President Barack Obama has defended the U.S.'s anti-terror campaign in Syria against the Islamic State, insisting that it remains on the right track despite the "setback" of the attack on Paris Friday that left 129 people dead and over 350 injured.
"There will be setbacks and there will be successes. The terrible events in Paris were obviously a terrible and sickening setback," Obama said Monday at the G20 summit.
"We are going to continue to pursue the strategy that has the best chance of working even though it does not offer the satisfaction, I guess, of a neat headline or an immediate resolution," he added. 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 >>
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 >>
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said that she is against declaring war on the Islamic State terror group, arguing that it would be too much of a strain on the U.S. budget.
"If you have a declaration of war, you'd better have a budget that backs it up," Clinton said during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, according to Reuters.
"I do think that we have to do a better job of understanding the threat that is posed by radical Islamic jihadist groups," she added. more >>
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei continues to claim that the infamous "Death to America" chant is not actually against the American people.
Khamenei told students in Tehran earlier this week that the slogan, often chanted at anti-American rallies, is aimed at U.S. foreign policy, and not at actual Americans.
"Your 'Death to America' slogan, and the cries by the Iranian nation, have strong logical support behind them," he said, according to The Associated Press. "Obviously by 'Death to America,' we don't mean death to the American people. The American nation is just like the rest of the nations. It ... means death to U.S. policies and its arrogance." more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization has released a video showing militants celebrating the crash of the Russian Metrojet that killed 224 people in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt.
The militant group, which controls large swaths of territory in Iraq, Syria and parts of the Sinai Peninsula, released a 7-minute video over the weekend called "Satisfaction of souls by killing of Russians."
The video, which The Independent reports was posted to Archive.org Friday night by the media wing of IS' Aleppo province in Syria, claims that IS' Egyptian affiliate, known as Wilayat Sinai, was the terrorist outfit behind the atrocious bombing of Russian Airbus A321. more >>