Islamic Extremism

More and more young fighters to flee ISIL
October 26, 2015

After joining, more and more young fighters flee ISIL

Thousands of young men have joined ISIL, the terrorist group spreading throughout parts of the middle east. They’re hoping to find something promising, however the reality is extremely different, which causes more and more members to defect.

October 11, 2015

Insurgency greatly affecting Egypt’s economy

Terrorist acts by ISIL and other militant groups have in one way or the other had an effect on millions in Egypt. Despite security forces achievements against the militants, many Egyptians live in constant fear of attack, driving investors and tourists away. Egyptians are bearing […]

Mideast Syria Russia
October 9, 2015

US to give up on building new Syrian rebel force

The U.S. is abandoning its goal of training a new force of moderate Syrian rebels and will focus on equipping and supporting established rebels groups already fighting against the Islamic State group inside Syria, officials said Friday.

Mideast Syria Russia
October 7, 2015

US not cooperating with Russia against ISIL

Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive Wednesday in central Syria. This was the first major combined air and ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week.

Mideast Syria Russia
October 1, 2015

Tensions rising, US and Russian military holding Syria talks

The Pentagon said it would begin talks Thursday with Russian military officials on ways to avoid U.S. and Russian forces firing on each other in Syria as tensions escalate over Russian airstrikes that apparently are serving to strengthen Syrian President Bashar Assad.

September 1, 2015

Inside the fight against ISIL in Iraq

ISIL is not just destroying historic sites. The group is also taking prisoners, and sometimes torturing and killing them on camera. Amid the fight against ISIL, what happens when ISIL fighters themselves are caught?

July 25, 2015

Iraqi Christians fleeing ISIL now live in Jordan

ISIL gave Iraq’s Christians an ultimatum: cooperate or suffer harsh consequences. Many of them feared that even if they complied, they would eventually be killed. So they fled. Now living as urban refugees in Jordan, they cling to the church and push away thoughts of […]

July 17, 2015

Returning from terrorism: A college student’s road to jihad and back

The 25-year-old Memetili was an undergraduate student majoring in medical studies in a Xinjiang university. His relatively normal student life was completely changed when he was approached by people trying to teach him “religious knowledge.” The “textbooks,” however, were videos and audio guides made by […]

Afghanistan car bomb
June 22, 2015

Taliban suicide bomber, gunmen attack Afghan parliament

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide bomber struck the entrance to the Afghan parliament on Monday and gunmen tried to storm the heavily guarded compound, setting off a gunbattle with police that left two people dead and at least 30 people wounded as lawmakers were […]

June 10, 2015

Luxor suicide bombing wounds 4 Egyptians

A suicide bomber blew himself up near Egypt’s ancient Karnak temple in the southern city of Luxor on Wednesday, security sources and witnesses said, the second attack in just over one week targeting Egypt’s vital tourism industry.

This picture released on Thursday, May 21, 2015 by the website of Islamic State militants, shows the Palmyra castle is seen from the Syrian town of Palmyra that was captured by the Islamic State militants after a battle with the Syrian government forces, Syria. (The website of Islamic State militants via AP)
May 22, 2015

IS captures Iraqi town, purges opponents in Syria’s Palmyra

Islamic State militants have seized another town in Iraq’s western Anbar province less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, a tribal leader said Friday, while in neighboring Syria the group’s fighters killed dozens of pro-government forces in the ancient town of Palmyra.

May 18, 2015

White House: Ramadi capture by Islamic State a ‘setback

After days of fierce fighting, the Islamic State is now in control of Anbar, Iraq’s largest province. It pushed government troops and Sunni militias out of a Ramadi only 110-kilometers from Baghdad. It’s a massive setback for Iraq, and the U.S. led coalition trying to […]

Khalid Hamideh, Ali Salem
May 5, 2015

Accused Texas gunman was former target of FBI terror probe

A man whose social media presence was being scrutinized by federal authorities was one of two suspects in a shooting at a Texas cartoon contest featuring images of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, and the Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attack.

April 14, 2015

Obama, Iraqi PM to discuss aid to fight Islamic State

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and President Barack Obama will discuss the fight against Islamic State on Tuesday at a White House meeting likely to be dominated by Iraqi requests for U.S. arms and tension over Iran’s role on the battlefield.

April 4, 2015

Kuwait grapples with external and homegrown threats from ISIL

The small Arabian Gulf state of Kuwait has tightened security following the rise of ISIL in the region. Gains by the extremist group in neighboring Iraq as well as the discovery that “jihadi John” was born in the country has heightened concerns both inside and outside […]