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Category Archives: Middle East

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September 7, 2016

Preacher Choudary brainwashed up to 600 Brits into going to Syria for ISIS

ANJEM Choudary brainwashed up to 600 Brits into going to Syria to join Islamic State, security experts revealed yesterday.
And nearly a quarter of Islamic terror offenders in the UK since 1999 were inspired by the jailed hate preacher or his …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom

B’Tselem rep refuses to call Hamas terror organization

The far-left NGO B’Tselem drew criticism Tuesday for its apparent refusal to condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization, as a B’Tselem representative repeatedly refused to describe characterize Hamas as a terror group during an interview with J-TV.
Sarit Michaeli, a spokeswoman …

Posted in Extremism, Hamas, Human Rights, Islamism, Israel, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, News Coverage, Palestine, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
September 6, 2016

B’Tselem activist avoids calling Hamas a terror group

A spokesperson for Israeli NGO B’Tselem repeatedly refused to categorise Hamas as a terrorist organisation during an interview with a Jewish TV Channel.
Sarit Michaeli was being interviewed by Dr Alan Mendoza, Executive Director of the Henry Jackson Society, for a …

Posted in Extremism, Hamas, Human Rights, Islamism, Israel, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, News Coverage, Palestine, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security

‘It’s a mockery’: Fury as hate preacher Anjem Choudary gets HALF the maximum jail term and will walk free in two and a half years – with his supporters chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ at the news

Terror experts have slammed the five-and-a-half-year sentence handed to Britain’s most notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary.
The cleric was found guilty of encouraging support for ISIS and urging his followers to join the terror group in a series of incendiary lectures …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary jailed for five years

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for inviting support for the so-called Islamic State group.
The 49-year-old was convicted at the Old Bailey after backing the group in an oath of allegiance published online.

Hannah Stuart, research fellow …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom

B’Tselem spokesperson on Israel, human rights and whether Hamas is a terrorist organisation

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Democracy & Development, Extremism, Hamas, Human Rights, Israel, Middle East, News Coverage, Terrorism & Security

B’Tselem under pressure to denounce Hamas as terrorists

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has come under pressure to denounce Hamas as a terrorist organisation, after refusing to name them as such in an interview.
It comes after Sarit Michaeli, a senior B’Tselem spokesperson, spoke to Alan Mendoza, director of …

Posted in Extremism, Hamas, Human Rights, Israel, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, News Coverage, Palestine, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
August 31, 2016

Death of Isil propaganda chief ‘could see decline in attacks on West’

Islamic State’s ability to carry out terrorist attacks in Europe will be damaged by the death of the group’s deputy leader, experts say.
Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, killed this week in a US air strike near al-Bab in Aleppo province, was the …

Posted in Europe, Extremism, Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, News Coverage, North America, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 28, 2016

Boy killer in ISIS footage may be son of British terror recruiter Sally Jones

A BOY seen murdering a man in an Isis video is feared to be the son of a notorious British terror recruiter.
The blue-eyed killer, inset right, looks around the same age as Jojo Jones, the 11-year-old son of twisted Sally …

Posted in Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security

Major powers take the reins in Syria as Turkey joins battle for control of its border

After capturing the border town of Jarablus from Islamic State, Syrian rebel fighters sat awaiting instructions from their Turkish commander. None of them quite knew where they were heading next.
“We were told there would be multiple stages in the offensive, …

Posted in Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, Turkey
August 27, 2016

Inside the ‘Caliphate Cubs’: ISIS grooming kid suicide bombers to wreak havoc in Europe

Only yesterday, ISIS released a vile propaganda clip of child executioners, one reported to be British, shooting prisoners in the back of the head.
Meanwhile, disturbing pictures emerged last week of a 15-year-old boy desperately trying to detonate his explosive belt …

Posted in Extremism, Human Rights, Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 25, 2016

Bashar al-Assad has normalised the use of chemical weapons in Syria – and we rewarded him for it

Originally published in the International Business Times. 
This week, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed what everyone already suspected: the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad had lied repeatedly about its adherence to a deal worked out in …

Posted in ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 24, 2016

Event: ‘Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea’

Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea
Dr Shiraz Maher, Author of Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea, and Deputy Director, ICSR, King’s College London
TIME: 12:30-13:30, Wednesday 24th August 2016
VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
SPEAKER: Dr …

Posted in Event, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
August 13, 2016

Matt Johnson: U.S. wasted countless opportunities in Syria

A week ago, Syrian rebels seized a major military installation in Aleppo and ended a month-long siege of the city. Afterward, citizens of east Aleppo rushed into the streets to celebrate, rebels captured a large stockpile of weapons and equipment …

Posted in ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria, United States
August 12, 2016

Why the Prevent strategy isn’t the problem

Originally published in the Spectator.
Earlier this week the Times had a leader column entitled ‘Protect Prevent’. As a defence of the government’s counter-extremism strategy it was all well and good, but it missed a very crucial point. It said:
‘The …

Posted in CRT Editorial, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
August 9, 2016

Assad sends in more fighters to crush Aleppo rebels

BEIRUT: The Syrian regime has sent thousands of reinforcements to Aleppo, after suffering one of its most significant setbacks in the five-year war.
Rebel forces made a breakthrough at the weekend, relieving the siege on the east of the city, where …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
August 8, 2016

What’s the future of the Kurds in Aleppo?

Following the closure of the remaining entry point that Syrian militant and rebel groups had into Aleppo’s east last month it seemed the regime might prevail in that key city.

Kyle Orton, a Middle East analyst and research fellow at the …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria

Syrian regime sends thousands of reinforcements to ‘Great Battle of Aleppo’ after major setback

The Syrian regime has sent thousands of reinforcements to join the battle for Aleppo, after suffering one of its most significant setbacks in the five-year war.
Rebel forces made a major breakthrough over the weekend in relieving the siege on the …

Posted in ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
August 7, 2016

Rebel coalition breaks siege of Aleppo

After months of being pummeled from the air and by Syrian artillery, an Islamist-led rebel coalition has made a dramatic breakthrough in relieving the siege of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. Their assault — the first test for a new group …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
August 6, 2016

Syria’s rebels unite to break Assad’s siege of Aleppo

A Syrian military academy in the heart of Aleppo made for a bold, even reckless target for opposition forces trying to break a devastating siege, but the rebels gambled on a double advantage: surprise and suicide bombers.
Soon the rebels were …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
August 3, 2016

Isis calls for attacks on Christians

Isis (Islamic State) has ordered its supporters in the West to carry out more attacks on Christians, in the latest issue of its monthly online magazine, Dabiq.
Entitled “Break the cross”, the entire edition of Dabiq focuses solely on inciting attacks …

Posted in ISIS, Middle East, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security
July 29, 2016

Profiles of Islamic State Leaders

The Henry Jackson Society has released a report which provides the most comprehensive compilation yet of what is known about the Islamic State’s leadership. The report provides detailed profiles and biographical details of the key figures within the caliphate’s government, …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Publication, Syria
July 28, 2016

Syrian regime ‘opens up safe passages’ out of besieged Aleppo but many afraid to leave

Corridors are to be opened to allow civilians and unarmed rebels to leave besieged Aleppo, the Syrian government and its Russian backers said on Thursday, as they closed in on one of the most important cities in the war.
Leaflets were …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria

First picture of world’s most wanted jihadist and secretive head of Al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch – after years of speculation

The first image of the secretive head of Al-Qaeda in Syria has emerged – after years of speculation over his identity.
The face of Abu Mohammed Al-Jolani, the leader of the war-torn country’s brutal Al-Nusra, has long been shrouded in mystery.

Kyle …

Posted in Middle East, Middle East, News Coverage, Terrorism & Security
July 20, 2016

The Sense Behind the Nonsense From Iraq’s Foreign Minister

On the eve of a major donor’s conference in Washington, Iraq’s foreign minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, would like Americans to know a few things about his country.
First, Iraqis are not a sectarian people: “Coexistence is a culture that lives in Iraq.” …

Posted in Iraq, Middle East, News Coverage
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