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Russian Ambassador to Turkey Killed by Gunman

“We die in Aleppo, you die here,” the shooter of Ambassador Andrei Karlov reportedly said.

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE


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‘Chaos & Caliphate’: Sanctions, Revolutions and Sectarian War

Excerpts from a new book chronicling a quarter-century of struggle in the Greater Middle East introduce us to a man who risks life and limb defusing land mines for a pittance, and to an idea about the best hope to stop the civil war in Syria.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



French Authorities Announce Plans to Set Up Deradicalization Centers

The French government on Monday said it would set up a dozen such facilities across the country for the purpose of identifying, housing and reforming would-be terrorists.

Posted on May 9, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic Extremism Is a Product of Western Imperialism

Islamic extremism was virtually unknown 50 years ago, and suicide bombings were inconceivable. So, what happened?

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



Moammar Gadhafi Warned U.K.’s Tony Blair That Ousting Him Would Open the Door to Jihadis

Transcripts of two fraught telephone conversations between the men in 2011 show Gadhafi warning that his removal from power would enable jihadi groups to seize control of Libya and use it as a staging ground to attack Europe.

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American War Crimes: Candidates Compete to Promise the Most Torture and Slaughter

There’s nothing like the heady combination of a “populist” Republican race for the presidency and a national hysteria over terrorism to make Americans want to reach for those “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



The Third Democratic Debate: The Gloves Come Off

Two issues dominated the opening of the third and last Democratic presidential debate of 2015: the Bernie Sanders-Hillary Clinton data breach controversy, and foreign policy—namely how to deal with Islamic State. (Updated)

Posted on Dec 19, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: No Evidence That San Bernardino Shooters Posted Commitment to Jihad on Social Media

The FBI has confirmed that San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik did not post jihadist messages on Facebook either before or after Malik came to the United States.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 READ MORE


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Paris at Midnight: Attempt to Push France Out of Anti-Islamic State Coalition in Syria?

It’s likely that the perpetrators have stiffened the resolve of the French government to intervene even more robustly against Islamic State. In 2013, France sent in an expeditionary force to Mali and stabilized that country. France also intervened in Ivory Coast. Will it send in an expeditionary force, say a brigade of 3,000 men, to eastern Syria?

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Says Paris Attacks Were Retaliation for French Airstrikes in Syria

The militant jihadi group has claimed responsibility for the deaths of at least 127 people across Paris, citing France’s armed campaign against it in Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: How Islamic State Made Its Billions

This fascinating and informative video from Channel 4 News in the United Kingdom explains how Islamic State is using cash from oil, extortion, taxation and robbery to pay for jihad.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Jihadist Attacks Take Place on Three Continents

Friday’s bloodshed in France, Tunisia and Kuwait comes amid growing fears of jihadist influence.

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Our Jihadis and Theirs

National security officials and politicians have been pounding home the message that the “greatest threat” to Americans is a jihadist movement thousands of miles away. With that in mind, let’s take a quick survey of national insecurity in a country armed to the teeth.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE



Did British Security Services Drive ‘Jihadi John’ to Join Islamic State?

Documented evidence suggests the United Kingdom’s MI5 drove a young Muslim man to the brink of madness.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE



Two Killed in Belgian Raids Reportedly Were Part of Plot to Massacre Police

A major scheme to kill police officers was foiled in the nick of time, prosecutors said, after counterterrorism raids led to the arrest of 15 suspects in Belgium and France.

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ISIS in Washington

Two Saturdays ago, a friend of a friend mentioned that “given ISIS, maybe neither” New York City nor Washington, D.C. “is such a great place to be right now.” Moments after she left, I had the urge to bolt down the stairs, catch up to her, and say: “Whatever you do, don’t step off the curb. That’s where danger lies in American life. ISIS, not so much.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



James Foley’s Family Says It Was Intimidated by U.S. Government

Members of the family of the U.S. journalist killed by the Islamic State last month have told various media outlets that the Obama administration “threatened” them with criminal charges of aiding terrorists if they tried to pay a ransom for him.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 READ MORE


President Obama Remembers 9/11: ‘As Americans We Do Not Give In to Fear, Ever’

President Obama marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the grounds of one of the hijackers’ targets, the Pentagon, commemorating the occasion with rhetorical flourishes that invited Americans to see themselves as fearless and ever on the up-and-up.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Gaza War Inspires a Third of Israelis to Consider Leaving the Country

For a variety of reasons, the recent war in the Palestinian territory has persuaded an increasing number of Israelis to give serious thought to emigration, according to one poll; in Gambia, the National Assembly passed a law to imprison people for life for “homosexual acts”; meanwhile, it’s important that the left condemn jihad as vehemently as it does Israeli occupation. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Previews U.S. Response to ISIS: ‘We’re Going to Defeat Them’

On Sunday, as the U.S. military announced that it had initiated airstrikes targeting ISIS in western Iraq, President Obama made an appearance on “Meet the Press” to give a sense of what he’ll have to say on Wednesday when he formally outlines America’s strategy for targeting the militant Islamist group.

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 READ MORE



‘I’m the Jihadi Who Never Was’

As ISIS continues to draw zealous young recruits from the West to the fronts in Syria and Iraq, Michael Muhammad Knight, whom The Guardian has described as “the Hunter S. Thompson of Islamic literature,” tells of how his American upbringing almost made him into a warrior for jihad.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: James Foley

The slain photojournalist was “drawn to the human rights side” of war reporting and spoke admiringly of the humanism of his colleagues and some of his early captors.

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE



One in 4 Europeans Fighting With ISIS Are British

Reports that an estimated 2,000 Europeans have joined jihadists fighting for territory in Syria and Iraq are a reminder that feelings of loyalty are not givens and can be diverted away from one’s place of origin.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed: The Underrated Saudi Connection

By continuing contradictory policies in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. has ensured that ISIS can reinforce its fighters in those countries and vice versa. So far, Washington has been successful in escaping blame for the rise of ISIS by putting all the blame on the Iraqi government. In fact, it has created a situation in which ISIS can survive and may well flourish.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Tarek Mehanna and the Isolation of American Muslims

In an eerie report on the treatment of Muslims imprisoned for alleged involvement in “terror-like activity,” the news agency Inter Press Service tells the story of Tarek Mehanna, a Pittsburgh-born Muslim currently serving a lengthy jail sentence.

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 READ MORE



Al-Qaida After 9/11: ‘The Most Powerful Military Force in an Area the Size of Britain’

In a report that seemed to escape everyone’s notice, Independent writer Patrick Cockburn describes the “spectacular resurgence of al-Qa’ida and its offshoots… despite the huge expansion of American and British intelligence services and their budgets after 9/11.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



Hijacking the American Plane of State

Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “mystery” on the news that has no greater meaning and yet sweeps all else away?

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Islamic State of Iraq and Levant Too Extreme for Al-Qaida (Not the Onion)

Ayman al-Zawahiri, now the leader of international terrorist organization al-Qaida, has disavowed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE



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The Manifesto and New Morality of the 9/11 Mastermind

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the mastermind of 9/11, has released a new manifesto and allegedly come into a new way of thinking and believing.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE


Syria’s Jihadi Migration Emerges as Top Terror Threat in Europe, Beyond

Rachid Wahbi came to Syria from a Spanish slum, rushing toward death. And he didn’t plan to die alone. Wahbi killed 130 people in that suicide bombing on the al-Nairab military base in northern Syria on June 1 of last year, according to Spanish authorities. And the numbers get grimmer.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Bizarre, Apparently Jihadist Slaying in London (Video)

Officials are calling a fatal knife attack Wednesday on an unidentified man in southeast London an act of terrorism. Footage surfaced of one of the alleged assailants with blood-stained hands holding a meat cleaver and a knife and telling viewers to “remove” their government.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Activist Arrested for Defacing Anti-Muslim Poster (Video)

Mona Eltahawy, a prominent Egyptian-American activist and writer whose arms were broken in Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring, was arrested at a Times Square subway station after spraying paint over a controversial poster that has drawn broad condemnation for equating Muslims with “savages.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Ken Mehlman’s Scrambled Politics

So, the word got around this week that President Bush’s 2004 campaign manager and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman has come out of the closet. “It’s something I wish I had done years ago,” he said.

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 READ MORE


5 Americans Indicted on Terrorism Charges in Pakistan

Five young Muslim American men who went missing from Virginia in November and were arrested the following month in Pakistan were indicted on terrorism charges Wednesday. The accused claim they were tortured in custody and deny that they were trying to align themselves with al-Qaida-affiliated groups, according to the BBC.

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE



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Gadhafi’s Personal Holy War

Moammar Gadhafi has had it up to here with Switzerland. First they arrest his son on charges of beating up two servants at a luxury hotel. Then they pass a pretty horrible law banning mosque’s minarets. Now, Gadhafi has called for a holy war against the country, a move which has received almost universal denouncement.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Consider the Source

Now a lot of folk will go along with the line that the Holy Father is so stupid—so utterly out of touch with Planet Earth—that he has no idea how disastrously his actions are received. Hmmm. Well, I wonder.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Al-Qaida’s No. 2 Blasts Iran

Just before the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, al-Qaida has released a lengthy videotape featuring the group’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, providing updates about how the holy war is faring around the globe and laying into Iran for “cooperating with the Americans” and with the American-approved governments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Bush’s Holy War

In this thought-provoking opinion piece from the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, writer Correlli Barnett points out how, in waging his own brand of holy war, Bush (and, by extension, former British PM Tony Blair) failed to comprehend crucial lessons about war that historical examples have repeatedly borne out. 

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 READ MORE


CNN’s Iraq Reporter Warns of White House Spin

Could the Bush administration be invoking the ominous specter of al-Qaida—and suggesting the extremist group is gathering strength and preparing to strike—for political reasons?  CNN’s Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware says Americans should watch out for rhetorical sleight of hand from the White House concerning the current threat level and the newly unveiled National Intelligence Estimate.

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: A War on Intelligence

All 16 U.S. intelligence services have concluded that Bush’s war in Iraq “has become the ‘cause celebre’ for jihadists” worldwide, but that won’t deter a president who puts no stock in intelligence.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


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