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Iraq expels Islamic State families from local communities
TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities are expelling the families of suspected Islamic State members from their homes as the jihadist group loses ground, raising fears of communal violence if people seek to settle old scores.
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Mosul battle plans ready, could be concluded by year-end - Kurdish leader
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Military plans to retake Mosul from Islamic State are ready and the northern Iraqi city might be recaptured before the end of the year, the president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Friday.
53 points by Reuters | Iraq Islam Reuters Thomson Reuters Iraqi Army Iraq War Iraqi Kurdistan News agency
On battling militant Islam, neither Trump nor Clinton has a clue: Kevin O'Brien
Everything about Islam's war on the West has evolved over the last 15 years, including our leaders' response. It's more timid. Veterans look on as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during NBC's "Commander in Chief Forum" Wednesday in New York.Evan Vucci/Associated Press  Militant Islam has been at war with the United States for more than three decades. We noticed 15 years ago Sunday. About half of us decided almost immediately not to take it seriously as a national security issue, but recognized it as a great domestic political issue. The other half tried to take it seriously, but didn't quite know how. The "compassionate conservative" who was going to turn Big Government to a new course that would truly benefit Americans got stuck being a wartime president instead. We needed to make sure terrorists couldn't crash airliners into tall buildings anymore. We needed to make sure our intelligence agencies understood that defeating our enemies in a real war mattered more than defeating one another in turf wars. And we needed to make clear to other nations that harboring terrorists would bring serious consequences. To an extent, we did those things, though we -- all too predictably --gave up on that last one. Too hard. Too expensive. Defending the nation had to be done circumspectly. Defeating our enemies was a delicate process. We chose very early in the game to downplay our enemies' religious motivation. We fought battles over theology with at least as much tenacity as we fought about U.S. policy, military strategy or national defense. In every war, armchair generals use fabulous powers of hindsight to say what the real commanders should have done. In this war, the current U.S. commander in chief -- the guy who bosses the real generals -- prefers the role of armchair professor of comparative religions, lecturing endlessly on who is or is not a genuine Muslim. The president has also taken to reminding us that Americans are more likely to die from slipping in their bathtubs than from terrorism. The next time a terrorist hollers "Allahu akbar!" and starts blazing away in a gun-free zone, I want to think someone's last thoughts will be, "Whoa! How far out of touch with the tenets of true Islam is this guy? And thank goodness I'm not standing in a bathtub right now." For a while, al-Qaida made Americans nervous about flying commercial or hanging around iconic U.S. locations. Now, "lone wolves" inspired by al-Qaida's successor in big-name terrorism, the Islamic State, make us queasy about leaving our houses. Even more than we were 15 years ago, we're living on the front line of this war. Our enemies have figured out that they don't have to finance and plan grandiose attacks when any radicalized dope can drive to the bar or his own office and find Americans in large groups who are squeamish about protecting themselves with guns. Meanwhile, cynical politicians use terrorist attacks to advocate more limits on law-abiding Americans' possession of guns. It doesn't get much more unserious than that. Nor is it likely to get any better during the next four years, no matter who wins November's presidential election. At NBC's "Commander in Chief Forum" Wednesday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump inspired no confidence that either is capable of a serious effort toward radical Islam's defeat. Clinton: "We have to defeat ISIS. That is my highest counterterrorism goal. And we've got to do it with air power. We've got to do it with much more support for the Arabs and the Kurds who will fight on the ground against ISIS. We have to squeeze them by continuing to support the Iraqi military. ... We are not putting ground troops into Iraq ever again. And we're not putting ground troops into Syria. We're going to defeat ISIS without committing American ground troops." If defeating ISIS is her highest counterterrorism goal, she's not paying attention. ISIS is getting the current headlines, but it's based on the same principles as the Taliban in Afghanistan, Boko Haram in Africa, Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines, the Chechens in and near Russia, a number of Islamic militias in Indonesia, al-Qaida and its several offshoots, etc. A coherent counterterrorism strategy would accept the religious, worldwide nature of the enemy and the ideological nature of the war against Western civilization, and use the knowledge to the United States' advantage, rather than minimizing the conflict or pretending it's about something else. And if Clinton won't use U.S. ground troops to achieve her "highest counterterrorism goal," what would she use them for? Donald Trump: "I've always said, shouldn't be there, but if we're going to get out, take the oil. If we would have taken the oil, you wouldn't have ISIS, because ISIS formed with the power and the wealth of that oil. ... I would be very, very cautious. I think I'd be a lot slower. She has a happy trigger. You look, she votes for the wars, she goes in Libya." Cautious. Slow. Completely out of touch with the ideological underpinnings and the financing of terrorist organizations. She would act by proxy. He might not act at all. Oh, well. A serious prosecution of the war against radical Islam has waited this long. Now we'll see what difference four more years makes. O'Brien is The Plain Dealer's deputy editorial page editor.
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From burkinis to the Koran: Why Islam isn't like other faiths
My parents, brother and I were on vacation in Florida, and we were talking about Donald Trump. The idea of leaving America if a scary Republican wins has always been a joke among high-minded liberals who can just fly off and find a job in Toronto or Geneva. But for my family, the joke had taken...
2519 points by Los Angeles Times | Islam Qur'an Muhammad Muslim Religion God Prophets of Islam Allah
The week in pictures: From Hajj 2016 to Hillary Clinton
From the start of Hajj to the US presidential elections, here is the week's news in pictures.
3962 points by Al Jazeera English | Muhammad Hajj Medina Mecca Qur'an Arabian Peninsula Prophets of Islam Islam
NATO chief says welcomes Turkey's efforts against IS: NTV
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday he welcomed Turkey's efforts against Islamic State and that Ankara had a right to defend itself.
102 points by | Turkey Arabic language Islam Syria Iraq Turkish language Israel Ottoman Empire
Russia bolsters military force in Crimea: Ifax
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has formed a "self-sufficient military group" in Crimea capable of repelling attempts to seize the peninsula, Interfax news agency quoted the Defence Ministry as saying on Friday.
16 points by Reuters | Reuters Thomson Reuters News agency Caliphate United Nations Islam Investment Mutual fund
The Marines wouldn't take him. So Levi Shirley went to war on his own
Levi Shirley wanted nothing more than to be a Marine. In high school, he taught an informal class on Marine Corps history at the recruiting office a few miles from his house and worked out with the men posted there. His mother, Susan, was less excited. Her ex-husband did three combat tours in Vietnam...
2127 points by Los Angeles Times | Kurdish people Syria Kurdish language Iraq Islam Son United States Marine Corps Anxiety
My Hajj Reading List: Preparing for Mecca
Our correspondent shares her reading list before embarking on the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
89 points by The New York Times | Mecca Medina Muhammad Hajj Islam Masjid al-Haram Arabian Peninsula Ernest Hemingway
Turkish coup, Muslim democracy and Western bad faith
Western democracies seeking to dominate the region have been the greatest impediment to accountability in Muslim world.
2832 points by Al Jazeera English | Islam Western world Democracy Jean-Paul Sartre Barack Obama George W. Bush Turkey Muslim world
‘He ran to ambulance, it exploded’: RT exposes ISIS’ evil tactics in Libya (EXCLUSIVE)
Islamic State’s brainwashing machine has been in full swing in Sirte, turning people into unscrupulous suicide bombers and targeting civilian infrastructure such as hospitals with armored car bombs, RT’s William Whiteman reports from the city. Read Full Article at
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The politics of Hajj
Hajj -- an annual pilgrimage of people, united in spite of sectarian beliefs, regional divisions and rivalries. But this year that chorus will be diminished, writes Nima Elbagir.
168 points by CNN | Mecca Ali Khamenei Iran Saudi Arabia Islam Iraq Ruhollah Khomeini Sharia
One of Asia's best photography fairs opens
The third annual PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai exhibition -- one of Asia's largest photography showcases -- opens today in Shanghai, China.
83 points by CNN | Middle East Asia United States World War II United Arab Emirates Jordan Islam New York City
French President Holland: Islam must live within the law
Shawn PricePARIS, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- French President Hollande challenged Muslims in his country to create "an Islam of France" that lives within French laws.
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UK's 'most hated man' jailed for ISIS support
Notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary, who led a flag-burning demonstration outside the US embassy on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and voiced support for jihad, has been jailed for inviting support for ISIS.
5365 points by CNN | Muhammad Qur'an Islam Jihad Al-Qaeda Caliphate Terrorism Islamism
New elephant study shows catastrophic decline in Africa
An ambitious project to count all of Africa's elephants from the air has revealed a catastrophic decline. CNN's David McKenzie has the exclusive report.
1092 points by CNN | World Islam Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Donald Trump Sudan Asia North Africa Middle East
Trump vows to push for school choice nationwide
Donald Trump rolled out a detailed education policy in a speech Thursday in Cleveland — coming out strongly in favor of school choice and pledging to campaign for it in all 50 states if he becomes president. The mogul proposed spending $20 billion on school choice — and ensuring kids who need that option the...
146 points by New York Post | Hillary Rodham Clinton United States Education Donald Trump Islam President of the United States Islamic terrorism Barack Obama
What Muslims Do on Hajj, and Why
Our correspondent, who is in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage, explains why Muslims, dressed in white, throw stones, kiss a large black rock and have a goat sacrificed.
2583 points by The New York Times | Hajj Muhammad Mecca Islam Abraham Kaaba Prophets of Islam Medina
Kerry to meet Lavrov about Syria in Geneva on Friday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Friday in an effort to move toward a political agreement to end the Syrian civil war, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.
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ISIS upping efforts to smuggle terrorists into Britain - reports
Islamic State is increasing its efforts to smuggle terrorists into Britain to launch attacks on civilians, according to new intelligence gathered following last year’s Paris massacre. Read Full Article at
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Russia says Lavrov, Kerry to meet in Geneva early on September 9
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva on Friday morning, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.
-1 points by Reuters | Reuters Staffan de Mistura Thomson Reuters News agency Caliphate Islam United States Investment
IFC injects $175 million into Bangladesh power major Summit Group’s generation projects
A member of the World Bank Group, the IFC says it has invested $175.5 million to finance Summit Group's future power-generation  projects in Bangladesh.
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Mosul Offensive to Begin in Coming Weeks, General Says
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the new commander of the U.S.-led military coalition against Islamic State, says fight to retake the jihadist-held city will be long and difficult.
1170 points by The Wall Street Journal | Islam Iraq Fertile Crescent Egypt Israel Arabic language Ottoman Empire Turkey
As hajj nears, Saudi Arabia aims to avoid another disaster
Saudi officials prepped for the pilgrimage to Mecca with steps aimed at avoiding another disaster.       
27 points by USA Today | Hajj Islam Mecca Muhammad Ali Khamenei Iraq Iran Saudi Arabia
Hearts & minds: Google-run project to tackle ISIS propaganda, target US far right
A pilot project launched by Google’s startup incubator and a British IT company will target potential Islamic State recruits – and also the American far right – with new software that pairs violence-related search entries with anti-extremism ads. Read Full Article at
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Away from the Front Lines, Another Islamic State Battleground Grows
Near Syria’s borders with Jordan and Israel, the jihadist group attracts a following, many of them former fighters of a Western-backed rebel group, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.
348 points by The Wall Street Journal | Golan Heights Israel Islam Syria Druze Political spectrum Mount Hermon Yom Kippur War
French president calls for an 'Islam of France'
French President Francois Hollande called for the creation of "an Islam of France" and the removal of foreign-trained extremist imams in a key speech Thursday on the challenges radical Islam poses to democracy.
1039 points by CNN | Islam France Jihad Islamic terrorism Central Intelligence Agency Terrorism Islamic fundamentalism Egypt
UK: Anjem Choudary jailed for encouraging ISIL support
Preacher Anjem Choudary has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in Britain for inviting support for armed group.
3064 points by Al Jazeera English | Islam Caliphate Hizb ut-Tahrir Iraq New Zealand Anjem Choudary Caliph Muhammad
World briefs: U.S. not involved in coup conspiracy, Turkey says
ANKARA, Turkey — Despite dark conspiracy theories in Turkey linking the U.S. government to the military coup attempt July 15, Turkish leaders see no signs of American complicity with the plotters, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Tuesday.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdo?an Abdullah Gül Iran Islam London London City Airport Syria
RAB arrests 'Neo-JMB' couples from Dhaka and Narayanganj
Rapid Action Battalion has arrested two couples, suspected to be members of Neo-JMB, during raids at Dhaka and Narayanganj.
233 points by | Muhammad Islam Force Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh RAID
PM Hasina inaugurates 'Rice at Tk 10 per kg' project for poor families
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated a programme to sell rice at Tk 10 per kilogram to five million poor families across Bangladesh.
280 points by | Prime minister Westminster system Cabinet Government ministers President Bangladesh Islam Poverty
My Turn: Give all people a reason to say, ‘Viva America’
I recently addressed 300 Muslim judges and prosecutors graduating from the Algerian Magistrate School. The minister of justice, with whom I worked at a Rule of Law program in 2001, invited me back to Algiers to talk with the new judges about judicial independence. In Algeria, as in all democracies,...
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U.K. Preacher Sentenced to Over Five Years in Prison
Anjem Choudary, an Islamist cleric blamed for radicalizing young Muslims, was sentenced to 5½ years in prison by a British judge following his conviction for supporting terrorism.
141 points by The Wall Street Journal | Islam Anjem Choudary Muhammad Caliphate Qur'an Muslim United Kingdom Common law
Donald Trump doesn't have much of an opinion on this new-fangled 'cyber' thing
And he doesn't offer much detail on how cyberwarfare can be deployed against the Islamic State.
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Far-right mayor claims real French people are ‘European, white, Catholic’
A far-right mayor in France has made headlines for his anti-Muslim rhetoric once again, saying that being French means being “European, white, and Catholic.” Now, an anti-racism organization has announced it is taking legal action against the politician. Read Full Article at
5968 points by Russia Today | Charles de Gaulle Islam France Muhammad Racism French language Muslim Romance languages
Pakistan: Women trained in motorcycling for mobility
Provincial project aims to boost female empowerment and independence by training women to ride and defy taboo.
4297 points by Al Jazeera English | Pakistan Punjabi language Punjab Islam Want Family Punjab region Female
RT visits sites of ISIS executions in area freshly liberated by pro-govt Libyan fighters (EXCLUSIVE)
Reporting from the front line, RT’s William Whiteman tracked signs left by Islamic State’s long grip on the city of Sirte in Libya. A mosque from a propaganda video and a shore where a mass execution occurred now serve as eerie reminders of atrocities. Read Full Article at
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Saudi Mufti says Iran's leaders 'not Muslims': media
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said in remarks published on Wednesday that the leaders of regional rival Iran were not Muslims and saw Sunni Muslims as their enemy.
1851 points by Reuters | Reuters Iran Islam Thomson Reuters News agency Persian language Finance Investment
Charged with supporting ISIS, Bronx man gets one weekly hour to review case against him
Sajmir Alimehmeti, a 22-year-old Bronx man, is accused of attempting to provide material support to ISIS and making a false statement in his passport application. Despite these serious charges, he only has one hour a week to review the evidence against him. Read Full Article at
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The child victims of barrel bombs
Aleppo's children continue to become victims of the bloody Syrian conflict.
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U.S. struggling to contain al Qaeda in Yemen
The United States is struggling to contain al Qaeda's formidable terror cell in Yemen, despite a devastating aerial campaign coupled with an extended American military presence on the ground, according to the White House's top counterterrorism official. The battle against the jihadi terror cell, known as al Qaeda in the ...
22 points by The Washington Times | United States Iraq Al-Qaeda President of the United States Arabian Peninsula United States Department of Defense United States armed forces Islam
5 killed in train derailment in Egypt
AL-AYAT, Egypt — A train went off the tracks south of Egypt’s capital, Cairo, on Wednesday, killing five people, according to the Health Ministry. Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said 27 people were injured in the accident in the al-Ayat area, about 31 miles south of Cairo. The cause of the accident was not immediately known,...
13 points by New York Post | Egypt Islam Eid ul-Fitr Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria City Hajj Naguib Mahfouz Islamic holy days
UN rights chief blasts 'demagogues' Trump and Wilders
Zeid Raad al-Hussein says rhetoric of Trump and Wilders, among others, "can descend rapidly into colossal violence".
1062 points by Al Jazeera English | Populism Geert Wilders Donald Trump Iraq Islam Malcolm Pearson Baron Pearson of Rannoch Abuse Violence
Man blows self up near Bangladesh airport, Islamic State claims attack
DHAKA (Reuters) - A man carrying a bomb blew himself up in front of a police checkpoint near Bangladesh's international airport on Friday, in a blast claimed by Islamic State.
-1 points by Reuters | Islam Reuters Thomson Reuters Constable News agency Police Al-Qaeda Iraq
Middle-aged London attacker was criminal who wasn't seen as threat
BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Before he killed four people in Britain's deadliest attack since the 2005 London bombings, Khalid Masood was considered by intelligence officers to be a criminal who posed little serious threat.
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Malaysia Arrests Nine Over Suspected Islamic State Ties
Nine people with suspected links to Islamic State have been arrested by Malaysian police, including one believed to be involved in a bombing at a nightclub in June.
84 points by The Wall Street Journal | Kuala Lumpur Islam Malaysia
Flynn Said to Discuss With Turkish Officials Removing Erdogan Foe From U.S.
Ex-CIA Director James Woolsey says he attended a September meeting where other participants, including then-Trump adviser Mike Flynn, talked of moving Fethullah Gulen back to Turkey without going through U.S. extradition process
-1 points by The Wall Street Journal | Turkey Central Intelligence Agency Coup d'état Federal government of the United States Intelligence Islam Intelligence agency Defense Intelligence Agency
Mubaraz Ahmed: Why radical Islamists seek to exploit converts
When ISIS claimed of responsibility for the attack on the Palace of Westminster this week, it was another reminder of the violent and destructive nature of Islamism, or political Islam, as it is sometimes referred to.
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London attacker was cheerful, joking on eve of rampage
Long before his short stints in jail turned into years behind bars, Khalid Masood was known as Adrian Elms, with a reputation for drinking and an unpredictable temper. At least twice he was convicted of violent crimes, well before he stabbed a police officer to death Wednesday with a motion one...
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Terrorist threat higher in Europe than anywhere else except war zones – EUCOM chief
The threat posed by violent extremism is higher in Europe than anywhere else in the world, apart from actual war zones and hotspots, US European Command head General Curtis Scaparrotti said, commenting on Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London. Read Full Article at
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