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Islamic Militants

What Do You Know About Sistani's Fatwa?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.10.2014 | 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 06.14.2014 | 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? | 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...

UN: 300,000 In Iraq Became Refugees This Week

AP | Posted 06.13.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says Iraq's refugee population has increased by almost 800,000 this year as the government struggles against r...

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.

Report: 7 Hostages Dead After Algeria Forces Storm Gas Plant

AP | PAUL SCHEMM and KARIM KEBIR | Posted 03.21.2013 | World

ALGIERS, Algeria — In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff ...

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...

Syrian Rebels Reportedly Seize Strategic Air Base

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 03.13.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels and Islamic militants overran a major military air base in the north Friday and, buoyed by the victory, intensified their...

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. General Blasts Afghan Insider Attacks

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 09.16.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The persistent problem of rogue Afghan soldiers and police turning their guns on U.S. and allied troops is a "very serious threat" to th...

Egypt Fires Missiles On Militants In Sinai

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 10.08.2012 | World

EL-ARISH, Egypt — Egyptian security officials and residents say Egyptian military attack helicopters have fired missiles on suspected Islamic mi...

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.

Taliban To Open Office In Qatar

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ and PATRICK QUINN | Posted 03.04.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Afghan Taliban said Tuesday they have reached a preliminary deal with the Gulf state of Qatar to open a liaison office there...

U.S. Ups Extremist Fight In Pakistan

AP | By SEBASTIAN ABBOT | Posted 12.31.2011 | World

OKARA, Pakistan -- Sultan Mehmood Gujar was a solid supporter of Islamist militants fighting in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India and even donated money...

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...

Al Qaeda Remains Threat After Al-Awlaki Assassination

AP | AHMED AL-HAJ | Posted 12.01.2011 | World

SANAA, Yemen — Al-Qaida's branch remains a powerful threat in this deeply unstable nation, even after a U.S. drone strike that eliminated three ...

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. ...

Iraq Sentences 15 Alleged Al Qaeda Members To Death

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 08.16.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi court on Thursday sentenced 15 alleged al-Qaida members to death for their role in the 2006 wedding party massacre of 70 peop...

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. ...

Salman Taseer Funeral Draws Thousands Under Tight Security (PHOTOS)

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- Thousands of Pakistani police were on high alert in Lahore on Wednesday ahead of the funeral for an outspoken provincial gove...

Taliban Abusing Children As A War Tactic, Say U.S. Marines

GlobalPost | Nichole Sobecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan -- Spc. Jaime Adame carried the young girl across the airfield, her tiny, gauze-wrapped body cradled in a polyester blanket, h...

Afghanistan Peace Council Talks Lack Substance, Action

GlobalPost | Jean MacKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Suddenly, negotiations with the Taliban are all the rage. In American newspapers, on Afghan television, in high-level political ...