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Pakistan behind rise of international jihadi forces: NYT 7.2.2016 Hindu: Home
"(Pakistan’s) intelligence service has long acted as the manager of international mujahedeen forces, and there is even speculation that it may have been involved in the rise of the Islamic State".
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Syria and Iran warn Saudis against sending troops, who would 'return in wooden boxes' 7.2.2016 L.A. Times - World News

Syrian officials and their Iranian allies on Saturday warned Saudi Arabia to drop any plans to send troops in support of retreating Syrian rebels facing a potentially shattering defeat in the northern province of Aleppo.

At a news conference in Damascus, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem declared...

‘There is a kind of deep state in India’ 6.2.2016 Hindu: Op-Ed
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll on how India has changed since the 1990s and its way forward with its neighbours
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Syrian forces, aided by Russian airstrikes, move closer toward a siege on Aleppo 6.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Pro-government forces backed by Russian airstrikes consolidated their grip Friday on strategic terrain in northwestern Syria, escalating an offensive that has pushed thousands of civilians toward Turkey and raised the prospect of a siege on the long-divided city of Aleppo.

The Syrian army, backed...

Giving Peace Very Little Chance 5.2.2016 ConsortiumNews.com
Exclusive: What the next U.S. president can do to bring endless warfare to an end is one of the most important issues of Campaign 2016, but it is getting only a cursory treatment in debates as politicians seem to fear neocon wrath if they seek peace, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry After nearly 15…
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Islamic State losing recruits to casualties and desertions, says Washington 5.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Number of Isis fighters falls from about 31,000 to 25,000 as US-backed forces make advances, while Saudi Arabia offers to join ground operations

Islamic State’s contingent of fighters in Syria and Iraq has fallen from about 31,000 to 25,000 according to a US intelligence report revealed by the White House.

Officials in Washington cited battlefield casualties and desertions to explain the roughly 20% decrease and said the report showed a US-led campaign against Isis was making progress.

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Timbuktu marks rebuilding of mausoleums destroyed by Islamists 5.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Desert city in Mali formally receives keys to shrines to Muslim saints after they were rebuilt with Unesco funding following damage in 2012

Timbuktu has celebrated the recovery of its historic mausoleums, destroyed during an Islamist takeover of northern Mali in 2012 and rebuilt thanks to the UN cultural agency, Unesco.

The desert city formally received the keys to the shrines to Muslim saints at a ceremony on Thursday in the Djingareyber mosque. Five head of cattle were ritually sacrificed just after dawn before a reading of the entire Qur’an and the handing of the keys to the families in charge of the shrines’ care.

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Europe’s security Achilles heel — the sea 4.2.2016 Financial Times US
Data show ships making unexplained stops in terrorist havens before entering European ports
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Explosion on flight from Somalia was caused by bomb, sources say 3.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Blast on board Daallo Airlines plane killed one man and tore hole in plane’s fuselage

An explosion that forced an Airbus A321 to return to the Somali capital for an emergency landing this week was probably caused by a bomb, US government sources have said.

One man was killed in the blast on Tuesday on the Daallo Airlines plane. Officials north of Mogadishu said the body of a man believed to have been sucked through a hole in the fuselage made by the blast had been found in the area.

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Why Converts To Islam Are So Susceptible To Becoming Terrorists 3.2.2016 Think Progres

About 40 percent of those arrested on terrorism-related charges last year were converts to Islam.

The post Why Converts To Islam Are So Susceptible To Becoming Terrorists appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Obama to make first presidential visit to American mosque 3.2.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

President will visit Baltimore mosque amid frustration from Muslim groups he has waited until his eighth and final year in power

With less than a year left in the White House, Barack Obama is still notching up firsts. On Wednesday he will make his first presidential visit to a mosque on American soil, a moment charged with symbolism but which many Muslims wanted far sooner.

Obama is to tour the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque, where he will meet community leaders and deliver remarks defending religious freedom and celebrating the contribution of Muslim Americans. The White House has described the visit as timely given anti-Islamic rhetoric that has infected this year’s election campaign.

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Before Flint, FBI feared terrorists would poison U.S. water supplies 3.2.2016 Daily Kos
With Tuesday's announcement that the FBI will join the expanding investigation , anyone who doubted the seriousness of the poisoning of the Flint, Michigan, water supply should now recognize their error. After all, until the administration of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and his emergency manager in Flint knowingly jeopardized the health of thousands, the FBI feared al Qaeda terrorists would do the same thing. As the Detroit Free Press reported: Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, told the Free Press Monday that federal prosecutors are "working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter, including the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, EPA's Office of Inspector General, and EPA's Criminal Investigation Division." The office of U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said Jan. 5 that it was assisting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a Flint drinking water investigation, but at that time, Balaya would not say whether the ...
Three killed in suspected Islamist attack in northern Kenya 31.1.2016 Hindu: International
At least three men were killed in a village in Kenya's coastal Lamu county in the early hours on Sunday during a raid by suspected Islamist militants, police and officials said. At least five gunme...
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In pursuit of radicals, cases of wrongful arrest 31.1.2016 Asian Age: Editorial
Mumbai Gateway of India The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad says it has managed to track sympathisers down before they could venture deep into their pursuit of working for ISIS The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) said it is deradicalising 10 youth from Maharashtra who are ISIS sympathisers and were drifting towards the agendas of the terror-outfit. They, however, refused to divulge details of their location or whether they were part of the same module wherein Mudabbir Shaikh has been arrested for being the chief recruiter. The ATS managed to track them down before they could venture deep into their pursuit of working for the ISIS. “With the help of maulanas and community leaders this youth are being deradicalised. We are keeping a watch on other youth as well. We have a lab, like the Mumbai police’s social media lab, which helps them to know the pulse of the city. This also includes searching for inflammatory materials on the Internet,” said an ATS source. “We are using our ATS lab to keep a tab ...
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In pursuit of radicals, cases of wrongful arrest 31.1.2016 Asian Age: Editorial
Mumbai Gateway of India The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad says it has managed to track sympathisers down before they could venture deep into their pursuit of working for ISIS The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) said it is deradicalising 10 youth from Maharashtra who are ISIS sympathisers and were drifting towards the agendas of the terror-outfit. They, however, refused to divulge details of their location or whether they were part of the same module wherein Mudabbir Shaikh has been arrested for being the chief recruiter. The ATS managed to track them down before they could venture deep into their pursuit of working for the ISIS. “With the help of maulanas and community leaders this youth are being deradicalised. We are keeping a watch on other youth as well. We have a lab, like the Mumbai police’s social media lab, which helps them to know the pulse of the city. This also includes searching for inflammatory materials on the Internet,” said an ATS source. “We are using our ATS lab to keep a tab ...
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Hillary Clinton’s Iraq War Albatross 30.1.2016 ConsortiumNews.com
George W. Bush’s Iraq invasion may rank as the worst foreign policy disaster in U.S. history – spreading chaos across the Mideast and now into Europe, yet polls show Democrats nationwide favor nominating Hillary Clinton, who voted for the war and backed it even after Bush’s WMD claims were debunked, recalls Stephen Zunes. By Stephen…
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What drives Americans to join the jihad? The book 'United States of Jihad' explains 28.1.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Consider the case of Omar Hammami: Born in Alabama to a Syrian Muslim father and American Baptist mother, he attended Bible studies on Sundays and was in the gifted program at his high school. He then made a long intellectual and temporal journey — from Alabama to Toronto to Egypt and then Somalia...

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We need an ombudsman for extremism | Robert Verkaik 27.1.2016 Guardian: Comment is Free
Those like Mohammed Emwazi who claim their lives have been ruined by MI5 should have a legal space to air their grievances The terrorist who secured infamy as the Islamic State executioner Mohammed Emwazi – aka “Jihadi John” – bore little resemblance to the man I met in 2010. In the three months I came to know Emwazi he was polite and considerate. He insisted on paying for my coffee and sympathised when I complained about heavy workloads. Emwazi befriended me because he hoped I would tell his story. He shared with me his complaints of harassment and his paranoia about surveillance from the security services. But tellingly, he also carefully hid from me his growing interest in jihadi extremism and his hatred of the west’s foreign policies in the Middle ...
The Guardian view on the Egyptian revolution: five years on, it’s too early to say | Editorial 26.1.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
Tahrir Square anniversary shows fear is the key to Egypt’s politics It would be easy to characterise the Egyptian revolution , the fifth anniversary of which came round on Monday, as simply a story of high hopes followed by deep disappointment. Five years ago Tahrir Square was alive with demonstrators, now it is just a dismal gated roundabout with a flag post in the middle, and the men and women who were out on the streets in those joyful times are staying home. Some support President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and for most of those who do not, the price of open protest has become too high. It brings prison or ...
Hollande, Modi ask Pakistan to act on terrrorism 25.1.2016 New Kerala: World News
New Delhi, Jan 25 : Against the backdrop of the terror attacks at Pathankot airbase in Punjab on January 2 and in Mumbai in 2008, which claimed the lives of two French natinals, India and France on Monday called upon Pakistan to bring to book their perpetrators.
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