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  • Obama says U.S. will ‘take out’ Islamic State leaders

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States would hunt down Islamic State militants in Iraq and "take out" their leaders with the goal of dismantling the organization as it had done with al-Qaida and was doing in Somalia.

    In some of his toughest comments since...

  • U.S. confirms death of al Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia air strike

    2 weeks ago

    The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Godane, a leader of the al Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a U.S. air strike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al-Qaida-affiliated organization.

    "We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane,...

  • Al-Qaida announces India wing, renews loyalty to Taliban chief

    2 weeks ago

    Al-Qaida leader Ayman al Zawahri on Wednesday announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group he said would spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent.

    In a 55-minute video posted online, Zawahri also renewed a longstanding vow of...

  • Obama says U.S. will ‘degrade and destroy’ Islamic State

    2 weeks ago

    The United States plans to fight Islamic State until it is no longer a force in the Middle East and will seek justice for the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

    He added destroying the militant group will take time because of...

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  • Fiji says Syrian rebels want compensation, removal from terror list

    2 weeks ago

    Islamist fighters who seized dozens of Fijian soldiers serving as U.N. peacekeepers on the Golan Heights last week are demanding that their group be removed from a global terrorism list and that compensation be paid for members killed in fighting, the head of Fiji's army said on...

  • U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by Syria militants, 81 trapped

    3 weeks ago

    Militants fighting the Syrian army have detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights and trapped another 81 in the region, and the world body is working to secure their release, the United Nations said on Thursday.

    The affected peacekeepers are from the Philippines and...

  • Video shows Islamic State executing scores of Syrian soldiers

    3 weeks ago

    Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers captures when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa at the weekend, according to a video posted on YouTube on Thursday.

    The video, confirmed as genuine by an Islamic State fighter, showed the bodies of...

  • Syrian planes bomb border post near Israel that was captured by rebels

    3 weeks ago

    Syrian jets shelled rebel positions near a border crossing close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights that was seized by rebels in some of the heaviest clashes in the strategic area this year, rebels and residents said on Thursday.

    Al-Qaida's Syria wing Nusra alongside moderate...

  • Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing near Israel

    3 weeks ago

    Al-Qaida's Syrian wing Nusra Front and other Islamist fighters have taken control of a border crossing on the line dividing Syria from the Golan Heights, a group monitoring the Syrian conflict said on Wednesday.

    The fighters, who have vowed to "liberate" the area, captured the...

  • What Ramy knew about the fall of Assad and the rise of the Islamic State

    By Rob Eshman

    3 weeks ago

    After a few years of the cold shoulder, I finally heard from my Syrian friend, Ramy Mansour, and his message couldn’t have been more clear: “I told you so.”

    Ramy didn’t use exactly those words. But his Facebook message to me, after years of silence, essentially summarized what...

  • Pearl Foundation: The pragmatic fight against evil

    By Susan Freudenheim

    3 weeks ago

    As the online video of an ISIS militant’s murder of American freelance journalist James Foley went viral on the Internet last week, the gruesome scene recalled another journalist’s murder more than 12 years ago. In 2002, al-Qaida member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed killed Daniel Pearl,...

  • In the new Middle East, an embarrassment of evils

    By David Suissa

    August 25, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    One of the crazy things about following the Middle East is trying to keep track of all the bad guys. Remember when Iran was the big bad Islamic wolf? Or al-Qaida? Or Hezbollah? Or the Muslim Brotherhood? Or Hamas?

    Now, as if in a flash, along comes ISIS to become the evil flavor...

  • Jewish graves destroyed in Syrian city

    September 25, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    Al-Qaida-linked terrorists reportedly demolished several ancient Jewish mausoleums in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

    The graves were located in the historical town of Tadif, according to the semi-official Iranian FARS news agency and other Iranian news outlets. The terrorists reportedly belong to the al-Qaida-backed al-Nusra Front.

    A tomb said to be that of Ezra the Scribe is located in the town. It is unclear if it was one of the damaged grave sites.

    Several religious sites in Syria have been destroyed in the country’s two-year civil war.

  • Netayahu offers condolences to Kenya as Nairobi mall crisis nears end

    September 24, 2013 | 9:09 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his condolences to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta over the al-Qaida-linked terror attack on a mall in Nairobi.

    “Israel empathizes with the Kenyan people’s pain and with your own personal loss due to the terror attack. We value...

  • Al-Qaida-affiliated terror group says it’s resuming holy war against Jews

    August 27, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    A terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida that claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on northern Israel said it has resumed a jihad, or holy war, against the Jews.

    The Lebanon-based Azzam Abdullah Brigades said the rocket attack last week was carried out “as part of the...

  • Group tied to al-Qaida says it fired on Eilat

    August 13, 2013 | 10:20 am

    A jihadist group affiliated with al-Qaida claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on Eilat.

    The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted the rocket fired early Tuesday morning by the Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, which operates in Gaza and the Sinai...

  • U.S. diplomatic posts in Israel reopen, 19 others in Mideast to remain closed

    August 5, 2013 | 9:57 am

    The U.S. diplomatic missions in Israel reopened after a daylong closure due to what was deemed a credible al-Qaida threat.

    While the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, and the consulates in Jerusalem and Haifa reopened on Monday, the State Department issued a statement Sunday extending...

  • Two charged in Canada in Iran-al-Qaida plot

    April 23, 2013 | 9:44 am

    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police charged two men in a bomb plot it said was directed by al-Qaida elements based in Iran.

    James Malizia, the assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said Monday that the men planned to bomb a train traveling from New York to...

  • Report: Bulgaria lacks proof of Hezbollah involvement in terrorist attack

    January 18, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Bulgaria says there is no evidence that Hezbollah was behind an attack on Israelis last year.

    According to the report Thursday on 24chasa.bg, Bulgarian authorities have identified an Arab with links to al-Qaida as a suspected accomplice in the bombing at the Black Sea resort of...

  • Al-Qaida places bounty on head of Jewish U.S. envoy to Yemen

    December 31, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Al-Qaida in Yemen has placed a bounty on the head of the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa, Gerald Feierstein.

    In a message posted on terrorist websites, al-Qaida offered three kilograms worth of gold, or about $160,000, to anyone who kills the ambassador, who is Jewish.

    The group also...

  • Lieberman: No problem with Rice

    November 29, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Departing U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman said he would not object to the nomination of Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as secretary of state.

    Tuesday's apparent endorsement by Lieberman (I-Conn.) of Rice is largely symbolic, as he is retiring as senator and likely...

  • Sudan threatens to ‘strike back’ at Israel

    October 25, 2012 | 9:39 am

    A Sudanese government minister threatened to strike Israel, and the country called on the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel, over the bombing of a weapons factory in Khartoum.

    Sudan "reserves the right to strike back at Israel," Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed...

  • American kidnapped by al-Qaida asks Netanyahu to intervene

    September 13, 2012 | 9:42 am

    Kidnapped American Warren Weinstein called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to help free him from his al-Qaida captors.

    The plea from Weinstein, 71, was included in a video released by al-Qaida late Wednesday night.

    "As a Jew, I am appealing to you, Prime Minister...

  • Mimicking Al-Qaida, militant threat grows in Sinai

    August 13, 2012 | 11:40 am

    They came in Toyota pick-up trucks, dozens of heavily armed masked men, firing machineguns and waving the black flag of Al-Qaida as terrified residents and police huddled indoors, and then disappeared again, melting away into the mountains and remote villages of Egypt’s Sinai desert....

  • Wife of kidnapped American worker in Pakistan pleads for his release

    August 13, 2012 | 11:01 am

    Wife of kidnapped American worker in Pakistan pleads for his release

    August 13, 2012

    (JTA)—The wife of Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in Pakistan by Al-Qaida gunmen, marked the first anniversary of his abduction with a plea for his return.

    Elaine Weinstein released a...

  • Iran, Taliban and al-Qaida owe $6 billion to 9/11 victims’ families, U.S. court says

    August 1, 2012 | 10:32 am

    A U.S. district court recommended that Iran, the Taliban and al-Qaida pay $6 billion in compensation to the families of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

    The symbolic decision came Monday in New York as a recommendation in response to a lawsuit brought by...

  • Plot to attack London Jewish neighborhoods is revealed

    July 11, 2012 | 10:36 am

    Documents detailing a plot to attack Jewish neighborhoods in London were found on the body of an African leader of al-Qaida.

    The plans, which included plots for a kidnapping and attacks on Eton College and the Ritz and Dorchester hotels in London, were found on the body of Fazul...

  • Up close and personal with the TSA

    May 15, 2012 | 10:07 pm

    Recent days have been full of continually unfolding reports about a new intercepted underwear bomb intended to be carried aboard a U.S.-bound plane by an al-Qaida agent. That agent, said to be British, turned out to be working simultaneously with Saudi and U.S. intelligence, and...

  • Israel kills al-Qaida-linked chief in Gaza strike

    December 30, 2011 | 11:50 am

    Israel killed the leader of an al Qaeda-inspired faction in the Gaza Strip on Friday, accusing him of involvement in firing rockets and a planned attack on the Jewish state from the neighboring Egyptian Sinai.

    The deadly air strike was Israel’s second against a Salafi Islamist...

  • Rocket attack on Israel fails

    December 12, 2011 | 10:41 am

    A group linked to al-Qaida botched an attempt to fire a rocket into Israel from Lebanon.

    A Katyusha launched from southern Lebanon fell short Monday, wounding a woman in the village of Hula, just over the border from Israel, according to Israel’s Army Radio, which cited Lebanese...

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