Responding to al-Shabaab's threat of more "bloodbath" in his country following the targeted killing of Christian students at Garissa University College, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said he will "respond in the severest ways possible," although Kenyans blamed his "corrupt" administration for the attack.
In an address that was televized across the nation Saturday, Kenyatta promised his government will "respond in the severest ways possible" to the Garissa attack, in which militants from al-Shabaab killed nearly 150 students Thursday.
More than a dozen parents have told headteachers of two London secondary schools that they fear their children have been radicalized and could flee the country to join the Islamic State or other terror groups in the Middle East.
The two headteachers told Nazir Afzal, who was the chief crown prosecutor for northwest England until Tuesday, that some teenagers might be planning to join the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, as the schools break for Easter, according to The Independent.
"Both [headteachers] said they were scared of the Easter break and would be very relieved if all their pupils came back after the holidays," Afzal was quoted as saying. more >>
The Somali terror group al-Shabaab Saturday threatened to launch more bloody attacks on Kenya after its militants killed nearly 150 students in a targeted attack on Christians at Garissa University College Thursday.
"No amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart another attack or prevent another bloodbath from occurring in your cities," the group said in an emailed statement Saturday, according to Reuters.
The al-Qaeda-affiliated group called it a long and gruesome war with Kenya, saying its cities will "run red with blood." more >>
As the death toll from the Garissa University College massacre climbed to 148 Friday, eyewitness accounts from survivors revealed a harrowing picture of how students were made to wait in line to be shot in the head. Some were even forced to make calls to their parents to tell them they were about to die.
The family of 20-year-old Garissa student, Elizabeth Namarome Musinai, told Yahoo News that she called her father during the attack at dawn on Thursday and said: "There are gunshots everywhere! Tell Mum to pray for me — I don't know if I will survive."
Later that day, at about 1 p.m., a man called back on the line demanding that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta be contacted within 2 minutes and told to remove troops fighting al-Shabab extremists in neighboring Somalia. more >>
A call to prayer for persecuted believers throughout the world issued by New York City Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Hollywood producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett has sparked a wave of support in the Christian community.
Leaders from various parts of the world responded to this call which was made on Good Friday to combat the growing persecution of Christian men and women throughout the world. The official prayer request was made in an opinion piece published on CNN.com on Friday.
"This Holy Week we are calling upon Christians to also reflect upon the crucifixion, beheading, stoning, enforced slavery, sexual abuse, human trafficking, harassment, bombing and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Christians — and others — whose faith alone has made them a target of religious extremists," wrote Dolan, Burnett and Downey. "These communities need our love and support like never before, and they also need security and protection from the world like never before." more >>
It's a phrase endlessly repeated since 1989. It's been on the lips of Western diplomats, especially our own State Department types, for a quarter century: "Two-State Solution." We must have a Roadmap to Peace and that destination must embrace a state for the Israelis and a state for the Arabs of Palestine. Anyone who questions that formulation is in danger of being marginalized. How can you oppose what Secretaries of State of both great American political parties have embraced? How can you say there are any people on earth who are not entitled to a state?
Are the Druze entitled to a state? Are the Kurds entitled to a state? How about the Chaldean or Assyrian Christians? It would seem that the state of Syria, ruled by the minority Alawites, is falling apart. What else do most Arab "states" in that region do?
The Libyans have a state. How does their state look these days? Everything would be better, they said, if only that bad man, Qaddafi, were overthrown. Hillary Clinton famously cackled on national TV when Qaddafi was killed by a vengeful mob of his fellow Libyans in 2011. Qaddafi was behind the terrorist bombing of an American airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. But the junta that replaced Qaddafi in Tripoli announced that Qaddafi had been wrong to turn over to Scottish authorities the man who actually planted that bomb. Do Qaddafi's even worse successors deserve a state? It would seem now, three and a half years after Qaddafi's bloody death that Libya is falling apart. more >>