US Airstrikes in Syria Light Up Social Media

On Monday night, the United States and five Arab countries--Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Jordan--conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) and other radical Islamist terrorist groups in Syria. Social media immediately lit up with alleged photos and videos of the attacks. Other social media accounts uploaded videos that allegedly showed the aftermath of the airstrikes, none of which have been confirmed.
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Palestinians Mourn Hamas Terrorists Suspected of Killing Israeli Boys

Thousands of Palestinians mourned the deaths Tuesday of two Palestinian men suspected of kidnapping and killing three Israeli students in June, the Jerusalem Post reports. A massive funeral procession honoring Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abuysha moved through the streets of Hebron, featuring mourners waving Palestinian and Hamas flags. Both Hamas affiliated terrorists were killed after they opened fire on Israeli troops moving in to arrest them. 23 Sep 2014, 11:23 AM PDT

Russia Considers Joining the Fight Against ISIS

Russian leaders are sending mixed messages about their take on the United States' airstrikes in Syria. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted to Secretary of State John Kerry that the United States must respect Syria’s sovereignty after President Barack Obama announced the United States would conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State. Yet, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia may join the fight against the jihadist group. 23 Sep 2014, 10:54 AM PDT

US Airstrikes in Syria Light Up Social Media

On Monday night, the United States and five Arab countries--Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Jordan--conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) and other radical Islamist terrorist groups in Syria. Social media immediately lit up with alleged photos and videos of the attacks. Other social media accounts uploaded videos that allegedly showed the aftermath of the airstrikes, none of which have been confirmed. 23 Sep 2014, 10:24 AM PDT

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. 23 Sep 2014, 10:20 AM PDT

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. 23 Sep 2014, 9:58 AM PDT

The Worst Case Scenario for Ebola

Before this year, Ebola was a disease relegated to remote villages in Africa. Even public health officials didn't worry about it spreading very far. Until recently, they would probably tell you that the virus typically burned out after ravaging only a handful of people. 23 Sep 2014, 9:40 AM PDT

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. 23 Sep 2014, 9:03 AM PDT

Ebola Outbreak Status: The Worsening of a Nightmare Scenario

It's nine months into the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, and the situation is only going from bad to worse. The outbreak simmered slowly in West Africa from December 2013, when the first case was retrospectively documented, through March, when it was first recognized by international authorities. 23 Sep 2014, 8:35 AM PDT

Khorasan: What We Know So Far

While ISIS has captured international attention with its very public, bloodthirsty tactics, a terrorist group some American officials say is more intent on actually striking the United States is operating in the shadows, and on the margins of the national security conversation. 23 Sep 2014, 7:48 AM PDT

Nurse Bitten by Ebola Patient Flown to Switzerland for Treatment

An unidentified nurse bitten by an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone was flown to Switzerland on Monday. He arrived at Geneva’s University Hospital to receive medical treatment. The bite occurred during a three-day shut down in the West African country in an effort to slow down the deadly disease. 23 Sep 2014, 7:22 AM PDT

Pentagon To Deploy A-10 Fighter Jets Into Battle Against Islamic State

The Pentagon is set to soon deploy the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard, nicknamed the Blacksnakes, over to the Middle East in support of the US-led mission against the Islamic State, according to the Huntington County TAB. The deployment reportedly consists of 300 units along with twelve A-10 Warthog Fighter Jets. 23 Sep 2014, 6:55 AM PDT

Pentagon: US Begins Airstrikes in Syria

The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven. 23 Sep 2014, 6:08 AM PDT

China: Uyghur Islamic Radicals Kill Two In Bomb Blasts

According to China’s state-media, two were killed and many more injured on Sunday when Uyghur Islamic radicals bombed an area in the country’s western region of Xinjiang, Reuters reports. The state-press report added that hundreds of innocent Chinese citizens have been killed over the past year. The report was short on many details. “At present, all the injured have been sent to hospital for full treatment, local social order is normal, and the cases are being investigated,” the report said. 22 Sep 2014

A Nuclear Iran Could be More Dangerous than ISIS

One Mideast reporter recently observed that Washington’s focus on the Islamic State comes at the expense of the more urgent threat posed by a nuclear Iran. This might be because the world has grown accustomed to the Iranian threat. 22 Sep 2014

Spain: Ebola Test Drug Out of Supply Worldwide

Doctors treating a Spanish priest who was repatriated from West Africa on Monday after being diagnosed with the Ebola virus said there were no samples of experimental drug ZMapp available in the world right now, and they were considering alternative treatments. 22 Sep 2014

World View: Yemen's Iran-Backed Houthi Rebels Occupy Sanaa

Yemen's Houthi (Ansarullah) anti-government militias took control of many government buildings in Sanaa, Yemen's capital city, on Sunday, and then agreed to a United Nations sponsored peace agreement to end the fighting. However, some reports indicate that the fighting is continuing as before. 22 Sep 2014

Sierra Leone Concludes Nationwide Ebola Lockdown

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said. 22 Sep 2014

Afghan Election Commission Names Ghani New President

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Ending months of vote-related tension, Afghanistan's election commission named a new president Sunday only hours after the leading candidates signed a power-sharing deal that names one of them as the country's new chief executive. 22 Sep 2014

Six Russian Fighters Intercepted by US Near Alaska

(AFP) Six Russian MiG 35 fighter jets entered a US "air defense identification zone" Friday and were intercepted by American and Canadian warplanes near Alaska, two US defense officials said. 22 Sep 2014

Yemen Government Signs Peace Deal with Shiites

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday following days of violence that left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes, state media said, although major rebel advances earlier in the day deepened a sense of uncertainty in the country. 21 Sep 2014

Bill Clinton: Obama Should Have Armed Syrian Rebels Years Ago

On Sunday, former President Bill Clinton made efforts to further distance Hillary Clinton from President Barack Obama's unpopular foreign policy by stating that the Obama administration should have armed Syrian rebels years ago, a position Hillary Clinton claims she took at the time. 21 Sep 2014

The Ancient War Between the Judeo-Christian West and Islam

With apologies to the frankenfood-fearers and polar bear-sentimentalizers, the biggest danger we face is the Clash of Civilizations, especially as we rub against the “bloody borders” of Islam. What if, in the coming century, we lose that clash—and the source of our civilization? 21 Sep 2014

Deadly ISIS Attack Targets Shiite Areas In and Around Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Bomb and mortar fire attacks killed ten people in Shiite areas in and around Baghdad on Sunday, as Iraqi security forces said they succeeded in breaking a siege on soldiers who had been surrounded by Islamic State militants west of Baghdad. 21 Sep 2014

Turkey Takes in Over 60,000 Syrian Refugees

The government of Turkey is reporting that between 45,000-60,000 Syrian refugees have crossed the border in the past 24 hours to escape the Islamic State. The majority are from the Kurdish town of Kobane and surrounding villages, which is considered an important border town. 21 Sep 2014

U.S. to Deliver 10 Apache Helicopters to Egypt

(Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defense Minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhy on Saturday to confirm the United States plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support Cairo's counter-terrorism efforts, the Pentagon said. 21 Sep 2014


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