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  • 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...

  • Operation Passover: Israeli Rabbi smuggles matzah to Syria’s Jews

    By Simone Wilson

    February 25, 2015 | 10:36 am

    By the morning of Feb. 19, Rabbi Abraham Haim had collected more than 300 pounds of Jerusalem-made matzah for delivery to Syria. Boxes of the traditional Jewish crackers were stacked up to the ceiling of his cramped apartment in Bnei Brak, a religious suburb of Tel Aviv.

    A few...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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

    By Rob Eshman

    February 12, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    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

    February 12, 2015 | 12:49 pm

    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...

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

    February 10, 2015 | 8:43 am

    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

    February 9, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    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...

  • Israeli minister urges West to give more arms to Kurds, Jordan

    February 6, 2015 | 11:05 am

    Western states should provide more weapons to Jordan, Egypt, Kurdish forces and certain opposition forces in Syria, Israel's Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on the sidelines of the Munich Security conference on Friday.

    Israeli officials had previously stopped short...

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

    February 6, 2015 | 10:22 am

    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...

  • 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...

  • Hezbollah says Israel wants to set ‘new rules’ with Syria raid

    January 26, 2015 | 9:56 am

    An Israeli attack which killed several prominent members of Lebanon's Hezbollah last week was an attempt by Israel to set "new rules" in the conflict between the two foes, Hezbollah's deputy leader said at a gathering to commemorate those who died.

    Sheikh Naim Qassem's comments...

  • New Saudi king seeks to reassure on succession and policy

    January 23, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Saudi Arabia's new King Salman pledged continuity in energy and foreign policies on Friday and moved quickly to appoint younger men as his heirs, settling the succession for years to come by naming a deputy crown prince from his dynasty's next generation.

    King Abdullah, who died...

  • Hezbollah says Assad’s allies have right to respond to Israeli attacks in Syria

    January 15, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Thursday that Israeli strikes inside Syria were also an aggression against Syria's regional allies and they had the right to retaliate.

    "The frequent attacks on different sites in Syria is a major breach. We consider...

  • Syrian war and Israeli spies mean hard times for Hezbollah

    January 7, 2015 | 3:45 pm

    Drained and delegitimized by the Syrian civil war, penetrated by Israeli intelligence and separated from traditional allies, the Lebanese group Hezbollah’s self-proclaimed glory days of 2006, when it went to war with Israel, have never seemed so distant.

    Supporting President...

  • Foreigners fighting Islamic State in Syria: who and why?

    January 5, 2015 | 10:30 am

    While illegally crossing the Iraqi-Syrian border, Canadian Peter Douglas was adamant that his incursion was for humanitarian reasons – to help the people of Syria.

    Douglas is one of a growing band of foreigners to dodge authorities and join the fight against Islamic State...

  • UK police ‘stop plane on runway’ to detain Syria-bound teenager

    December 17, 2014 | 8:33 am

    British counter-terrorism officers stopped a plane as it taxied towards the runway at Heathrow to prevent a 15-year old girl from traveling to Syria to join Islamist fighters, the Evening Standard newspaper said on Wednesday.

    The girl, from east London, had saved up and bought a...

  • Palestinian activist calls to reform UNRWA

    December 15, 2014 | 4:50 pm

    Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist, has launched a crusade against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), tasked with providing “assistance and protection” for five million Palestinian refugees around the world. In Palestinian refugee camps in the West...

  • Why Jews still back Obama

    By Rob Eshman

    December 10, 2014 | 6:46 pm

    This entire week, people kept sending me emails with this screaming subject line: “OBAMA MULLING SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL.VERIFICATION ON GOOGLE.” 

    Neither turned out to be true: Obama is not mulling sanctions, and Google doesn’t verify the fact (or any fact, for that matter). In...

  • Syria calls for U.N. sanctions on Israel over air strikes

    December 8, 2014 | 6:35 pm

    Syria asked the United Nations Security Council on Monday to impose sanctions on neighboring Israel, a day after accusing the Jewish state of bombing areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon.

    Israel has struck Syria several...

  • Syria says Israeli planes hit military sites near Damascus

    December 7, 2014 | 9:20 pm

    The Syrian government claimed that Israeli planes attacked military sites near Damascus.

    The attacks, also reported on Syrian television, took place on Sunday night, Syria said. Israeli planes are reported to have hit several military facilities near Damascus International...

  • Obama promises more aid, loan guarantees to Jordan

    December 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Friday that the United States and its allies are making slow but steady progress in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and he pledged new aid to Jordan to grapple with Syrian refugees.

    Obama and Jordan's King Abdullah made...

  • Obama nominates Ashton Carter for Pentagon chief

    December 5, 2014 | 9:44 am

    President Barack Obama nominated longtime Defense Department understudy Ashton Carter as his fourth defense secretary on Friday to replace Chuck Hagel, the lone Republican in Obama's Cabinet, who resigned last week after disagreements with the White House.

    In Carter, Obama gets a...

  • Lebanon detains wife of Islamic State leader

    December 2, 2014 | 11:09 am

    The Lebanese army detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as they crossed from Syria nine days ago, security officials said on Tuesday, in a move seen as likely to put pressure on the Islamist chief.

    The woman was identified as Saja al-Dulaimi,...

  • Nazi hunter says Adolf Eichmann’s top aide presumed dead in Syria

    December 1, 2014 | 5:15 pm

    One of the world's most wanted war criminals, the reputed top lieutenant of Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann, is presumed to have died at least four years ago in Syria, where he lived under government protection, a leading Nazi hunter said on Monday.

    Alois Brunner, an Austrian SS...

  • Let’s be thankful for our imperfect legal system

    By David Suissa

    November 26, 2014 | 5:19 pm

    Imagine being the mother of one of the 200,000 people murdered in Syria over the past few years. As you grieve for your lost child, you empathize with the countless others who have suffered untold massacres in your chaotic and lawless country.

    One day, in a rundown local café on...

  • ISIS beheads American aid worker, an Iraq war veteran

    November 17, 2014 | 9:03 am

    The Islamic State jihadist group beheaded an American hostage.

    In a video posted online Sunday morning on jihadist and social networking sites, the group also known as ISIS and ISIL said it beheaded American aid worker Peter Kassig, who went by the name Abdul-Rahman Kassig after...

  • Canadian-Israeli woman joins Kurds fighting Islamic State

    November 10, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    A Canadian-born woman who emigrated to Israel and served in its military has joined Kurdish militants fighting Islamic State insurgents in northern Syria, Israel Radio reported on Monday.

    The Israeli citizen, identified by the station only as 31 years old and a resident of Tel...

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