As concerns mount in the U.S. and Europe about the background of Syrian refugees, police in Turkey arrested eight suspects Wednesday who are believed to be Islamic State militants.
The alleged terrorists posing as refugees were arrested in Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. According to the Daily Express, one of the eight men had a hand-drawn picture of a route that would have them traveling through several European countries and eventually into Germany.
Turkish media claimed the alleged imposters arrived from Casablanca, Morocco, on Tuesday. Turkey has an estimated million and a half refugees who have fled IS and is a main transition point for some refugees, many whom are trying to make their way to Western Europe. more >>
Due to reliance on the United Nations, the United States' Syrian refugee resettlement program unintentionally discriminates against Christians fleeing from the Islamic State, as Christians comprise less than three percent of the nearly 2,200 Syrian refugees resettled in the United States since the beginning of the Syrian conflict.
CNS News reports that State Department statistics compiled from the start of the Syrian civil war in the spring of 2011 until now, show that 96 percent of the approximately 2,184 Syrian refugees that have resettled inside the United States have been Muslim, with over 2,057 of the resettled refugees being Sunni Muslims.
While President Barack Obama has chastised Republican candidates for suggesting that the U.S. should focus more on granting asylum to Syrian Christian refugees, the U.S. has taken in only 53 Syrian Christians (four Catholic, five Orthodox and 44 other Christians) since the start of the civil war. more >>
Catholics and Muslims in Michigan have come together to hold interfaith vigils in remembrance of the victims in last week's terror attacks in Paris and Beirut.
St. Anne Parish of Detroit and the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn held vigils Saturday for those killed in last Thursday's and Friday's Islamic State terror attacks.
Terrorism. It is a word that invokes tragic imagery throughout the world, be it in North America, Africa or Europe.
It is a word associated with horrid acts performed in New York, Kenya, Paris, Syria, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland.
In the face of such horrible actions, in the face of dreadful situations, the Bible offers up verses of hope. more >>
While calling for greater global cooperation on terrorism Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said financing for the Islamic State is coming from 40 nations, including some G20 states.
I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State units by private individuals. This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them," Putin asserted, answering questions posed to him by the press at the summit in Antalya, Turkey.
According to Russia's government-funded media outlet Russia Today, Putin provided satellite imagery to other heads of state at the G20 leaders summit, disclosing the black market sale of oil by the Islamic State: <em "I've shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products," Putin said. more >>
Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress has responded to the terror attacks in Paris last week by blaming the Islamic religion, claiming it is inspired by Satan and directly responsible for the actions of terrorists.
"Islam is a false religion, and it is inspired by Satan himself," Jeffress said at First Baptist Dallas in his Sunday sermon.
"This weekend we saw the fruit of Satan's destruction in the acts of these terrorists," he added. more >>