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  • ISIS urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

    17 hours ago

    ISIS urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group.

    ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in...

  • New rule: Fanatics can’t use Twitter

    By Rob Eshman

    4 days ago

    Each week, we are forced to bear witness to hideous acts of terrorism committed on a piece of barren sand thousands of miles away, then transmitted to our eyeballs via miracles of modern technology, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, the Internet.

    Evidently, fanatics...

  • Islamic State shows captive British journalist in new video

    5 days ago

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Thursday that they said shows British journalist John Cantlie in captivity saying he will soon reveal "facts" about the group to counter its portrayal in Western media.

    The Islamic State, which controls...

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  • Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions

    5 days ago

    Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously...

  • The martyrdom of Steven Sotloff

    By Danielle Berrin

    6 days ago

    “It is OK to be angry,” a reader scolded in an email I received over the weekend. 

    “When I saw you waxing nostalgic for your friend who was murdered (not killed) by Islamic trash, I wish that you (and others) would show some anger and look into the camera, point a finger, and...

  • U.S. sees Middle East help fighting ISIS, Britain cautious after beheading

    1 week ago

    Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

    U.S. Secretary of State John...

  • I would have booed Ted Cruz, too

    1 week ago

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) must be the gutsiest supporter of Israel in American history, if you believe media accounts of his actions at a recent Christian assembly. After some in the audience booed his pro-Israel remarks, he had the gumption to walk out, saying, “If you will not...

  • Islamic State releases video showing beheading of UK hostage David Haines

    1 week ago

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

    Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of...

  • Top Republicans back Obama’s plan to fight Islamic State

    2 weeks ago

    The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives voiced support on Thursday for President Barack Obama's expanded campaign against Islamic State militants, but members of his party questioned whether the plan was forceful enough.

    Obama sent a panel of top administration...

  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • 5 notes on Obama’s this-is-not-a-war speech

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    Obama’s speech on ISIS (which Obama refers to as ISIL) was thin on detail but fairly clear in intent. Here’s what he said, and what he did not say, as I understand it.

    1. Broadening the front

    Obama said he would strike ISIS within Syria. That is a change of policy. But as Rajiv...

  • Obama says will allow no ‘safe haven’ for Islamic State militants

    2 weeks ago

    Read President Barack Obama's full speech here.

    President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

    Obama's...

  • Read Obama’s full speech on his strategy against ISIS

    2 weeks ago

    Below you can find the full text of Obama's speech on the Islamic state and his strategy to counter it:

    As Prepared for Delivery

    My fellow Americans - tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately...

  • Obama shifts on Syrian rebels, but is it too late?

    2 weeks ago

    Struggling Syrian rebels that President Barack Obama once derided as "former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth" now form a key pillar of the U.S. leader's strategy to beat back the militant insurgency known as Islamic State.

    For over three years, Obama has kept the...

  • Obama prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria against Islamic State

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama, who will set out a broad long-term strategy to defeat the Islamic State in a speech to Americans on Wednesday evening, is prepared to authorize air strikes against the group in Syria, U.S. officials said.

    Pursuing the Islamist radicals inside Syria would...

  • Obama expands air strikes against Islamic State

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. warplanes carried out five strikes on Islamic State insurgents menacing Iraq's Haditha Dam on Sunday, witnesses and officials said, widening what President Barack Obama called a campaign to curb and ultimately defeat the jihadist movement.

    Obama has branded Islamic State an...

  • Israel provides intelligence on Islamic State, Western diplomat says

    2 weeks ago

    Israel has provided satellite imagery and other intelligence in support of the U.S.-led aerial campaign against Islamic State in Iraq, a Western diplomat said on Monday.

    Once "scrubbed" of evidence of its Israeli origin, the information has often been shared by Washington with...

  • Coexist?

    By Steve Greenberg

    3 weeks ago

  • Murdered journalist Steven Sotloff was a hero – and my friend

    By Danielle Berrin

    3 weeks ago

    I paused the video in panic when I saw his face: I know that face, I thought. It’s older and rounder than I remember, sallow from fear, but I know that face. What the f--- is it doing in a terrorist propaganda video in which an American journalist is being gruesomely beheaded? For...

  • Iran dramatically shifts Iraq policy to confront Islamic State

    3 weeks ago

    As pressure built up for Nouri al Maliki to step down from the prime minister post in Iraq last month, Iran, his most ardent supporter stayed surprisingly silent as top Iranian officials worked to get him out.

    Similarly, when the United States, regularly denounced as the Great...

  • ISIS beheads U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who was Jewish

    3 weeks ago

    The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its insurgents in Iraq.

    A masked figure in the video seen by Reuters also issued a...

  • Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier

    3 weeks ago

    Islamic State militants beheaded a Lebanese soldier who was one of 19 captured by hardline Syrian Islamists when they seized a Lebanese border town for few days this month, a video posted on social media showed on Saturday.

    The soldier, recognisable as Ali al-Sayyed, a Sunni...

  • Islamic State’s appeal presents Jordan with new test

    August 29, 2014 | 10:47 am

    He had a good job and a loving family, but it wasn't enough for a 25-year old Jordanian who abandoned his life of privilege in Amman to join the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

    Handsome, courteous and highly regarded in his profession as...

  • Facing Islamist threats, Arab nations tilt toward Israel

    August 28, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Between the war in Gaza and gains by Islamic militants in Iraq, Syria and Libya, there’s plenty of cause these days for pessimism about the Middle East.

    But amid all the fighting, there’s also some good news for Israel.

    If it wasn’t obvious before, the conflagrations have...

  • Islamist fighters seize Syria crossing near Israel

    August 27, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    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

    August 27, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    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

    August 27, 2014 | 11:50 am

    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,...

  • American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

    August 26, 2014 | 2:15 pm

    An American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria has been killed in the region, a U.S. security official said on Monday.

    The official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters that the FBI was investigating the death of...

  • Obama says rooting out Islamic State will not be easy

    August 26, 2014 | 9:49 am

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to go after the Islamic State killers of American journalist James Foley and said rooting out the militant group in Iraq and Syria will not be easy.

    "America does not forget, our reach is long, we are patient, justice will be done," Obama...

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