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Three leaders of ISIS have been killed by American airstrikes in Iraq in the past month and a half, U.S. defense officials said Thursday.
They were identified as Haji Mutazz, a deputy to the ISIS leader; Abd al-Basit, the top military commander; and Radwin Talib, who is in control of ISIS in Iraq.
One official called the deaths of Mutazz and al-Basit in particular a "serious blow to ISIS command and control." The official said that the setback may be temporary because ISIS has plenty of willing replacements.
A Utica, New York fire chief says a sign reading "Happy Birthday Jesus - We Love You" will remain in place outside of a fire house, despite threatened lawsuits.
Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks has received numerous letters this year from a national organization called The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an organization founded in Wisconsin in 1978 to keep religion and government separate.
Each of the letters asks Chief Brooks to take down a sign that sits outside Firehouse No. 4 in South Utica, which has been put up there by Station 4 firefighters each Christmas season for about the past decade.
Brooks say the Station 4 firefighters started putting the sign up after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"911 brought a lot of the guys closer to God, and they just wanted to show their faith in Jesus," Brooks said. "They had no idea a controversy would arise."
"We agree with President Obama that he is writing new chapters in American foreign policy. Unfortunately, today’s chapter, like the others before it, is one of America and the values we stand for in retreat and decline. It is about the appeasement of autocratic dictators, thugs, and adversaries, diminishing America’s influence in the world. Is it any wonder that under President Obama’s watch our enemies are emboldened and our friends demoralized?
Unfortunately, we fear the most damaging chapter to America’s national security is still being written. We dread the day President Obama takes to the podium to announce a nuclear deal with the Iranian ayatollahs which does little, if anything, to deter their nuclear ambitions, placing our nation and our closest allies in even deeper peril"