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Ramadan Message: Taliban Vows to Keep Fighting Until U.S. ‘Occupation’ of Afghanistan Ends

U.S. soldiers from D Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walk on a hill after finishing with a training exercise near forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan December 30, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
The Taliban, in a Ramadan message, says President Donald Trump’s administration would be “making a mistake” by increasing the U.S. military footprint in Afghanistan, vowing to keep fighting until the United States-led coalition leaves.

American Taliban Hostage Begs Trump to Negotiate Prisoner Swap: ‘Have Mercy on Me’

Taliban releases video of kidnapped U.S., Australian teachers
The Taliban has published a video purportedly featuring an American and an Australian prisoner kidnapped last August urging U.S. President Donald Trump to negotiate a hostage exchange to secure their release.

Watch: Turkish Man Attacks Woman for ‘Wearing Shorts During Ramadan’

Watch: Turkish Man Allegedly Attacks Woman on Bus for ‘Wearing Shorts During Ramadan’
Authorities in Istanbul briefly detained a man who attacked a female university student for “wearing shorts” during the ongoing Islamic holy month of Ramadan, claiming he had been “provoked” by the woman.

Pentagon: Pakistan ‘Single Greatest’ Factor That Could Cause U.S. ‘Failure’ in Afghanistan


Jihadi “sanctuary” Pakistan is “the most influential external actor affecting” stability in Afghanistan and the “outcome” of the U.S.-NATO military mission there, reports the Pentagon as President Donald Trump's administration considers a tough approach towards Islamabad.

Deported MS-13 Gangsters Keep Sneaking Back Across U.S. Border


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. immigration officers keep apprehending and deporting members of the brutal Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, but they keep sneaking back across the southwest border into the United States, a high-ranking Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official told lawmakers.

Sanctuary Cities Protecting MS-13 Gang Members from Deportation, Says ICE


WASHINGTON, D.C. — There is a “rather long list” of sanctuary cities across the United States that choose to release incarcerated members of the notoriously violent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang back into U.S. communities rather than allow immigration agents to prosecute and deport them, testified a federal officer under oath before lawmakers.

Afghanistan: Obama-Era Drop in Anti-Drug Programs Fuel Heroin Use Among Women, Children

TOPSHOT - Afghan farmers harvest opium sap from a poppy field in Zari District of Kandahar province on April 12, 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 Office on Drugs and Crime. / AFP / JAVED TANVEER (Photo credit should read JAVED TANVEER/AFP/Getty Images)
A dramatic drop in U.S.-funded opium eradication efforts in Afghanistan over the last few years is fueling a growing heroin addiction problem afflicting tens of thousands of women and some children in the war-ravaged country, reports the Washington Post (WaPo).

Iran, China Hold Joint Military Drills in Persian Gulf

In this picture taken on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, and released by the semi-official Fars News Agency, Iranian warship Alborz, foreground, prepares before leaving Iran's waters. Iran dispatched a naval destroyer and another logistic vessel, Wednesday to waters near Yemen as the United States quickened weapons supply to the Saudi-led coalition striking rebels there, underlining how foreign powers are deepening their involvement in the conflict. Iran's English-language state broadcaster Press TV quoted Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari as saying the ships would be part of an anti-piracy campaign "safeguarding naval routes for vessels in the region." (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Mahdi Marizad)
State sponsor of terror Iran and communist China began holding a joint military exercise in the Persian Gulf this week, where provocative clashes between the U.S. Navy and ships from the Islamic Republic have escalated in recent years.

Man Bombs Kindergarten in China Killing 8, Wounding 65

Police officers examine the entrance to a kindergarten in Xuzhou in Jiangsu Province, eastern China, on June 16, 2017, where an explosion killed at least eight people. Police suspect it was a criminal act. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)
A 22-year-old man detonated an improvised explosive device (IED), or homemade bomb, at a nursery in the eastern Chinese city of Xuzhou, killing nine, including the assailant, and injuring about 65 others.

Man Bombs Kindergarten in China Killing 8, Wounding 65

Police officers examine the entrance to a kindergarten in Xuzhou in Jiangsu Province, eastern China, on June 16, 2017, where an explosion killed at least eight people. Police suspect it was a criminal act. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)
A 22-year-old man detonated an improvised explosive device (IED), or homemade bomb, at a nursery in the eastern Chinese city of Xuzhou, killing nine, including the assailant, and injuring about 65 others.

Kremlin Makes Dubious Claim It Killed Islamic State Chief al-Baghdadi

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Russia may have executed the ruthless and elusive leader of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria back in May, the Kremlin’s military claimed in a far from definitive statement.

House Witness on Libya: ‘Moscow’s Foothold in Libya Is Growing’


Moscow’s foothold in war-devastated Libya “is growing” as Russian President Vladimir Putin “increasingly” supports former Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the leader of the opposition to the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), an expert on Russian foreign policy tells a House panel.

Threatened by Muslim Migrant Wave and Low Birth Rates, Lebanon’s Christians Fear Ramadan Jihad


Christians in Lebanon, a country established as a sanctuary for the persecuted religious minority group in the Middle East, have lost most of their lands and majority status to Muslims, placing their future in peril, Breitbart News learned from some representatives of Lebanese Christian political parties.

Threatened by Muslim Migrant Wave and Low Birth Rates, Lebanon’s Christians Fear Ramadan Jihad


Christians in Lebanon, a country established as a sanctuary for the persecuted religious minority group in the Middle East, have lost most of their lands and majority status to Muslims, placing their future in peril, Breitbart News learned from some representatives of Lebanese Christian political parties.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Congress: Political Islam ‘Incompatible with the U.S. Constitution’

BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 13: Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali attends a book presentation of 'Reformiert Euch! Warum der Islam such aendern muss - Refurbished you! Why Islam must change' on April 20, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, born 13 November 1969, is a Somalia-born American activist, writer and politician and is known for her views critical of Islam and supportive of women's rights. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
Political Islam, focused on establishing an unfree society ruled by strict sharia law, is “fundamentally incompatible” with the U.S. Constitution and the overall “foundation of the American way of life,” declared Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an expert at the Hoover Institution think tank, during a Senate panel hearing.

Report: Islamic State Broke Years-Long Stalemate with Terror Attacks in Iran

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The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) finally followed through on its threats to attack Shiite powerhouse Iran, disregarding a reported “secret deal” between its Sunni rival al-Qaeda and Tehran not to carry out attacks on the Islamic Republic’s soil, notes the Daily Beast.

Report: U.S.-Backed Afghan Government Funding Taliban Schools, Hospitals

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The U.S. taxpayer-backed Afghan government is reportedly funding schools and hospitals operated by the Taliban as the terrorist group attempts to establish itself as a legitimate administration in the large swathes of the country under its control.

Islamic State Magazine Applauds Mass Executions of ‘Belligerent Christians’ in Philippines

Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists, in the most recent edition of their propaganda magazine Rumiyah, have reportedly released “unseen” pictures of “belligerent Christians” executed by the jihadist group in the Philippines.
Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadists, in the most recent edition of their propaganda magazine Rumiyah, have reportedly released "unseen" pictures of "belligerent Christians" executed by the jihadist group in the Philippines.

Pentagon: China to Expand Military Bases in Pakistan, Other Allied Countries


China will “most likely” try to expand its military footprint in countries that share Beijing’s strategic interests and have long been considered its ally, namely Pakistan, as the communist country increases its “power projection into the Indian Ocean,” reports the Pentagon in an annual report to the U.S. Congress.

Ramadan Rage 2017: The Complete List of Jihadist Attacks Around the World


Welcome to Breitbart News’ running tally of worldwide jihadist terrorist attacks during Ramadan 2017. Check back for updates through the end of the Islamic holy month on June 24. The estimated 832 deaths and 912 injuries from the estimated 60 attacks that have taken place across about 19 countries during the first 12 days of this year’s holy Muslim month of Ramadan have already marked the bloodiest Ramadan in recent years for adherents of Islam. Jihadists believe martyrdom is doubly rewarded in paradise during Ramadan. Jihadist groups encourage martyrdom among their sympathizers and followers, promoting the belief that they will be doubly rewarded if they fatally castigate infidels during Ramadan. The holy month this year is on track to surpass the deadliest and bloodiest Ramadan in the modern record: Ramadan 2016. Ramadan 2016 featured 1,150 casualties — both death and injuries. This year, terrorists – namely the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), Taliban, and al-Qaeda, among other jihadists – have already killed or wounded more than 1,500 people across about 15 countries and there are still about 20 days left in the month. During the first 12 days of Ramadan 2017 period, there have been an estimated 60 terror attacks carried out in the

Ramadan Rage 2017: The Complete List of Jihadist Attacks Around the World


Welcome to Breitbart News’ running tally of worldwide jihadist terrorist attacks during Ramadan 2017. Check back for updates through the end of the Islamic holy month on June 24. The estimated 832 deaths and 912 injuries from the estimated 60 attacks that have taken place across about 19 countries during the first 12 days of this year’s holy Muslim month of Ramadan have already marked the bloodiest Ramadan in recent years for adherents of Islam. Jihadists believe martyrdom is doubly rewarded in paradise during Ramadan. Jihadist groups encourage martyrdom among their sympathizers and followers, promoting the belief that they will be doubly rewarded if they fatally castigate infidels during Ramadan. The holy month this year is on track to surpass the deadliest and bloodiest Ramadan in the modern record: Ramadan 2016. Ramadan 2016 featured 1,150 casualties — both death and injuries. This year, terrorists – namely the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), Taliban, and al-Qaeda, among other jihadists – have already killed or wounded more than 1,500 people across about 15 countries and there are still about 20 days left in the month. During the first 12 days of Ramadan 2017 period, there have been an estimated 60 terror attacks carried out in the

Gitmo Doctor Would ‘Consider’ Gender Transition Surgery for Jihadi Prisoners

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A newly posted United States Navy doctor who serves as the senior medical officer at the American military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, said the detention center might offer U.S.-taxpayer-funded gender transition assistance.

Iraqi Kurdish Leader Visits Russia to ‘Expand’ Relationship with Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, speaks with Prime Minister of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region Nechirvan Barzani during their meeting at the the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 2, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
The prime minister of the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq described his recent visit to Russia as “an opportunity to expand the relationship” with the Kremlin “in all fields, including energy, economic and political sectors.”

Air Force Vet, First American Convicted of Trying to Join Islamic State, Sentenced to 35 Years


A federal judge sentenced the first American ever to be convicted of attempting to engage in jihad on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) to 35 years in prison.

U.S.-Led Coalition Strike Kills Founder of Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency

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)
A U.S.-led coalition airstrike in eastern Syria has killed the founder of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) propaganda arm known as the Amaq News Agency, according to activists and his brother.

Beneficiaries of Venezuela’s Socialist Oil Giveaways Champion ‘Non-Intervention’ at OAS

'La Vega' low income neighborhood residents clash with riot police during a demonstration in Caracas on June 10, 2016. Facing mounting pressure from food shortages, looting and increasingly violent protests, Venezuelan authorities on Friday announced the next stage for a recall referendum against embattled President Nicolas Maduro. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Socialist Latin American nations and small Caribbean island states that benefit from Venezuela’s oil supply have expressed disdain towards U.S.-backed efforts by the Organization of American States (OAS) to find a solution to Venezuela’s political and humanitarian crisis, reminding member states of the international body’s non-intervention policy.

Ramadan Rage: Kabul Terrorist Bombing Kills 90, Injures Hundreds

A massive suicide car bomb explosion devastated a highly secure diplomatic area in the Afghan capital of Kabul only days into the holy month of Ramadan, killing at least 80 and injuring up to an estimated 463 others, including 11 Americans.
A massive suicide car bomb explosion devastated a highly secure diplomatic area in the Afghan capital of Kabul only days into the holy month of Ramadan, killing about 90 and injuring up to an estimated 463 others, including 11 Americans.

NYT: Afghan Taliban Increasingly Killing Islamic Scholars to Silence Criticism

In this Friday, May 27, 2016 photo, Taliban fighters guard as senior leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, not pictured, delivers a speech to his fighters, in Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. In the rugged terrain of the Taliban heartland in southern Afghanistan, the fight against Kabul has become a war for control of key stretches of main roads and highways as the insurgents use a new tactic to gain ground. (AP Photos/Allauddin Khan)
Taliban jihadists in Afghanistan are increasingly targeting Islamic scholars, known as ulema, to silence dissent and criticism as the terrorist group continues to capture territory and expand its influence across the country.

Islamic State Urges ‘All Out War’ on West for Ramadan: ‘Attack Them in Their Homes’

Isis launched a special issue of its Rumiyah propaganda magazine calling for terror attacks during Ramadan on 26 May 2017
The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), in its annual call for violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, has urged jihadists and sympathizers to wage an “all-out war” in the West, stressing the targeting of noncombatants.

Audit: U.S. Army Loses Track of $1 Billion-Plus Worth of Weapons, Other Equipment in Iraq

US army Humvees are loaded into trucks during a logistical operation to clear equipment and heavy machinery as part of pulling out of Iraq, at the Balad military base, north of Baghdad, on August 27, 2010 a week before the US military is due to end its combat mission in the country. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
The U.S. Army has lost track of more than $1 billion worth of weapons and other equipment destined for local allies combating the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq, including an Iran-allied group of Shiite fighters, reveals a report.

Audit: U.S. Army Loses Track of $1 Billion-Plus Worth of Weapons, Other Equipment in Iraq

US army Humvees are loaded into trucks during a logistical operation to clear equipment and heavy machinery as part of pulling out of Iraq, at the Balad military base, north of Baghdad, on August 27, 2010 a week before the US military is due to end its combat mission in the country. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
The U.S. Army has lost track of more than $1 billion worth of weapons and other equipment destined for local allies combating the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq, including an Iran-allied group of Shiite fighters, reveals a report.

Islam’s Holiest Month Ramadan: A Time When Jihadis Encourage Martyrdom

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Islamist and jihadi organizations encourage their followers to carry out violent attacks on Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims, when terrorist groups especially encourage and value martyrdom.

U.S. Military Warns ‘Space Is Now a Warfighting Domain’

SUB-ORBITAL SPACE - JULY 19: Tropospheric (lowest point in the atmosphere) point of view of Lake Doirani 15000 metres above earth, on July 19, 2012 in Sub-Orbital Space. A GREEK engineer has built his own high altitude balloons capable of photographing earth at the stratospheric layer - five times higher than the reach of a commercial aeroplane. Konstantinos Tamateas began building the stratospheric flight project in 2010 and has now sent two balloons into space to photograph his home country through the atmosphere. His first balloon - called Balkan Space Xpress - launched on 19 July 2012 and peaked at 21 miles over Thessaloniki, Greece. The second launch - titled Stratonauts - took place on 26 August 2013. PHOTOGRAPH BY Kostas Tamateas / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Kostas Tamateas / Barcroft Image / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Restrictions
The U.S. Air Force considers “maintaining space superiority” one of its "core missions," high-ranking American military officials told lawmakers Wednesday, warning that “space is now a warfighting domain.”

Slave Trade Survivor: African Migrants Displayed Under ‘For Sale’ Sign in Libya


A 24-year-old Nigerian shared his ordeal as one of the thousands of West Africans who have traveled to Libya where their traffickers forced them into “a grim and violent world of slave markets, private prisons, and brutal forced brothels,” reports the Guardian.

U.S.-Backed Iraqi Forces Corner Islamic State in Mosul: ‘These Are Their Dying Breaths’

Members of the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) take position as they advance towards Mosul's Al-Oraibi western district on May 14, 2017, during the ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. -backed Iraqi troops and their allies are advancing on Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL)-held territory in Mosul in an effort to push the jihadists out of their Grand al-Nuri Mosque stronghold before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

DNI: Insiders Leaking ‘Classified’ Information ‘a Significant Threat’ Under Trump

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WASHINGTON, DC — The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) has warned that deliberate leaks of “sensitive or classified” U.S. government information by “trusted insiders” will “remain a significant threat” during President Donald Trump's tenure.

DNI: Homegrown Jihadists Remain ‘Most Frequent and Unpredictable’ Terror Threat to U.S.

Militant Islamic State fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria’s northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
WASHINGTON, DC — The American homeland is facing “the most frequent and unpredictable” Islamic terrorist threat from Sunni “U.S.-based homegrown violent extremists (HVEs)," warns the most recent Worldwide Threat Assessment issued by the United States intelligence community (IC).

No Optimism on Afghanistan from DNI: Taliban ‘Likely to Make Gains in 2017’

Face-covered militants who they say are Talibans pose with an RPG in Zabul province, southern of Kabul, Afghanistan Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. A Taliban commander said in a sit-down interview that insurgent fighters will battle "Christian" troops until they leave Afghanistan and a fundamentalist government is established in Kabul, warning that hundreds of militants are ready to launch suicide attacks to again install strict Islamic law. The regional-level commander, Mullah Nazir Ahmed Hamza, said the Taliban still has thousands of fighters despite heavy losses in recent battles, that support for the hardline movement is increasing every day and that U.S. and NATO forces would have a tough time beating the fighters without air support. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
WASHINGTON, DC —Afghanistan will "continue to deteriorate" this year despite U.S-led international support, primarily because of capability lapses among the American-trained Afghan forces and the expected "gains" by a resurgent Taliban that grew stronger under former President Barack Obama, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Daniel Coats warns lawmakers in the most recent Worldwide Threat Assessment.

Ten Ways the Afghanistan War Trump Inherited from Obama Is Worse


President Donald Trump inherited an Afghanistan war in much worse shape than the one Barack Obama took over from George W. Bush, a conflict he made his own soon after taking office in 2009.

‘McMaster’s War:’ Trump Advisers to Propose Expanded anti-Taliban Effort in Afghanistan

In this Friday, May 27, 2016 photo, Taliban fighters guard as senior leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, not pictured, delivers a speech to his fighters, in Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. In the rugged terrain of the Taliban heartland in southern Afghanistan, the fight against Kabul has become a war for control of key stretches of main roads and highways as the insurgents use a new tactic to gain ground. (AP Photos/Allauddin Khan)
American senior and foreigner policy advisers are reportedly proposing urging President Donald Trump to boost the U.S military footprint in Afghanistan by at least 3,000 troops to force the resilient and resurgent Taliban to negotiate peace with the Afghan government.
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