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Islamic State Still Silent on al-Baghdadi’s Death; Jihadis Celebrate His ‘Martyrdom’

The Islamic State (ISIS) still had not responded to the death of its “caliph,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as of Wednesday afternoon. The ISIS news agency Amaq took little notice of al-Baghdadi’s demise, while “chatter” in jihadi social media networks is reportedly subdued. Reuters on Wednesday quoted analysts who argued the shock of losing Baghdadi was…

Max Boot Deletes Sentence Claiming al-Baghdadi Did Not Die a ‘Coward’

Following significant backlash, Washington Post (WaPo) columnist Max Boot deleted a sentence in a recent piece he wrote, in which he argued that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not die a “coward” because “he blew himself up.” Boot — who is both a WaPo columnist and a CNN analyst — wrote a column on Monday, titled, “Baghdadi’s…

Report: Asia Is the ‘Hot Spot’ for Christian Persecution

“Persecution against Christians has worsened the most in South and East Asia,” notes a report documenting the growing oppression of Christians around the world. South and East Asia is now “the regional hot spot for persecution,” states the new report by Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical foundation providing assistance to Christians, “taking…

Trump Shares Details of al-Baghdadi Operation with Americans in Live, 48-Minute Press Conference

President Trump on Sunday shared with the American people details of the U.S. military operation that led to the death of terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a nearly 50-minute live press conference in which he described the operation, Baghdadi’s purported last moments, and answered journalists’ questions about the raid and his strategy. It was…

Netanyahu Congratulates Trump on Elimination of al-Baghdadi

The Times of Israel reports: Israeli officials on Sunday praised US President Donald Trump on the American special forces raid in Syria that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling it an “important milestone” in the fight against terrorism. Trump confirmed earlier that the elusive leader was killed, saying he…

Flashback: Trump Congratulated President Obama Personally on Osama bin Laden Raid

Democrats deliberately omitted President Donald Trump from their congratulations Sunday on the successful raid that killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS). But Trump had congratulated then-President Barack Obama in May 2011 when he announced the raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. I want to personally congratulate President…

Islamic State in Asia: ‘Unintentional’ Consequences of Turkey’s Syria Operation

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies… Turkey began on October 9 its illegal offensive in northern Syria to expel terrorist organizations, primarily the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State according to Ankara, away from the Turkish border and to establish a safe zone in the northeast…

GOP Congressman: Trump’s Syria Abandonment Aids America’s Enemies — Especially ISIS

October 13, 2019 6:00 PM ET The president’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria and, by default, to support a Turkish offensive against the Syrian Kurds is strategically short-sighted, and it will do lasting damage to American credibility. The consequences of abandoning the Kurds are already playing out as the Kurds have diverted their…

Nigerian Military Frees 25 Children ‘Linked with Boko Haram Activities’

STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP/Getty Images The Nigerian military announced the release of 25 children arrested in Boko Haram raids on Thursday. Years after Nigeria declared Boko Haram “defeated,” authorities released 23 boys and two girls held in custody to ensure that they were not a threat to the public. Boko Haram, an Islamic State affiliate, popularized the…

ISIS-Inspired Queens Women Convicted of NYC Bomb Plot

Two Queens women pleaded guilty to plotting an Islamic State-inspired terrorist attack in New York City involving bombs, authorities say. Asia Siddiqui, 35, and Noelle Velentzas, 31, both pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn federal court on Friday for attempting to build a weapon of mass destruction. Siddiqui and Velentzas, who are both U.S. citizens residing…

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