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Why I Left America to Train in Jihad Under an Islamic Caliphate

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 08.20.2015 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

I am an American. I have a full-time job in one of Greater Boston's renowned institutions as a medical professional. Yet, I just travelled out of the United States a few days ago to renew my pledge of allegiance to the caliphate.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

Waging Jihad Against Extremists

Mohamed Elmenshawy | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Mohamed Elmenshawy

The word "Jihadists" does nothing to alienate thousands of would-be extremists seeking to join terrorist organizations; instead, it grants these groups legitimacy and prestige, and enhances these networks' ability to recruit angry and disaffected youths.

Follies of Denial: Women and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Women are the most vulnerable targets of the Islamic State (IS), which has enslaved and brutalized women who don't meet their jihadi standards, and even introduced female police squads to monitor and persecute their own sex.

Western Women Who Join Extremists In Syria Find It's A One Way Trip

AP | LORI HINNANT | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

PARIS (AP) — When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the sec...

Australia Wants To Make Fighting For ISIS Reason To Lose Citizenship

AP | ROD McGUIRK | Posted 05.21.2015 | World

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia plans to strip citizenship from Australian-born children of immigrants who become Islamic State fighters in its...

7 Women Convicted For Supporting ISIS

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2015 | World

BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) - A Belgian court on Monday handed out prison sentences to seven women for supporting Islamic State and radicalizing young ...

Jihad Without Borders: There Are No Foreign Fighters

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

If we are to succeed in countering jihadist terrorists, we must rethink the battlefield and understand there are no foreign fighters, just combatants bent on a philosophical mission, regardless of territory.

ISIS Claims To Release Audio Message From Leader

AP | Posted 05.14.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Thursday released an audio message purportedly from its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has not been seen...

Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State

James Dorsey | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
James Dorsey

It's almost a year since a US-led coalition launched air strikes and increased support of Iraqi and Kurdish military forces in a bid to degrade and destroy the self-styled Islamic State; yet the jihadist group that has conquered a swath of Syria and Iraq has demonstrated resilience despite suffering significant losses.

Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Parvez Ahmed

ISIS uses social media and the internet to attract disenfranchised youth searching for meaning. Their assertion that they are giving believers a chance to earn Jannah is tantalizing to some. Mere condemnation of the ISIS ideology is not enough.

Political Violence: Retiring the Word Terrorism

James Dorsey | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Founders of many modern states, including stalwarts of anti-terrorism like Israel and allies in the war on terror like the Kurds, achieved goals with political violence that killed innocent people and would be classified today as terrorism.

Let Not Jihadi John Distract Us From the Real Evil

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Jihadi John is the new international Bogey-Man. He gets plenty of media coverage these days, and has become a lightning rod of moral outrage in the West. But the media narrative around this new Evil Incarnate comes with a huge price tag: it obscures much more significant realities.

America Immobilized as Iran-Saudi Arabia Proxy War Turns Bloody

Alastair Crooke | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Amidst all this flexing of muscles, America is effectively disempowered by its stand-off policy, but also from its political investment in the war on ISIS, with its many contradictions and tensions.

Pakistan's Promises Will Remain Unfulfilled

Aparna Pande | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Aparna Pande

Pakistan remains unwilling to change the substance of its policy on terrorism even as it tries to reassure the international community that it is ready for a drastic transformation.

Russian-Speaking Jihadists

Inna Naroditskaya | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Inna Naroditskaya

While there are tensions between Russia and the U.S., there still must be coordinated communication among data analysts, media producers, psychologists and secret services in these countries, and others, to exchange, share, and collaborate their efforts to stop ISIL.

Another Kind of Muslim Brotherhood

Kenan Trebincevic | Posted 05.03.2015 | New York
Kenan Trebincevic

As a 34-year-old Muslim man with an older brother I look up to, I hated how much we had in common with 34-year-old Said Kouachi and his brother Cherif, the terrorists who murdered 12 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Fighting the Master Cult of Jihad

Ben Barber | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Ben Barber

The latest reports from Europe about ordinary, normal young men suddenly shifting to become jihadis -- throat cutters, suicide bombers, assassins of children and women -- reminds me of the way cultish holy men formed their slavish followings in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

Fifty Shades of Jihad

Roger S. Gottlieb | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Roger S. Gottlieb

Shades of Grey is a Hollywood movie. ISIS is a serious threat to our way of life. So isn't it the height of intellectual irresponsibility to mention them in the same breath -- let along the same blog?

After Copenhagen, What Next for Europe?

David Harris | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
David Harris

Even so, I desperately want to believe that Europe, with all its dazzling achievements since the end of World War II, can still strengthen its resolve, stiffen its spine, and fully understand the stakes involved, however late in the day it is. Here is what I wish would happen now.

Spin Is a Hell of a Thing

Nida Khan | Posted 04.08.2015 | Media
Nida Khan

As much as both pundits on the right and left would like us to believe that this is a conflict of 'radical Islam' vs. the rest of us, it's much more complex and nuanced than that childish line of reasoning.

White House Reveals New Strategy Against ISIS: Hope The Avengers Show Up

Spencer Green | Posted 04.08.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"We understand they have other things to do and are difficult to assemble but if Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk or any of them are listening, we can really use some help," said Armond Hullicoat, spokesperson for the Department of Graveyard Whistling.

Our Fight Against ISIS

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Chaker Khazaal

The solution to end this insane violence is not to circulate gruesome imagery of beheadings and violence. We must return to the human element that all these brave journalists so passionately tried to shed light on.

UK Search for Jihadi John Spotlights Recruitment Role of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 03.27.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The United Kingdom's search for Jihadi John, the masked, British-accented fighter who appears in videos and beheading of foreigners condemned to death by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, has highlighted the significance for militants of soccer as a recruitment and bonding tool.

Timbuktu

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

As Islamic fundamentalists encroach on the basic liberties of people in Africa and the Arab world, we hear about it, but it's hard to put it into context and understand the magnitude of the situation. Leave it to veteran, Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako to boil a complicated social phenomena down to a simple allegorical tale.