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  • Not a Fan—a declaration of independence

    By Mindy Leaf

    45 minutes ago

    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

    1 day ago

    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

    2 days ago

    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

    6 days ago

    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...

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  • Christians in Iraq flee Islamic State

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Islamic State recruits 400 children since January: Syria monitor

    March 24, 2015 | 9:04 am

    Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called "Cubs of the Caliphate" military training and hardline indoctrination, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the children, all...

  • Death of young fighters congeals Libyan resolve vs. ISIS

    March 23, 2015 | 1:39 pm

    This story originally appeared themedialine.org.

    Lined up next to each other in front of the central mosque in the city of Misrata, ten coffins, two of them covered by the flag of the new Libya, marked the end of a long negotiation. “ISIS [The Islamic State] is on our doorstep...

  • 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...

  • Islamic State video claims to show child executing ‘Israeli spy’

    March 10, 2015 | 1:06 pm

    A video posted online by Islamic State militants on Tuesday showed a child killing Muhammad Musallam, an Israeli Arab accused by the group of being a Mossad spy, with a bullet to the head.

    The video, published by the group's Furqan media outlet, showed Musallam sitting in a room...

  • Netanyahu speech to Congress full text

    March 3, 2015 | 10:36 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a controversial speech before a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday where he urged the U.S. not to agree with Iran on a nuclear deal and compared Tehran to the Islamic State militant group. Netanyahu said a potential...

  • Cartoon: Clock Repair

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 26, 2015 | 3:15 pm

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