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  • Kurdish fighters seen as primary target of Turkey’s Erdogan

    5 days ago

    Following a devastating Islamic State (ISIS) linked attack on a Turkish town near the Syrian border, the Erdogan government has launched a campaign primarily targeting the Kurdish fighters who are ISIS’s most effective opponents, essentially terminating the peace process with...

  • Probe of Chattanooga shooting suspect focuses on Mideast travel

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. authorities believe the suspect in the fatal shootings of four Marines in Tennessee visited Jordan last year and possibly Yemen as well, two U.S. government sources said on Friday, as investigators looked for any connection to Islamist militants.

    Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez,...

  • Islamic State says it launched rocket attack on Egypt navy vessel

    3 weeks ago

    Egypt's Islamic State affiliate said on Thursday it fired a rocket at an Egyptian naval vessel in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Israel and the Gaza Strip.

    The militant group Sinai Province has focused mainly on attacking Egyptian soldiers and police in the Sinai...

  • Jewish woman who helped Kurds fight ISIS returns to Israel

    3 weeks ago

    A Canadian-Israeli who was the first foreign woman to help the Kurds in their fight against Islamic State has left the front lines and returned to Israel, saying she was worried about Iranian involvement in the war zone.

    After eight months in which she was often incommunicado,...

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  • Israel says Islamic State’s Sinai assault aimed to help Hamas get arms

    July 7, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Israel accused Hamas on Tuesday of supporting last week's assaults by Islamic State affiliates on Egyptian forces in the Sinai in hope of freeing up arms smuggling to the Gaza Strip.

    The remarks followed Israeli allegations that Hamas members provided training and medical...

  • Four teachers among six Israeli-Arabs charged for promoting Islamic State

    July 6, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Israel's Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State.

    The six, residents of the Bedouin Negev desert town of...

  • Not a Fan—a declaration of independence

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 2, 2015 | 10:57 am

    Superhero summer has blasted down among us once again. The past weekend saw some 43,000 Florida Supercon attendees at the Miami Beach Convention Center (established in 2006, it's the largest comic-con-like convention in South Florida). Next week's San Diego Comic-con (the original,...

  • Islamic State attack in Egypt's North Sinai kills at least 70

    July 1, 2015 | 8:05 am

    UPDATED 10:11am/PST: Initial reports said 50 dead in attacks

    Islamic State insurgents attacked several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in a co-ordinated assault in which at least 70 combatants and civilians were killed -- one of the biggest militant...

  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    June 30, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.

    The video statement, issued from...

  • Over 50 killed in terrorist attacks on three continents

    June 26, 2015 | 8:15 am

    Terrorists have attacked sites in France, Tunisia and Kuwait, killing over 50 people according to preliminary reports.

    At least one person was killed and several were injured in an attack on a gas factory in Grenoble, France in what French President Francois Hollande said was a...

  • Christians in Iraq flee Islamic State

    June 23, 2015 | 11:28 am

    This article orginally appeared on The Media Line.

    The Christian community in Iraq traces its roots to the first century. But the continued expansion of Islamic State across large parts of Iraq is sparking a Christian exodus from these countries. There is concern that one of the...

  • Islamic State urges followers to escalate attacks in Ramadan

    June 23, 2015 | 11:26 am

    Islamic State urged its followers on Tuesday to escalate attacks against Christians, Shi'ites and Sunni Muslims fighting with a U.S.-led coalition against the ultra-radical group.

    Jihadists should turn the holy month of Ramadan, which began last week, into a time of "calamity for...

  • New Jersey man charged with conspiracy to provide support to Islamic State

    June 18, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    U.S. authorities on Thursday charged a New Jersey man with conspiring to support the militant group Islamic State, the fourth person arrested in recent days in the New York City region as part of a broader investigation.

    Samuel Rahamin Topez, 21, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was...

  • ISIS troops 10 miles from Nahum’s Tomb, Iraqi Jewish pilgrimage site

    June 4, 2015 | 9:09 am

    The Iraqi site believed to be the burial place of the biblical prophet Nahum is in danger of being destroyed by the Islamic State, or ISIS.

    Nahum’s Tomb in Al Ooosh, an annual pilgrimage spot for generations of Iraqi Jews, is 10 miles from territory controlled by ISIS, the...

  • U.S. man charged with conspiracy to provide support to Islamic State

    May 26, 2015 | 10:38 am

    A Houston-area man was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic State by attempting to fight for the militant group in Syria, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

    Asher Abid Khan, 20, of Spring, Texas, was arrested on Tuesday morning and was due...

  • FBI arrests two suspected Islamic State recruits in California

    May 22, 2015 | 8:21 am

    The FBI has arrested two men in southern California, one at Los Angeles International Airport, suspected of attempting to travel abroad to join Islamic State, NBC News reported on Thursday.

    NBC, which cited anonymous law enforcement officials, said the two men were unarmed and...

  • Islamic State says in full control of Syria’s Palmyra after westward advance

    May 21, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic city of Palmyra in Syria, days after capturing a provincial capital in neighboring Iraq, suggesting the growing momentum of the group which a monitor says now holds half of Syrian territory.

    The twin successes pile...

  • Rings bearing Islamic State logo discovered en route to West Bank

    May 19, 2015 | 2:49 pm

    A package of rings bearing the Islamic State logo and messages in Arabic that was confiscated at Ben Gurion International airport will be destroyed.

    The interception of the suspicious package from Turkey, containing about 120 silver rings, was announced Tuesday by the Customs...

  • Iraq deploys tanks as Islamic State tightens grip on Ramadi

    May 19, 2015 | 11:01 am

    Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront Islamic State fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers.

    After Ramadi fell on Sunday, Shi'ite militiamen allied to the Iraqi army...

  • Tide turning against Bashar Al-Assad

    May 19, 2015 | 10:15 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Reports of the imminent demise of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad may be exaggerated, but analysts in the region say that Assad is gradually losing ground to an increasingly united coalition of rebel groups, backed by Saudi...

  • Shi’ite Militias Head to Ramadi

    May 18, 2015 | 9:30 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Shi’ite militias, many of them backed by Iran, are streaming into the provincial capital of Ramadi, to try to help wrest the city back from Islamic State which captured it over the weekend. The loss of Ramadi, just 60 miles from...

  • Hamas says Islamic State has no foothold in Gaza

    May 14, 2015 | 8:57 am

    Islamic State sympathizers in the Gaza Strip are making their presence felt on social media, but the enclave's Hamas rulers said on Thursday the group has no real foothold in the Palestinian territory.

    Statements signed "Supporters of the Islamic State" have appeared recently on...

  • Why steering clear of the Middle East is a terrible idea

    May 12, 2015 | 3:51 pm

    Much as the United States may like to, staying out the Middle East just isn’t an option — not if security is a priority.

    Last month, Jeff Stein and Jonathan Broder wrote an article at Newsweek. It’s worth reading. Defending President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, the authors...

  • Islamic State takes responsibility for Texas cartoon exhibit attack

    May 5, 2015 | 8:27 am

    The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for an attack on a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in which the two gunmen were killed.

    The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State claimed responsibility on its official online radio station,...

  • U.S., allies conduct 18 air strikes in Syria, Iraq against Islamic State

    April 14, 2015 | 11:35 am

    U.S.-led forces targeted Islamic State militants in Syria with three air strikes and conducted another 15 strikes against the group in Iraq from Monday to Tuesday morning, the U.S. military said.

    All three of the strikes in Syria were conducted using fighter aircraft and hit targets near Kobani, it said in a statement released on Tuesday. In Iraq, the air strikes were conducted with fighter and attack planes as well as drones and occurred near Bayji, Fallujah, Mosul, Ramadim and Sinjar, it said.

  • Registered sex offender charged with attempting to aid ISIS

    April 9, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Joshua Ray Van Haften, 34, of Madison, Wisconsin, has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources, namely himself as personnel, to a foreign terrorist organization, according to the assistant attorney general for national security.  As alleged in the complaint, Van Haften intended to travel into Iraq or Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    Read more at Justice.gov.

  • Arab-Israeli lawmaker calls out int’l community over Yarmouk massacre

    April 6, 2015 | 11:23 am

    Arab-Israeli lawmaker Ahmad Tibi called the Islamic State takeover of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp “a crime against humanity.”

    Tibi, a member of the Arab Joint List party, said on Monday that the international community, and Arab countries specifically, bear...

  • The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

    March 30, 2015 | 11:03 am

    As Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) announced on Monday that he is running for president, his Virginia audience cheered. He dropped applause line after applause line on some 10,000 students at Liberty University, which bills itself as the largest Christian university in the world.

    Cruz...

  • Canada says it will bomb Islamic State ‘safe havens’ in Syria

    March 24, 2015 | 3:58 pm

    Canada will expand its military mission against Islamic State by launching air strikes against the militants' safe havens in Syria as well as Iraq, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday.

    That will make Canada the second NATO member nation after the United States to attack...

  • Pentagon notifying 100 U.S. troops threatened by Islamic State

    March 24, 2015 | 9:11 am

    The Pentagon said on Monday it was notifying 100 U.S. troops that a group claiming ties to Islamic State militants had posted their names, addresses and photos on the Internet and was calling for American sympathizers to kill them.

    Asked about the kill list, Defense Secretary Ash...

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