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100 Days Scorecard: Trump Vows to Destroy Islamic State, Keep Gitmo Open, and Aid Christians

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President Donald Trump, while campaigning and soon after taking office, made several promises to keep America safe and fight terrorism head on.

Indian Woman Sold, Tortured After Entering Saudi Arabia on Housemaid Visa

A veiled woman shops at al-Zall souk in downtown Riyadh November 16, 2007. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji
A woman from India was sold to her immigration sponsor for an estimated $4,700 after she entered Saudi Arabia on a housemaid visa and is being tortured by her captor, her daughter tells the Times of India (TOI).

Judge Revokes ‘Illegally Procured’ U.S. Citizenship of al-Qaeda Jihadist


A federal judge, at the request of President Donald Trump's administration, has revoked the “illegally procured” U.S. citizenship of an Egyptian-born “confessed al-Qaeda operative” who was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in the late 1990s for terrorism-linked offenses in Egypt, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced.

DHS Chief: Obama Did ‘Nothing’ to ‘Truly’ Secure Border

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The U.S.-Mexico international boundary, under former President Barack Obama, was a “very, very open border almost” and illegals aliens “understood” they could enter the United States and blend into the population, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly tells CNN, noting that is no longer the case.

Egypt: Islamic State Claims Attack on Checkpoint Near Ancient Christian Monastery


The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for an attack on a security checkpoint near the ancient St. Catherine's monastery in the volatile Sinai peninsula that killed at least one policeman and wounded four others.

Archbishop of Washington: Nearly One Christian Killed Every Hour for Practicing Faith

Men carry a coffin of a victim of the Sunday cathedral bombing after a funeral service held at the Virgin Mary Church, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Egyptians held prayers for 25 Christians killed the day before at a church next to the city's main Coptic cathedral in what was one of the deadliest attacks on the religious minority in recent memory. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly one Christian is killed every hour around the world for practicing their faith, said the Archbishop of the U.S. capital. Cardinal Donald Wuerl made those comments on Thursday while delivering the keynote address during the one-day symposium at the National Press Club focused on Christian prosecution.

Report: 300 U.S. Marines ‘En Route’ to Taliban Stronghold in Afghanistan

U.S Marines from Delta Company of 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion patrol near the town of Khan Neshin in Rig district of Helmand province, southern Afghanistan September 9, 2009. U.S. President Barack Obama faces key decisions in the coming weeks on the war in... REUTERS/GORAN TOMASEVIC
An estimated 300 U.S. Marines are heading to a Taliban stronghold in the southern Afghanistan province of Helmand, one of the deadliest regions of the ongoing war for coalition forces located along the Pakistan border, reports Marine Corps Times.

DHS: Almost as Many Americans Died of Drug Overdoses in 2015 as in ’12 Years in Vietnam’

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has largely blamed Latin American drug cartels for the unprecedented 52,000-plus drug overdose deaths in America during 2015 alone, the latest year for which data is available.

DHS Sec. John Kelly: ‘Nexus’ Between Drug Traffickers, Terrorists Like Boko Haram ‘Is Real’

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The “nexus” between Latin American drug cartels and Islamic terrorist groups like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) affiliate Boko Haram, which controls Africa-based smuggling routes towards Europe, “is real” and expected to “get more sophisticated,” declared U.S. Department of Defense Secretary John Kelly.

DHS Sec. John Kelly: ‘Nexus’ Between Drug Traffickers, Terrorists Like Boko Haram ‘Is Real’

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The “nexus” between Latin American drug cartels and Islamic terrorist groups like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) affiliate Boko Haram, which controls Africa-based smuggling routes towards Europe, “is real” and expected to “get more sophisticated,” declared U.S. Department of Defense Secretary John Kelly.

With MOAB, U.S. Military Delivers Major Blow to Weak Afghan Islamic State

A combination of still images taken from a video released by the U.S. Department of Defense on April 14, 2017 shows (clockwise) the explosion of a MOAB, or 'mother of all bombs', when it struck the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar, Afghanistan, bordering Pakistan where U.S. officials said a network of tunnels and caves was being used by militants linked to Islamic State. U.S. Department of Defense/Handout via REUTERS
The massive U.S. military strike on a network of tunnels along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border used by the local Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch may have plugged the hole that allowed the flow of jihadi reinforcements from Pakistan into Afghanistan.

Colossal Bomb Targets Afghan Islamic State Stronghold in Top Opium-Producing Region

Afghanistan, Chaparh?r : An Afghan farmer harvests opium sap from a poppy field in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province on April 19, 2016. Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan dropped 19 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and United Nations Oiffce on Drugs and Crime. / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA
The U.S. military, perhaps inadvertently, may have eradicated opium poppy crops when it dropped the “mother of all bombs” on Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists in the Achin district of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.

Islamic State in Afghanistan Suffering Mounting Losses Under Trump

FILE - In this March 1, 2017 file photo, an Iraqi soldier inspects a recently-discovered train tunnel, adorned with an Islamic State group flag, that belonged to the former Baghdad to Mosul line, that was turned it to a training camp for IS fighters, in western Mosul, Iraq. Some 40 square kilometers on the western bank of the Tigris River is the Islamic State group’s last major stand in Iraq. In addition to Mosul’s so-called right bank, IS still controls a handful of small pockets of Iraqi territory and a swath of Syria’s north including the group’s self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
The U.S. military said it had degraded the number of Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) fighters in Afghanistan by an estimated 80 percent to about 600 jihadists before dropping the largest non-nuclear bomb on the terrorist group on Thursday.

Trump on Putin’s Support for ‘Butcher’ Assad: Russia Backing ‘Truly an Evil Person’

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U.S. President Donald Trump, in an exclusive interview on Fox Business, described Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad as a "butcher" and "truly an evil person," noting that the relationship between Syria and Russia is "bad for mankind."

Putin Backs Down: Meets Tillerson amid Heightened U.S.-Russia Tensions

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (C) walks upon his arrival at the Vnukovo II Government airport in Moscow on April 11, 2017
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow Wednesday, despite reports that the Kremlin leader had refused a face-to-face meeting with the top American diplomat, reveal various Russian state media outlets.

Report: Russia May Capitalize on Chaos in Libya by Filling Power Vacuum


Russian President Vladimir Putin may seek to capitalize on the chaos currently gripping Libya by filling the power vacuum that the U.S.-led NATO alliance has failed to fill since the removal of dictator Moammar Gadhafi nearly six years ago, reports Stars and Stripes, citing analysts.

Russia’s Chechnya Denies Report on Gay ‘Prison Camps’: Gay Chechens ‘Just Don’t Exist’

Police detain a gay rights activist during May Day demonstration in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 01 may 2016 (Photo by Valya Egorshin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
“More than 100 men” confirmed or suspected of being homosexual in the overwhelmingly Muslim Republic of Chechnya, an autonomous province within the Russian Federation, have been sent to a “concentration camp” where they are being tortured and killed, report various news outlets, citing the independent Moscow-based newspaper Novaya Gazeta and LGBT community activists.

Trump Administration: Islamic State Defeat Remains Primary Focus in Syria

An image grab taken from a video uploaded on Youtube on June 12, 2014, allegedly shows Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants taking part in a military parade in the northern city of Mosul. Iraqi security forces found the burned bodies of 12 policemen when they recaptured a town north of Baghdad from militants, a police colonel and a doctor said. AFP PHOTO / HO / YOUTUBE == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / YOUTUBE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == YouTube / AFP
Defeating the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) remains the United States’ primary goal in Syria, not toppling the country’s dictator Bashar al-Assad, according to high-ranking officials in President Donald Trump’s administration.

Duterte Sings Different Tune: Urges U.S. to ‘Help’ Philippines Fight Terrorism

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (C) gestures as he talks to members of the media after a joint press conference with Senate president Aquilino Pimentel III and Speaker of the House Pantaleon Alvarez (not pictured) at Malacanang Palace in Manila on March 13, 2017. Duterte on March 13 said he agreed to Chinese ships surveying a strategic body of water despite warnings by his defence minister. TED ALJIBE / AFP
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who said "goodbye" to diplomacy with the United States last year, is now urging his American counterparts to work with Manila in combating terrorism and other mutual threats.

Bangladesh Family: ‘Vogue’ Model Killed for Refusing to Wear Islamic Garments

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Muslim extremists murdered a Vogue cover model in Bangladesh for not wearing Islamic clothing, alleged the victim’s family after the authorities ruled the late 21-year-old’s death a suicide.

Marines: ‘Readiness Required to Deter Aggression’ and ‘Win Our Nation’s Battles’ at Risk

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The Marine Corps, under current funding levels, is expected to face “increasingly significant challenges” to the readiness necessary to deter aggression and win America’s battles, high-ranking military officials told lawmakers.

EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi Christians: We ‘Just’ Want ‘a Chance to Survive’


Christian and Yazidi Iraqis lament the dire future facing their minority communities in new video footage obtained by Breitbart News. Both groups have nearly been eradicated by the genocidal Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

U.S. Embassy in Opium-Rich Afghanistan Fires 6 for Allegedly Using, Dealing Drugs

Afghanistan, Chaparh?r : An Afghan farmer harvests opium sap from a poppy field in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province on April 19, 2016. Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan dropped 19 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and United Nations Oiffce on Drugs and Crime. / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA
The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, the capital of the world’s top producer of opium and its heroin derivative, has fired at least six employees for allegedly using and distributing drugs.

Top U.S. Commander: Iran’s Heightened Threat Since Nuclear Deal May Require Military Action


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. needs to consider military action to disrupt Iran’s malign activities in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, which have intensified since the Islamic Republic signed a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, a top American commander warned American lawmakers.

Top U.S. General: ‘We Have Not Relaxed the Rules of Engagement’ in Mosul

Kurdish Peshmerga forces keep watch in a village east of Mosul, Iraq, May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. military has not "relaxed" the rules of engagement (ROE) put in place to avoid civilian casualties in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), commonly known for using the home of innocent people as shelter and the inhabitants as shields, the top American commander in the region told lawmakers.

U.S. Military Concerned Russia Expanding into Obama Power Vacuums: Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt


Moscow is trying to reestablish Russia as a superpower and extend its geopolitical sphere of influence by undermining the United States and capitalizing on the chaos in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Libya, and beyond, according to American military officials and analysts.

Pakistan: Islamabad Constructing Fence Along Afghan Border

A Pashtun man passes a road sign while pulling supplies towards the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing in Chaman November 28, 2011. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed/Files
Pakistan’s announcement that it is already constructing a fence along its mutual border with Afghanistan has provoked the ire of Kabul.

Pakistan: Islamabad Constructing Fence Along Afghan Border

A Pashtun man passes a road sign while pulling supplies towards the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing in Chaman November 28, 2011. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed/Files
Pakistan’s announcement that it is already constructing a fence along its mutual border with Afghanistan has provoked the ire of Kabul.

9/11 Trial: ‘20th Hijacker’ Offers to Testify About Saudi Link to 9/11 Attacks

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A convicted jihadist serving a life sentence in federal prison as the “20th hijacker” in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. homeland has reportedly offered to testify during the 9/11 trial to “expose the Saudi Royal double game with” the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

FBI Reiterates Concerns over Islamic State ‘Terrorist Diaspora’ After Group’s Fall

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FBI Director James Comey reiterated his concern that an unprecedented “terrorist diaspora” will occur after the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) territory is “crushed” by the U.S.-led coalition, calling the imminent phenomenon “the ghost of Christmas future.”

FBI Reiterates Concerns over Islamic State ‘Terrorist Diaspora’ After Group’s Fall

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FBI Director James Comey reiterated his concern that an unprecedented “terrorist diaspora” will occur after the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) territory is “crushed” by the U.S.-led coalition, calling the imminent phenomenon “the ghost of Christmas future.”

Iraqi PM: Trump Is ‘Prepared to Do More’ Than Obama to Fight Terror


President Donald Trump’s administration is ready “to be more engaged” and take terrorism in the Middle East head on, proclaimed the prime minister of war-ravaged Iraq when asked if the commander-in-chief’s approach to defeating the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is different than his predecessor’s.

Islamic State-Linked Group Threatens Attacks in India, Identifies Taj Mahal as Target


An Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-affiliated group, Ahwaal Ummat Media Center, has disseminated a graphic on the Internet threatening attacks in India and identifying the Taj Mahal as a potential target, reports the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites.

Most Populous Muslim Country Indonesia May Face Threat from Returning Islamic State Fighters

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Battle-hardened Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists from Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, are expected to soon return to their homeland as the terrorist group loses territory in Iraq and Syria, prompting concerns among Southeast Asian authorities.

Poll: Over 40% of Americans Believe U.S. is Losing War on Islamic State

Militant Islamist fighters waving flags, travel in vehicles as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/STRINGER
An estimated 41 percent of likely American voters believe the United States and its allies are losing the war against Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists, according to a new poll.

Afghanistan’s Green Gold: Taliban Terrorists Earn $15 Million a Year Selling Pistachios

Afghan women sort pistachio seeds at a local dried fruit factory in Kabul
Taliban jihadists generated $15 million for terrorist activities in 2016 from harvesting Afghanistan’s "green gold," pistachios, over 32,000 hectares in the Kushki Kuhna district of the country's western Herat province.

Pakistan Using Chinese Surface-to-Air Missile System to Protect Against ‘Emerging Threats’


Pakistan has inducted a Chinese-made advanced surface-to-air missile system into its air defense apparatus aimed at protecting against new threats, revealed the Pakistani army in a statement.

Report: More Citizens of Saudi Arabia Have Joined Islamic State Than Any Other Country

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The Sunni Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has boasted that key U.S. Middle East ally Saudi Arabia is the top provider of terrorists for the jihadist group in Iraq, reports Fox News, citing Iraqi military sources.

Top U.S. General: America’s ‘Nuclear Modernization Can No Longer Be Deferred’

Top U.S. General: America’s ‘ Nuclear Modernization Can No Longer Be Deferred’
The United States military can no longer afford to wait when it comes to modernizing and recapitalizing America’s nuclear capabilities, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told lawmakers.

AG Sessions: ‘No Legal Problem’ with Imprisoning Jihadists at Guantánamo

Attorney General Jeff Sessions waits to make a statement on issues related to visas and travel, Monday, March 6, 2017, at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions indicated that he would advise the commander-in-chief to continue using the U.S. military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to house newly captured jihadists.
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