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  • Mahmoud Abbas will visit Gaza in coming weeks

    2 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A Palestinian official close to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has told The Media Line that security preparations are underway for the president to visit the Gaza Strip in the next few weeks: the first time since...

  • Islamist militants leave signed note on beheaded corpse in Sinai

    September 10, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Residents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Wednesday they found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to the Syria and Iraq-based Islamic State, accusing the victim of being an Israeli spy.

    The beheading is the eighth claimed by the group...

  • U.S. confirms death of al Shabaab leader Godane in Somalia air strike

    September 5, 2014 | 10:11 am

    The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that Ahmed Godane, a leader of the al Shabaab Islamist group, was killed in a U.S. air strike in Somalia this week, calling it a "major symbolic and operational loss" for the al-Qaida-affiliated organization.

    "We have confirmed that Ahmed Godane,...

  • Israel raises alarm over Islamist militants on its frontiers

    September 2, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Israel's frontier with Syria, where militants have kidnapped 45 U.N. peacekeepers, has become a magnet for Islamist activity and Israel itself is now a target, the defense minister and security analysts said on Tuesday.

    The Nusra Front, an al-Qaida-linked group fighting Syrian...

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  • Fiji says Syrian rebels want compensation, removal from terror list

    September 2, 2014 | 10:22 am

    Islamist fighters who seized dozens of Fijian soldiers serving as U.N. peacekeepers on the Golan Heights last week are demanding that their group be removed from a global terrorism list and that compensation be paid for members killed in fighting, the head of Fiji's army said on...

  • Syrian rebels reinforce siege of U.N. peace-keepers on Golan Heights

    August 30, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    Islamist militants surrounding 40 Filipino peace-keepers in the Golan Heights have reinforced their siege with fighters who arrived in more than 20 vehicles, U.N. diplomatic sources told Reuters on Saturday.

    "As we speak more rebels in more than 20 vehicles are approaching and...

  • Boko Haram leader says ruling Nigerian town by Islamic law

    August 25, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    The leader of Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram said his fighters were now ruling the captured northeastern town of Gwoza "by Islamic law", in the first video to state a territorial claim in more than five years of violent insurrection.

    The Nigerian military denied Boko Haram...

  • Hamas threatens to aim further attacks at Israel’s airport

    August 19, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    The armed wing of the Hamas Islamist militant group that dominates Gaza threatened on Wednesday to aim more rocket fire at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv and cautioned international airlines to avoid it.

    Citing Israel's air strikes in Gaza that have killed three people...

  • Israel launches military offensive against Gaza militants

    July 7, 2014 | 5:15 pm

    Israel launched an aerial offensive in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, calling it part of a campaign named "Operation Protective Edge" targeting Hamas Islamist militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.

    The military urged Israelis within a 24-mile radius of the southern coastal...

  • Can Iraqi forces recapture lost ground alone? U.S. says ‘probably not’

    July 3, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Iraqi security forces will probably not be able to recapture ground they have lost to Islamist militants without assistance, the top U.S. military officer said on Thursday.

    General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that U.S. advisers now in Iraq...

  • Israel ramps up pressure on Hamas in hunt for missing teens

    June 17, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Israel decided on Tuesday to widen a crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank after troops detained more than 40 members of the Palestinian Islamist group in sweeps conducted in tandem with a search for three missing Jewish teenagers.

    The Jewish state accuses Hamas of kidnapping the...

  • Court bans activities of Islamist Hamas in Egypt

    March 4, 2014 | 9:40 am

    An Egyptian court on Tuesday banned all Hamas activities in Egypt in another sign that the military-backed government aims to squeeze the Palestinian Islamist group that rules the neighboring Gaza Strip.

    Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which the authorities...

  • Obama pledges U.S. support after Kenya ‘outrage’

    September 23, 2013 | 5:11 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday condemned an attack at a mall in Kenya as he prepared for a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in which he will call for international solidarity against a fresh wave of violence from Islamist extremists.

    Obama immersed himself into...

  • Syria lost

    By Rob Eshman

    September 10, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    You know you live in a whacked world when you wake up one morning and read Nicholas Kristof wants war, AIPAC is throwing its full weight behind President Barack Obama, a man many of its delegates reviled a few years back, and that in a desperate search for answers, the media...

  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • Powerless West gropes for way to sway Egypt

    August 15, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Having failed to dissuade Egypt's military-dominated rulers from launching a bloody crackdown on supporters of an ousted Islamist president, Western governments are venting condemnation and groping for ways to influence the outcome.

    The United States and the European Union tried...

  • Islamist movement Hamas moving closer to Iran

    August 14, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The Islamist Hamas movement has sharply criticized the Palestinian Authority for resuming peace talks with Israel, saying that President Mahmoud Abbas is giving in to American pressure. The criticism comes as Hamas moves toward...

  • Egyptian army threatens to shoot violent protesters

    July 25, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    Egypt's army threatened on Thursday to shoot those who use violence in a stark warning before what both sides expect will be a bloody street showdown between Islamists and opponents of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.

    An army official said the military had set Morsi's Muslim...

  • U.S. calls on Hezbollah to pull fighters out of Syria

    May 29, 2013 | 12:54 pm

    The U.S. State Department called on Lebanon's Hezbollah militia on Wednesday to withdraw its fighters from Syria immediately, saying their involvement on the side of President Bashar al-Assad signaled a dangerous broadening of the war.

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki...

  • Palestinian Islamist group Hamas re-elects Meshaal as its leader

    April 2, 2013 | 3:06 am

    Hamas re-elected Khaled Meshaal on Tuesday as the Islamist group's leader, at a marathon overnight closed-door meeting held in Cairo, an official with the organization said.

    Once reviled as a hardliner but now seen increasingly in the Arab world and by some Westerners as a...

  • Egypt-Gaza tunnels must be destroyed, Cairo court says

    February 26, 2013 | 1:39 pm

    A Cairo court ruled on Tuesday the government must destroy all tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, removing a route for smuggled weapons but also a lifeline for Palestinians.

    Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood has close ties with the Hamas Islamists that run Gaza, but many...

  • Knife-wielding woman arrested outside Toulouse Jewish school

    February 6, 2013 | 10:31 am

    A knife-wielding woman was arrested after threatening a student of the Toulouse Jewish school where an Islamist radical murdered four people nearly a year ago.

    The 51-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday outside the Ohr Hatorah school (formerly Ozar Hatorah) after she brandished...

  • American gets 35 years for aiding Mumbai terrorists

    January 25, 2013 | 10:33 am

    A federal judge in Chicago sentenced an American citizen to 35 years in prison for helping Islamist terrorists kill 160 people in India in 2008.

    David Coleman Headley, a 52-year-old U.S. citizen of Pakistani heritage, was sentenced Thursday after an attack victim appealed on...

  • Jordan gears up for parliamentary elections

    December 26, 2012 | 10:13 am

    Campaigning for Jordan's parliamentary elections kicked off this week with tribesmen, former army generals and businesspersons rushing to join the race.

    Early surveys predict less than a 50 percent voter turn-out due to growing anger against government policies and the absence of...

  • Egypt’s contentious Islamist constitution becomes law

    December 26, 2012 | 9:19 am

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi signed into law a new constitution shaped by his Islamist allies, a bitterly contested document which he insists will help end political turmoil and allow him to focus on fixing the economy.

    Anxiety about a deepening political and economic crisis...

  • Support for Hamas soars

    December 18, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    A new poll shows growing support for the Islamist Hamas movement in both the West Bank and Gaza. If the elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would beat Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

    The poll, by veteran pollster Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Center for...

  • Clashes erupt in Egypt despite proposal to end crisis

    December 5, 2012 | 11:15 am

    Islamists fought protesters outside the Egyptian president's palace on Wednesday, while inside the building his deputy proposed a way to end a crisis over a draft constitution that has split the most populous Arab nation.

    Stones and petrol bombs flew between opposition protesters...

  • Gaza rockets hit Israel after cease-fire, Israeli police say

    November 21, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched 12 rockets into Israel during the hour after a cease-fire was announced between Israel and Islamist militants on Wednesday, an Israeli police spokesman said.

    Israel and the Islamist Hamas movement agreed to an Egyptian-sponsored...

  • Netanyahu hints at ‘severe military action’ if truce fails

    November 21, 2012 | 11:16 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Wednesday that if an Egyptian-brokered truce with Islamist militants in Gaza did not work Israel would consider "more severe military action" against the Palestinian territory.

    "I know there are citizens expecting a more severe military action, and perhaps we shall need to do so," Netanyahu told a news conference as the ceasefire ending a weeklong Gaza offensive came into effect.

    Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; editing by Crispian Balmer

  • Israelis killed, Gaza shakes as Clinton seeks truce

    November 20, 2012 | 4:17 pm

    Israeli air strikes shook the Gaza Strip and Gazan rockets struck across the border as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks in Jerusalem in the early hours of Wednesday, seeking a truce that can hold back Israel's ground troops.

    Hamas, the Islamist movement...

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