Pope Francis has said that war is never the right way to stop the injustices of the world and warned that it always leads to further problems, seemingly distancing himself from supporting U.S. airstrikes against terror group ISIS.
"War is never a satisfactory way to right injustices," the Roman Catholic Church leader said during an inter-faith colloqium hosted in Belgium by the St. Egido community, AFP reported on Sunday.
"War leads people into a spiral of violence which becomes difficult to control. It destroys what it has taken generations to establish and leads the way to even worse conflicts and injustices." more >>
Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced in an interview on Sunday that he will not be running for the 2016 presidential elections. He also criticized President Barack Obama's foreign policy and strategy on terror group ISIS.
"I'm not running and not planning on running," Romney categorically stated in a Fox News Sunday interview. The former Massachusetts governor, who lost the 2012 election against Obama in a 51.1 to 47.2 percent vote, insisted that he would have run a more effective administration at the White House than his Democratic rival.
The Republican accused Obama in the interview of being "out of touch with reality." more >>
The U.S. military's first series of airstrikes in Western Iraq targeting ISIS early Sunday to protect a major dam points to the expansion of the Obama administration's strategy in Iraq, which until recently was limited to protecting U.S. offices and humanitarian responses.
"If that dam would fall into ISIL's hands or if that dam would be destroyed, the damage that that would cause would be very significant and it would put an additional and big risk into the mix in Iraq," U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters during a trip to Georgia's capital Tbilisi, according to Reuters.
Hagel, who was referring to the Haditha Dam in Iraq's Anbar Province, added that the airstrikes were launched at the request of the Iraqi government. more >>
Former President Jimmy Carter's advocacy of Islam brings to mind something my grandfather used to say: "A leopard can't change its spots."
Little did I know at the time, he was quoting Jeremiah, who 625 years before Christ admonished people to return to God—a warning equally relevant today.
In 1976 Carter famously declared he was born-again. Introducing his "deep Christian faith" into politics, he frequently invoked "evangelical" vocabulary. His presidential platform incorporated key concepts from a little-known document, the "Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern," conceived three years earlier by a group of men in Chicago who first introduced America to the term "Progressive Evangelical." more >>
The top aide to the Islamic State's head leader was killed along with two other senior ISIS militants in an airstrike in the Ninewa province, the Iraqi Defense Ministry confirmed Thursday.
While NBC News is reporting that senior security officials confirmed that a U.S. airstrike carried out the attack, Iraqi Army General Arm Babaker Zebari claims it was an Iraqi warplane that killed the member of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's inner circle, Abu Hajar al-Suri, in ISIS, also known as ISIL, stronghold of Tal Afar just west of Mosul.