A U.S. Air Force veteran was found guilty of trying to join the Islamic State terror group, a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, determined this week.
A jury found 48-year-old Tairod Pugh guilty of attempting to provide support to a terrorist organization, as well as obstructing justice after six hours of deliberation on Wednesday.
Prosecutors argued during the week-long trial that Pugh had made contact with IS militants and viewed pro-jihad propaganda online before traveling to Turkey in January 2015 in an attempt to cross the Syrian border and join the terrorist organization. more >>
Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed the Obama administration's support for Israel Wednesday, one day after the Iranian Republic launched two ballistic missiles at a test site Tuesday, and threatened to use them against the "Zionist regime."
Fars News Agency reported Tuesday that the Iranian regime launched two Qadr H missiles in the country's Alborz mountain range that landed over 1,000 kilometers away in the Sea of Oman. The media outlet says it has photos of the missiles that include the anti-Semitic and threatening message: "Israel must be wiped out."
According to Reuters, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said the missiles have the capacity to hit Israel, and were tested on Wednesday at a distance of 1,400 kilometers (869 miles), and Jerusalem sits 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) from Tel Aviv. more >>
A major U.S. airstrike has reportedly killed more than 150 al-Shabaab militants in Somalia, the Pentagon confirmed, nearly a year after the Islamic terror group slaughtered almost 150 Christian students in Kenya.
"We know they were going to be departing the camp and they posed an imminent threat to U.S. and [African Union] forces," spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said, according to BBC News.
"Initial assessments are that more than 150 terrorist fighters were eliminated," he added. more >>
NATO's top general Philip Breedlove has warned that the Islamic State terror group, which he compared to a "cancer," is finding ways to spread into Europe by taking advantage of the ongoing refugee crisis.
"I think that they (IS) are doing that today," Air Force Gen. Breedlove said in his testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, referring to IS fighters who might be hiding among the streams of refugees coming into Europe.
"I think every refugee flow needs to be looked at with an eye toward it could be taken advantage of by those who seek to do us harm," Breedlove added. more >>
A Muslim nanny from Uzbekistan who earlier this week beheaded a 4-year-old girl in Moscow has said that "Allah ordered" her to commit the murder.
BBC News reported that 38-year-old mother of three Gulchekhra Bobokulova admitted her guilt before reporters on the way to a Moscow court, though she is also being evaluated for mental problems.
Bobokulova is suspected of waiting until the parents of the little girl left their flat in the Russian capital before she killed and then beheaded the young child. Video footage later depicted the nanny walking around a metro station with the severed head in her hands, before she was arrested by police. more >>
United States Sergeant First Class Charles Martland has reportedly been granted a two-month extension in his ongoing case with the U.S. Army as he faces expulsion for intervening to protect a child from an Afghan child-rapist.
The American Center for Law and Justice called it a "small victory in a vitally important case defending a war hero and exposing evil."
Martland, a Green Beret Bronze Star recipient, was disciplined after he and his superior officer, Captain Daniel Quinn, confronted an Afghan commander allied with U.S. forces who was abusing a young boy. more >>