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ISIS Destroys 1300-Year-Old Church, Oldest Islamic Shrine in Iraq

BBC Arabic reports that the terrorists of the Islamic State, in full control of the Iraqi city of Tikrit, have destroyed two of its most ancient religious sites: the 1300-year-old Assyrian Green Church and the ancient Forty Shrine mosque. Sep 27, 2014 9:26 AM PT

Nigerian Military Warns: We Will Kill Anyone Impersonating Dead Boko Haram Leader

The past few days have been pivotal to the Nigerian government's fight to eradicate the jihadist terrorist group Boko Haram, as rumors flew throughout African media of the death of Abubakar Shekau, the group's leader. As reports surface of jihadists increasingly surrendering to authorities, the Nigerian military has warned it will kill anyone who dares use the name "Abubakar Shekau" to rekindle support for the group. Sep 26, 2014 9:37 AM PT

Erdogan: Turkey Will Provide 'Military or Logistics' to Fight ISIS

After months in which the Turkish government has received substantial criticism for not participating fully in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group, President Tayyip Erdogan has vowed that his nation will contribute either "military or logistics" to the U.S.-led coalition currently conducting airstrikes in Syria against the group. Sep 25, 2014 10:04 AM PT

Pentagon Releases Explosive Footage of Syria Airstrikes

The Pentagon shocked the world this week with the news of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria on Islamic State targets. Many wondered precisely what kind of airstrikes and what such a kinetic action would look like on the ground. To elucidate further, the Pentagon has released video of some airstrikes on ISIS targets. Sep 25, 2014 5:49 AM PT

British Captive Pleads for Help in New Audio Sent to Wife by Islamic State

British aid worker Alan Henning is still alive in captivity with the Islamic State, his wife asserted Wednesday, noting that the terrorist group sent her and UK authorities audio of her husband pleading for his life. Henning was threatened with becoming the focus of a fourth "Jihad John" beheading video in the aftermath of the killing of David Haines. Sep 25, 2014 5:20 AM PT

As ISIS Conflict Snowballs, Concerns Arise over Ties between Turkey and Iran

The Turkish government's involvement in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) has made many question the country's intentions. Turkey has refused to participate in airstrikes that even the most heavily Sunni countries, like Saudi Arabia and Jordan, have joined in on, and has refused to allow use of its airspace. But now, evidence is surfacing that Ankara may be closer to Iran than previously believed. Sep 24, 2014 1:09 PM PT

Venezuela Cozies Up to Iran at UN General Assembly Meeting

Socialist Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a one-on-one meeting yesterday in New York in anticipation for the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Venezuela, desperate for financial aid, has turned to its longtime ally to help with housing projects. Sep 24, 2014 11:14 AM PT

African Media Divided on Whether Boko Haram Leader--or Impersonator--Killed in Battle

What could have been the biggest breakthrough in the war on international jihad took Nigerian media by storm this week, as the army of Cameroon asserted that they had killed Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. However, many sources are claiming the man killed was not Shekau, but a designated impersonator, and that the true jihadist leader remains at large. Sep 24, 2014 8:31 AM PT

Dueling Ebola Estimates Warn Up to 1.4 Million Infected by January

Amid the good news that the West Africa Ebola outbreak has been contained in both Nigeria and Senegal, observers of the viral disaster received a flurry of conflicting estimates and worst case scenarios today, as the World Health Organization warned that 21,000 new cases could occur within the next two months, but the U.S. Center for Disease Control put the number at 1.4 million in four months. Sep 23, 2014 10:20 AM PT

Coalition of Arab Nations Including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and UAE Join US in Striking ISIS

The United States counted with a number of Arab nations in their coordinated airstrikes in Syria overnight against the terrorist group the Islamic State. Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates all participated in the attack, according to the Defense Department, potentially branding themselves "apostate" nations in the eyes of the terrorist group. Sep 23, 2014 9:58 AM PT

Laos Criminalizes Internet Criticism of the Government

The communist state of Laos has categorically banned any online criticism of the government in a new set of laws that criminalizes speaking ill of the government on the Internet and any outlet that facilitates the publication of such online criticism. Sep 23, 2014 9:03 AM PT

Venezuela Opens 'Disarmament Centers' to Take Guns from Civilians

Venezuela's repressive socialist government announced a "disarmament campaign" this weekend, urging civilians to surrender their weapons to government officials in what they claim is an attempt at reducing the nation's astronomical murder rate. Sep 22, 2014 9:32 AM PT

Experts: ISIS Destroying Ancient Archaeological Sites to Sell Artifacts on Black Market

The Islamic State captured Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, in July, and within the month, reports surged that the jihadist terror group had either occupied or destroyed every Christian institution in the city. Not just the Christian legacy is threatened by their presence, however-- thousands of years of civilization may be destroyed under the group's reign of terror. Sep 21, 2014 6:00 AM PT

CDC: 550,000 Could Contract Ebola Before Outbreak Contained

As the death toll of the largest outbreak of Ebola virus in history hits 2,630, the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning that more than half a million people could contract the virus before it is contained, according to a document set for release next week. Sep 20, 2014 12:27 PM PT

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