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Leader of Iran sanctions group launches nonprofit to fight terror

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 18:27

The leader of a Manhattan-based non-profit that tries to put pressure on Iran by publicly criticizing people and firms who do business there announced on Monday he is launching a new non-profit devoted to tracking terrorist financing. The announcement comes less than two weeks after an unusual move by the U.S. government to intervene in a private lawsuit against the group, United Against Nuclear Iran. ...


Bomb kills three policemen, including witness against Mursi

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 01:23

By Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - A bomb blast beside Egypt's foreign ministry killed three policemen on Sunday, including a key witness in a trial of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. The blast, the worst attack in Cairo for months, killed two police lieutenant colonels and a recruit, according to the foreign ministry. Ajnad Misr, the Islamist militant group that carried out the last significant attack in Cairo, claimed responsibility for the blast in a statement posted on their official Twitter account. ...


Bomb kills three policemen, including witness against Mursi

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 12:38

By Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - A bomb blast beside Egypt's foreign ministry killed three policemen on Sunday, including a key witness in a trial of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. The blast, the worst attack in Cairo for months, killed two police lieutenant colonels and a recruit, according to the foreign ministry. Ajnad Misr, the Islamist militant group that carried out the last significant attack in Cairo, claimed responsibility for the blast in a statement posted on their official Twitter account. ...


Turkey says no ransom paid for release of hostages held by Islamic State

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 12:22
By Seda Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday no ransom had been paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State but he declined to be drawn on whether their release freed Turkey's hand to take a more active stance against the insurgents. Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey ...

No ransom paid and no promises made but its unclear why ISIS released Turkish hostages

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 07:52
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his government will not reveal details of a covert operation that ensured the release of 49 people held hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The hostages – 46 Turks and three Iraqis – were seized in Mosul, Iraq when militants overran the city […]

Turkish president says no ransom paid for release of hostages held by ISIS

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 06:35
By Seda Sezer ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday no ransom was paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State in Iraq and that it was the result of diplomatic and political negotiation. Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity ...

Turkish president says no ransom paid for release of hostages held by IS

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 06:32
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday no ransom was paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State in Iraq and that it was the result of diplomatic and political negotiation. Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what Erdogan described as a ...

Wife of British IS hostage pleads for his release

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 18:21

London (AFP) - The wife of a British taxi driver being held hostage by Islamic State jihadists implored his captors to release him, saying Saturday she could not see how his death could assist any cause.


Turkish Hostages Freed From Isis Without Ransom Payment or Violence

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 04:46
Turkish intelligence officials have said the 49 diplomatic staff and their family members freed by the Isis were not released by a ransom payment or armed confrontation with the Islamist militants.

Islamic State Funded by Illegal Antiquities Trade

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:50

The Islamic State makes money many ways: zakat donations, oil revenue…and fencing stolen antiquities…

In extensive conversations with those working and living in areas currently under ISIS control, we learned that ISIS is indeed involved in the illicit antiquities trade, but in a way that is more complex and insidious than we expected.

 In general, ISIS permits local inhabitants to dig at these sites in exchange for a percentage of the monetary value of any finds.

The group’s rationale for this levy is the Islamic khums tax, according to which Muslims are required to pay a percentage of the value of any goods or treasure recovered from the ground. ISIS claims to be the legitimate recipient of such proceeds.

http://illicitculturalproperty.com/more-on-isis-and-the-illicit-antiquities-trade/

U.S. Congress approves arming Syrian rebels, funding government

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:21

By Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress gave final approval on Thursday to President Barack Obama's plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his military campaign to "degrade and destroy" the militant group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for one of Obama's high-profile initiatives. With the House of Representatives approving the legislation on Wednesday, the measure now goes to Obama to sign into law. Ten Senate Democrats and 12 Republicans voted no. ...


Sisi says coalition must battle Islamic State and others

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 03:29

By Jason Szep and Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that any global coalition against terrorism should battle not just Islamic State but other groups as well, the presidency said on Saturday. Egyptian security officials have said Islamic State has established contacts with Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the country's most dangerous militant group, which has killed hundreds of security forces since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last year after mass protests against him. ...


Sisi says coalition must battle Islamic State and others

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 19:06
By Jason Szep and Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that any global coalition against terrorism should battle not just Islamic State but other groups as well, the presidency said on Saturday. Egyptian security officials have said Islamic State has established contacts with Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the country's most dangerous militant group, which has killed hundreds of security forces since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last year after mass protests against him. Egypt would certainly welcome strong action against Ansar as well as Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, which it has declared a terrorist group.

Egypt says global action needed to counter Islamic State

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 09:35
By Jason Szep and Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's foreign minister said on Saturday ties existed between Islamic State, the group holding large parts of Iraq and Syria, and other militants in the region and that global action was needed to counter the threat. Sameh Shukri, speaking at a Cairo news conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, said regional militant groups shared the same ideology and must be dealt with. ...

Prominent Muslim Brotherhood figures to leave Qatar

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 05:07

By Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - Some senior figures in Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood have agreed to leave Qatar, a prominent member of the group said on Saturday, following months of pressure on the Gulf Arab state from its neighbours to stop backing the Islamist group. "To lift the embarrassment for the state of Qatar, which we found hospitable, some of the symbols of the Muslim Brotherhood who have been asked to move their residency outside the state have agreed," senior Brotherhood figure Amr Darrag said on his Facebook page. ...


Prominent Muslim Brotherhood figures to leave Qatar

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 04:52
By Shadi Bushra CAIRO (Reuters) - Some senior figures in Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood have agreed to leave Qatar, a prominent member of the group said on Saturday, following months of pressure on the Gulf Arab state from its neighbors to stop backing the Islamist group. "To lift the embarrassment for the state of Qatar, which we found hospitable, some of the symbols of the Muslim Brotherhood who have been asked to move their residency outside the state have agreed," senior Brotherhood figure Amr Darrag said on his Facebook page. Egyptian newspapers reported on Saturday that Qatar had asked seven senior members of the Brotherhood to leave the country within a week. Darrag did not say whether he would leave Qatar, whose ties with regional states were strained after it hosted prominent members of the Brotherhood.

Obama says need to 'snuff out' militant groups like Islamic State

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 17:44

By Steve Holland BALTIMORE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the goal of an international coalition he is helping to form is to "ultimately snuff out" the type of extremism demonstrated by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. It is a "sobering time," said Obama at a Democratic fund-raising event in Baltimore following his decision to authorize U.S. The threat from Islamic State has had an important silver lining, he said. It has focused the world's attention on the need to "ultimately snuff out this particular brand of Islamic extremism that really has no place in the 21st century." Obama is leading an effort to form a coalition of Western allies and Gulf Arab states to take on the extremist group, whose savage methods have included beheading two American journalists.


U.S. extends Padilla terror sentence to 21 years

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:39

Jose Padilla, a US citizen convicted of helping a homegrown Al-Qaeda cell, saw his prison sentence extended to 21 years Tuesday after his initial 17-year penalty was deemed too lenient. Padilla was the subject of a fierce tug-of-war between the administration of former president George W. Bush and civil liberties groups after he was detained without charge for nearly four years on a military brig following his arrest in 2002. He was convicted two years later of aiding a homegrown Al-Qaeda cell that supplied recruits and funding to Islamic extremists abroad, and of conspiring to murder, kidnap and maim people in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia and other countries from 1993 to 2001.


Watch live: Obama's Islamic State speech

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:23

The president unveils his strategy to 'degrade and ultimately destroy' the militant group. President Barack Obama delivers a prime-time speech on Wednesday to lay out his plan for “degrading and ultimately destroying the terrorist group” known as the Islamic State, which has left a trail of carnage as it pushed out of Syria and across Iraq. The legacy-defining address will begin at 9 p.m. and is expected to run about 15 minutes. (Tune in at 8:45 p.m. for live coverage of the speech, anchored by Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric and featuring Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff, National Political Columnist Matt Bai and Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryna.) Obama is expected to deliver a progress report of sorts on the more than 150 U.S. airstrikes against IS since early August, a campaign that has checked the group’s fearsome advance into Kurdish territory and towards Baghdad. He will also detail his efforts to rally a coalition of Western and Muslim nations behind military action against IS, as well as his proposals for shoring up Syrian rebels from factions less extreme than IS but as dedicated to strongman Bashar Assad’s ouster. The escalation puts the president elected to pull America from its painful overseas military entanglements, notably the Iraq War, in the position of plunging the United States into a new Middle East conflict that could outlast his presidency and cost untold amounts of American blood and treasure.


White House says Obama wants Congress to invest in counter-terrorism fund

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama wants Congress to inject money into a counter-terrorism fund to train and equip partners in other countries to fight extremists, an initiative that would be a core component of his plan to address Islamic State fighters, the White House said on Monday. Obama believes he currently has the authority he needs to address the threat Islamic State poses to American citizens, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. ...


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