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Pope slams ‘intolerable brutality’ in Iraq, Syria

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:25
Pope Francis on Sunday denounced the “intolerable brutality” being inflicted on Christians and other minorities by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group militants.

Israel says it foiled Gaza smuggling ring helping Hamas

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 04:39

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it has foiled a ring that smuggled iron, electronic equipment and other prohibited materials to Hamas to rebuild its infrastructure following last year's war.

Israel's internal security agency says Hamas paid the Israeli companies at least $375,000 to store and deliver the goods, which entered through the Kerem Shalom cargo crossing and were listed as destined for straw companies.

Israel has charged nine people in the ring, among them three Israelis who own companies that sell the materials, with assisting an enemy in wartime, terror financing and fraud.

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IS frees 19 Syrian Christians as ransom paid: activists

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 19:23
Beirut (AFP) -- Islamic State group jihadists on Sunday freed 19 of the 220 Assyrian Christians they took hostage in Syria last week, after a ransom was paid for their release, activists said.

ISIS frees 19 Syrian Christians as ransom paid — activists

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 19:17
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists on Sunday freed 19 of the 220 Assyrian Christians they took hostage in Syria last week, after a ransom was paid for their release, activists said.   "Nineteen Assyrian hostages arrived on Sunday at the Church of Our Lady in Hasakeh after they were released by IS," said Osama Edward, the director of the Assyrian Network for Human ...

'Jihadi John' part of network linked to failed London bombers - court papers

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 13:56

By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi, identified as 'Jihadi John', was a member of a network in contact with one of the men convicted of trying to bomb the British capital's underground railway in 2005, according to the government. U.S. security sources last week identified the man, who appeared clad in black and brandishing a knife, as Mohammed Emwazi. The British government's view is set out in court papers, reviewed by Reuters and publicly available on the Internet, which refer to 2011 and 2013 British legal hearings concerning two of Emwazi's London associates, known only as Iranian-born "CE" and Ethiopian-born "J1." The court papers reported in the Observer and Sunday Telegraph newspapers, offer a fleeting glimpse of Emwazi's life in London before he left for Syria. One of the same network's members, "J1", spoke on the phone with Hussain Osman, one of the men convicted in connection with an unsuccessful attempt to blow up the London underground in 2005, on the day of the failed attack itself, the papers show.


Ransom demand drops for American missionary; gangs, not Boko Haram suspected

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 14:47
Nigerian kidnappers holding an American missionary reportedly slashed their ransom demand in half Thursday, in yet another sign that they are most likely a small time criminal gang and not the feared Islamist group Boko Haram.

Who are the Assyrian Christians under attack from Islamic State?

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 16:27
For Assyrian Christians in present-day Syria and Iraq, religious persecution has been a constant for much of their modern history. The world was reminded of that stark reality Tuesday morning, when Islamic State militants reportedly captured dozens of Assyrians – estimates range from 70 to 150 – living in villages along the Khabur River in northeastern Syria. So who are the Assyrians ...

U.S. charges three with conspiring to support Islamic State

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:46
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to support Islamic State, including two who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group, U.S. authorities said. One of the men, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan was arrested early on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, where authorities said he was attempting to board a flight to Turkey on his way to Syria. Another defendant, Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, of Uzbekistan, had previously purchased a ticket for a March flight to Istanbul, said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn. Abror Habibov, 30, of Uzbekistan, was accused of helping to fund Saidakhmetov's efforts, prosecutors said.

Islamic State territory: Easy to slip in, harder to get out

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:02
Islamic State checkpoints have sprouted like mushrooms in its Syrian strongholds over the past month, residents say, as the militants clamp down on fighters’ movements in a bid to halt a wave of defections. "There are long lines at checkpoints.

Fears grow for Christians held by IS

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:10
There is growing concern over the fate of dozens of Christians abducted by Islamic State militants, amid continuing fighting in north-east Syria.

IS jihadists kidnap 90 Christians in Syria

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 07:16
AMMAN: Jihadists from the Islamic State group have kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians in northeast Syria, a monitor said on Wednesday. The abductions took place on Tuesday after IS seized two Assyrian villages from Kurdish forces in the province of Hassakeh, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Britain-based monitor had no details on the missing Assyrians, who were ...

IS jihadists kidnap 90 Christians in Syria: Monitor

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:55
BEIRUT - Jihadists from the Islamic State group have kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians in northeast Syria, a monitor said on Wednesday. The abductions took place on Tuesday after IS seized two Assyrian villages from Kurdish forces in the province of Hassakeh, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Britain-based monitor had no details on the missing Assyrians, who were ...

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Tue, 02/24/2015 - 06:55
BEIRUT: Jihadists from the Islamic State group have kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians in northeast Syria, a monitor said on Wednesday.

IS 'abducts 90 Syrian Christians'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 04:10
Islamic State (IS) militants have abducted dozens of Assyrian Christians from several villages in north-eastern Syria, activists say.

ISIS jihadists kidnap 90 Christians in Syria – monitor

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 03:50
BEIRUT, Lebanon (UPDATED) – Jihadists from the Islamic State (ISIS) group have kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians in northeast Syria, a monitor said on Tuesday, February 24. The abductions took place on Tuesday after ISIS seized two Assyrian villages from Kurdish forces in the province of Hassakeh, according ...

IS jihadists kidnap 90 Christians in Syria: monitor

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 03:28
Jihadists from the Islamic State group have kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians in northeast Syria, a monitor said on Wednesday. The abductions took place on Tuesday after IS seized two Assyrian villages from Kurdish forces in the province of Hassakeh, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Britain-based monitor had no details on the missing Assyrians, who were taken ...

IS jihadists kidnap 90 Christians in Syria: monitor

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 02:41
Beirut (AFP) - Jihadists from the Islamic State group have kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians in northeast Syria, a monitor said on Wednesday.

IS abducts at least 90 Christians in Syria

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 02:40
Islamic State militants have kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians in northeast Syria, a monitor has said.

Homeland Security chief: Budget stall muddies response to IS

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 12:09

WASHINGTON (AP) — The possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security threatens the Obama administration's efforts to counter the extremist appeal of the Islamic State group within the U.S. and to respond with emergency aid to communities struggling with winter snowstorms, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned on Sunday.


Islamic State Stealing From the UN and Giving to the Poor in Syria

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 04:01
The Islamic State has been distributing stolen UN Humanitarian Aid to the poor in Syria, as negotiating the provision of food with the militants has proven all but impossible for charitable organizations.

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