There might be as many as 31,000 fighters in terror group ISIS' army, the CIA has said, which is three times more than it previously feared. Ten Arab countries have meanwhile said that they will be helping the U.S. in the war against ISIS.
"This new total reflects an increase in members because of stronger recruitment since June following battlefield successes and the declaration of a caliphate, greater battlefield activity, and additional intelligence," CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said, according to BBC News on Friday.
ISIS has captured a number of cities across Syria and Iraq; it has attacked minorities including Christians, and has directly threatened the U.S. in videos showing the beheadings of two American journalists. more >>
NEW YORK — Under overcast skies in downtown New York City, the grieving families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks remembered their loved ones in a dignified memorial service punctuated by bouts of tears, moments of silence and muted anger over their loss.
As President Barack Obama announced a plan Wednesday night to combat ISIS, many families standing in their pain on the Memorial plaza of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum declared that he has their full support.
"I think it's definitely a bold move to be proactive and counter that terrorism before another incident or event like 9/11 happens again. It's pretty much putting our foot down," said Phil Cruz of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who lost his uncle, John Robert Cruz, in the Sept. 11 attacks. He died while working on the 101st floor of the North Tower for Cantor Fitzgerald. more >>
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz was booed at a Washington, D.C., event spotlighting the need to help persecuted Christians abroad.
The outspoken Texas Republican heard jeers from some members of the audience for the inaugural Summit dinner for the group In Defense of Christians while speaking on Wednesday.
Addressing an audience that included several Middle Eastern Christian leaders, the negative response reportedly came after Cruz spoke positively of the modern state of Israel. more >>
Did you know that since 9/11, there have been 23,780 separate deadly terror attacks carried out by Islamic extremists, according to thereligionofpiece.com?
The 13th anniversary of 9/11 is upon us. Why did it happen at all?
We get a hint of why from a statement from the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hasan al-Banna (1906-1949) of Egypt. He said: "It is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose its law on all nations, and to extend its power to the entire planet." more >>
The news from around the world over the last few months has been nothing less than heartbreaking. It seems as though the world is in flames.The democracy protests that began in Kiev have erupted into a full-scale armed rebellion, which resulted in hundreds of innocent lives lost when separatists shot down a commercial airplane. Iraq is falling into chaos with hundreds of thousands fleeing violence, including religious minorities. The upheaval could spell the end of the 2,000-year presence of Christianity in many places in Iraq. The more than three-year-old civil war in Syria continues to produce victims, with more than 10 million refugees and internally displaced people so far. Families and children are forced to rebuild in Gaza after fighting between Israel and Hamas. In Central America, gangs have reeked such havoc that now tens of thousands of children are seeking refuge by flooding into the United States. In many cases, they are fleeing for their lives, taking tremendous risks in the hope of some protection in the U.S. The deadly Ebola virus has brought terror across western Africa.
Our instinct, as we are confronted by this horror on the nightly news, is not to allow ourselves to truly confront this pain. We might say a quick prayer asking God to do something to help those who are suffering, but often it is simply too much to allow ourselves to really engage with what is happening around the world.
As a Christian, I think it is a tragedy if we fail to engage in the world's suffering and instead retreat for our own safety or peace of mind. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a healing balm for the sake of the suffering, not a means of escaping it. That's in part why World Vision decided to take the risky step of beginning relief operations in Iraq. more >>
As the United States marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, a nationwide poll has found that many Americans do not feel any safer today. The sentiment has been echoed by a number of politicians who continue ringing the warning bells on terror group ISIS and the rise of Islamic extremists who have the means to attack the U.S.
A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Monday found that 47 percent of Americans believe that the country is less safe now than before 9/11.
Only 26 percent felt that the U.S. is safer now than before the al-Qaeda-organized attacks that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and hit the Pentagon in Washington, killing close to 3,000 people. Another 26 percent answered that about the same level of threat exists. more >>