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Islamic State Has Taken 'Full Control' of Key Syrian Province

After the Islamic State has seized control of the Syrian Air Force base at Tabqa, the Raqqa province is the first to full fall out of government hands as it seeks to establish a capital for its caliphate.

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Libyan Jihadists Targeted by Egypt and UAE

Is Libya Now a Terrorist Stronghold?
Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have been accused of launching air strikes on Islamist militias in Libya.

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Islamic State Building Caliphate Through Brutality

The Islamic State terrorist army's brutality and threats against America on Aug. 19 are signs it's focusing on entrenching its so-called Muslim caliphate -- without interference.

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Islamic State Seizes Control of Key Syrian Air Base

Fighters from Islamic State (IS) have taken control of a key Syrian government airbase, activists say.

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U.S. Steps Up Military Action Against the Islamic State

President Obama, reacting to the brutal execution of an American journalist by Islamic State terrorists, called for a "common effort" across the Middle East to "extract this cancer so it does not spread" as U.S. fighter jets and drones stepped up attacks against IS. Meanwhile, IS threatened to awaken sleeper cells in the West and promised America to "drown all of you in blood." Along the U.S.-Mexico border, concern is being raised as Mexican drug cartels are in negotiations with the terrorist organization, according to a U.S. Congressman.

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Iran Stalls With West As Its Nuclear Program Develops

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told the visiting head of the UN nuclear watchdog said Tehran's long-range missile program will not be discussed as part of talks aimed at resolving a decade-long nuclear dispute. Meanwhile, Iran's foreign minister did not believe a final-status agreement would be made with the West by the time the next deadline comes in four months.

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Islamic State Continues to Massacre Scores in Iraq and Syria, Loses Control of Mosul Dam

The Islamic State continued to massacre scores of 'infidels' in its 'caliphate' over the weekend as U.S. lawmakers called on President Obama to expand military operations against the jihadist organization. Over the weekend, President Obama informed Congress that he authorized U.S. airstrikes in Iraq to help retake control of the Mosul Dam. On Sunday Kurdish forces, with the aid of over two dozen U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, were able to retake control of Iraq's largest dam from IS jihadists, who captured the dam less than two weeks ago.

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Ukraine Crisis: Separatists Trained in Russia

The Kremlin announced on Monday President Vladimir Putin had ordered Russian forces near Ukraine back to their bases, but NATO and the United States said they saw no sign of a pullback and Moscow had failed to carry out such promises before.
One of the top rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine claims that his forces have recently received 1,200 fighters who had undergone training in Russia. The claim came during a speech to leading rebels, apparently recorded on Friday and posted to YouTube by a pro-separatist media outlet. His language suggested the men had already crossed the border.

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Ebola Threatens West Africa, Airlines Halt Flights

As Ebola continues to threaten West Africa, officials claim it will take up to six months to contain the outbreak. Liberian authorities have now quarantined entire villages it claims is the 'epicenter' of the virus and expanded its Ebola treatment centers throughout its capital of Monrovia. Meanwhile, two more airlines halted flights to the capitals of Liberia and Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization admitted the official death toll of 1,145 in the region "vastly underestimates the magnitude of the outbreak."

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Islamic State Changes Tactics, Closing in on Aleppo

The Islamic State continues to capture towns on its way to Aleppo, Syria's largest city, which now stands less than 50 kilometers away. Meanwhile, limited U.S. airstrikes have caused jihadists of the Islamic State to change their military tactics, instead of operating as an army with conventional formations, they are now acting like insurgents and mixing in with civilians to disguise their maneuvers making it harder to strike them.

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N. Korea Fires Short Range Missiles as Pope Visits S. Korea

Pope Francis became the first pontiff in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, bringing a message of peace and reconciliation to the war-divided peninsula. Seoul's never-timid rival, North Korea, made its presence felt by firing three short-range projectiles less than an hour before he arrived and two more a short time later.

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Obama Blames Bush for Iraq Troop Withdraw

President Barack Obama who spent years touting his success of withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq, but now facing the jihadist threats of the Islamic State in the Middle East is now blaming former President Bush for the absence of American troops in Iraq.

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Oil Prices Hit Nine-Month Low

Oil prices have fallen to a nine-month low as surging supply from OPEC and the U.S. floods the market and fresh demand withers.

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Power Struggle in Baghdad As Maliki Replaced But Refuses to Step Down

Iraq's president named a new prime minister to end Nuri al-Maliki's eight-year rule on Monday, but the veteran leader refused to go after deploying militias and special forces on the streets, creating a dangerous political showdown in Baghdad.

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Islamic State Beheads, Crucifies As It Expands into Syria (Video)

Christians are under siege in the Middle East, and the Obama administration is not doing enough to stop religious persecution by its allies, according to a new report from a bipartisan federal commission.
Islamic State has crushed a pocket of resistance to its control in eastern Syria, crucifying two people and executing 23 others in the past five days.

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