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  • ‘Jihadi John’ from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner

    4 days ago

    Investigators believe that the "Jihadi John" masked fighter who fronted Islamic State beheading videos is a British man named Mohammed Emwazi, two U.S. government sources said on Thursday.

    He was born in Kuwait and comes from a prosperous family in London, where he grew up and...

  • Shaming the murderers

    By David Suissa

    5 days ago

    A religious Muslim who murders an innocent person in the name of the Quran desecrates his own religion. I wish that idea had been the theme of last week’s White House Conference on Violent Extremism. 

    Instead, President Barack Obama went out of his way to take religion out of...

  • U.S. charges 3 with conspiring to support Islamic State

    5 days ago

    Three men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to support Islamic State, including two who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group, U.S. authorities said.

    One of the men, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan was arrested early on Wednesday at...

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  • Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

    6 days ago

    Islamic State militants have abducted at least 150 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria they had raided, Christian Syrian activists said on Tuesday.

    A Syrian Christian group representing several NGO's inside and outside the country said it had verified at...

  • Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 90 from Christian villages

    6 days ago

    UPDATE: Islamic State abducts at least 150 Christians


    Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group that tracks violence in Syria said on Tuesday.

    The British-based Syrian Observatory for...

  • New Defense Secretary hosts U.S. gathering on Islamic State strategy

    1 week ago

    New U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is gathering top U.S. military commanders and diplomats for talks in Kuwait on Monday about the battle against Islamic State, as America's military effort approaches major hurdles in both Iraq and Syria.

    Carter says he hopes the roughly six...

  • Obama rejects as ‘ugly lie’ the notion that West is at war with Islam

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama on Thursday urged countries to tackle violent Islamist militancy around the world and rejected as "an ugly lie" suggestions that the West was at war with Islam.

    Obama said there was a complicated history between the Middle East and the West and no one...

  • Widow of Paris kosher supermarket terrorist with ISIS

    2 weeks ago

     The widow of the terrorist who killed four Jewish men at a kosher supermarket siege in Paris apparently is in Islamic State territory.

    Hayat Boumeddiene, the wife of slain Hyper Cacher gunman Amedy Coulibaly, was interviewed by a magazine run by ISIS, Reuters reported. It was...

  • Islamic State says it’s holding ‘Israeli spy’ in Syria

    2 weeks ago

    Islamic State said on Thursday it was holding an Israeli Arab who had posed as a foreign fighter in order to spy for Mossad, an account denied by Israel and by the man's family, who said he had been kidnapped.

    In an interview published by Islamic State's online English-language...

  • Chaos is my Heaven: Q-and-A with Itai Anghel

    By Rob Eshman

    3 weeks ago

    Rob Eshman: What year did you first meet Commander Media, the leader of the female militia you film in your documentary.

    Itai Anglel: 2010.  She was already a commander. So when I saw her now, it was very good, you know. It meant for her, you know, that, “Okay, it’s fine. He can...

  • Itai Anghel: The brave Israeli interviewing ISIS, Kurdish fighters in Syria

    By Rob Eshman

    3 weeks ago

    Courage is a quality we value so highly we’re willing to pretend we have it.

    I don’t know whether Brian Williams fits that description, but I do know the unfortunate side effect of Coptergate is that it has cast suspicion on all TV journalists in the infotainment age. Are they...

  • Obama asks Congress to authorize U.S. war on Islamic State

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorize military force against Islamic State, meeting swift resistance from Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats wary of another war in the Middle East.

    Republicans, who control...

  • Local congressman urges decision on authorizing use of military force

    3 weeks ago

    Disagreement is brewing among elected officials over whether a bill empowering President Barack Obama to wage war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) should limit the scope of the military’s involvement in the conflict, arousing lingering unease over the length...

  • Family of late American hostage Mueller releases text of letter

    3 weeks ago

    The following is the full text of a letter U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller sent to her family while she was held hostage by Islamic State militants.

    Mueller's family released the letter on Tuesday in confirming her death:

    Everyone, If you are receiving this letter it means I am...

  • Angelina Jolie aims to recruit academics to fight sexual violence in war

    3 weeks ago

    Angelina Jolie said she hoped Britain's first academic center devoted to women, peace and security studies would benefit millions of girls, like an Iraqi teenager she met who had been kept as a sex slave by Islamic State.

    Opening the center at the London School of Economics – the...

  • ‘CyberCaliphate’ hacks Newsweek Twitter account, threatens Obama

    3 weeks ago

    Newsweek magazine's Twitter account was the victim of hackers on Tuesday who posted a threat to U.S. President Barack Obama and his family and the words "CyberCaliphate" and "Je suis IS," a reference to Islamic State and the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

    The group, which also...

  • Obama readying request to use force against Islamic State

    3 weeks ago

    The White House will ask Congress by Wednesday for new authority to use force against Islamic State fighters, congressional aides said on Monday, paving the way for lawmakers' first vote on the scope of a campaign that is already six months old.

    The United States is leading an...

  • American hostage Mueller’s death confirmed by Obama, family

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. aid worker Kayla Mueller, held hostage by Islamic State militants for 18 months, is dead, her family said on Tuesday, but the circumstances were unclear and President Barack Obama vowed to hunt down the culprits.

    Mueller's family received an email and photograph over the...

  • Islamic State pulls forces and hardware from Syria’s Aleppo

    3 weeks ago

    Islamic State has withdrawn some of its insurgents and equipment from areas northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo, rebels and residents say, adding to signs of strain in the Syrian provinces of its self-declared caliphate.

    The group, which has recently lost ground to Kurdish and...

  • Jordan says planes bomb Islamic State targets for second day running

    3 weeks ago

    Jordan said on Friday it had carried out a second straight day of air strikes on Islamic State militants to avenge a captive Jordanian pilot burnt to death by the group.

    “Sorties of air force fighters executed several air strikes against select targets of the Daesh gang,” state...

  • Islamic State says U.S. hostage killed in Syria

    3 weeks ago

    The Islamic State militant group said on Friday that an American woman hostage it was holding in Syria had been killed when Jordanian fighter jets bombed a building where she was being held, the SITE monitoring group said.

    In Washington, U.S. officials said they could not confirm...

  • Jordan military jets pound Islamic State as king comforts pilot’s family

    February 5, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State targets in Syria on Thursday, before roaring over the hometown of the pilot killed by the militants while King Abdullah consoled the victim's family.

    A statement from the Jordanian armed forces said tens of jets were deployed in the...

  • Obama to seek new authority for force against the Islamic State next week

    February 5, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    President Barack Obama will ask Congress for new authority to use force against Islamic State fighters next week, congressional aides said on Thursday.

    A House Democratic aide said lawmakers had been told they would receive the White House request next week.

    And an aide to...

  • Jordanian king vows ‘relentless’ war on Islamic State’s own ground

    February 4, 2015 | 9:09 am

    Jordan's King Abdullah vowed a "relentless" war against Islamic State on their own territory on Wednesday in response to a video published by the hard-line group showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage.

    Jordan hanged two Iraqi jihadists, one a woman, on...

  • Islamic State shows burning of hostage, Jordan vows ‘earth-shaking’ response

    February 3, 2015 | 9:29 am

    Islamic State militants released a video on Tuesday appearing to show a captured Jordanian pilot being burnt alive in a cage, a killing that shocked the world and prompted Jordan to vow an "earth-shaking" response.

    A Jordanian official said the authorities would swiftly execute...

  • Islamic State chemical weapons expert killed in airstrike in Iraq

    January 30, 2015 | 2:20 pm

    An Islamic State chemical weapons expert was killed in a coalition airstrike last week near Mosul, Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Friday.

    Abu Malik, who was killed Jan. 24, had been a chemical weapons engineer during the rule of Saddam Hussein and then joined al-Qaeda Iraq in 2005, Central Command said.

    "His death is expected to temporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network and diminish ISIL's ability to potentially produce and use chemical weapons against innocent people," the statement said.

  • Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese ISIS hostage unclear

    January 28, 2015 | 4:43 pm

    Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

    The fate of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh was thought to be tied to that...

  • Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State

    January 28, 2015 | 11:07 am

    Jordan is still holding a prisoner whose release has been demanded by Islamic State militants and her freedom depends on the fate of a Jordanian pilot captured by the insurgents, government spokesman Mohammad Momani said on Wednesday.

    "It's not true she has been released. Her...

  • Japan urges Jordan’s help in ISIS hostage crisis after video

    January 27, 2015 | 10:27 am

    Japan pressed Jordan for help in securing the release of Kenji Goto, a Japanese hostage of Islamic State militants, after a video on Tuesday appeared to show him saying he could be killed in 24 hours.

    "Tell the Japanese government to put all their political pressure on Jordan,"...

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