European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has urged the EU to establish a common military force that will work alongside NATO, and said that there needs to be a European strategy for dealing with the war in Syria and rising terror concerns.
"We should work towards a common military force to complement NATO," Juncker said in his State of the Union speech on Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, arguing that the 28-nation bloc "should be stronger" and build its own joint army.
He asserted that "more European defense in Europe doesn't mean less trans-Atlantic solidarity," however, aiming to dispel fears that an EU army would distance the EU from NATO or U.S. partnership. more >>
Pope Francis has said that all who murder in God's name are carrying out "satanic crimes," and praised Christian martyrs, including French priest Father Jacques Hamel, who were killed by radical jihadists but refused to deny Jesus Christ.
"Today there are Christians murdered, tortured, imprisoned, slaughtered because they do not deny Jesus Christ," Francis said on Wednesday while celebrating mass in honor of Hamel, the priest who was killed by IS earlier in the summer.
"Christians who suffer today because they will not deny Jesus Christ — whether in prison or by death or torture — they show how cruel this persecution is. And this cruelty that demands apostasy — we say the word — is satanic," the pontiff added, according to Vatican Radio. more >>
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is countering critics, claiming that he was misquoted in a speech he gave at the Values Voters Summit on Saturday.
Before an audience gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., Governor Bevin spoke about the need for sacrifice to protect and preserve the United States of America.
Critics claimed that the speech encouraged violence in the event of a Hillary Clinton presidency. Bevin posted a comment on his official Facebook page saying that his remarks were taken out of context. more >>
A Yazidi mother and her son have detailed their community's horrific encounter with the brutal Islamic State terrorist group, and described how the jihadis conquered their homeland in Iraq in 2014 and heinously beheaded children.
CNS News reports that the unnamed Yazidi woman and her eight children appeared in a video testimony published by the Yezidi Human Rights Organization and produced by Dr. Hawar Moradi, a medical doctor who has worked at a number of displacement camps in northern Iraq.
As IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) captured Yazidi territories in northern Iraq in August of 2014, the mother recalls the panic and urgency to flee the area that the Yazidis felt. Although thousands of Yazidi families are now living in displacement camps in Kurdistan, not all Yazidis were able to escape the wrath of IS. more >>
WASHINGTON — Renowned terrorism expert and author Sebastian Gorka said Saturday that as many as 110 jihadis linked to the Islamic State terrorist organization have either been arrested or killed inside the United States since the militant group rose to power in 2014.
Gorka, the author of the book Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War and the former chair of military theory at Marine Corps University, spoke during a panel discussion titled "Jihad in America" at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit, along with Department of Homeland Security whistleblower Philip Haney and the founder of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Zudhi Jasser.
Gorka began by asking the mostly evangelical audience if they felt safer today than they did on Sept. 10, 2001, which produced a resounding "No!" more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has filmed the caged drowning of eight civilians who were accused of aiding the Iraqi government, along with a new propaganda video showing the ruthless slaughter and execution of men accused of spying for the United States.
An anonymous source who spoke with Iraqi News and lives in Iraq's Nineveh province explained that the brutal terrorist group carried out another one of its heinous drowning executions in its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.
The eight civilians were chained inside a locked metal cage and submerged into a pool to drown to death. more >>