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  • Twitter suspends over 125,000 accounts for ‘promoting terrorist acts’

    21 hours ago

    Twitter has shut down more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the middle of 2015, most of them linked to the Islamic State group, the company said in a blog post on Friday.

    Twitter has said it only takes down accounts when they are reported by other users, but said...

  • EU security chiefs brace for more Islamist attacks

    2 weeks ago

    Islamic State and other militants are very likely to attempt big new attacks in Europe following those in Paris, the EU's police agency said on Monday, echoing previous warnings by senior security officials.

    The assessment was based on discussions concluded eight weeks ago by...

  • Hillary campaign slams Sanders’ Iran policy

    2 weeks ago

    The Hillary Clinton campaign on Thursday continued its pushback against Bernie Sanders’ stance on Iran and the war against ISIS as an issue for concern in the Democratic presidential primary.

    In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, former State Department official and...

  • Kerry believes 2016 will see Islamic State ‘seriously dented’

    2 weeks ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he believed Islamic State's military capabilities in Iraq and Syria would be seriously weakened by the end of 2016.

    Asked at a media roundtable on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, whether this year...

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  • Islamic State media outlet confirms death of ‘Jihadi John’

    3 weeks ago

    A media outlet associated with Islamic State on Tuesday released a eulogy for "Jihadi John," a member of the militant group who gained notoriety for his filmed execution of hostages, the monitoring organization SITE reported.

    The militant was identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a...

  • Islamic State shows new strategy with Istanbul attack

    3 weeks ago

    The latest Islamic State (ISIS) bombing in Turkey, which killed 11 tourists, marks a change in the group’s strategy.

    Ten Germans and one Peruvian were killed, and at least a dozen injured in a suicide bombing in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood on Tuesday.

    “Clearly...

  • Suicide bomber kills 10 people, mainly Germans, in Istanbul

    January 12, 2016 | 8:47 am

    A suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed at least 10 people, most of them German tourists, in Istanbul's historic heart on Tuesday, in an attack Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed on Islamic State.

    All of those killed in Sultanahmet square, near the...

  • Teenager says attack on Jewish teacher was for Islamic State

    January 11, 2016 | 11:47 am

    A teenager who attacked a Jewish teacher in Marseille on Monday is a Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin who said he acted in the name of the militant Islamist group Islamic State, the prosecutor in the southern French city of Marseille said.

    "He claimed to have acted in the name...

  • Gunman citing Islamic State ambushes Philadelphia policeman

    January 8, 2016 | 1:05 pm

    A gunman claiming to have pledged allegiance to Islamic State militants shot and seriously wounded a Philadelphia police officer in an ambush on his patrol car, the city's police commissioner said on Friday.

    Edward Archer of Philadelphia approached Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33,...

  • Islamic State says Cairo attack was response to leader’s call to target Jews

    January 8, 2016 | 10:24 am

    Islamic State said on Friday its members had carried out an attack on Israeli tourists in Cairo in response to a call by the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to target Jews "everywhere."

    The group said in a statement released on the Internet that light arms were used in the...

  • The real victims of Syrian migrants

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 6, 2016 | 2:14 pm

    We’ve all heard the fear mongering about how Syrian refugees are mostly men — which somehow makes them more susceptible to becoming terrorists, and therefore dangerous to the West.

    “You look at the migration, it’s young, strong men,” Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump...

  • Americans fear vulnerability to terror in new year

    January 4, 2016 | 2:21 pm

    Americans were as shocked as everyone else when two terrorists shot up the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo magazine last January, but they did not think that they were threatened by an attack which had targeted the creators of a series of cartoons mocking Mohammed, a satirical genre...

  • Brussels New Year fireworks cancelled over attack fears

    December 30, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    Authorities in the Belgian capital Brussels on Wednesday called off the city's traditional New Year's Eve fireworks display, citing fears of a militant attack.

    On Tuesday, federal prosecutors said two people suspected of plotting an attack in Brussels on New Year's Eve had been...

  • Israel cracks down on Islamic State volunteers

    December 30, 2015 | 10:59 am

    Ayoob Kara, a deputy Israeli cabinet minister, used to double as an unofficial intermediary with the few of his fellow Arab citizens who have left to join Islamic State insurgents in Syria or Iraq.

    Negotiating discreetly through relatives and go-betweens, he would offer them...

  • U.S.-led air strikes kill IS leaders linked to Paris attacks

    December 29, 2015 | 8:51 am

    A U.S.-led coalition has killed 10 Islamic State leaders in the past month with targeted air strikes, including individuals linked to last month's attacks in Paris, a spokesman for the coalition said on Tuesday.

    "Over the past month, we've killed 10 ISIL leadership figures with...

  • Islamic State leader threatens Israel, Jews

    December 28, 2015 | 10:36 am

    The leader of the Islamic State threatened Israel and Jews in a taped message that is said to be from him.

    “The Jews thought we forgot Palestine and that they had distracted us from it. Not at all, Jews. We did not forget Palestine for a moment. With the help of Allah, we will...

  • Iraqi prime minister vows to defeat ISIS in 2016 after army’s first major victory

    December 28, 2015 | 10:29 am

    A triumphant Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared on Monday that the coming year will see his forces defeat Islamic State, after his military achieved its first major victory since collapsing in the face of the fighters 18 months ago.

    Iraqi forces flew the national flag...

  • Will immigration tip Sheldon’s 2016 scale?

    December 16, 2015 | 9:57 am

    The stakes were high, and all eyes were on the two 44-year-old Senators, who are rising in the polls and garnering the most attention in the non-Trump coverage of the 2016 election cycle.

    Sheldon Adelson was in the room. After all, the debate was held at his hotel and these two...

  • Obama: faster progress needed against Islamic State

    December 14, 2015 | 10:53 am

    President Barack Obama said on Monday that Islamic State militants had lost swaths of territory they once controlled in Iraq and Syria but that progress needed to be made faster against the group.

    Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Obama said he had tasked Defense Secretary Ash Carter with going to the Middle East to secure more military contributions for the coalition fight against the group also known as ISIL.

    "We recognize that progress needs to keep coming faster," Obama said.

  • Israel says Arab who served in its army joined Islamic State

    December 14, 2015 | 9:14 am

    An Israeli army veteran from the country's Arab minority has joined Islamic State insurgents in Syria, an Israeli security official said on Sunday, confirming a local media report.

    Israel says dozens of Muslim Arab citizens have illegally traveled to Islamic State's Syrian or...

  • Islamic extremists ignored contact attempts by wife in California shooting

    December 10, 2015 | 3:53 pm

    Islamic militant groups ignored contact attempts from Pakistan-born Tashfeen Malik in the months before she and her husband killed 14 people at a California holiday party, probably because they feared getting caught in a U.S. law enforcement sting, U.S. government sources said on...

  • President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address or: ‘The Plot Against America II’

    By David N. Myers

    December 9, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    January 16, 2018

    “My Fellow Americans, Vice President Palin, distinguished members of Congress, and esteemed guests, I am deeply honored to offer this State of the Union address, my first since being elected your president in November 2016. 

    I must commence with a warning. ...

  • At two Inland Empire Mosques, Muslims shocked by attack, disgusted by ISIS

    By Jared Sichel

    December 8, 2015 | 10:35 am

    For the last two years, multiple times each week, Gasser Shehata prayed around lunchtime at the same San Bernardino mosque as Syed Rizwan Farook, the 28-year-old Muslim who, with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, recently carried out the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the...

  • Trump defends proposed Muslim ban from U.S. as outrage mounts

    December 8, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, comparing his plan to the World War II detainment of Japanese-Americans and others in dismissing growing outrage from around the world.

    U.S. leaders...

  • Trump dismisses comparisons to Hitler

    December 8, 2015 | 10:04 am

    Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Tuesday brushed off recent comparisons to Adolf Hitler as he doubled down on his call to bar the entry of all foreign-born Muslims into the United States.

    “You’re increasingly being compared to Hitler. Doesn’t that give you...

  • In Oval Office speech, Obama pledges to destroy Islamic State

    December 7, 2015 | 8:20 am

    Calling last week’s mass killing in San Bernardino an “act of terrorism,” President Barack Obama pledged in a nationally televised Oval Office address to destroy the so-called Islamic State.

    “It is clear the two of them had gone down the dark path of radicalization,” Obama said...

  • FBI investigating California massacre as ‘act of terrorism’

    December 4, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    The FBI is investigating this week's massacre of 14 people by a married couple in California as an "act of terrorism," officials said on Friday, noting that the female shooter had pledged allegiance to a leader of the militant group Islamic State.

    Tashfeen Malik, 27, a native of...

  • California massacre shooter may be linked to Islamic State

    December 4, 2015 | 8:15 am

    A woman who joined her husband in killing 14 people in California apparently pledged allegiance to a leader of the militant group Islamic State, two U.S. government sources said on Friday, as intelligence officials in her native Pakistan pressed the investigation overseas.

    ...
  • Islamic State’s online supporters include 300 Americans

    December 1, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    Active online supporters of the Syria-based Islamic State movement now include about 300 people identifiable as Americans, said a study by academic experts published on Tuesday.

    George Washington University's Program on Extremism said in the study that the number of other...

  • Israeli broadcaster says Palestinians bust West Bank bomber cell

    December 1, 2015 | 10:52 am

    Israel's national broadcaster on Tuesday said Palestinian authorities had prevented a bomb attack on Israeli troops in the West Bank, a report suggesting the strength of security ties despite public feuding over a two-month wave of unrest.

    Israel Radio said six Islamic Jihad...

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