The leader of the Anglican Church of Hong Kong has issued a statement calling for "dialogue" between pro-democracy protestors and government officials.
Archbishop Paul Kwong issued the statement Tuesday where he said that he was "saddened and distressed by the increasing social conflict."
As it is believed that many jihadists fear that being killed by a woman would cost them their promised "paradise" in the afterlife, it is worth noting that a Kurdish female is one of two commanders leading the resistance against the Islamic State's quest to capture the strategic Syrian border town of Kobane.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Agence France Presse that a female commander, going by the pseudonym of Narin Afrin, is co-commanding the Kurdish peshmerga forces that have been defending the key border town since the beginning of ISIS' assault on the city Sept. 16.
Although the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated it believes that ISIS now effectively controls at least half of the town with over 160,000 people having fled, Afrin leads the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) that has been instrumental, thus far, in preventing the full capture of the city. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist group has released a new propaganda video that details their unusual military training tactics and their modes of spiritual training as they prepare recruits from all over the world to take on the challenges of jihad in Iraq and Syria.
The six-minute video entitled "The Blood of Jihad" shows hundreds of Islamic State recruits going through various self-defense, weapons and religious training exercises at one of the new Islamic State training camps in Nineveh City in northern Iraq. The video also includes hand-to-hand combat training exercises.
The video was posted to YouTube last weekend and has since been removed by the website. An ISIS instructor speaking in the video says in Arabic that the video's purpose is to show the graduation of the first recruits ever trained at that particular military camp. more >>
A Roman Catholic Archbishop in Ukraine has said that the nation "cannot be killed, not even with Russian tanks," referring to the ongoing war, while speaking at the Synod of Bishops on the family taking place at the Vatican. Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk also discussed the crucial role of the Catholic family in protecting human rights.
"The new Ukraine that is being born amid suffering is a new society" yearning for full freedom and full democracy, bringing together people from every religion and ethnic group, Shevchuk said, according to Catholic News Service.
"This new Ukraine that is being born cannot be killed, not even with Russian tanks." more >>
Kurdish fighters have reportedly recaptured a strategically important hilltop west of Kobane in their fight against terror group ISIS. The major battle over the Syria-Turkey border town has raged on for well over a week.
BBC News reported on Tuesday that the Kurdish victory was helped by airstrikes from a U.S.-led coalition that has hit ISIS targets throughout Syria and Iraq. The Tall Shair hill had initially been captured by Islamic militants over 10 days ago.
The Kurdish town, which has been besieged heavily, was hit by three-suicide attacks from ISIS on Monday. Reuters reported that militants detonated a truck laden with explosives in Kobane's northern district, which has seen some of the heaviest clashes between Kurdish and ISIS forces. more >>
It's becoming increasingly clear that President Obama has no intention to actually "destroy" the Islamic State. Even his much-vaunted air war represents a mere shadow of American military capabilities. Here's Max Boot in a must-read post over at Commentary, comparing the air effort in Iraq and Syria to the opening phase of the bombing campaign against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan:
RAND's Benjamin Lambeth summed up the Afghan air campaign as follows: "[D]uring the 75 days of bombing between October 7, when Enduring Freedom began, and December 23, when the first phase of the war ended after the collapse of the Taliban, some 6,500 strike sorties were flown by CENTCOM forces altogether, out of which approximately 17,500 munitions were dropped on more than 120 fixes targets, 400 vehicles and artillery pieces, and a profusion of concentrations of Taliban and al Qaeda combatants."
Now compare with the statistics on the current U.S. aerial bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. According to Central Command, in the 59 days between August 8, when the campaign started, and October 6, the U.S. has conducted 360 strikes utilizing 955 munitions. more >>