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  • UK police ‘stop plane on runway’ to detain Syria-bound teenager

    1 week ago

    British counter-terrorism officers stopped a plane as it taxied towards the runway at Heathrow to prevent a 15-year old girl from traveling to Syria to join Islamist fighters, the Evening Standard newspaper said on Wednesday.

    The girl, from east London, had saved up and bought a...

  • ‘We must negotiate with Islamic State,’ senior mediator says

    1 week ago

    When Padraig O'Malley says we must talk to Islamic State, he's speaking from experience.

    A seasoned mediator, O'Malley brought together warring parties in Iraq at the height of the sectarian conflict in 2007 and 2008, resulting in an agreement that formed the basis for political...

  • Police storm Sydney cafe to end hostage siege, three dead

    2 weeks ago

    Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe on Tuesday and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people were killed and four wounded.

     

    New South Wales police said two men, aged 34 and 50, and a...

  • Why Jews still back Obama

    By Rob Eshman

    2 weeks ago

    This entire week, people kept sending me emails with this screaming subject line: “OBAMA MULLING SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL.VERIFICATION ON GOOGLE.” 

    Neither turned out to be true: Obama is not mulling sanctions, and Google doesn’t verify the fact (or any fact, for that matter). In...

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  • Sunday Reads: ISIS comes to Egypt, How Netanyahu can still lose

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 weeks ago

    US

    Michael Cohen takes on the idea that the US is ‘in retreat’:

    A nation actively retreating from the global stage would, for example, withdraw from international organizations, shed defense alliances, and cede power and influence to potential rivals. Quite the opposite is...

  • WATCH: How did Berkley students react to ISIS and Israel flags waved on campus?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 20, 2014 | 11:00 am

    We've all been reading about anti- Semitism and anti-Israelism on U.S campuses. Time and time again, we witness the hatred casued by ignorence, and get a bit more frightened about our future generation. As it turns out, it's not only modern-day anti- Semitism we need to fear, but...

  • ISIS beheads American aid worker, an Iraq war veteran

    November 17, 2014 | 9:03 am

    The Islamic State jihadist group beheaded an American hostage.

    In a video posted online Sunday morning on jihadist and social networking sites, the group also known as ISIS and ISIL said it beheaded American aid worker Peter Kassig, who went by the name Abdul-Rahman Kassig after...

  • ISIS hacked website of L.A. Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz

    By Rebecca Weiner

    November 14, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    ISIS struck close to home this past week when Los Angeles-based rapper Rami Even-Esh, better known as Kosha Dillz, found his website had been hacked by ISIS members in Algeria. The Jewish-American performer, originally from New Jersey, has released several rap albums in English and...

  • Syrian government forces retake gas field from Islamic State

    November 6, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    Syrian government forces and allied armed groups recaptured a gas field from Islamic State fighters on Thursday, a monitoring group said.

    The Sha'ar gas field in central Syria has changed hands four times since July, when Islamic State fighters first seized it and killed about...

  • Egyptian militant group denies pledging loyalty to Islamic State on Twitter

    November 4, 2014 | 11:29 am

    Egypt's most active militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, denied in a Twitter message on Tuesday that it had pledged allegiance to Islamic State and it distanced itself from a statement that appeared in its name online.

    A statement purporting to be from Ansar appeared late on...

  • Israel jails Arab citizen who fought for Islamic State

    November 3, 2014 | 10:16 am

    An Israeli court handed a relatively light prison sentence on Monday to an Arab citizen who spent three months fighting with Islamic State in Syria before quitting the group and returning home to face prosecution.

    Ahmed Shurbaji is the first Israeli convicted for ties to Islamic...

  • Congressional candidate Ted Lieu on fight against ISIS

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 29, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    When I sat down with Democratic Congressional candidate Ted Lieu to talk about Iraq, the situation hadn’t improved since I discussed it a month before with Lieu’s opponent, Republican Elan Carr. The militant terrorist group known as ISIS continues to advance, while the Iraqi army...

  • U.S. unveils coalition to fight Islamic state in cyberspace

    October 27, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    The United States on Monday unveiled what it called an information coalition with Muslim and Western nations to combat efforts by Islamic State to recruit online and stoke sectarian hatred through a "cult of violence."

    U.S. officials told delegates from European and Arab...

  • Islamic State fight now costing U.S. $8.3 million per day

    October 27, 2014 | 10:27 am

    The Pentagon said in updated figures on Monday the average daily cost of the fight against Islamic State militants has risen to $8.3 million, or a total of $580 million between Aug. 8 and Oct. 16.

    The new average reflects an increase in the intensity of U.S. operations against the group in Syria and Iraq. The Pentagon said a week ago the average daily cost was $7.6 million, or a total of $424 million since Aug. 8.

    Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Doina Chiacu

  • Does slavery have a future? The ISIS challenge through Jewish lens

    October 22, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    Human Rights Watch recounts the journey from slavery to freedom of Rewshe, a Yazidi teenager from the Iraqi village of Sinjar, who was among 200 women and girls carried to Raqqa, ISIS’ de facto capital in Syria. There, she was auctioned off for $1,000 but escaped before her...

  • Letters to the editor: Yom Kippur, Eid, Peace Now and Jews against evil

    October 22, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    Putting ‘Exist’ in ‘Coexistence’ 
     
    I found Simone Wilson’s article about the overlapping of Yom Kippur and the Muslim feast of Eid ul-Adha heart-warming and hopeful (“A Rare and Peaceful ‘Eid Kippur’ in Israel,” Oct. 10). It is remarkable that leaders from both sides met...
  • Contemplating hypocrisy and double standards

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 22, 2014 | 8:51 am

    Hypocrisy – the ability to do certain things and then criticize others for doing the exact same thing, is part of being a human being. We do it constantly, and in the age of social networks –we have no shame in sharing our hypocrite thoughts with the world. We try to hide it behind...

  • ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ says nothing short of US ground troops will halt ISIS

    October 21, 2014 | 3:20 pm

    This post originally appeared on themedialine.org

    Nothing short of the deployment of American ground troops is going to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, according to the Reverend Canon Andrew White.  Blunt and insightful, the 50-year old British national is...

  • Why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State

    October 21, 2014 | 2:09 pm

    At first sight, it seems that Israel is just as preoccupied with the rise of Islamic State as anyone else. Israeli media report diligently on the extremist group's assault on the Kurdish town of Kobani and run at least a story every few days on its atrocities. Prime Minister...

  • Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

    October 20, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault.

    Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was...

  • Another Jerusalem-Washington eruption: on gossip, juvenility, and substance

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 20, 2014 | 4:25 am

    Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry once again made unsubstantiated allegations that were justifiably questioned by Israelis, this time claiming that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict shares some of the blame for ISIS; Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett once again engaged...

  • Sunday Reads: How popular is ISIS in the Middle East?, On the world’s first woman rabbi

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 19, 2014 | 4:30 am

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    Joshua Keating writes about why the UN Security Council is no longer a factor in the US campaign against ISIS –

    It’s possible to imagine a scenario under which the U.S. would promise to limit its airstrikes to ISIS, rather than Syrian government targets—as it is actually...

  • Joining Islamic State is about ‘sex and aggression,’ not religion

    October 17, 2014 | 1:54 pm

    It is easy to look to religion for an explanation of why young men - and some women - become radicalized. But it is psychology, not theology, that offers the best tools for understanding radicalization-and how best to undo it.

    The appeal of Islamic State rests on individuals'...

  • Islamic State flying three jets in Syria

    October 17, 2014 | 10:34 am

    Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time the militant group had taken to the air.

    The group, which has seized swathes of...

  • White House shifts into crisis mode on Ebola response

    October 16, 2014 | 9:53 am

    Rising public anxiety about the Ebola virus has forced the White House to shift into crisis mode and cancel two days of planned political events as President Barack Obama strives to show he has control over stopping the spread of the deadly disease.

    Just three weeks ahead of...

  • Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Kobani

    October 16, 2014 | 9:44 am

    Two days of heavy air strikes by U.S. warplanes have slowed an advance by Islamic State militants against Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani.

    Last week Turkish and U.S. officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking Kobani from its heavily...

  • U.S., Russia agree to share intelligence on common enemy: Islamic State militants

    October 14, 2014 | 3:30 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed on Tuesday to increase intelligence sharing between Moscow and Washington on Islamic State militants, focusing on a common enemy even as deep divisions remained over the crisis in Ukraine.

    ...
  • Obama’s Kobani Crossroads

    October 13, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    Obama has consistently disregarded the advice of his military experts on the ISIS threat. And he seems to have written off the Kurdish-Syrian town of Kobani, which may soon be overrun by ISIS.

    Whatever the U.S. accomplished after about a decade of war in Iraq has, in a matter of...

  • Khamenei blames United States, ‘wicked’ Britain, for creating Islamic State

    October 13, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday blamed the United States and the "wicked" British government for creating the Islamic State in his first speech since undergoing prostate surgery last month.

    The sharp remarks were a reminder of Iranian suspicions about the...

  • Guerrilla groups hunt down Islamic State in Syria

    October 13, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    Small groups of Syrians are hunting down Islamic State fighters in one of their main strongholds in eastern Syria in a new guerrilla campaign that has emerged as a response to the Islamists' growing brutality.

    The main aim is to generate fear in Islamic State's ranks, said the...

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