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  • Man sentenced to 20 years in suicide bomb plot at Kansas airport

    2 days ago

    A man who plotted a suicide car bomb attack at a Wichita, Kansas, airport in 2013 was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on Monday.

    Terry Loewen, 60, had access to secure airport areas because of his work as an avionic technician, according to federal officials, who dubbed...

  • Wiesenthal Center 2015 report card: Social network's must to more to degrade terrorists online campaigns

    March 18, 2015 | 5:10 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal today released its 2015 Digital Terrorism and Hate Report Card and Study at a press conference at its New York Tolerance Museum.

    “Over the last year, our worst fears have become a reality. ISIS, Al Shabbab and other Al-Qaeda linked terrorist groups have...

  • Pressure from powerful Houthis proves too much for Yemen’s Hadi, president resigns

    January 22, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, held virtual prisoner at his home by political adversaries this week, resigned on Thursday, his two-year-old attempt to steer the fragile country to stability exhausted by opposition from Houthi rebels.

    His term as head of state of the...

  • As L.A.’s Muslims condemn French attacks, a gap on what’s to blame

    By Jared Sichel

    January 22, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    Following the recent terror attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists that left 17 dead and 22 wounded at a satirical magazine and kosher market, the debate within the local Muslim community over what to blame and even how to label the ideology behind the attacks has only intensified....

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  • Solidarity: Je Suis Charlie, Je Suis Juif

    January 15, 2015 | 5:18 pm

    A dozen victims at a French newspaper, plus four hostages killed in a kosher grocery store: In France, it feels like the world is coming to an end. This was not just an attack on a small magazine and on Jewish people shopping before Shabbat, but an attack on a way of life that a...

  • U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on fighters in Syria

    September 23, 2014 | 10:21 am

    The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of ISIS fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war.

    In a remarkable sign of shifting...

  • How U.N. troops defied orders, opened fire and escaped Syrian rebels

    September 15, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Early on Aug. 28, al Qaeda-linked militants fighting government forces in Syria crossed a ceasefire line in the Golan Heights on Israel's border and seized 45 Fijians serving in a United Nations peacekeeping force.

    The leader of a nearby U.N. contingent from the Philippines...

  • Obama leads U.S. in remembrance of Sept. 11 victims

    September 11, 2014 | 10:42 am

    Led by President Barack Obama, Americans commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Thursday by observing moments of silence for the thousands killed that day at New York City's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

    In what has become...

  • Islamic State threat ‘beyond anything we’ve seen,’ Pentagon says

    August 21, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants pose a major threat to the United States that may surpass that from al-Qaida, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

    "They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere...

  • U.S. says its forces get immunity guarantees from Iraq

    June 23, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    Iraq has given assurances to the United States that U.S. special operations forces that President Barack Obama has ordered into the country will be shielded from possible prosecution in Iraqi courts, U.S. officials said on Monday.

    With the agreement, Washington has overcome a...

  • Elan Carr, Iraq vet and congressional candidate, fears Iraq is lost to Islamists

    By Jared Sichel

    June 19, 2014 | 7:00 am

    For Elan Carr, learning of last week’s capture of Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—a Sunni terrorist group—was especially painful.

    Now readying himself for November elections in which he, a Republican, will be fighting an uphill battle against Democrat Ted Lieu...

  • U.S. Treasury to discuss funding for Iraq militant group

    June 13, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will discuss counterterrorism financing during his visit to the Middle East, including the funding network of the group fomenting an insurgency in Iraq, Treasury officials said on Friday.

    President Barack Obama on Friday said the United States was...

  • The four lessons of the Boston Marathon bombing

    April 10, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    It’s unusual, but one of the most crucial findings in a recently released inspector general’s report about the Boston Marathon Bombing actually focused on something that did not take place.         

    To be released on April 15, the first anniversary of the deadly events in Boston...

  • Florida man pleads guilty to attempting to join al Qaeda group

    March 19, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    A 20-year-old Florida man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group and receive military training as part of a holy war, or jihad.

    Shelton Thomas Bell admitted he recruited an unnamed juvenile and the two...

  • Israel says it kills three Qaeda-linked militants in West Bank

    November 26, 2013 | 11:58 am

    Israeli security officials said their forces killed three Palestinian militants on Tuesday who were part of an al Qaeda-linked network in the West Bank.

    An official from the Shin Bet security agency said it had learned from a number of earlier arrests that the network was...

  • Suicide bombings kill 23 near Iran embassy in Beirut

    November 19, 2013 | 9:59 am

    Two suicide bombings rocked Iran's embassy compound in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people including an Iranian cultural attaché and hurling bodies and burning wreckage across a debris-strewn street.

    A Lebanon-based al Qaeda-linked group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades,...

  • Kenya widens mall attack probe, alert for UK ‘White Widow’

    September 26, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    Interpol issued a wanted persons alert at Kenya's request on Thursday for a British woman who has been cited by British police as a possible suspect in the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that killed at least 72 people.

    The alert was issued as Kenyan police broadened the...

  • Obama pledges U.S. support after Kenya ‘outrage’

    September 23, 2013 | 5:11 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday condemned an attack at a mall in Kenya as he prepared for a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in which he will call for international solidarity against a fresh wave of violence from Islamist extremists.

    Obama immersed himself into...

  • Israel says it bombed Lebanon in retaliation for rocket attack

    August 22, 2013 | 9:02 pm

    Israel's air force bombed a militant target in Lebanon on Friday in retaliation for a cross-border rocket salvo on Thursday, a spokesman said.

    An Israeli military source said the "terror site" bombed was near Na'ameh, between Beirut and Sidon, but did not immediately provide...

  • U.S., Russia seek new Syria peace talks, rebels skeptical

    May 8, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were skeptical on Wednesday of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar Assad hang on to power.

    Mindful the conflict may be far from over,...

  • Suspect charged with Boston Marathon bombing

    April 22, 2013 | 4:16 pm

    Prosecutors charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombings in an impromptu hearing on Monday in his hospital room, accusing him of crimes that could carry the death penalty if he is convicted.

    Video taken by security cameras showed the 19-year-old ethnic Chechen...

  • Hostilities flare along Israeli-Gaza border

    April 3, 2013 | 1:06 am

    Israel pressed Hamas on Wednesday to rein in rocket-firing militants in the Gaza Strip after the most serious outbreak of cross-border hostilities since a ceasefire ended an eight-day war in November.

    The Israeli military said two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern...

  • March 11, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 11, 2013 | 3:35 am

    The US

    Headline: US senator, Treasury press EU to blacklist Hezbollah

    To Read: Barry Rubin believes that Obama has been making every mistake possible in the Middle East (and he thinks Israel should simply be quiet and smile about it):

    You have to understand, I tell the...

  • January 17, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 17, 2013 | 3:38 am

    The US

    Headline: Militants Seize Americans and Other Hostages in Algeria

    To Read: 6 Things You Need to Know About Denis McDonough
    Joshua E. Keating of Foreign Policy brings readers up to speed on the man expected to be the new White House chief of staff

    McDonough, 43, is...

  • November 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 9, 2012 | 3:00 am

    In-depth

    Obama and the Consensus on Jerusalem

    The president must understand that the unity of Jerusalem is non-negotiable for Israelis across the political spectrum, writes Jonathan Tobin in Commentary Magazine

    If there has been one point of contention with Israel on...

  • October 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 29, 2012 | 3:07 am

    In-depth

    Netanyahu’s Big Gamble

    The prime minister's decision to run alongside Yisrael Beiteinu in the January elections has not been uniformly embraced within both parties, writes Carl Vick for Time.

    Likud in fact came into existence as an blending of right-wing parties,...

  • Obama, Romney clash over foreign policy in last debate

    October 22, 2012 | 7:36 pm

    President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clashed over U.S. military strength and how to deal with crises in the Middle East in a third and final debate on Monday as polls showed them in deadlock two weeks before the Nov. 6 election.

    With one last chance for...

  • Jordan foils al Qaeda plot, arrests 11 militants, state TV says

    October 22, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Jordan has foiled a plot by an al Qaeda-linked cell to bomb its shopping centers and assassinate Western diplomats, state television said on Sunday, thwarting an attempt to destabilize the key U.S. ally.

    Security forces had detained 11 suspects, all Jordanians, in connection with...

  • October 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 22, 2012 | 2:33 am

    In-depth

    Does Iran Have an "Inalienable Right" to Enrich Uranium?

    Emily B. Landau of the Institute of National Security Studies takes a close look at a long-held Iranian claim. 

    The right of Iran – or any other nonnuclear state – to pursue nuclear energy, including uranium...

  • Egyptian Islamists vow revenge against Israel for Gaza killings

    October 16, 2012 | 2:13 pm

    An Islamist group in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel said on Tuesday it will take revenge against the Jewish state for the killing of Palestinian militants in Gaza at the weekend.

    Islamist militants have stepped up attacks on security forces in Sinai and the Israeli...

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