State Dept. strengthens Iran travel warning to U.S. citizens

By Lisa Daftari

U.S. citizens traveling to Iran, particularly Iranian-Americans, risk arrest and detention in the Islamic republic, the U.S. State Department said in a travel warning Friday. The notice, which was previously issued in August, updates the last warning specifically for dual citizens, a State Dept. spokesperson told The Foreign Desk. “We just strengthened the language,” the…

Social media inciting Palestinian violence against Israel

By Lisa Daftari

It appears social media is fanning the flames of Palestinian violence against Israeli citizens that has escalated over the last month, sending messages praising the perpetrators by calling them “heroes,” encouraging others to carry out similar attacks and warning of more attacks in coming days. Popular Arabic hashtags such as “The Intifada has started,” “The…

ISIS using encryption app Telegram to spread propaganda

By Lisa Daftari

ISIS has been increasingly turning to Telegram Messenger, a popular messaging app that boasts end-to-end encryption and self-destructing messages, to continue spreading its propaganda online and delivering its recruitment message. ISIS has been posting frequent updates using the app, showing everyday life under the caliphate, the battles, the martyrs, the implementation of Sharia law – public…

Iran regime music video blasts US over nuclear talks

By Lisa Daftari

A new hit song in Iran probably won’t find its way onto John Kerry’s iPod. “Hotel Coburg” and the accompanying video savages President Obama and the U.S., calling Americans “wolves” and warning Iranians to be skeptical of the ongoing talks between Tehran and six world powers over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. As Secretary of…

ISIS video claims Assyrian Christian converted to Islam

By Lisa Daftari

In a video obtained by Lisadaftari.com, ISIS has reportedly claimed a captured Assyrian Christian has converted to Islam. The video begins with a man pledging allegiance to Allah and declaring Mohammed as the only prophet and concludes with him being embraced by ISIS militants. In February, ISIS abducted 250 to 375 Christians following repeated attacks…