Over 800 police officers in Australia arrested 15 people on Thursday allegedly connected to terror group ISIS, who are believed to have planned to kidnap and behead people on camera. The counter-terrorism raids on houses and vehicles in Sydney and Brisbane were the largest ever in the country's history.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the raids occurred just before dawn on Thursday, and took into custody Mohammad Ali Baryalei, identified as Australia's most senior Islamic State member.
Authorities believe Baryalei delivered instructions to Islamic extremists to kidnap people in Brisbane and Sydney and have them executed on camera. more >>
At least 15 people have been killed and another 35 wounded after gunmen, suspected to be part of terror group Boko Haram, stormed a teacher training college in the northern Nigerian city of Kano and began firing on students.
"We heard several shots from the gate area and after a few minutes we heard an explosion at the theater," said Sansei Omar, an English lecturer at the Federal College of Education who saw the attack from a neighboring building, Reuters reported.
"The attackers were wearing suits and were running and shooting everywhere." more >>
The Episcopal Church recently announced that it will providing $40,000 in grants for philanthropic purposes for the benefit of Ferguson, Missouri.
TEC's Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will provide $30,000, while Episcopal Relief & Development will provide $10,000.
Bishop Stacy Sauls, Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer, said in a statement released Monday the effort "addresses both immediate need and long term issues related to the cycle of poverty." more >>
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., raised doubts Tuesday about Obama's $500 million dollar plan to support and train about 5,000 Syrian rebels.
In a Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing, Manchin told Defense Department officials that he can not justify the U.S. spending over $100,000 per rebel when U.S. military aid in the Middle East over the last decade has not helped to stabilize the region at all.
"I'm just saying our past performance for the last 13 years in that region hasn't given us the results," Manchin said. "We took out Saddam [Hussein], we thought that would change. Iraq is in worse shape. We took out [Muammar] Gaddafi. We thought that would change. It got so bad in Libya, we've had to pull out our own embassy and our own people in our embassy. These barbaric dictators are unbelievable. But, it seems like that's what rules. If it's not one. It will be another." more >>
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is vowing to attack Israel over its most-recent conflict with Hamas, and to fight against U.S. troops and the anti-Christ as it conquers Persia and Rome.
"As for the massacres taking place in Gaza against the Muslim men, women and children, the Islamic State will do everything within its means to continue striking down every apostate who stands as an obstacle on its path toward Palestine," reads an entry in the publication Dabiq, which has been distributed in numerous languages, including English.
"[The Islamic State's] actions speak louder than its words and it is only a matter of time and patience before it reaches Palestine to fight the barbaric Jews and kill those of them hiding behind the gharqad trees — the trees of the Jews," the terror group threatens in Dabiq. more >>
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is strengthening and increasing the brutality of its actions as a result of its growing connection with ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, the Executive Director of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has said. He also strongly urged President Barack Obama to add Boko Haram to the U.S.'s global anti-terror strategy.
Pastor Laolu Akande told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday that Boko Haram is "gathering a greater boldness in their brutality," commenting on news that the group, which has been carrying out attacks in Nigeria for over five years, has turned to capturing and gaining control of towns in Borno state.
He also commented on recent reports that have said that ISIS is giving advice to Boko Haram on establishing an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria, noting that this is worrying news for Nigerians, Americans, and all those who stand in the terror group's way. more >>