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Meet the ISIS Jihadist from Chile Hosting a Video Taunting Obama to 'Buy Diapers'

Perhaps more than any other jihadist terror group in the world, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS—or, as they now refer to themselves, the Islamic State), boasts a great variety of nationalities in its ranks and a significant population of jihadists from the West. Among them is Bastián Vázquez, a Chilean jihadist now known as Abu Safiyya, who hosts programming on ISIS’s English-language Al Hayat Network. Jul 4, 2014 7:09 AM PT

Chechen Jihadist Military Commander is Being Branded as the New Face of ISIS

While the jihadist terror group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham is regarded one of the most media-savvy jihadist organizations to ever exist, its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is a recluse that rarely poses for the group's many propaganda videos. Enter Omar al-Shishani, a Chechen Georgian that may be the military leader of all of ISIS. Jul 3, 2014 7:11 PM PT

Sunni Mufti: ISIS and Affiliates Have Killed over 300 Sunni Imams, Preachers

The jihadist terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claims to represent the interests of Sunni Muslims in Iraq, Syria, and the greater Middle East. One Sunni Mufti boldly debunked that claim on Lebanese television station Al Mayadeen, denouncing hundreds of murders of Sunni clerics by ISIS and Al Qaeda. Jul 3, 2014 12:58 PM PT

Terrorists Throw a Grenade into Lebanese Cafe Open during Ramadan

Terrorists bombed a cafe in Lebanon this week, reportedly for being open during the month of Ramadan, a Muslim holiday in which observers are expected to fast during daylight hours. Some residents explain that the cafe remains open as a courtesy to individuals who cannot fast during Ramadan because of health issues. Jul 3, 2014 12:20 PM PT

Denver Teen Seduced by ISIS Jihadist Online Approved of Attacking US Military 'Targets'

Nineteen-year-old Shannon Maureen Conley, a nurse from Denver, was prepared to give up her life and move to Syria to meet a jihadist claiming to be a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and upon being arrested attempting to fly to Turkey in April, she openly admitting to supporting the jihadist cause. Jul 3, 2014 10:21 AM PT

Iraqi Prime Minister Offers Amnesty to ISIS-Aiding Sunni Tribes

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is attempting to persuade Sunni Iraqis that may sympathize with the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) to return to peace and trust his Shia government. On Wednesday, Maliki announced a general amnesty to Sunnis that "return to their senses" and abandon ISIS. Jul 3, 2014 9:48 AM PT

Israel Releases Audio of Kidnapped Teens' Emergency Call from Captivity

Shortly before being killed, one of the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped by suspected Hamas members and found dead this week made a call to Israeli emergency services – a call the Israeli government has made public, in which Gilad Shaar can be heard calling for help before his voice is lost in a storm of gunshots. Jul 2, 2014 2:27 PM PT

Video of Silvio Berlusconi Doing Community Service at Nursing Home Surfaces

In April, an Italian court convicted former head of state Silvio Berlusconi on charges of tax fraud. Given the 77-year-old's increasingly fragile state, the court decided it would be best for Berlusconi to serve out his sentence through community service. This week, a video leaked of the former president helping the elderly at a nursing home. Jul 2, 2014 12:50 PM PT

Venezuelan Violence: Man Shot to Death During Surgery to Close Gunshot Wound

Venezuela's two biggest problems--a socialist government that has left the population bereft of necessary goods and skyrocketing crime that has led to Venezuela having achieved the second-highest murder rate in the world--have long been considered unrelated. But what of a latest incident in which a man was shot to death in an operating room? Jul 2, 2014 11:05 AM PT

Cuba Detained Almost 1,000 Dissidents in June, Tortured Political Prisoners

While many in the mainstream media push the narrative that Cuba's communist government is somehow more "open" than in the past, the Cuban government is exploiting that good will to violently detain and torture political dissidents. According to one NGO, 963 dissidents were arbitrarily arrested in June. Jul 2, 2014 10:22 AM PT

Man Sets Self on Fire to Protest Japanese Military Expansion in Tokyo

Japan is expected to enact historic expansions to their constitutional ability to construct and keep an active military, a controversial topic for many in the region who recall with horror the crimes of the Japanese military in World War II. Among them, apparently: a man who chose to self-immolate in protest of the new proposals. Jul 1, 2014 12:35 PM PT

As Some Sunnis Keep Alliances with ISIS, Officials Call Group's Threat to US 'High'

U.S. officials are calling the jihadist terror group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) an "extremely high" threat to the United States, as the group has significantly more international ambition than similar terror cells. The news comes as Sunnis allied with ISIS vow to remain so until Nouri al-Maliki is replaced as Iraqi Prime Minister. Jul 1, 2014 10:25 AM PT

ISIS Releases Map of 5-Year Plan to Spread from Spain to China

The jihadists terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)-- now trying to rebrand as simply the "Islamic State"-- have released a new map that outlines the territory they aspire to conquer within the next five years. That territory spans from Morocco and Spain out to Sri Lanka and the border of China. Jul 1, 2014 8:15 AM PT

Obama Spends Special CIA Unit to UK on anti-Jihadist Intelligence Mission

The Daily Mail is reporting that the United States has sent a special unit of CIA officers to the UK, passing over UK agencies MI5 and MI6, in order to investigate terrorist "breeding grounds" in the nation from which it is believed many jihadists fighting in Iraq and Syria today originated. Jun 30, 2014 11:53 AM PT

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