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Obama: ‘We Are Hammering These Terrorists’

FORT DIX, N.J. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama used a holiday season visit to a U.S. military base on Monday to issue a tough warning to Islamic State militants, saying a U.S.-led coalition will permit no safe haven to the group and will destroy it eventually. Obama spoke to hundreds of camouflage-wearing troops in a […]

Over the weekend, ISIS released a video depicting the immediate aftermath of the murder of American aid worker Peter Edward Kassig, who adopted the Muslim name Abdul-Rahman Kassig while in captivity following his apparent conversion. The White House has confirmed the authenticity, and Kassig’s death, and in a statement released on Sunday, President Obama called […]

Her name has not been released but, like Peter Kossig, she is an aid worker kidnapped while trying to help Syrians rendered needy by that country’s war. She was particularly moved to help children who have been orphaned and separated from their families. The woman was taken in August 2013, along with a group of […]

The family of Peter Kessig, the latest American to be beheaded by ISIS, is asking that video of the horror not be shared or distributed. The video, more graphic than those showing previous murders of hostages, shows 18 Syrian soldiers having their heads cut off by jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the […]

ISIS Beheads U.S. Aid Worker

A video released by ISIS purports to show beheadings of a dozen Syrian soldiers and then a claim that U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig was also beheaded. The video ends with the militant standing over a severed head he says belongs to Kassig. U.S. officials said they were working to determine the video’s authenticity. Kassig’s […]

U.S.-backed rebels in Syria are severely overmatched and on the brink of being wiped out by the combined forces of an al Qaeda branch and the Islamic State group, the Associated Press reported. The Jabhat al-Nusra, al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, and the Islamic State group, which were once fighting one another, have turned their […]

ISIS Death Toll

The protracted battle for control of the Syrian border town of Kobani has so far claimed over 800 lives, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said late on Sunday. At least 21 Kurdish civilians have also been killed in Kobani since Sept. 16, according to the Observatory. In the last 40 days of fighting, at […]

(Reuters) – Air strikes by U.S.-led forces have killed 553 Islamist fighters and 32 civilians during a month-long campaign in Syria, a monitoring group which tracks the violence said on Thursday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the vast majority of the deaths, 464, were militants from Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot […]

It was only a matter of time, and not very much time, before ISIS got hold of weapons airdropped by the United States. The Pentagon confirmed Wednesday that Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters took possession of a stray bundle of U.S.-airdropped weapons and other supplies in the Syrian border town of Kobani earlier […]

The United States is helping ISIS with foodstuffs, medical supplies, clinics and even taxes. It’s being going to territory ISIS controls. The aid—mainly food and medical equipment—is meant for Syrians displaced from their hometowns, and for hungry civilians. It is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, European donors, and the United Nations. Whether […]

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