GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has said he is opposed to the U.S. welcoming 45,000 Syrian refugees, due to security concerns, but indicated that he's open to the idea of sending ground troops to combat the Islamic State terror group.
"There is currently no ability to vet these people. By letting refugees into our country without vetting we are putting America at risk. If our president cannot see the risk, then we must rise to the challenge and protect our country," Carson said in a statement on Monday.
"This morning President [Barack] Obama announced at his press conference that it was our responsibility to accept these refugees. He is wrong. He took an oath to protect and defend this country. There is simply not a way to vet these refugees," he added. more >>
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 >>
Republican 2016 presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has released what he said Monday is a satellite image of a Chinese radar station in Syria just days after the White House dismissed his claim that China is involved militarily in the Syrian conflict.
"The image below is a satellite picture of a Chinese Radar Station in Syria. It has been there since at least 2011. The Chinese provide a variety of weapons and advisors in Syria. When I mentioned this at the last debate the White House seemed to say they had no idea. I find that hard to believe," Carson noted in a post to his nearly 5 million followers on Facebook Monday along with the satellite image.
Carson first aired his claim that China is involved militarily in the nearly five-year-long Syrian conflict at the Republican debate Tuesday after he was asked about Syria and President Barack Obama's decision to send Special Forces to that country. more >>
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 >>