The Boy’s Mother Reportedly Left England To Join ISIS
After disturbing video of a boy — thought to be 5 or 6 — wearing fatigues and calling for killings in Allah’s name emerged over the weekend, the child’s grandfather has spoken out. Sunday Dare told England’s Channel 4, “he’s my grandson… I can’t disown him… he doesn’t know anything. He’s a small boy. They are just using him as a shield.” Dare said he recognized the boy — who is not being named because of his age — as the son of daughter, Khadijah, who reportedly converted to Islam several years ago and moved to Syria to become a spokesperson for ISIS. The boy has been pictured in the past holding an AK-47 rifle and he warns in the video, “we are going to kill the kafir (non-believers) over there.” In another interview, Dare said the boy begged for help just days before the video was shot.
’Affluenza’ Teen Mom Facing Extradition Hearing
Tonya Couch, the 38-year-old mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan, 18, is slated to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday (Feb. 5) for an extradition hearing at which prosecutors are expected to ask that she be sent back to Texas. The mother-and-son team were arrested in Mexico last week after authorities said they fled the country in November as prosecutors investigated whether Ethan had violated his probation from a June 2013 drunk driving incident in which he killed four people. Texas prosecutors have charged Tonya Couch with hindering apprehension of a felon and set her bond at $1 million.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 5, 2016
Trump Doubles Down On Morocco Fence
Proving once again that he neither apologizes nor gets hung up on “facts,” leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump refused to own up to the big oops in his first official campaign ad. In case you missed it, Trump once again pledges in the 30-second TV spot that he will “stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for.” Only, you know, the footage scrolling behind him is of people crossing a border in Morocco, not Mexico. “I think it’s irrelevant,” Trump said on Fox News Monday night about the geographical goof-up. “It’s really merely a display of what a dumping ground is going to look like. And that’s what our country is becoming very rapidly.” Before the Fox appearance, Trump’s campaign released an “I meant to do that” explanation, saying the use of the clip was “intentional” and picked to demonstrate the “severe impact of an open border and the very real threat Americans face” if we don’t build a wall right away.
In case Trump doesn't know where Morocco is: It's nowhere near Mexico. Here's a little map for reference. pic.twitter.com/1pbMdg51PB
— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 4, 2016
Quick Take: After a series of sneak peek tweets on Monday night, President Obama will unveil his plan to take executive action on guns on Tuesday morning. With Congress failing to act, Obama’s going-it-solo plans include an expansion of background checks, the hiring of additional FBI agents to conduct those checks, rules clarifying responsibility on lost and stolen weapons and a call for more research on smart gun technology.
Tomorrow, I'm taking action to reduce gun violence and save lives – protecting the Second Amendment and our kids. pic.twitter.com/vNqXEhaC9M
— President Obama (@POTUS) January 4, 2016
Video Of The Day: Your New Year’s hangover is likely well and gone by now, but for one last hurrah we give you this incredible drone footage shot by Jeff Cremer of fireworks lighting up the sky in celebration of 2016 over Lima, Peru.