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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

  • Islamic State says ‘Schweppes bomb’ used to bring down Russian plane

    November 18, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Islamic State's official magazine carried a photo on Wednesday of a Schweppes drink it said was used to make an improvised bomb that brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month, killing all 224 people on board.

    The photo showed a can of Schweppes Gold...

  • Israel says 90 pct of Syria’s ballistic missiles used up on rebels

    November 18, 2015 | 10:46 am

    Syria has used up more than 90 percent of its ballistic missiles against rebels during a more than four-year-old civil war but a few were transferred to Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon, a senior Israeli military officer said on Wednesday. 

    Israel, which is expanding...

  • France, Russia strike Islamic State; new suspect sought

    November 17, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    France and Russia bombed Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday, punishing the group for attacks in Paris and against a Russian airliner that together killed 353 people, and made the first tentative steps toward a possible military alliance.

    Islamic State has claimed...

  • Uncertainty grips Middle Eastern markets

    November 17, 2015 | 9:24 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The impact of the Middle East’s ongoing woes on the region’s tourism businesses has been well documented. The industry’s standing has been tarnished not just by continuing conflicts, but also by repeated terrorist attacks...

  • Russian airplane crash over Sinai caused by bomb, Russia confirms

    November 17, 2015 | 9:18 am

    Russia has confirmed that a Russian chartered airplane that crashed over the Sinai was brought down by a bomb.

    “We can say definitely that this was a terrorist act,” Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Federal Security Service, told Russia’s Security Council on Tuesday, The New...

  • Republican Rand Paul to offer bill to halt U.S. visas for refugees

    November 16, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    Republican presidential candidate and Sen. Rand Paul said on Monday he would introduce a bill to put an immediate moratorium on U.S. visas for refugees fleeing extremist groups.

    Paul, speaking after attacks in Paris last week linked to Islamic State militants, said he would halt visas for people from about 30 countries with major jihadist activity and impose a waiting period for people coming from countries that have visa waiver agreements with the United States.

  • ‘They’ll think we are the enemy’: refugees in Germany fear backlash

    November 16, 2015 | 11:36 am

    Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Germany fear that the attacks in Paris could further shift public opinion against the Berlin government's welcoming asylum policy.

    About a dozen men, smoking heavily, discussed the deadliest attacks in Europe since 2004 outside Berlin's Tempelhof...

  • Carnage in Paris sends shudders through tourist sector

    November 16, 2015 | 9:52 am

    The carnage in Paris has sent shudders through the tourism sector in one of the world's most visited cities with hotel owners, tour operators and others in the industry hoping the expected drop-off in visitors will not last long.

    Shares in tourism companies fell sharply across...

  • Crowded skies over Syria

    November 16, 2015 | 9:35 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    In response to the Paris terror attacks that have so far claimed 129 lives and wounded 300 more, French warplanes have for the first time attacked Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside of Syria.  Until now, France had limited its...

  • Two suicide bombers hit Hezbollah bastion in Lebanon, 43 killed

    November 12, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    At least 43 people were killed and more than 240 wounded on Thursday in two suicide bomb blasts claimed by Islamic State in a crowded residential district in Beirut's southern suburbs, a stronghold of the Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah.

    The explosions were the first attacks in...

  • Disagreements behind them, Obama and Netanyahu get down to business

    November 9, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    It took agreeing to set aside differences on Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to get down to business on other issues afflicting the region, including the threat of Islamist extremism and the...

  • U.S. says 85-90 percent of Russian strikes hit moderate Syria rebels

    November 4, 2015 | 10:03 am

    Eighty-five to 90 per cent of Russian strikes in Syria have hit the moderate Syrian opposition, the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East told a congressional committee on Wednesday.

    Russia boosted its military support for President Bashar al-Assad's fight against rebels in the...

  • Obama says Syria deployment doesn’t break no ‘boots on ground’ pledge

    November 2, 2015 | 5:57 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Monday the planned deployment of dozens of U.S. special forces to Syria to advise opposition forces fighting Islamic State did not break his promise not to put "boots on the ground" in the Syrian conflict.

    "Keep in mind that we have run special ops...

  • Sunday Reads: Broken promises in Syria, A ‘dignified’ Rabin rally, Nabokov’s Jewish wife

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 1, 2015 | 3:28 am

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    According to Trevor Timm, the American special forces sent to Syria constitute another broken promise made by President Obama:  

    In 2012, Obama unequivocally said he would end the war in Afghanistan, and chided Mitt Romney the Republican nominee for not promising that. In...

  • Parents receive body of first Russian to die in Syria, doubt suicide

    October 27, 2015 | 10:32 am

    The body of the first Russian serviceman confirmed dead in four weeks of air strikes in Syria was delivered on Tuesday to his parents, who said they were not convinced by the military's account that their 19-year-old son had hanged himself.

    In an interview with Reuters at their...

  • Israel says citizen, likely Arab, used paraglider to enter Syria

    October 26, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    Israel said on Sunday that one of its citizens, probably a member of the country's Muslim Arab minority, had illegally flown to rebellion-wracked Syria by using a paraglider to cross the Golan Heights frontier.

    Israeli media gave the man's age as 23 and quoted investigators as...

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