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 >>
President Barack Obama has relaunched his early campaign plan to close GITMO, the infamous prison facility for terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, though is facing opposition from conservative critics who warn such a move would put American lives in great danger.
Explaining his plan on Tuesday, Obama insisted that keeping the prison open works against America's best interests.
"For many years, it has been clear that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay does not advance our national security — it undermines it. It's counterproductive to our fight against terrorists, who use it as propaganda in their efforts to recruit," Obama said. more >>
President Barack Obama launched a final push on Tuesday to persuade Congress to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but lawmakers, opposed to rehousing detainees in the United States, declared his plan a non-starter.
In White House remarks, Obama, a Democrat, pleaded with the Republican-led Congress to give his proposal a "fair hearing." He said he did not want to pass along the issue to his successor next January.
The Pentagon plan proposes 13 potential sites on U.S. soil for the transfer of remaining detainees but does not identify the facilities or endorse a specific one. more >>