Nearly six months after Islamist attacks in and around Paris that left 17 people dead in January, France may have suffered another "terrorist attack" Friday morning after a man carrying an Islamist flag beheaded one person and injured several others at a gas factory in Grenoble, eastern France.
According to AFP, the suspected attacker entered the factory and set off small explosive devices. A decapitated body was also reportedly found near the factory and the head, according to local media, was "found hanging on the fence of the Company enclosure."
"According to the initial findings of the enquiry, one or several individuals on board a vehicle drove into the factory. An explosion then took place," said one source to the AFP. more >>
A 21-year-old New York City resident with alleged ties to ISIS attempted to stab an FBI agent who was searching his home as part of an an ongoing investigation into terrorist-related activities that began with the arrest of a Queens college student over the weekend who was planning a Boston Marathon-type attack on the city.
Fareed Mumuni was arrested in his Staten Island home Wednesday and charged with attempting to murder an FBI agent, conspiring to provide material support to ISIS and planning an attack in the New York area, according to NBC New York.
"As the officers attempted to restrain (him), Mumuni repeatedly attempted to plunge the knife into the torso of an FBI special agent and reached out with his hand in the vicinity of a rifle used by another member of law enforcement," read the criminal complaint. more >>
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has claimed that he'll defeat Islamic State terrorists if elected president of the United States by bombing "the hell out of them" and taking their oil, which would cut down their wealth.
"I say that you can defeat ISIS by taking their wealth," Trump told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. "Take back the oil. Once you go over and take back that oil, they have nothing. You bomb the hell out of them, and then you encircle it, and then you go in. And you let Mobil go in, and you let our great oil companies go in. Once you take that oil, they have nothing left."
When asked about whether he would send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS, Trump said he would not reveal such plans yet. The billionaire suggested, however, that an effective general is needed to implement the strategy against the Islamic militants. more >>
MIAMI BEACH — Can the Islamic State, or ISIS, be classified as a "religious movement," or is it a political movement that's only superficially religious? This issue was discussed by two Middle East experts at a recent Faith Angle Forum.
Bernard Haykel noted that many of his colleagues in the social sciences "want to push very hard against the idea that ISIS is a religious movement or that Islam has anything to do with the Islamic State." Social scientists, he added, usually prefer analyses centered on race, class and gender to those centered on religion as an explanatory variable. He also noted that President Barack Obama prefers to not associate ISIS with Islam.
"If you look at the cultural production, the intellectual production, the legal and theological production of ISIS, which is plentiful on the Web, there is no question that this is a movement that's drawing on a very particular strain or trend within the Islamic intellectual history, legal history, theological history," Haykel countered. "It has particular obsessions with certain theological concepts, and, of course, it's presenting itself as an heir to the 'true' version of Islam, which is a kind of projection backwards onto what true Islam was, by people who are living with us today, by moderns." more >>
Hundreds of Kurds lined a funeral procession for American Keith Broomfield in northern Syria before turning his body over to his parents at a Turkish border crossing.
Broomfield, 36, was believed to be killed on June 3 in northern Syria in a military engagement with ISIS forces. His parents and several family members have all said that Broomfield was "led by the Lord" to fight ISIS and "believed in opposing evil." Broomfield paid his own way to link up with Kurdish forces in the fight against ISIS in February. more >>
Atheist groups have denounced a recently published column by Transhumanist Party presidential hopeful Zoltan Istvan calling for atheists to be granted right to skip airport security.
Istvan, a futurist and author who's running for president on a third-party ticket, is calling for atheists to be exempted from airport security.