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In Fight for Independence, Iraqi Kurds Look to America for Support

The Kurdish Peshmerga forces-- a co-ed military considered the most organized military force in Iraq-- have been largely responsible for limiting the advance of the Islamic State in the nation. As the Kurds seek independence from a flimsy Iraqi government, they look toward the West, and America especially, for support. Jul 28, 2014 12:42 PM PT

Africa's Ebola Crisis: Two Americans Infected as Liberia Goes on Lockdown

The growing ebola virus epidemic in Africa has claimed a second American victim, an aid worker infected while treating patients. As Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and now Nigeria work to isolate and defeat the disease, keeping the more than 1,000 people infected from spreading the illness has become an uphill battle. Jul 28, 2014 11:35 AM PT

Nigeria Becomes Fourth Country Hit by 'Out of Control' Ebola Outbreak

A 40-year-old Liberian man who died in Lagos, Nigeria has become the first victim of ebola in Africa's most populous country, according to the Nigerian government. His death makes Nigeria the fourth country to experience an ebola incident since the recent outbreak began in March. Jul 27, 2014 2:55 PM PT

ISIS Supporters Deny Female Genital Mutilation Fatwa Reported by UN

A report released by the United Nations' resident and humanitarian coodinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, suggested that the terrorist group Islamic State had issued a fatwa demanding all women between the ages of 11 and 46 undergo female genital mutilation. While conflicting reports followed the claim, some rushed to defend the terror group. Jul 26, 2014 6:34 AM PT

Venezuelan General Arrested on US Warrant for Drug Smuggling

General Hugo Carvajal, a high-ranking retired military general and former chief of Venezuela's military intelligence, was arrested in Aruba this week on charges of helping Colombian Marxist rebels smuggle cocaine into the United States. Carvaja is expected to be extradited to the United States. Jul 25, 2014 12:36 PM PT

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

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