At least 30 airstrikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition have struck the city of Raqqa in Syria, in some of the heaviest attacks on terror group ISIS' stronghold in the country. Meanwhile, at least 50 militants were killed in the ongoing battle for the border town of Kobane near Turkey.
CNN reported of several activist groups that have shared information about the airstrikes in Raqqa, which has been the sight of much fighting in recent months. Last week, at least 100 people were killed in the stronghold following airstrikes carried out by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who's also battling ISIS but is not aligned with the U.S.-led coalition.
American warplanes have been striking terror targets across Iraq and Syria for months, seeking to stop the advance of the jihadist militants. more >>
Darren Wilson is officially resigning from the Ferguson, Miss police department so that nobody else will get hurt because of him.
Wilson, the 28-year-old officer who was recently cleared of any charges in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about his reasons for officially stepping away from the police force after six years.
While Wilson insisted that the resignation was the hardest thing he has ever had to do, he also acknowledged that the police department received threats in the event that he would stay. more >>
As United Nations statistics estimate that over 5 million children's lives have been affected in Syria as a result of the Islamic State's ongoing jihad, U.N. officials are saying that ISIS has created new and more barbaric ways to utilize children in the conflict, including using them as human shields and forcing them to donate blood to injured jihadis.
United Nations International Children's Fund regional child protection adviser, Laurent Chapuis, said in a Thursday interview with Syria Deeply that Islamic State militants are recruiting children, including those of younger ages, to join the caliphate by providing them with various paying roles within the caliphate.
Although Chapuis says that some children are used in more civil and "domestic" roles like "cooking, cleaning, bringing water or providing medical aid to the wounded," some children are thrust to the front lines and used in military roles like combatants or human shields. more >>
British jihadis now fighting for the Islamic State in Syria have tweeted a letter urging rioters in Ferguson, Missouri, to pledge their "allegiance" to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In return, militants would be sent to "shed" their own "blood" to help fight police forces.
Trying to take advantage of the social unrest following the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting dead unarmed teenager Michael Brown, a British Islamic State militant tweeted a series of photos on Wednesday featuring a hand-written letter to the Ferguson protesters calling for them to convert to Islam and support ISIS.
Twenty-year-old ISIS extremist Junaid Hussain, a well-known British internet hacker now going by the nom-de-guerre Abu Hussain al-Britani after joining ISIS in Syria, posted on Twitter one photo containing a close up shot of the letter, entitled "From #IS 2 Ferguson," followed by another photo of five masked jihadis yielding assault rifles and ISIS cell phone cases while posing in support of the letter. more >>
Darren Wilson is ready to resign from the Ferguson police force following the decision not to indict him on any charges for the death of Michael Brown in August. The grand jury decision not to indict the officer sparked renewed protests in Ferguson as well as major cities across the country.
Neil Bruntrager, Wilson's lawyer, spoke to CNN Wednesday about Wilson's plans to leave the police force after six years as a cop.
"It's not a question of if, it's a question of when. He's on paid leave, and there are discussions that are going on right now to separate from the department in an amicable fashion," the attorney told CNN. "Realistically, he can't go back to being a police officer...There's no illusion about any of this. But it's the way in which he leaves ... that's important to him on different levels." more >>
It is Thanksgiving, one of the major holidays in the United States. Below are four points of interest regarding the development of the observance, on the last Thursday in November, and the practices therein.
Thanksgiving Used to Happen Any Time
The modern concept of Thanksgiving dates back centuries, deriving from religious traditions in Europe. more >>