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The biggest threat now is not Radical Islam. It is “Apocalyptic Islam.”
Feb/27, 2015 - Joel Rosenberg warns that "Apocalyptic Islam" is the most serious threat because . . .
". . . for the first time in all of human history, we have not just one but two nation states whose rulers are driven not by political ideology
— or even mere religious theology — but by apocalyptic, genocidal End Times eschatology.
The two main branches of Islam are the Shia and the Sunni. Both branches believe the End of days has come and their messiah, the “Mahdi” is
about to appear. However, the two groups have different strategies to hasten his arrival.
At the core of the ISIS terrorist movement, radical Sunnis are committing genocide now in an effort to build a caliphate (Islamic empire) at the
cost of millions of lives.
Iran is the center of the Shia branch of Islam. They want to build The Bomb. They think that having nuclear weapons, and probably using
them--and killing tens of millions--will open the way for the Madhi to return.
- Source: Joel Rosenberg
What does ISIS want? To usher in the End of Days. Here’s the short version. (Must-read article in The Atlantic) - Joel Rosenberg
Netanyahu Warns Iranian Messianic Apocalyptic Cult May Get Nuclear Weapons:ONS: If U.S. doesn’t act, Israel will - Joel Rosenberg
- The issue from the perspective of a Muslim Leader:
Muslims Predict Jesus Will Defeat ISIS, Beginning in 2015 - Dr. David Liepert
Prophetic Significance of Terrorism
Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan: Tide turned against Boko Haram
Feb. 25, 2015 - In Nigeria, Boko Haram bombs were blamed for killing 27 people in two commercial centers. However,
according to Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, the tide has "definitely turned" against the terrorist group.
Regional forces have recaptured eight major towns in recent weeks.
- Source: BBC
Activists report dozens of Assyrian Christians kidnapped by ISIS
Feb. 24, 2015 - Islamic State extremists overran several villages along the banks of the Khabur River in northern Syria. Thousands of
residents fled, but ISIS captured as many as 90 Assyrian Christians. Their fate is not yet known.
- Source: Fox
Islamic State in Syria Abducts at Least 150 Christians - NewsMax
Al-Azhar top cleric calls for religious teaching reform
Feb. 213, 2015 - Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, The Grand Imam of Egypt's top Islamic institution, has called for a radical
reform of religious teaching. He claims that terrorism is the result of "bad interpretations" of the Koran and the life of
the Prophet Muhammad.
"The only hope for the Muslim nation to recover unity is to tackle in our schools and universities this tendency to
accuse Muslims of being unbelievers."
- Source: BBC
- Egypt Top Cleric Calls for Religious Education Reform to Counter Extremism
- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi said in a televised statement that the creation of a united Arab military force is crucial in
the struggle against terrorism in the Middle East. - Sputnik
Al Shabaab calls for attack on Mall of America in new video
Feb. 22, 2015 - Somalia's Islamic terrorist group Al Shabaab has called for attacks on Mall of America in Minnesota, and
other great shopping malls in Canada and the UK. The group, which is alligned with al Quaida, released a video showing graphic
images of Westgate Mall attack in Kenya that killed more than 60 people in 2013.
- Source: Fox
Showing our hand? US military official outlines plan to retake Iraqi city of Mosul
Feb. 20, 2015 - A senior U.S. Central Command official revealed that plans for retaking the city of Mosul in Iraq from ISIS
will involve up to 25,000 Iraqi troops and three brigades of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. The offensive would probably begin in the "April,
A current and former military intelligence officer also told Fox News that the decision to publicly announce the plan was
counterintuitive because it "telegraphs" the timing and number of units involved.
- Source: Fox
Peshmerga 'repel major IS attack in northern Iraq'
Feb. 19, 2015 - Peshmerga fighters stopped a major attack against Irbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region in Iraq.
They were supported by US-led coalition aircraft, but complain that they are still poorly armed compared with the jihadists.
The coalition has conducted more than 1,200 air strikes in Iraq since August, when IS militants overran the Peshmergas' defenses in the north.
- Source: BBC
Fighting Isis: Qatar recalls ambassador to Egypt; Libya seeks end to arms embargo - International Business Times
'ISIS sets sights on Libya as gateway to eventual invasion of Europe' - Jerusalem Post
ISIS Sends Out This Message To All Christians: ‘You Will Soon See An Ocean Of Blood For All The Nation Of The Cross’ - Walid Shoebat
Obama refuses to back Egypt in fight against Radical Islam. ISIS burns 45 people to death in Iraq. MSNBC’s Chris Matthew says U.S. being “morally humiliated” by ISIS.
New report highlights ISIS persecution of Christians. - Joel Rosenberg
The holy war begins - The holy war is here. And unfortunately it seems the President of United States will be the last one to acknowledge it. - Bill O'Reilly - Fox
Op-Ed President Obama: Our fight against violent extremism
Feb. 18, 2015 - In President Obama's editorial opinion in the Los Angeles Times, he minimizes the importance of religious
motives in the growing problem of terrorism, and points to the need for society to provide hope and opportunity to people around the world who do not
feel that they have a good future. A summit of religious and community leaders will convene today to discuss possible solutions to the problem.
With this week's summit, we'll show once more that — unlike terrorists who only offer misery and death — it is our free societies and diverse
communities that offer the true path to opportunity, justice and dignity.
- Source: Los Angeles Times
Obama editorial opens Washington terrorism summit - UPI
ISIS Savages Have Just Burned To Death 45 Souls As Obama Pursues ‘Strategic Patience’ - Norvell Rose - Western Journalism
Obama Criticized for Refusing to Link Extremism to Islam - NewsMax
Egyptian leader calls for UN coalition in Libya
Feb. 17, 2015 - During an interview on French radio Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said there is a need for a United Nations
coalition to rid Libya of Islamic extremists.
"We will not allow them to cut off the heads of our children," he said. Asked whether he wanted to see a U.N.-backed coalition for Libya,
he said: "I think there is no choice."
- Source: CBS
What ISIS Really Wants
Feb. 17, 2015 - Read this insightful article to really understand what is behind the ISIS movement, and how their theology is leading to
the apocalypse. It is long, but thoroughly worth the time and concentration it requires of the reader. Here is the author's summary of the information.
The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a
key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
- Source: By Graeme Wood - The Atlantic
Egypt hits ISIS-affiliated terrorists in Libya after video showing mass beheading of Christians appears
Feb. 16, 2015 - A statement from Egypt's Armed Forces General Command said that they had conducted air strikes in Libya
in response to an ISIS video that showed the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.
The statement said the warplanes targeted weapons caches and training camps before returning safely. It said the strikes were
"to avenge the bloodshed and to seek retribution from the killers."
- Source: Fox
BREAKING: Egypt’s President el-Sisi orders military strikes after ISIS beheads 21 Egyptian Christians. Details & analysis. - Joel Rosenberg
- Egypt bombs IS in Libya after beheadings video - BBC
Egyptian Airstrikes in Libya Were Not Coordinated With US: Sources - ABC
Egypt launches second air strike on IS - Breaking News
Moral Cowardice: WH Won't Call Latest Victims of Islamic Radicals 'Christians' Todd Starns - Fox - Prophecy Central "Obama" page
Copenhagen shooting during debate on Islam (live updates)
Feb. 15, 2015 -
Two people have been killed and five injured in twin shootings in the Danish capital, with one attack targeting a cultural centre
hosting a debate on Islam and free speech and the other a synagogue.
- Source: Telegraph - UK
ISIS on the doorstep? Fighters reportedly seize Iraqi town near base holding US Marines
Feb. 13, 2015 - Islamic State fighters have apparently taken control of the town of al-Baghdadi in Iraq. There are conflicting
reports about whether or not they tried to attack the Al Asad base nearby where Marines are training Iraqis.
- Source: Fox
Obama makes formal request for war authorization against Islamic State
Feb. 11, 2015 - Today President Obama asked for formal authority to use the U.S. military to combat the Islamic State.
The request for a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF, marks the first time Obama has requested approval for
military action in his six-year presidency.
- Source: Washington Post
Family of US aid worker, ISIS captive Kayla Mueller confirms her death
Feb. 10, 2015 - Kayla Mueller, a US aid worker, has died while she was in captivity by ISIS.
It is not yet known how or when 26-year-old Mueller died. ISIS claimed last week she was killed by a Jordanian airstrike, but offered no immediate evidence.
Her family said she had "dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice, and peace."
- Source: Foz
Obama to Ask Wednesday for Right to Use Troops in ISIS Fight
Feb. 10, 2015 - President Obama is planning to offer Congress a legislative proposal outlining the parameters of military
engagement against the Islamic State.
Lawmakers and congressional aides have said they expect authorization would run for three years and will attempt to confront the issue
of when and how U.S. ground troops may be used in the conflict.
Legislators will want to define the language of the agreement. Some of these terms are "boots on the ground,'" "enduring combat," and "engagement."
The President's request may appease the demands by some lawmakers for Congress to exercise its constitutional power to declare war on its own.
- Source: NewsMax
Jordanian fighter jets strike hard at ISIS, pay tribute to murdered pilot
Feb. 5, 2015 - Today Jordanian air forces bombed Raqqa in Syria, the operational capitol of ISIS, in retaliation for the gruesome
burning death of one of their jet pilots.
"The blood of martyr Muath al-Kaseasbeh will not be in vain and the response of Jordan and its army after what happened to our dear son
will be severe," said King Abdullah in a statement released by the royal court on Wednesday.
The strike killed 55 members of ISIS, including a senior commander known as the “Prince of Nineveh.”
King Abdullah told U.S. lawmakers that Jordan will fight the Islamic State until it runs "out of fuel and bullets."
- Source: Fox
ISIS is crucifying and burying children alive, says UN - Christian Today
Muslim outrage grows against Islamic State but questions linger over next steps in fight - Washington Post
Obama Invokes Slavery and the Crusades During Prayer Breakfast: ‘People Committed Terrible Deeds in the Name of Christ’ - Prophecyi Central's Obama Section
- Should Islamic Terrorism be Compared to the Crusades? - Ron's Blog
Jordan hangs two prisoners after Islamic State burns pilot alive
Feb. 4, 2015 -
Islamic State militants put to death a captured Jordanian fighter pilot by burning him alive in a cage....
The kingdom, which had vowed a swift and lethal response, executed two al-Qaida prisoners by hanging early Wednesday, a government spokesman said..
- Source: Chicago Tribune
Obama, Jordanian king vow to continue campaign against ISIS - Fox
Jordan Hangs Two Iraqi Militants in Response to Pilot's Murder - NewsMax
Top Muslim Body Calls for 'Killing, Crucifixion' of ISIS Militants -NewsMax
Obama, King Abdullah vow not to let up against Islamic State - AP
Japanese prime minister 'infuriated,' by journalist's beheading, vows to hold ISIS responsible
Feb. 1, 2015 - A video has been released from ISIS apparently showing the beheading of a Japanese reporter.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday he is "infuriated" by the purported beheading of journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic
State group and vowed to hold the terror group responsible.
- Source: Fox
ISIS in Pakistan and Afghanistan: Taliban Fighters Sign Up, Commanders Say
Jan. 31,, 2015 - The Pakistani government has waged a 10-month crack-down on Taliban and other terror groups. This has caused
many jihadists to leave the Taliban and join ISIS.
"The military operation in North Waziristan by the Pakistan army has helped us a lot," said Mufti Hassan Swati, who claims to be the deputy
head of ISIS in Pakistan. "Hundreds of militants quit their groups and joined us."
- Source: ABC News
Reports: Boko Haram Close in on Regional Capital, Two Million Under Threat
Jan. 30, 2015 -
Boko Haram jihadists have reportedly closed in on the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, which has an estimated population of two million,
along with another 200,000 who are currently taking refuge within its borders.
- Source: Breitbart
Boehner denies 'blindsiding' White House with Netanyahu invite
Jan. 27, 2015 - Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to speak to Congress about the danger of allowing Iran
to continue their nuclear development. The White House complained that they should have been involved in the process. US Speaker of the House
John Boehner told CBS' 60 Minutes program that he had advised the President of the invitation. He felt it was necessary for Congress
to hear from Netanyahu.
"There's nobody in the world who can talk about the threat of radical terrorism, nobody can talk about the threat that the Iranians pose,
not just to the Middle East and to Israel,. . . but to the entire world."
Boehner said that the President had practically ignored the issue of terrorism in his State of the Union address last week.
- Source: Jerusalem Post
Krauthammer: Iran's emerging empire - Charles Krauthammer - The Spectrum
New Iran sanctions won’t lead to war—one side’s already fighting it - Erlic Rozenman, director of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America - The Hill
With U.S.-Israeli relations heading for a train wreck & threat of Radical Islam rising, what’s next? Where do we go from here?
Video of my interview with Greg Laurie. - Joel Rosenberg
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia dead at 90, half-brother succeeds him
Jan. 22, 2015 - King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died at age 90. He has been a strong ally with the US against al Qaeda.
He is succeeded by his 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman.
The death of King Abdullah, coupled with the collapse of the government in Yemen, is a "worst case scenario" for the U.S. because current
events are allowing Iran to extend its reach and influence in the region.
- Source: Fox
Yemeni president, cabinet resign, deepening turmoil for a key U.S. ally - Washington Post
Rebels hold Yemen’s president ‘captive’ at his house
Jan. 21, 2014 - Houthi rebels (Shiites) have taken control of the capital of Yemen, the most-impoverished Arab nation. They have
now replaced President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's guards with their own fighters, and are holding him captive in his home.
The embattled Hadi – a top US ally in the war against al-Qaida in Yemen – appears to have run out of options to continue governing
the country, months after the Houthis began a blitz across the country in September.
The al-Qaida in Yemen (Sunnis) pose another problem there. They are now considered by the US to be the most dangerous branch of al-Quaida.
They claimed responsibility for the recent attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in France. In Yemen they are known as "al Qaeda
in the Arabian Peninsula" (AQAP).
- Source: Indian Express
- Realtime Coverage - Google
Questions and answers on Yemen as president held ‘captive’ - Washington Post
Takeover in Yemen threatens downward sectarian spiral; al Qaeda set to benefit - CNN
Wash. Post: US Suspends Operations Against al-Qaida in Yemen
ISIS threatens to kill 2 Japanese hostages unless Tokyo pays $200 million
Jan. 20, 2015 - Because Japan has agreed to support the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the terrorists have
posted a video showing two Japanese men who will be killed unless Japan pays $200 million within 72 hours. Japanese Prime
Minister Shinzo Abe said that:
The international community needs to "deal with terrorists without giving into them," ... But he stopped short of explicitly
ruling out the payment of a ransom or negotiations with the hostages' captors.
- Source: CNN
German Embed Reporter: ISIS Plans On Killing ‘Hundreds of Millions’ in ‘Religious Cleansing’ - Breitbart
Is the President’s ISIS strategy working? No.
Jan. 15, 2014 - Rosenberg quotes the Wall Street Journal:
More than three months of U.S. airstrikes in Syria have failed to prevent Islamic State militants from expanding their control in that country,
according to U.S. and independent assessments, raising new concerns about President Barack Obama ’s military strategy in the Middle East.
- Source: Joel Rosenberg
Jindal's Brilliant Take on Radical Islam - [Muslim leaders] must stand up and loudly proclaim that these people are not martyrs who
will receive a reward in the afterlife, and rather they are murderers who are going to hell. - Larry Kudlow - NewsMax
Three reasons why we know that Allah and the God of the Bible are not the same - Michael Bresciani - Renew America
Charlie Hebdo plans print run of up to 3 million for next issue, with Muhammad on cover
Jan 13, 2014 -
The French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo will feature the Prophet Muhammad on the cover of its next issue, due to be published
Wednesday, and has planned an unprecedented print run of up to 3 million copies.
Twelve people were murdered by Islamist terrorists at the magazine's headquarters last week.
- Source: Fox
Wake Up: It’s War - Dear jihadists, we’re all Jews now. - Quin Hillyer - National Review
The Troubling Math of Muslim Migration - Ian Tuttle - National Review
Obama Under Fire for Lack of Presence at French Rally
Jan. 12, 2014 - Yesterday's historic show of unity with France included 40 world leaders marching arm-in-arm while more than a
million people gathered in Paris and more than three million joined various rallies in the country. But President Obama and Vice President
Biden were absent even though they apparently had no official conflicts that would keep them from showing support.
British Prime Minister David Cameron was there, as was German Chancelor Angela Merkel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian
Authority President Mahmood Abbas . . . Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Jordan's King Abdullah II.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was Paris but did not attend the rally.
- Source: NewsMax
Top Obama officials MIA at Paris unity rally - Washington Times
‘Shariah-compliant’ Obama blindly fighting terror? - OneNewsNow
‘Guess Who’s Missing?’: Americans Wonder Why Obama Skipped Paris March - The Blaze
Will we ever learn? Obama White House can't admit Paris attacks 'Islamic terrorism' - Fox
- Background article- From June 2013 -
Barack Obama: Don't say 'Islamic terrorism'! - American Thinker
- Update- Jan. 13, 2014 - White House says 'absence' at Paris rally a mistake - BBC
World leaders join historic Paris march for attack victims
Jan. 11, 2015 -
"More than a million people and dozens of world leaders were expected to march through Paris on Sunday in a historic display of global
defiance against extremism after Islamist attacks that left 17 dead."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will join French President Francois Hollande and
approximately forty other world leaders in a show of unity against Islamic Terrorism. Jordanian King Abdullah will be there, but President Obama is
not planning to attend.
- Source: Sydney Morning Herald
World leaders to join up to 1 million people at Paris rally - ABC - Australia
Why Isn't President Obama Going to Paris? - Forbes
Rep. Ryan Zinke: Obama's Inaction Emboldens Terrorists
Jan. 10, 2014 -
Newly elected Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., lays the blame for the deaths of 12 journalists and police in a jihadist attack in Paris at the
front door of the White House, and says the Obama administration's approach to worldwide Islamic terrorism is encouraging their brutal actions.
The 23-year old former Navy SEAL commander is the first SEAL to serve in congress. At an earlear date he had criticized President Obama's method
of countering the ISIS threat. He said, "Wars can’t be fought with rhetoric."
- Source: NewsMax
'Islamic' terrorism: Dodging the issue, empowering the enemy - OneNewsNow
Breaking News: Charlie Hebdo attackers killed, hostage reportedly safe
Jan. 9, 2015 - The two brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo massacre were killed after they had held hostages in a Paris Jewish supermarket.
- Source: Deccan Chronicle
Massacre Suspects Killed, Hostage Freed - Fox
Al Qaeda plotting massive deadly attacks on West, Britain’s MI5 chief says - Fox
Ralph Peters: ‘The Terrorists Won’ - Western Journalism
Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria's Baga town hit by new assault
Jan. 9, 2015 - The radical Islamic group Boko Haram over-ran a military base near Baga town in Nigeria Saturday and then killed or
drove out the some 10,000 residents of the town. The goal of the terrorists is to create an Islamic state.
It has taken control of many towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria in the last year. The conflict has displaced at least 1.5
million people, while more than 2,000 were killed last year.
- Source: BBC
Boko Haram may have just killed 2,000 people: ‘Killing went on and on and on’ - Washington Post
- Who are Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists? - BBC
- Nigeria: #10 on Open Doors Watch List
Exclusive new poll: Americans fear “catastrophic terrorist attacks” by ISIS inside US, Israel & Jordan. “Washington Examiner” reports results of survey commissioned for launch of #TheThirdTarget.
Jan. 8, 2014 - A poll commissioned for the launch of Rosenberg's new novel, "The Third Target," reveals that Americans deeply
fear a “catastrophic terrorist attack” by the Islamic State (aka, “ISIS”) inside the United States, against our ally Israel,
and against the Kingdom of Jordan.
The novel, which was released nationwide yesterday, is a political thriller that imagines ISIS plotting genocidal attacks against all three countries,
and launching other terror attacks in Europe and Iraq, as well.
- Source: Flashtraffic - Joel Rosenberg
ISIS, al Qaeda targeted France before Paris newspaper shooting
Jan. 8, 2015 - It is not yet known whether the massacre at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was directed by ISIS or al Qaeda,
but there have been threats from both organizations recently.
In a video released by ISIS just days ago, a French jihadi in Syria issued a chilling order: "Blow up France and tear it down to pieces,"
he said. "Do it with a stone or a knife or whatever you can get your hands on."
Profile in courage: The French editor who defied Islamic terror threats - Fox
Why don’t more moderate Muslims denounce extremism? - They do; we're just not listening. - Washington Post
- Paris attack highlights Europe's struggle with Islamism - BBC
Islam is the Most Violent Religion in the World, But Let’s Keep Calling it ‘Peaceful’ Anyway - The Blaze
At least 12 dead in shooting at office of satirical French publication
Jan. 7, 2015 - Three terrorists attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the publication that has published satirical cartoons
of Muhammad and Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. At least 12 employees were killed in the massacre.
“We’ve avenged the honor of the prophet!” the killers shouted, according to witnesses who spoke to Sky News. The gunmen spoke French
without any accent, according to Le Monde
French police are trying to find the gunment.
- Source: Fox
Charlie Hebdo: Gun attack on French magazine kills 12 - French President Francois Hollande: "This is an act of exceptional barbarism" - BBC
- Live Coverage - Fox
- Live Coverage - BBC
- Is Charlie Hebdo shooting linked to growing threat from Islamist extremism? - CNN
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