Outspoken evangelist the Reverend Franklin Graham has stated that the attacks in Paris and Beirut have shown that "Islam has declared war on the world."
In a statement posted on his Facebook page Monday evening, the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association also mentioned other brutal attacks by Islamic terrorists.
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 >>
A woman wearing a suicide vest blew herself up during an anti-terror raid in Paris on Wednesday morning, with reports stating that at least two people are dead and seven arrested.
Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said that the operation targeted Islamic State militant Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind behind the terror attacks in Paris on Friday, which killed 129 people.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has vowed that church outreach programs to refugees will continue operating despite politicians, mainly Republicans, calling for America's borders to be closed off.
"We at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities, we are always open to helping families who come into the United States in need of help," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, who is president of the USCCB, according to Catholic News Service.
"We have that tradition of doing it and we're going to contribute." more >>
German authorities have said that they received information about a planned explosion at a soccer stadium in Hanover, which forced the evacuation of fans and canceled the Germany-Netherlands friendly match Tuesday night.
Chief Volker Kluwe shared with public broadcaster NDR that authorities "had concrete intelligence that someone wanted to set off an explosive device inside the stadium."
Kluwe said: "We do take this intelligence seriously. That is why we proceeded with this protocol. We did not take this decision lightly, but it was in accordance with the seriousness of the intelligence." 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 >>