As the Obama administration moves to accelerate the processing of Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the United States, Republican presidential candidates have expressed concerns about Syrian refugees being allowed into the U.S. following the Paris terror attacks.
On Friday, the U.S. State Department confirmed plans to open a refugee settlement processing center in Erbil, Iraq, a Kurdish-controlled town that houses thousands of displaced people who were forced from their homes and villages due to the rise of the Islamic State terror group.
With the Obama administration planning on allowing up to 10,000 Syrian refugees to enter the U.S. in the next year, the new refugee processing center will open before the end of 2015, according to State Department spokeswoman Danna Van Brandt. Additionally, the U.S. will continue its refugee processing in Lebanon in early 2016. more >>
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said that while U.S. law enforcement is vigilant, there is no "specific, credible threat" of a terror attack from the Islamic State on American soil.
Rhodes received tough questions from CNN's Jake Tapper in a Sunday interview where the deputy national security advisor admitted there would be "tragic setbacks" in the conflict against IS.
"There are going to be setbacks, including tragic setbacks, like what we saw in Paris, that, obviously, it was an outrageous attack against one of our closest allies, and, as the president said, against all of humanity," said Rhodes. more >>
Pope Francis has condemned the terror attacks on Paris on Friday that left 129 people dead, and argued that those who use God's name to justify murder are committing blasphemy.
"Pope Francis said such barbarity leaves us stunned as we wonder how human hearts can think up and carry out such atrocities which 'have shocked not only France but the whole world.' The pope stressed again that 'the way of violence and hatred does not resolve the problems of humanity,' adding that whoever uses God's name to justify that path is guilty of blasphemy," the Vatican Radio reported of the pontiff's words on Sunday at St. Peter's Square.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the mass shootings and bombings at Paris bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a stadium, which also left over 350 injured on Friday. more >>
In the wake of the Islamic State's deadly attacks in Paris, the militant organization released a frightening new video Monday threatening to attack Washington D.C. and Western nations just like it did in Paris.
After suicide bombers and jihadis attacked six locations in Paris and killed 129 civilians and left about 350 others wounded last Friday, IS supporters wasted no time in taking to social media to promise that the United States and other powerful Western nations were next to be hit by the terror group.
On Monday, the British news site The Daily Mail reported on a new IS video featuring a group of armed IS militants based in the Iraqi town Kirkuk. A militant named "Al Ghareeb the Algerian" said in the video that all nations taking part in aerial bombings against IS will suffer similar fates as Paris. more >>
French authorities have carried out a series of anti-terror raids across the country following the attack by the Islamic State on Friday, leading to the arrests of 23 people, while over 100 have been placed under house arrest.
BBC News reported that dozens of weapons have also been seized from suspected Islamic militants in France, as the country reels from the mass shootings on Friday on bars, restaurants a concert hall and a stadium in the capital, leaving 129 people dead and 352 injured.
At least one suspect was also arrested in Brussels, Belgium, with security measures being tightened all across Europe. more >>
Presidential candidates are misleading the American public with the wrong facts on the Syrian refugee crisis and causing many to fear that accepting refugees will make the United States vulnerable to terrorist infiltration, the head of a prominent Evangelical refugee relief organization said.
Stephen Bauman, the president and CEO of World Relief, one of nine national agencies authorized by the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees in the United States, told The Christian Post in a Friday interview that the reality behind bringing Syrian refugees to the U.S. is nothing like what some of the 2016 presidential candidates are leading people to believe.
During Wednesday night's Fox Business GOP presidential undercard debate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is also a Baptist pastor, contended that the U.S. should not take in Syrian refugees. Along with citing economic concern, Huckabee reasoned that "we don't have any idea who these people are" and added that letting Syrian refugees into the country would "open the door so that ISIS people will come in." more >>