A major police operation is under way in the Boston area following the killing of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
A new brand of foreign fighter is appearing in Syria, including its capital city. They are fighting the rebels alongside Syrian regime troops in the country’s uprising-turned-civil war, which last month marked its second anniversary. When not on the front lines, the foreign fighters seem to be protecting the Assad regime and its main installations in the heart of Damascus.
This trend comes on the heels of an unprecedented fatwa issued last month by the government-installed Grand Mufti of Syria Ahmad Hassoun, calling on “all Muslims to come and join the fight” alongside the Syrian Army.
Is there any better way to protest?
"Ahmed lives with his mother age (20), the father who abandoned him as a child Salih yet Akkoyun (47) met with his son. Drinking tea and chatting for a while, father and son, then began to argue. In the meantime, the father Salih Akkoyun, wanted to get away from the situation. Followed by his father, Ahmet U., Imam Murat was attacked on the street. Ahmed quietly approaching from behind his father, started downloading a knife strokes."
U.S. and Libyan authorities investigating the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi are being hamstrung by the Libyan government’s lack of control over the eastern part of the country.
Libyan security official said they were found in possession of a quantity of Bibles, texts encouraging conversion to Christianity and images of Christ and the late Pope Shenouda of Egypt's Coptic Christians, none of which were for "personal use".
Human rights lawyer said that one of those jailed had been tortured to death in custody, prompting demonstrators to attack the Libyan embassy in Cairo.
In Islam, the Muslim scripture, the Qur'an, is taken to represent the completion of these scriptures, and to synthesize them as God's true, final, and eternal message to humanity. Because the People of the Book recognize the God of Abraham as the one and only god, as do Muslims, and they practice revealed faiths based on divine ordinances, tolerance and autonomy is accorded to them in societies governed by sharia (Islamic divine law).
There was almost an armed clash between al-Nusra and local rebel fighters near Atme when the group attempted to try a man in an Islamic court for swearing, witnesses told Agence France Presse.
Locals then kidnapped an al-Nusra leader, put a grenade in his mouth and cut off his beard, before releasing him a few days later, the witnesses said.
Five shot dead and scores of civilians and security forces injured as thousands take to streets for anti-Morsi protests
Last spring radical Islamism took over the north of Mali. Three fundamentalist militias with links to Al Qaeda hijacked a Tuareg uprising and after seizing two-thirds of the country, enforced Shariah at gunpoint and smashed religious monuments, eliciting comparisons to the Taliban.
Now, a republican form of Islamism is peacefully conquering the south of Mali. The High Council of Islam, an Islamist civil society organization, has gradually emerged as the country’s strongest political force.
Iran all over again
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AN IMAM at Australia's biggest mosque has issued a fatwa against Christmas, warning followers it is a ''sin'' to even wish people a Merry Christmas.
Among those with money to throw around in the scrum for influence are groups like Jabhat al-Nusra, which the State Department says has ties to Al Qaeda in Iraq.
“Some people are on the fence politically, but when they get a lot of aid from an extremist group they’ll go with that group,” says Abu Ali, an activist involved in grass roots relief efforts. “Those people with agendas are extremists. It doesn’t matter if they’re from the left or the right, they’re extremists, and when you feed a poor person you own him.”
The Revolutionary Committee of Aleppo, has recently installed a Taliban-style “Islamic Emirate” in the three areas that it still controls in the city.
The “herectis”, according to its extremist views -Sunnis, Sufis, Shiites, Alaouites and Ismaelites-, and the “infidels” -Christians- have been expelled from these areas and their belongings have been confiscated. The new “revolutionary” authorities also set up a “Committee to Command Good and Prohibit Impious Acts”, a Saudi-style religious police, to punish those people who do not follow their particular interpretation of the religion.
A U.S. drone strike has killed a senior al Qaeda leader in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said, in the latest blow to the Islamic militant network.
After more than two months, Libya's investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi appears in limbo. Key security commanders and witnesses say they were never questioned. No suspects have been named, and gunmen seen participating in the assault walk freely in the eastern Libyan city.
Farag al-Fazani, a young commander of a Libyan security force commissioned to protect the U.S. post at the time of the Sept. 11 attack, says he sees militants he recognizes from that chaotic night.
They recognize him too.
“I get death threats by phone (saying) you are an infidel and spilling your blood is permitted,” said al-Fazani. “No one can protect me. I see them and they know me.”
Colonel Farag al-Dersi, Benghazi's chief of security, was shot dead by three gunmen in the eastern Libyan city where ambassador Chris Stevens and three fellow diplomats died after the US consulate was overrun on 11 September. The colonel had been instrumental in seeking to curb the power of extremist militias in Benghazi, banning some and trying to bring others under control of government-appointed officers.
Islamists have established themselves as the most effective, best armed and fastest growing units in the 20-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
Islamist fighters say it is only fair they assert their power after months of being ignored in political squabbling abroad while they fought Assad's forces on the ground.
Some put their frustration on display earlier this week when they announced the creation of an Islamic state in a video rejecting the National Coalition.
A bomb exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv Wednesday but did not kill anyone, as it passed by Israeli army headquarters around noon. The attack shook up passengers and the Israeli public on the eighth day of violence between Israel and Gaza that has the world's top diplomats shuttling between Palestinians, Israelis and Egyptians pleading for peace.
Brought up as an Orthodox Christian by her mother, Aminat Kurbanova looked a picture of happiness at her wedding nine years ago - marrying the man with whom she had fallen in love at drama school.
But she converted to Islam in 2007 and three months ago walked into the house of a Muslim cleric in Dagestan, Russia, wearing a 3lb bomb, and blew herself up - killing eight people including her.
Silence surrounds the cultural destruction at the heart of Wahabi Saudi Arabia. Thanks to Synthesis for the heads up on this.
Palestinian terrorists are no match for the IDF. Watch as 2 Jihadis try and fail to take out some IDF soldiers. One is even used as a shield against his own grenade.
yep, US gonna back away slowly... not sure who to support anymore.
Celebratory gunfire at a wedding party in eastern Saudi Arabia last night brought down an electric cable, killing 23 people, a local civil defence official said.
“Because Shiites are dogs,” said Khaled Hawa, 19, when asked why he had traveled from the northern port of Tripoli to participate. “There will be war in all Lebanon, God willing, because we cannot live like this anymore.”
“If a Shiite is passing by, we are going to kill them,” added one of his friends, who identified himself as Abu Lahab, 23. “I was born to kill Shiites,” he said proudly.