed in what they were doing," Carson said. "Fast forward to today. What do we have? You've got ISIS." more >>
The Obama administration announced late Thursday that over 400 troops will be deployed to the Middle East this spring to train and equip rebel forces that are fighting the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq.
As U.S.-led airstrikes continue to target Islamic State positions, the training program will be part of "Obama's multi-year plan to field local forces in Syria" to defeat the Islamic State, Reuters reports.
Along with the 400 troops, hundreds of U.S. support personnel will also be deployed to the region, a Pentagon spokesman said Thursday. more >>
The ISIS commander who appeared in a propaganda video earlier this week that showed a young boy executing two Russian spies on camera was reportedly killed days later in the Syrian city of Kobane, sources have said.
The Independent said that the man, identified as Abu Sa'ad al-Daghistani, is believed to have died in the city that finds itself heavily under siege in a major battle between ISIS and local fighters.
Charlie Winter, a researcher of jihadism in Syria and Iraq at the Quilliam Foundation, said that the terror group made it known earlier this week that al-Daghistani had died. more >>
Officials in Afghanistan have confirmed that the Islamic State terrorist group is present and active in the country's southern region, flying its black flags, recruiting fighters and even fighting against forces from another radical Islamic extremist group, the Taliban.
The Times of London reports that sources within the Afghanistan government have confirmed the group's existence in the southern Helmand province. General Mahmood Khan, deputy commander of the Afghan army's 215 corps, said that numerous residents have attested that they've seen ISIS representatives actively recruiting fighters.
Khan also said that he was told by many of the residents that the ISIS recruitment operation in Afghanistan is run by former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mullah Abdul Rauf, who is actively offering prospective fighters decent wages if they fight for the caliph. more >>
In the Bible is a remarkable statement: "'Vengeance is Mine,' says the Lord, 'I will repay.'" This means that God's honor is not up to us to defend in the ultimate sense---not that we should not lovingly, graciously speak out when we can, if He is dishonored.
But this is a huge difference between the Christian and the Islamist. The Islamist is the radical Muslim committed to Islamic superiority and willing to kill for it. In effect, the Islamist says, "Vengeance is ours. We will repay."
It was Islamists that engaged in the infamous slaughter in Paris at the cartoon magazine offices. more >>
Militants associated with the Islamic State terrorist group are claiming responsibility for the abduction of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya, according to a statement received by the SITE Intelligence Group.
"Urgent. Soldiers of the Islamic State captured 21 Christian crusaders," the statement reads, which included three pictures showing only 20 captured Coptic Christians.
The statement did not specify when the captives were abducted but a spokesman for the Egyptian foreign ministry, Badr Abdel Atti, confirmed to AFP that at least 20 Egyptians were abducted in two separate incidents in Libya and they "are still being detained" by their captors. more >>