Turkey's military has reportedly shot down a Russian Su-24 jet that it claimed was violating Turkish airspace, causing a major political row with Russia, which says its aircraft was over Syrian territory.
BBC News reported on Tuesday that NATO, of which Turkey is a member, has scheduled an extraordinary meeting to discuss the events.
The fate of the two Russian pilots who were ejected from the burning jet as it plunged into a Syrian hillside is not yet clear, though video footage has allegedly shown what appears to be the dead body of one of the pilots on the ground. more >>
The city of Raqqa in Syria, deemed the main base of the Islamic State terror group, is reportedly set to be assaulted by French, Russian, and Kurdistan forces in a major operation.
"Three days ago we saw 14 airstrikes suddenly hit just nearby, and then the French said they'd started bombing," a fighter with the Kurdish YPG unit told CNN during an interview on Monday.
"We will do our best to avenge Paris," he vowed. more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, has admitted that the terror attacks in Paris earlier in November that killed 130 people have made him doubt the presence of God.
The leader of the Anglican Communion told BBC's program "Songs of Praise" that his first reaction to the terror attack was "shock and horror and then a profound sadness," noting that he and his wife had once lived in Paris.
"Saturday morning, I was out and as I was walking, I was praying and saying: 'God, why — why is this happening? Where are you in all this?'" he said. more >>
An expert on U.S. and European defense and security-related issues has said that while Europe remains more vulnerable to further attacks by the Islamic State terror group, an assault on the U.S. is both feasible and probable.
"The threat posed by ISIS is serious indeed. We have seen how ISIS has brought an entire city, Brussels, the so-called capital of Europe, to its knees. The sight of this emboldens jihadists to carry out ever more audacious attacks against Western targets," Soeren Kern, a distinguished senior fellow of the Gatestone Institute, a New York-based think tank, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday.
"An attack in America is readily feasible and even probable. Migrants bearing false passports have recently been arrested in Central America. That being said, because of its geographic proximity to the Middle East, Europe is, by definition, more vulnerable than the U.S." he added. more >>
The United States has admitted only five Syrian Christians since Oct. 1, when the administration began to implement President Obama's directive to accept 10,000 refugees. Christian refugees account for 1.6 percent of the total number of arrivals this year thus far, according to Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing Systems.
Three Syrian Catholics, one Syrian Christian and one Orthodox Christian have arrived in the country since Oct. 1, according to Washington Free Beacon, which quoted data from WRAPS. Since January, 1, 875 Syrians have arrived, and only 30 of them are Christian, the data shows. Of the total arrivals, 1,833 – or 97.8 percent – are Muslims, it added.
Since the civil war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011, 2,370 Syrian refugees from that country have arrived in the U.S. more >>
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton asserted on Thursday that Muslims are "peaceful and tolerant people" and have "nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism."
In a speech given at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, the former Secretary of State and First Lady discussed how she feels the United States should be doing more to combat the Islamic State terrorist organization. She also criticized Republicans who often claim "radical Islamic terrorism" is America's biggest threat.
"The bottom line is that we are in a contest of ideas against an ideology of hate, and we have to win. Let's be clear, though. Islam is not our adversary," Clinton argued. "Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people and have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism. The obsession in some quarters with a clash of civilization or repeating the specific words, 'radical Islamic terrorism' isn't just a distraction." more >>