Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to the terror attacks in Paris on Friday by stating that unchecked Muslim immigration to the U.S. could open the door to a repeat of such violence on American soil.
"I've said this before, and many people criticized me for saying it. We must reform our immigration policies in the United States. We cannot allow Muslim immigrants to come across our borders unchecked while we are fighting this war on terror. If we continue to allow Muslim immigration, we'll see much more of what happened in Paris — it's on our doorstep," Graham said in a Facebook message on Sunday.
He added that France and Europe are being "overrun" by "young Muslim men," which is creating security concerns. more >>
Lebanese security forces have arrested 11 people, most of them Syrians, in connection with the last week's double suicide bomb attack in Beirut, which killed at least 43 people and wounded more than 239 others, targeting Shiite Muslims.
Lebanon's Interior Minister Nuhad Mashnuq announced on national television Sunday that seven Syrians and two Lebanese had been arrested, according to Agence France Presse. Authorities later reported the arrest of two other Syrian and Lebanese suspects.
In what is being described as Lebanon's worst terrorist attack this year, the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, claimed responsibility for the two suicide bombings in the Shiite-majority district of Burj al-Barajneh Thursday. more >>
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 >>
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 identified one of the seven terrorists who staged six deadly attacks in Paris, killing at least 129 and injuring more than 350 people, and are investigating a Syrian passport that was found near the bodies of two suicide bombers. Three people have been arrested at the Belgian border, and Belgian police have arrested several after carrying out raids in Brussels.
One of the attackers has been identified as 19-year-old Omar Ismaïl Mostefai, from the poor Paris suburb of Courcouronnes, from the police fingerprints records, according to Agence France Presse, which said his criminal record shows eight convictions for petty crimes between 2004 and 2010, but no jail time.
Mostefai had been flagged as a radical Islamist, but had not been linked to terrorism thus far, according to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins. He was among those who launched the attack at the Bataclan Concert Hall, where American rock band Eagles of Death Metal was playing, killing at least 89 people. more >>
While claiming responsibility for a wave of terror attacks that killed at least 129 people in Paris on Friday night, the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, said its men killed "no less than 100 Crusaders … targeting the capital of prostitution and obscenity, the carrier of the banner of the Cross in Europe."
"In a blessed attack for which Allah facilitated the causes for success, a faithful group of the soldiers of the Caliphate, may Allah dignify it and make it victorious, launched out, targeting the capital of prostitution and obscenity, the carrier of the banner of the Cross in Europe, Paris," reads the message ISIS posted Saturday on Telegram, which has been translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors the jihadist threat.
In the message, which begins with the words, "In the name of Allah, the All Merciful, the Very Merciful" and carries quotes from the Quran, ISIS described the attackers as "youths who divorced the world and went to their enemy seeking to be killed in the cause of Allah, in support of His religion and His Prophet, Allah's peace and blessings be upon him, and his charges, and to put the nose of His enemies in the ground." more >>