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Islamic Militants

Bangladesh Arrests Suspected Islamist Militants Over Bomb Plot

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 03.14.2016 | World

DHAKA (Reuters) - Officials of Bangladesh’s anti-terrorism unit on Monday detained five suspected members of a banned Islamist militant group for pl...

Are Radicals Mentally Ill?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 12.10.2015 | Crime
Dr. Peggy Drexler

What would cause someone to turn his or her back on family, friends, and Western comforts to commit horrific crimes and risk their own deaths? What would be the reason we're seeing a steady stream of young people traveling to the Middle East to join jihadists, including a growing number of young women and girls?

The Onion Predicted The Rise Of The Islamic State In 2003

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In March 2003, soon after the U.S. invaded Iraq, a news outlet predicted the war would be a colossal disaster that would ultimately dest...

Court Convicts 12 In 2006 Mumbai Train Bombing Attack

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 09.11.2015 | World

MUMBAI — An Indian court on Friday convicted 12 of 13 men accused of planning blasts that ripped through Mumbai commuter trains in 2006, killing mor...

An American Family Saved Their Son From Joining ISIS, But He Might Go To Prison

The Washington Post | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

SPRING, Tex. — Asher Abid Khan sat in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and considered his next move — forward to Syria and enlistment in the Islamic S...

Obama Condemns Murder Of Japanese Man By Islamic Militants

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

RAMSTEIN, Germany, Jan 24 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama strongly condemned on Saturday the killing of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa by Is...

Italy Expels Nine Suspected Islamist Militants

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2015 | World

ROME, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Italy has expelled nine suspected Islamist militants so far this year as part of a heightened security alert throughout Eur...

UN Accuses ISIS Of Mass Executions, Abductions

Reuters | Posted 12.01.2014 | World

(Adds dropped words "this year" in 3rd paragraph) * Mass executions, abductions by IS deemed war crimes * UN rights chie...

6 Reasons ISIS Airstrikes Aren't The Next Iraq War

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 10.01.2014 | World

As the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria continues, some are worried that the operation carries echoes of the U....

The Obama Paradox

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman's extended interview with President Obama shed some light on how Obama can be well-informed, thoughtful, prudent -- yet still be seen as faltering as a foreign policy president. If you compare Obama with George W. Bush (okay -- a low bar), Obama wins, hands down. Unlike Bush, Obama inhabits the reality-based foreign policy space, with no apologies. Unlike Bush, he has no messianic zealots among his advisers. He gives the kind of well-considered responses that suggest a president who carefully engages with truly difficult policy conundrums. Yet at the end of the day, he often comes across as vacillating and indecisive -- an impression that can be fatal in his dealings with allies, adversaries, and of course electorates.

HONY Photographer Travels To Iraq, Captures Kids' Innocence Amid Turbulence

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact

One photographer's global travels recently captured a glimmer of hope within an otherwise bleak landscape in Iraq. Brandon Stanton, known for his s...

Can ISIS Really Pose A Threat To Jordan?

Wikistrat | Posted 09.27.2014 | World
Wikistrat

Some analysts have argued that Jordan may be the next target of this radical Sunni militant group. This may be the case, but it will likely have limited impact and could even present Jordan with an opportunity to strengthen its strategic position.

What Do You Know About Sistani's Fatwa?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The fatwa is not about revenge or attack but the need to defend religious freedoms, sacred places and land from those whose aim is remove peaceful Muslims' freedoms to believe in Islam as they currently do, remove their shrines and to remove them from their lands.

Iraq Remains On Edge As Insurgent Advance Slows

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2014 | World

(Adds details on U.S. aircraft carrier, paragraph 4, airstrike on Kurdish forces, paragraphs 11-13, White House comment on Obama, paragraphs 21-22) ...

Sophia Jones

Iraqis Ask Which Is Worse: Extremists Or The Government?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.25.2014 | World

ERBIL, Iraq -- A young Kurdish fighter who introduces himself only as Akram mans a checkpoint to get into this northern Iraqi city, the afternoon heat...

From Terror to Counter-Terrorism: Radicalization in Syria and the Rising Legitimacy of the Assad Regime

Mathew Markman | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Mathew Markman

U.S. concerns with the formation and subsequent actions of the Islamic Front, combined with the continued prominence of al-Qaeda linked factions in Syria, are likely to further diminish international pressure on the Assad regime, providing it with a golden opportunity to seek renewed legitimacy.

Lying Does Not Help a Cause!

Ian Williams | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics
Ian Williams

The British magazine, New Statesman , recently reminisced about its former editor Kingsley Martin's feud with Tribune's former literary editor George Orwell about the latter's attempt to tell the whole truth about the Spanish War.

International Hostage Crisis Enters 4th Day

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2013 | World

* Thirty hostages, at least seven foreign, killed - source * U.S. evacuates wounded from many countries * More than 20 f...

NYT: Weapons Sent To Libyan Rebels With U.S. Approval Fell Into Islamist Hands

The New York Times | JAMES RISEN, MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT | Posted 12.05.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials lat...

Stability Through Compromise

Paul Ruth | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Paul Ruth

Extremism can have the appearance of populism, but rarely the numbers. It can be a blinding thought process that takes advantage of the disadvantaged, and is controlled by narrow minded leaders who are resolute in their mission

U.S. Releasing High-Level Insurgents In Exchange For Peace Pledges

The Washington Post | Associated Press May 2, 2012 | Posted 05.06.2012 | World

KABUL — The United States has for several years been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negoti...

Mind Over Jihad

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

With the growing difficulty to prevent radicalization and rehabilitate militants, there is a lot more that needs to be done by parents, imams, scholars, teachers and the entire society to promote the message of mercy and compassion.

Mopping Up Abu Sayyaf

The Diplomat | Posted 12.13.2011 | World

The mopping up of Islamic militants in Southeast Asia continues. Philippine authorities have arrested Adzhar Mawalil, an Abu Sayyaf gunman linked to t...

AK-47 First Prize In Somali Radio Competition For Children

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 11.21.2011 | World

A Somali radio station with ties to a militant Islamist group awarded rifles and grenades as prizes in a Koran-reciting competition for children. ...

Inside The CIA's 'Lethal Operation' Drone Strikes

Newsweek | Tara Mckelvey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It was an ordinary-looking room located in an office building in northern Virginia. The place was filled with computer monitors, keyboards, and maps. ...