WASHINGTON — Legislation sponsored by a New Jersey GOP congressman to protect minorities in the Middle East from attacks by the Islamic State passed the U.S. House by voice vote Tuesday. The Iraq and Syria Relief and Accountability Act was sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.) in response to mass killings of minorities, including Christians… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: June 8th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, Congress, Human Trafficking, ISIS, Monmouth County News | Tags: Congress, Congressman Chris Smith, Human Trafficking, Iraq and Syria Relief and Accountability Act, ISIS, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | 3 Comments »
WASHINGTON — Thousands of Christians fleeing Islamic State-held territory in Iraq got a visit this week from Rep. Chris Smith. At the invitation of the Syriac Orthodox archbishop of Mosul, Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, himself a refugee, Smith (R-4th Dist.) toured a 6,000-person refugee camp among other stops in the Kurdish region of Iraq. In all, about… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: December 22nd, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Chris Smith, ISIS, Monmouth County News, Syria | Tags: Christian Refugees, Congressman Chris Smith, ISIS, Islamic State, Monmouth County News, Syria | 2 Comments »
BROOKLYN–An Air Force veteran from New Jersey, charged with planning to “fight jihad,” was convicted by a federal jury Wednesday of attempting to join the terror group ISIS. Tairod Pugh, 48, of Neptune–arrested last year just weeks after being fired from his job as an aircraft mechanic in Kuwait–was accused of traveling to Turkey in an… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: March 10th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: ISIS, Monmouth County News, War on terror | Tags: ISIL, ISIS, Monmouth County News, Neptune, Tairod Pugh, War on terror | Comments Off on Jury convicts N.J. man in first ISIS trial in U.S.
PHILADELPHIA — The Yeadon man who told police he shot a Philadelphia police officer in the name of Islam traveled to the Middle East twice since 2011, ABC news is reporting. The news outlet also reported that Edward Archer, 30, was not on any terrorist watch lists and was due to be sentenced Monday for an… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: January 9th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: ISIS, New Jersey, War on terror | Tags: Edward Archer, ISIS, news, Philadelphia cop shooter, War on terror | Comments Off on Suspect in Philly cop shooting traveled to Middle East, reports say
But most say the government not doing enough to protect US
West Long Branch, NJ – Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US receives little public support in to the latest national Monmouth University Poll. In fact, more Americans believe that radicalized US citizens pose a greater threat than terrorists who infiltrate our borders. At the same time, a majority support sending US ground troops to the Middle East to fight ISIS.
Few Americans (32%) believe the US government is doing enough to prevent a future terrorist attack on American soil, while 59% say it is not doing enough. The public was more divided in January, when 44% said the government was doing enough and 49% said it was not. However, they are not persuaded by a number of proposals put forth in recent weeks to stop such attacks.
Donald Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States generates little support, even among his fellow Republicans. Just 26% of Americans are in favor of this idea while 67% are opposed. Majorities of Democrats (83%), independents (64%), and Republicans (52%) oppose such a ban. In fact, only those voters who specifically support Trump for the GOP nomination favor such a ban (61% to 29% opposed). Among other Republicans and Republican-leaning voters, nearly 2-in-3 (65%) oppose a ban on Muslims entering the country, with only 26% in favor.admin | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Monmouth University Poll, War on terror | Tags: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, ISIL, ISIS, Monmouth University Polling Institute, Patrick Murray, Press Release, War on terror | 2 Comments »
NEWARK–A third member of a close circle of friends tied together in an investigation spanning across New Jersey, New York and to the Middle East, pleaded guilty Thursday of attempting to travel to Syria to join ISIS. Nader Saadeh, a 20-year-old from Rutherford taken into custody shortly after arriving Jordan last May, admitted in a court… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: December 10th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: New Jersey, War on terror | Tags: ISIL, ISIS, Nader Saadeh, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, War of terror | Comments Off on NYC bomb plot revealed in guilty plea of N.J. ISIS supporter
By Art Gallagher
Unlike many conservative and Republican pundits on television and social media, my reaction to President Obama’s Oval Office address last evening was positive. He surprised me. I though last night’s speech revealed a shift in the president. Albeit a low bar, I thought Obama’s address was his best since he’s taken office.
When I said so on social media, a friend and man that I respect asked if I was under the influence of drugs, alcohol or lack of sleep. Fortunately I am not suffering from any of those afflictions. But over the course of 2015 I have noticed that I suffer from a combination of empathetic and sympathetic listening. I first noticed this affliction last February at a town hall meeting that Governor Christie held in Burlington County. I walked into that town hall really down on the Governor I once supported enthusiastically. During the course of the meeting I noticed I was becoming enthused about him and the job he was doing for New Jersey again. I woke up on the drive home and started to practice fact checking my own initial reactions to political speeches.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Barack Obama, Opinion, War on terror | Tags: Iraq, ISIL, ISIS, Islam, Levant, Levant Maine, Muslims, Opinion, President Barack Obama, Syria, War on terror | 4 Comments »
French warplanes have hit the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, as world leaders pledged to renew their fight against the armed group, which claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks which killed at least 129 people. In its first air strikes against ISIL since the Paris attacks, 12 warplanes,… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 15th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Syria, Terrorism, War on terror | Tags: ISIL, ISIS, Paris terror, Syria, War on terror | Comments Off on French jets pound Raqqa as G20 pledges new ISIS fight
TRENTON — Donald Trump compared the “pathological temper” that Republican presidential rival Ben Carson claims to have had in his youth to the sickness of a “child molester” during a television interview Thursday. Later in the day, Trump declared during a rally in Iowa that he would “bomb the s**t out of ISIS.” And in his… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: November 13th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics | Tags: 2016 Presidential politics, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, ISIS | Comments Off on Trump attacks Carson’s temper, says he’d bomb ISIS