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Too Many Mujahideen, Not Enough Engineers Crippling ISIS's 'Socialist' Project in Syria

The Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), has had months to establish its jihadist rule of terror in Raqqa, Syria, its "capital." As The New York Times reports, ISIS is stealing from banks and redistributing taxes into social welfare and infrastructure, but has been set back by a lack of vocational education. Jul 25, 2014 10:02 AM PT

Doctor Leading Sierra Leone Efforts Against Ebola Hospitalized with Disease

Amid an ebola epidemic that Doctors without Borders is calling "out of control," a senior doctor working to help eradicate the disease has contracted it. Sheik Umar Khan tested positive for ebola while leading the team fighting to find a cure for the disease in Sierra Leone. Jul 25, 2014 6:13 AM PT

U.S. Running up to 50 Surveillance Drone Flights over Baghdad a Day to Combat ISIS

The continued spread of the jihadist terror group Islamic State has caused the United States to increase its supporting role with the Iraqi government in monitoring and combatting the group. According to the State Department, the U.S. is manning over 50 surveillance drone flights a day over the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Jul 24, 2014 1:41 PM PT

French Christians, Including 100 MPs, Rally for Christians in Iraq

A large crowd of Christians and supporters gathered in front of the French Parliament building yesterday to express support for the native Christian Assyrian communities of Iraq, currently under siege by the Sunni jihadist group Islamic State. Joining them were 100 members of the French Parliament. Jul 24, 2014 1:29 PM PT

ISIS Jihadists Seize Fourth Century Christian Monastery, Expel Monks

The purge of Christians from northern Iraq continues under the hands of the Sunni jihadist group, the Islamic State--formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). ISIS militants seized the famous Mar Behnam or St. Behnam monastery this week, a fourth century Christian landmark, and forced monks to leave immediately. Jul 24, 2014 7:18 AM PT

Sudanese Cleric: 'Muhammad Said it is a Duty to Fight and Target America'

In a sermon delivered on June 20, Sudanese cleric Muhammad Ali al-Jazouli told his congregation to target and kill American men, women, and children, insisting that the Prophet Muhammad had called for war on America and that those killed by American forces would receive "144 black-eyed virgins" in the afterlife. Jul 23, 2014 11:19 AM PT

Brooklyn White Flag Mystery: NYPD Suspect 'Insider Knowledge' Needed to Pull Stunt

New York City woke up to a strange sight Tuesday morning when travelers observed two white flags, typically symbolizing surrender, flying over the Brooklyn Bridge, where American flags usually fly. Upon closer inspection, authorities found that the flags had been dyed white, the lights shining on them covered with aluminum pans. Jul 23, 2014 10:37 AM PT

Mideast Christian Leaders Call for Muslims to Condemn ISIS: 'We Hear No One Cry Out'

The Maronite Patriarch of Antioch Bechara al Rahi has called for moderate Muslims to speak out and condemn the jihadist terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and support the continued existence of Christianity in Iraq. In a homily this week, the patriarch lamented that Christians "hear no one cry out" against ISIS. Jul 23, 2014 9:53 AM PT

UN Human Rights Chief: 'Strong Possibility' Israel Committed War Crimes in Gaza

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said on Wednesday that there "seems to be a strong possibility" that Israel is guilty of war crimes for Operation Protective Edge, a military operation targeting the terrorist group Hamas in which Israel has taken extraordinary measures to save civilian lives. Jul 23, 2014 9:48 AM PT

Hundreds of Muslims Join Pro-Christian, Anti-ISIS Rally in Baghdad

Hundreds rallied in Baghdad this week in solidarity with the thousands of Christians forced to flee from Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, after the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) demanded that all Christians in the city convert and pay an infidel's tax, leave, or be killed. Two-hundred Muslims are believed to have joined Christians at the rally in Baghdad. Jul 22, 2014 9:16 AM PT

Sky News Reporter Under Fire for Sifting Through MH17 Luggage

Sky News reporter Colin Brazier broadcast live from the MH17 crash site this week, with a cameraman panning closely to the personal artifacts of passengers believed to have died almost immediately as the plane was allegedly shot out of the sky. Brazier touched some of those artifacts, causing an uproar in British media. Jul 21, 2014 1:21 PM PT

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