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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. 25 Jul 2014, 12:36 PM PDT

Palestinians, Iranians, and Syrians Extend Israel a Hand

Between the international press, New York Times, and the Obama administration, it’s easy to believe that Israel doesn’t have many friends. However, a new social media campaign reveals that the Jewish State has worldwide support, even in places notorious for their disdain for Jews and their homeland. 25 Jul 2014, 10:14 AM PDT

Kerry, Aides Screened by Security at Egyptian Presidential Palace

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security officers checked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his top aides with a metal detector as they arrived for a meeting on Tuesday with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, an unusual screening for a senior State Department official. 25 Jul 2014, 9:44 AM PDT

ISIS Blows Up Jonah's Tomb in Mosul, Iraq

The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, continues its destruction of Iraq’s historic city Mosul. The radical jihadists blew up a shrine to Jonah, the biblical prophet, and Yunus in the Koran. 25 Jul 2014, 8:39 AM PDT

Report: Hamas Morale Collapsing, Terrorists Flee IDF

In an otherwise excellent article Friday on the Hamas terror tunnel network in Gaza, the Jerusalem Post buries the lede. An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier in the field told the Post that while Hamas fighters offered fierce resistance when the ground operation began, now Hamas operatives are fleeing, abandoning their positions, leaving behind weapons and other material that the IDF is using to expand its assault on the terror group. 25 Jul 2014, 7:56 AM PDT

Central American Leaders Convening at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will urge Central American leaders to help slow the influx of unaccompanied children fleeing their countries for the United States, even as Congress remains deeply divided over proposals to stem the crisis at the border. 25 Jul 2014, 7:40 AM PDT

Anti-Putin Russians Sentenced to 4½ years on 'Riot' Conviction

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court convicted two Russian opposition activists and sentenced them to 4 ½ years in prison Thursday for their role in organizing protests a day before President Vladimir Putin's inauguration in May 2012. 25 Jul 2014, 6:44 AM PDT

Iran Confirms Arrest of Washington Post Correspondent

(AFP) Tehran's chief justice Gholamhossein Esmaili on Friday confirmed the arrest of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife, also a journalist, the official IRNA news agency reported. 25 Jul 2014, 6:41 AM PDT

Ukraine Rebel Commander Acknowledges Fighters Had BUK Missile

(Reuters) - A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in Russia. 25 Jul 2014, 6:35 AM PDT

US General: Russian Military Likely Fighting in Ukraine

(Reuters) - Russia's military is likely a reluctant participant in Ukraine's conflict, the top U.S. military officer said on Thursday, adding that although he had not spoken to his Moscow counterpart in about two months he was keeping an open line of communication. 25 Jul 2014, 6:29 AM PDT

Kerry's Failure Points to Israel's Tough Task

Secretary of State John Kerry has, predictably, failed to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. As of this writing, the Israeli Cabinet is meeting to discuss Kerry's proposal for a seven-day temporary truce. Yet that is merely a gesture of courtesy, because Israel knows that Hamas will reject the terms: that Israeli troops remain in Gaza to complete the task of destroying the terror tunnels Hamas has dug to carry out attacks against Israel. 25 Jul 2014, 6:00 AM PDT

100 Days a Slave: The Christian Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Today marks the 100th day that 276 schoolgirls from Chibok have been held captive by the Islamist terrorists of Boko Haram. It also marks the 100th day during which Nigeria, its neighbors, allies, and the United States, a strategic partner of Nigeria, have failed to locate or rescue the girls.  24 Jul 2014

Massive West Bank Clash Brings Slew of Casualties, Arrests

Large numbers of police deployed throughout the city on Thursday night and the police said in a statement that two officers were injured by stone throwers in the vicinity of the mosque. Police said that 20 protesters were arrested in various violent disturbances in Palestinian areas of the city. 24 Jul 2014

Israeli Forces Kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank Protest

(Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinian protesters and wounded about 100 on Thursday in confrontations with several thousand people demonstrating in the occupied West Bank against a 17-day-old Israeli offensive in Gaza, Palestinian medical officials said. 24 Jul 2014

Extensive Taliban Assault Challenges U.S. Military Facility in Kabul, Afghanistan

Fighting erupted in the pre-dawn hours of July 17th, after heavily armed insurgents penetrated the airfield’s outer defenses to strike at Forward Operational Base (FOB) Oqab, the headquarters of the US Air Force’s 438th Air Expeditionary Wing.  As the attack spiraled, eyewitnesses on the scene reported, weapons fire spilled over into neighborhoods along the Qasaba Road, shut down military and civilian air traffic into Kabul, and diverted US and international flights to Bagram, and as far away as Mazar-i-Sharif. 24 Jul 2014

5 Ways Hamas Kills Palestinian Arab Children

On Thursday, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East – a full branch of the UN dedicated solely to Palestinian Arabs – announced that Israeli ordinance had hit a UN-run school in Gaza, leaving fifteen dead. 24 Jul 2014

Israel: Newly Elected President Sworn in as Battle Rages On

Amidst the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, newly elected Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was officially sworn in Thursday. President Shimon Peres gave his final speech as President, officially handing the mantle over to Rivlin, who then took the oath of office. Rivlin thanked Peres for a “lifetime of carrying this nation’s burden.” Israel’s Arab Knesset members boycotted the swearing-in ceremony in protest of the ongoing Israeli operation in Gaza, however. 24 Jul 2014

Factionism and In-Fighting May Doom ISIS

The Islamic State is no longer a juggernaut, it’s a motley alliance of factions just waiting to betray each other. BAGHDAD, Iraq — At the mention of Caliph Ibrahim, leader of the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Abu Mustafa points at his chest and nods. “Ibrahim my friend,” he says. 24 Jul 2014

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. 24 Jul 2014

Ocean Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan. 24 Jul 2014

11 Parents of Nigeria's Abducted Girls Die

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. 24 Jul 2014

Iraq MPs Stall Presidential Vote as Violence Rages

(AFP) Iraqi lawmakers on Wednesday postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while air strikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions yielded their daily grim crop of bodies. 24 Jul 2014

Huge Attack on Iraq Prisoner Convoy Kills at Least 60

(AFP) Suicide bombers and gunmen Thursday attacked a bus transferring convicts from a prison north of Baghdad in a huge onslaught that sparked clashes with security forces and left at least 60 dead, police said. 24 Jul 2014

France: Air Algerie Flight Vanishes over Northern Mali

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. Nearly half of the passengers were French. 24 Jul 2014

Ted Cruz, Gary Bauer Accuse Obama of Turning FAA into Political Weapon to Punish Israel

When President Obama announced on Monday that he had dispatched Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East in order that he “do everything he can to help facilitate a cessation to hostilities” between the terror group Hamas and Israel, none of the President’s critics had yet accused him of using the Federal Aviation Administration as political weapon to extract security concessions from Israel that the beleaguered Jewish state could otherwise never be pressured into making. 23 Jul 2014

Israel: FAA Travel Ban Set to Expire as Negotiations, Fighting Continue

The US Federal Aviation Agency’s 24-hour ban on travel into Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport is set to expire. It remains unclear why the Obama Administration decided to suddenly pull the plug on travel into Ben Gurion, as it is widely considered a sophisticated and secure airport. In 2009, the New York Times declared Ben Gurion the world’s safest airport and Israel’s El Al airlines the world’s safest airline. Israeli officials said US Airways and United Airlines are set to restart flights to Israel Wednesday. One-hundred sixty flights at Ben Gurion were canceled Wednesday. 23 Jul 2014

CAIR-Affiliated Protest: "We Are Hamas!"

Decked out in keffiyahs and stocked with vulgar posters, anti-Israel demonstrators have been descending upon cities across the United States rallying for what they call peace.  One such group gathered on Sunday, July 20, 2014, just blocks from the Israeli consulate in Miami. 23 Jul 2014

Onslaught of PTSD Gripping Gazan Youth Poses Tremendous Security Risk for Israel, Egypt

The devastating psychological effects of war in the Middle East's Hamas-controlled Gaza region pose huge challenges to peace and an even greater security risk in the future to everyone involved there. Post-traumatic stress disorder in Gazan youth in particular, acts as a catalyst for violence and poses a huge risk, not only for Gazans but also Israelis and Egyptians who are similarly concerned with the peace process in the region. 23 Jul 2014

Iraq to Vote on President After Deadly Bombing

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament convened to vote for a new president on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before that killed 31 people, mainly civilians. 23 Jul 2014

Islamic State Says Mannequins Must Wear Veils

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) told shopkeepers in Mosul the mannequins must wear veils. The veil is in accordance with Sharia law since “the human form is not depicted in statues or artwork.” Both gender of mannequins are to wear the veil. 23 Jul 2014

Obama: Israel's Best Enemy

Take a close look at the photo above. It was taken by a Reuters photographer on March 20, 2013, and is one of the most important photo-ops of the Obama presidency. The caption reads: "U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pose with members of the Israel Defense Forces as he views an Iron Dome Battery at Ben Gurion International Airport." 23 Jul 2014

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