ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory it once held -- with half of that terror group's so-called "caliphate" having been recaptured since President Trump took office less than a year ago, U.S. military officials said Tuesday.
The massive gains come after years of "onerous" rules, when critics say the Obama administration “micromanaged” the war and shunned a more intensive air strategy that could have ended the conflict much sooner.
“The rules of engagement under the Obama administration were onerous. I mean what are we doing having individual target determination being conducted in the White House, which in some cases adds weeks and weeks,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula, the former head of U.S. Air Force intelligence. “The limitations that were put on actually resulted in greater civilian casualties.”
But the senior director for counterterrorism in former President Barack Obama’s National Security Council pushed back on any criticism the former president didn’t do enough to defeat ISIS.
“This was a top priority from the early days of ISIS gaining the type of territorial safe haven in particular, there was recognition that safe havens for terrorist groups can mean terrorist plots that extend — not just into the region — but to Europe and conceivably into the United States,” said Joshua Geltzer, author of “US Counter-Terrorism Strategy and al-Qaeda: Signalling and the Terrorist World-View,” now a visiting professor at Georgetown Law School.
Stun grenades & brute force as Santa costume-clad Palestinian protesters clashed with IDF in Bethlehem
A group of ISIS terrorists launched a series of attacks on a group of children who were simply holding an interview with a foreign reporter.
Watch as the explosions send the children flying through the air, only to get up a few seconds later an attempt to run away as the camera man continues to record as he runs himself, pleading with the children to follow.
CNN’s Jake Tapper issued a searing criticism Thursday of many of the tyrannical nations that condemned the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as immoral.
The UN General Assembly voted 128 to 9 Thursday for a resolution demanding the U.S rescind a Dec. 6 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But some of the countries condemning the U.S. have no room to talk on the issue, according to Tapper.
“Among the 128 countries who voted to condemn the U.S. on this issue were some countries with some rather questionable records of their own,” Tapper said on CNN’s “The Lead.” He targeted Venezuela, Syria, and Yemen for their history of ignoring human rights violations within their borders.
What has become of London as Muslim migrants continue to invade the country? Even Christmas has become overrun by the jihadists who are intent on stopping anything non-Islamic from being celebrated.
Take a look at this Christmas market in Leicester, UK. Were the only thing you see is Muslims, and the only thing you hear is Islamic music. This should certainly get you in the Christmas spirit.
1. Around 4 p.m., shots were fired at a Capitol police officer at 3rd and Mulberry streets. The officer’s vehicle was hit. The officer was not hurt.
2. Shots were fired at a Pennsylvania State trooper at 4th and Market streets. The officer suffered a slight injury. She is expected to be OK.
3. At 17th and Mulberry streets, the gunman engages in a shootout with Harrisburg police and state police, and is killed. No officers are hurt.
Officials have stopped a man who they say was plotting a terror attack in San Francisco over the holidays. The 26-year-old reportedly stated that "Christmas was the perfect day" for a terror attack in San Francisco and "did not need an escape plan because he was ready to die."
The FBI arrested Everitt Aaron Jameson, who is a tow truck driver and lives in Modesto. According to a handwritten letter obtained by the FBI, Jameson also referred to himself as Abdallah adu Everitt ibn Gordon.
Jameson appeared in court Friday, but did not enter a plea.
The suspect reportedly picked the Pier 39 location because he "had been there before and knew it was a heavily crowded area." He added that it would be easy to "funnel" people into an area where he could inflict casualties.
The documents cite an FBI informant who said Jameson was inspired by the New York terror attack on Oct. 31, when a man drove into a crowd and killed eight people, and the deadly 2015 shooting in San Bernardino.
A driver of Afghan descent accused of plowing a white SUV into a crowd of pedestrians Thursday in Melbourne, Australia, injuring at least 14 people in a “deliberate act” has a history of drug use and mental illness and was known to police “on historical assault matters,” police said.
Two men, including the 32-year-old driver, were taken into custody, police said. The Afghan driver was an Australian citizen. Authorities said there was no evidence or intelligence to indicate that the incident was terror related, but they believe the driver carried out the act deliberately.
A Minneapolis woman who was stabbed 14 times while walking to her Uptown home said she is doing better and is focused on helping police catch her attacker.
Twenty-six-year-old Morgan Evenson said she was attacked Dec. 13 while walking home from her job at the Apple store on Hennepin Avenue.
Evenson told KSTP she struggled with her attacker at the corner of 32nd Street and Fremont Avenue and she considers herself lucky to be alive.
"It was horrifying, because I could feel something that felt like it was stinging me, but it was him stabbing me," she said. "Doctor's told me I had 14 wounds that needed stitches, including a lacerated kidney."
Evenson told KSTP her main concern now is getting better and helping police find whoever did this so he cannot do it again.
"I cannot imagine anyone attacking someone like that and as a woman it is especially frightening, but I knew I had to fight back and I want him to know I am OK and that he will be caught," Evenson said.
Evenson said she is extremely grateful to neighbors and passersby who heard her screaming and came to her aid which, she said, ultimately led to her attacker running away.
"It is very touching to see and hear from so many people who care," she said. "I am forever grateful to the people who came to may aid and without them I might not have survived.
A Virginia man who authorities say wanted to carry out a terrorist attack and tried to fund Islamic State group terrorists has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors say 27-year-old Lionel Williams was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Norfolk. He had pleaded guilty in August to terrorism charges.
The case against Williams began after authorities say he pledged allegiance to terrorists on Facebook. Federal agents soon learned the Suffolk man owned an assault rifle.
Authorities say Williams told undercover FBI agents that he wanted to attack “hard targets” such as police officers. Court documents said he also gave informants $250, which he believed was going to fund the Islamic State in Iraq.
If you thought the African migrants coming to European nations were coming because they were looking for jobs, think again! They are actually looking for free handouts because of pamphlets handed to them by the George Soros NGO groups that escorted them from Africa into Europe that told them that due to colonization they deserve reparations from white people.
Police in Melbourne, Australia have two men in custody after a car plowed into Christmas shoppers earlier today. That certainly sounds similar to other car-attack terrorist scenarios such as in Germany, the UK, and here in New York. However, authorities are downplaying the potential for a terrorist motive and now believe the second man may have nothing to do with the attack.
That’s a heck of a coincidence. And what about the second man arrested? He happened to be filming the attack with three knives in his bag. In a March terror attack in London, the assailant first used a car and then began attacking pedestrians with a knife, killing a police officer before being shot to death by other officers. That attack took place on the one-year anniversary of suicide bombings in Brussels; today’s attack is just two days off from the one-year anniversary of the truck attack on the Berlin Christmas market that killed twelve people and injured dozens of others.
That’s a lot of coincidences. It’s too early to jump to a conclusion of terrorism, but it’s also too early to entirely rule it out either. We’ll update this post with further developments as necessary.
North Korea is conducting biological weapons experiments to test the possibility of loading anthrax-laden warheads on its intercontinental ballistic missiles, it has been reported.
Japan's Asahi newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing an unidentified person connected to South Korean intelligence, that North Korea was conducting biological weapons experiments to test the possibility of loading anthrax-laden warheads on its intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The Asahi report said the U.S. government was aware of the tests, which were meant to ascertain whether the anthrax bacteria could survive the high temperatures that occur during warheads re-entry from space.
RUSSIA has practised a full-scale mock invasion of the West that includes capturing Baltic states, bombing Germany and invading neutral countries, it has been revealed.
The terrifying war drills were carried out in September and featured troops, artillery, tanks, missile attacks and naval and air force raids.
Details of the Vladimir Putin's so-called "Zapad" (West) exercises were revealed by analysts from two leading intelligence agencies, Bild reported. They did not specify the methods used to collect the intel.
At the time, Putin claimed the exercises were for anti-terror purposes and were purely defensive in nature.
However, the paper reported that the drills were a dry-run for a "shock campaign" against Western European NATO countries.
This included first overrunning the Sulwalki Gap - a 60 mile stretch of NATO land that connects the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad with its ally Belarus.
It practised this by creating a mock state on an identical piece of land in Belarus then invading it.
At the same time, the analysts said, the Kremlin also rehearsed "neutralising or taking under control air fields and harbours (in eastern Europe), so there are no reinforcements arriving from other NATO states there".
They added: "This does not mean that you have to occupy the countries and declare 'Peoples' Republics' or something like that, but that you have to occupy the harbours, airports and so on."
Over two days, Russian fighter jets also flew mock sorties through the Baltic and North Seas, swooping down onto the edges of Germany and the Netherlands.
Steven Handoko admits it wasn’t his most dignified moment. Naked as the day he was born, the bookish 25-year-old had been invited on stage by one of the strippers hired for a party at the Atlantis Gym.
That hardly qualified as outrageous behavior in the red-light district of Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta, where the Atlantis was located. Nearby were plenty of venues with suggestive names like the Playboy Sensation, massage parlors for straight men. The Atlantis was a gay sauna in a conservative country, but given the generally live-and-let-live milieu of the Indonesian capital’s night life, Mr. Handoko felt safe, if a little embarrassed.
But he wasn’t. Soon after he took the stage, the police stormed the premises. Officers herded naked, cowering men into the middle of the room and began taking photos, some of which — including one of Mr. Handoko — appeared on Indonesian social media within hours. He and 140 other men were taken away.
This is the horrifying moment Yemeni rebels fired a ballistic missile towards King Salman's palace before it was intercepted by Saudi air defences.
Dramatic footage captured the moment a weapon was launched towards the kingdom yesterday that is feared could escalate fresh conflict in the region.
Witnesses claimed a blast was heard and clouds of smoke seen above Riyadh following the air strike directed by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.
The missile was launched on Tuesday by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement towards King Salman's royal palace where a meeting of Saudi leaders was taking place.
There were no reports of casualties or damage.
If you thought for one second that Germans stand a chance on the subway stations when they are being attacked by Muslim migrants, think again!
This is a daily occurrence in most of the major cities around Germany. Muslim migrants can be seen flooding the subway stations and engaging in chants that are both pro-Islam as well is pro-Palestinian.
Police clashed with anti-fascist protesters in Modena on Friday after a demonstration against the arrival of anti-migrant far-right activists turned violent.
Saudi Arabia has intercepted a rocket fired by rebel Houthi fighters in Yemen, who declared a “new chapter” in its confrontation with the kingdom.
The Volcano 2-H ballistic missiles was aimed at the al-Yamma royal palace in Riyadh, but was stopped by Saudi’s air defences.
Reporters heard a blast and saw a plume of smoke rising above the Saudi capital near the palace, where King Salman chairs weekly government meetings and hosts foreign dignitaries.
It was the second time in as many months that a rebel projectile had reached as far inside the kingdom as Riyadh, and while audacious, neither caused any real damage.
In a televised address, rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said the range of missiles in the Houthi arsenal was being extended. "Our long hand will reach other places, God willing," he said.
"As long as you continue to target Sanaa we will strike Riyadh and Abu Dhabi," he said, referring to the seat of government of the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the coalition.
Earlier this month, the Houthis claimed they fired a missile at an under-construction nuclear plant in the Emirates. The UAE denied the claim.
The rebels claimed Saudi palaces, military and oil facilities were all within range of such missiles fired from Yemen.
CBS News has learned of a shocking link between a deadly drug cartel shootout with Mexican police last week and a controversial case in the U.S. The link is one of the grenades used in the violent fight, which killed three policemen and four cartel members and was captured on video by residents in the area.
According to a Justice Department "Significant Incident Report" filed Tuesday and obtained by CBS News, evidence connects one of the grenades to Jean Baptiste Kingery, an alleged firearms trafficker U.S. officials allowed to operate for years without arresting despite significant evidence that he was moving massive amounts of grenade parts and ammunition to Mexico's ruthless drug cartels.
Here is an intense view of what it looks like during the fog of war.
Watch as FSA forces battle both Isis terrorists as well as Syrian and Russian military forces that continue to do bombing runs on areas controlled by the anti-Assad Forces.
The Khan Shaykhun chemical attack took place on 4 April 2017 on the town of Khan Shaykhun in the Idlib Governorate of Syria. The town was reported to have been struck by an airstrike by assad regime forces followed by massive civilian chemical poisoning.
Russia has once again been accused of using weapons that have been banned under the Geneva conventions while orchestrating bombing runs in Syria against opposition forces.
This video is said that contain proof that Russia is still using phosphorus weapons which are banned under the Geneva conventions.
Israeli officers dressed as Palestinians, some with Palestinian flags, infiltrated a demonstration in the West Bank, before opening fire with pistols and throwing smoke grenades at the protesters.
Some 400 Palestinians took part in a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday, according to Israeli media. AFP news agency reporters, who also managed to film the events, cited lower numbers, saying up to 150 Palestinians were protesting near the Beit El military checkpoint.
The demonstrators were throwing stones at Israeli security forces and burning tires to protest Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. At one point, several men among them, wearing traditional Arabic kufiya scarves and a Palestinian flag wrapped around the head, revealed themselves as Israeli law enforcement.
Having pulled out pistols and thrown smoke grenades, they captured several Palestinian protesters. In a Ruptly video, they can be seen donning balaclavas labeled "Police" as the remaining protesters scatter.
A Palestinian with a fake suicide belt stabbed an Israeli officer in the upper torso. The Palestinian attacker, Mohammed Aqal, was shot and later died. The officer was in moderate condition. The stabber managed to get to the troops from behind after he pretended to be part of a press team nearby. The soldiers shot him in the legs, but when they noticed the suicide belt, they kept shooting him while he was on the ground. He was taken to Palestinian hospital where he passed away. This was part of another Palestinian (Fri)day of Rage, in reaction to Trump recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week.
Undercover Israeli police officers infiltrated and broke up a violent Palestinian protest outside Ramallah on Wednesday. Video footage from the scene shows the operatives with their faces covered with masks, keffiyehs and, in one case, a Palestinian flag, worn as a hood. As hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at IDF troops near the military checkpoint outside Rammallah, the undercover operatives suddenly burst into action, arresting a number of rioters and firing shots into the air, which sent the rest of the rioters running. “During the protest an undercover operation by the Israel Police’s Special Patrol Unit took place, and 3 rioters were arrested and handed over for questioning,” the army said in a tweet.
Video shows a american made chinook transport helicopter lifting a russian made Mi-8 helicopter.
CNN reported on Tuesday that pro-Palestine forces chanted “death to America” and “death to Israel” in response to President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last week.
Thousands of Hezbollah supporters took to the streets in Lebanon, belting out the violent slogan in call-and-response style.
According to the report, Hezbollah itself organized the march, which many left-wing groups attended. Images of crowds burning Israeli and American flags popped up throughout the report.
Israel has finished raising the height of the electronic “smart” fence along part of the border with Egypt to stop infiltration into the country by migrants, the Defense Ministry reported.
Construction of the original barrier, equipped with information collection centers and warning systems and known as the Hourglass Project, was completed in 2014 at a height of five meters along 242 kilometers, from the Gaza Strip to Eilat on the Red Sea. The government built the fence in the hope that it would stop illegal migration, drug and weapons trafficking and terrorist infiltrations.
Free Syrian army forces landed a direct hit on this Syrian military tank that was dug in behind an embankment over a mile away.
Watch as the tank explodes upon impact. Those inside the tank must have died on impact because they cannot be seen fleeing the tank after the initial explosion.
New York City bomb suspect Akayed Ullah's family says they're heartbroken and saddened by the suffering the attack caused. However, in a statement the family also said they're outraged by alleged law enforcement actions following Ullah's arrest.
New details are emerging about Monday’s terror attack in the New York City subway system during the busy morning commute. The suspect is telling investigators he did it in the name of ISIS, and officials say the bombing could have been much worse. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports for TODAY from the Port Authority bus terminal.