What Can Be Done About ISIS?

The widespread slaughter of Christians in the Middle East is ushering in an unprecedented religious and humanitarian crisis Read More

Details are still coming in, but according to early reports, at least 60 people have been killed in a series of shootings and bombings in Paris. So far, authorities say that there have been at least six separate locations where gunmen have opened fire, and three different explosions. There are also reports that several gunmen are holding up to 100 hostages at a concert venue where the American band Eagles of Death Metal were performing. France’s president Francois Hollande was evacuated from a large soccer stadium in the city, where France was playing Germany. In video taken at the game, explosions can be heard outside. In a statement addressing the terrorist attacks, President Obama said, "This is an attack not just on Paris, not just on the people on France, but an attack on all humanity and the universal values we share." Discuss

Large groups of demonstrators took to the streets in Kabul Afghanistan after four members of an ethnic minority—including a 9-year-old—were beheaded in a small town. As the Washington Post notes, though the Afghan government have said they are skeptical of the connection, local officials say that the abduction and murders of the members of the Hazara community were carried out by radical Islamic militants linked to ISIS. The exact motive for the murders remains unclear, though The Post notes that violence against Hazara civilians "is a long-running crisis." Locals are angry the government has been unable to stop the violence, and also chanted anti-Taliban slogans during the protests. The U.N.’s top official in the country told the media, "The deliberate murder of civilian hostages, including women and children, is particularly abhorrent. These senseless murders may amount to war crimes, and the perpetrators must be held accountable.” Discuss

Earlier today, suicide bombers killed at least 37 people and injured 181 others in Beirut, Lebanon. Shortly after the bombing, ISIS claimed responsibility on Twitter. According to the BBC, the neighborhood is a Hezbollah stronghold, and Sunni militants target the area because they oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Hezbollah supports. To make matters worse, Lebanon is hosting more than 1 million refugees from Syria, which adds pressure to the country's infrastructure and increases tensions with ISIS. Discuss

A new offensive in Iraq could break up the caliphate ISIS is attempting to form in Iraq and Syria. Kurdish forces are now fighting to take back the area of Sinjar, an ISIS stronghold that is one of the major connecting points between the two countries. As Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling explained to CNN, taking back the town would break up ISIS supply chains and help to get food into the city of Mosul, where 1.5 million living under ISIS control are facing food shortages. Coalition forces are supplying air support in the offensive and at least 5,000 fighters who are members of the Yazidi minority—a group routinely persecuted by ISIS—have joined the fight. Discuss

This weekend, ISIS freed 37 elderly, Assyrian Christians who the group captured back in February. The Islamic terrorists took 215 civilians from nearly three dozen Assyrian villages and towns, though with the most recent mass release, 88 of those are now free. The Assyrian Human Rights Network said it will continue to negotiate for the rest to be released. Discuss