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

    January 21, 2016 | 11:42 am

    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...

  • Aid convoy reaches starving Syrian town of Madaya

    January 11, 2016 | 3:41 pm

    An aid convoy entered a besieged Syrian town on Monday where thousands have been trapped without supplies for months and people are reported to have died of starvation.

    Trucks carrying food and medical supplies reached Madaya near the Lebanese border and began to distribute aid...

  • Merkel under pressure as German gangs lash out against foreigners

    January 11, 2016 | 12:11 pm

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced growing pressure to harden her line on refugees on Monday as the first extensive police report on New Year's Eve violence in Cologne documented rampant sexual assaults on women by gangs of young migrant men.

    Cologne police said at least 11...

  • 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...

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  • Kremlin official: Russia will not put Hamas and Hezbollah on list of terror groups

    January 5, 2016 | 11:11 am

    The fighting in Syria will not affect Russia’s decision to keep Hamas and Hezbollah off its list of terrorist organizations, a senior Kremlin official said.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency last week that while his country concurs with the...

  • Hezbollah targets Israeli forces with bomb, Israel shells south Lebanon

    January 4, 2016 | 10:16 am

    Hezbollah set off a bomb targeting Israeli forces at the Lebanese border on Monday in an apparent response to the killing in Syria last month of a prominent commander, triggering Israeli shelling of southern Lebanon.

    Israel has struck its Iran-backed Shi'ite enemy Hezbollah in...

  • 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...

  • Israel wary of continued conflict in Syria

    December 29, 2015 | 2:40 pm

    It’s been seven years since Israel and Syria were in talks mediated by Turkey.

    Those negotiations in Ankara were premised on de-coupling Damascus from its alliance with Iran and Hezbollah and dislodging Israel from the Golan.

    Neither side could envision paying the price...

  • Putin, Netanyahu agree in call to coordinate efforts to fight terrorism

    December 22, 2015 | 9:56 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed in a phone call on Tuesday to coordinate their two countries' actions to fight terrorism in the Middle East, the Kremlin said in a statement.

    The two leaders discussed the Syrian crisis during...

  • Blaming operative’s death on Israel, Hezbollah chief vows revenge

    December 21, 2015 | 4:18 pm

    Hassan Nasrallah, the top leader of the Lebanon-based terrorist group Hezbollah, blamed the killing of operative Samir Kuntar on Israel and said his group would retaliate.

    “We reserve the right to respond to this assassination at the time and place of our choosing,” Nasrallah...

  • Syrian rebel group claims responsibility for Hezbollah leader’s death

    December 21, 2015 | 10:05 am

    A Syrian rebel group has claimed responsibility for the airstrike in Damascus that killed a Lebanese Hezbollah leader who spent nearly three decades in an Israeli prison.

    In a video released Monday on YouTube, the Free Syrian Army denied Hezbollah’s claim that Israeli warplanes...

  • Growing up half Middle-Eastern

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    December 16, 2015 | 1:03 pm

    At this fraught moment in history, a cartoonist named Riad Sattouf has achieved best-seller status in France with a memoir in the form of a comic book with the provocative title, “The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984.” The first volume of the trilogy,...

  • A man called Sheila Kuehl an anti-Semite, her response is awesome

    December 14, 2015 | 2:49 pm

    An angry speaker called Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, a Jew, a "scumbag" and an "anti-Semite" for the city's decision to allow Syrian refugees during a recent City Council meeting.

    Kuehl quickly shut him down – her response was awesome:

    Following the outburst, Kuehl allowed the man his full speaking time – even allowing him to start his time over.

    The lesson: Don't mess with Sheila Kuehl.

  • Israel says Arrow 3 missile shield aces test, hitting target in space

    December 10, 2015 | 3:00 pm

    Israel's upgraded Arrow ballistic missile shield passed a full interception test on Thursday, hitting a target in space meant to simulate the trajectory of the long-range weapons held by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, the Defense Ministry said.

    The success was a boost for "Arrow 3,"...

  • 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. ...

  • Kerry, at contentious U.S.-Israel confab, asks Israel to consider perils of single state

    December 7, 2015 | 12:42 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking at an annual U.S.-Israel confab, said Israel’s government must consider the consequences of evolving toward a single state incorporating the Palestinian areas.

    “How does Israel possibly maintain its character as a Jewish democratic...

  • 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...

  • Clinton: No U.S. combat troops to fight Islamic State

    December 1, 2015 | 9:10 am

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rejected the idea of sending thousands of U.S. ground troops to fight Islamic State in the Middle East, saying such a move would give the militant group a recruitment tool to boost its ranks.

    In her first television interview...

  • Russian military jet violated Israeli airspace

    November 30, 2015 | 12:55 pm

    A Russian military jet violated Israeli airspace but was not shot down, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

    The jet breached Israeli airspace by a mile and turned back when Russia was informed of its mistake, Yaalon said Sunday during an interview on Israel Public Radio....

  • Russia and Turkey refuse to back down in row over jet downing

    November 25, 2015 | 1:20 pm

    Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.

    Underscoring the message, Russian...

  • Surviving crew member of Russian jet says no warning from Turkey

    November 25, 2015 | 8:08 am

    The surviving crew member of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey said on Wednesday the plane received no warnings from the Turkish Air Force and did not fly over Turkish air space, Russian news agencies reported.

    Turkey shot down the Russian plane near the Syrian border on...

  • A plea for Syrian refugees: ‘never again’

    November 24, 2015 | 7:09 pm

    Having spent a career helping women and civil society activists in the most challenging places on Earth, we thought we had seen the worst man could do. Helping society rebound in the killing fields in Cambodia; documenting Saddam’s genocide in northern Iraq; helping resolve...

  • The refugee dilemma: Fighting to defend the defenseless

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 24, 2015 | 6:57 pm

    On Nov. 19, less than a week after the deadly series of terrorist attacks in Paris, Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the 134-year-old refugee resettlement organization, was summoned to the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress. The...

  • Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of ‘serious consequences’

    November 24, 2015 | 10:49 am

    Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had repeatedly violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said...

  • Jacob in ISIL, or, The prayers of the refugees should be our prayers

    By David Seidenberg

    November 23, 2015 | 11:17 am

    As we read in last Shabbat's Torah portion, Jacob left Canaan for Paddan-Aram, not knowing whether he would return, asking for divine help. He negotiated with God — if you protect me and return me safely, only then will you be my God, only then will I worship you. (Gen. 28:20-21)
    ...

  • Why are we abandoning the Christians?

    By David Suissa

    November 22, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    In all the self-righteous talk we’ve been hearing about Muslim refugees from Syria, who’s talking about the Christians? Over the past several years, no religious group has been more persecuted throughout the Middle East than the Christians. And yet, hardly a peep.

    Yes, the Jewish...

  • This is not my America. Is it yours?

    November 20, 2015 | 3:21 pm

    Two scary tweets fell into my feed yesterday. In the first, Linda Sarsour, a Brooklyn mom and activist shared, “When ur kids sends u a text w/ a link to a mayor invoking Japanese internment camps. ‘You think they would do that?’ OMG. My heart.”
 
In a reply, Suroor Raziuddin, a...

  • #WeAreNext

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2015 | 3:04 pm

    The campaign to keep Syrian refugees out of the United States represents a complete lack of faith — not just in Syrian refugees, and not just in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, but in America itself.

    I would like to be able to say such a campaign is un-American, but...

  • Clinton: Saying ‘radical Islam’ plays into hands of ISIS

    November 19, 2015 | 9:55 am

    Using the term “radical Islam” plays into the hands of the terrorists groups seeking to destroy western civilization, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

    Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in NYC Thursday morning, Clinton dismissed the...

  • Honduras detains 5 Syrians said headed to U.S. with stolen Greek passports

    November 18, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    Honduran authorities have detained five Syrian nationals who were trying to reach the United States using stolen Greek passports, but there are no signs of any links to last week's attacks in Paris, police said.

    The Syrian men were held late on Tuesday in the Honduran capital,...

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