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

    2 days ago

    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

    6 days ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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...

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  • Iraq deploys tanks as Islamic State tightens grip on Ramadi

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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

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

    February 26, 2015 | 9:25 am

    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

    February 25, 2015 | 1:59 pm

    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

    February 25, 2015 | 10:55 am

    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...

  • Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 150 Christians

    February 24, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    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

    February 24, 2015 | 9:00 am

    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

    February 23, 2015 | 9:00 am

    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

    February 19, 2015 | 11:29 am

    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

    February 13, 2015 | 11:24 am

     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...

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