Tag: Terrorism

ISIS Suspect Trapped at Turkish-Greek Border Is to Be Deported to U.S.

ISTANBUL — Turkey announced on Thursday that it would repatriate an American suspected of being a member of the Islamic State, after a commitment from the United States that his entry would not be blocked. The American, Muhammad Darwish Bassam, 39, had been stranded on a strip of land at the Turkish-Greek border for the […]

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As Islamic Jihad Bombards Israel, Hamas Has to Choose Sides

JERUSALEM — Hamas, the militant group that runs the Gaza Strip, has been trying for over a year to keep a lid on its conflict with Israel, to improve the abysmal quality of life for the two million Palestinians under its control, and to keep millions of dollars in cash coming in each month from […]

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U.S. Struggles to Keep Allies in Fight Against ISIS in Syria

WASHINGTON — As Trump administration officials try to convince allies that the United States remains committed to the fight against the Islamic State in Syria they are facing a significant roadblock: President Trump’s own policy reversals. At a high-level State Department meeting scheduled for Thursday, diplomats from 35 nations and international organizations will be asked […]

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ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi May Have Had U.S. Hostage Executed, Witness Says

WASHINGTON — After the Islamic State declared that Kayla Mueller, a 26-year-old humanitarian worker from Arizona it was holding hostage, was killed in an airstrike in Syria in 2015, her parents became increasingly frustrated with the government’s slow hunt for answers about her death and turned to a former F.B.I. agent for help. Now, he […]

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Israel Kills Senior Islamic Jihad Commander in Gaza

JERUSALEM — In a surprise strike before dawn on Tuesday, Israeli forces killed a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group in the Gaza Strip, officials said, in a rare targeted killing that was likely to prompt a fierce response. Islamic Jihad said that the commander’s wife was also killed in the attack, […]

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Turkey Starts Sending Captured Foreign Fighters Home From Syria

ISTANBUL — Turkey on Monday started making good on its vow to send foreign fighters who were captured in Syria back to their home countries, including one it sent to the United States, the Interior Ministry told the state-run news agency. “One American foreign terrorist fighter whose proceedings are completed has been deported,” a ministry […]

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F.B.I. and Prosecutors Try Speaking Plainly About Domestic Terrorism

OAKWOOD VILLAGE, Ohio — As a group of prominent black pastors listened, the top federal prosecutor in northern Ohio, Justin E. Herdman, spoke recently at Mount Zion church about the prospect that a gunman could target one of their congregations. The subtext was clear. Mr. Herdman is among a group of federal law enforcement officials […]

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Judge Rules Prosecutors Misrepresented Evidence From C.I.A. Sites

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — Prosecutors in the case of a Qaeda suspect misrepresented to defense lawyers what happened to him in C.I.A. custody, a military judge has ruled, complicating efforts to bring the suspect to trial at Guantánamo Bay and raising new […]

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Attack on Canadian Mining Company in Burkina Faso Kills 37

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — An ambush on a convoy transporting employees of a Canadian mining company in Burkina Faso killed 37 people on Wednesday, the deadliest attack in nearly five years of jihadist violence in the West African country. The impoverished and politically fragile country has been struggling to quell a rising jihadist revolt that […]

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15 Killed in Southern Thailand, in the Worst Violence in Years

BANGKOK — Gunmen killed at least 15 people at a security checkpoint in southern Thailand on Tuesday night, the worst outbreak of violence in years in the country’s insurgency-plagued border region. The attackers stormed several spots around the checkpoint, in the Muang Yala District in Yala Province. The post was guarded by a mix of […]

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Russia Dominated Syria’s War. Now It’s Sending Mercenaries to Libya.

TRIPOLI, Libya — The casualties at the Aziziya field hospital south of Tripoli used to arrive with gaping wounds and shattered limbs, victims of the haphazard artillery fire that has defined battles among Libyan militias. But now medics say they are seeing something new: narrow holes in a head or a torso left by bullets […]

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The ‘Whimpering’ Terrorist Only Trump Seems to Have Heard

WASHINGTON — It was a vivid scene worthy of the ending of a Hollywood thriller, the image of a ruthless terrorist mastermind finally brought to justice “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” to his death. But it may be no more true than a movie script. In the days since President Trump gave […]

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France Strips 7 Police Officers of Guns After Paris Attack

LONDON — Seven French police officers have been ordered to hand over their weapons and at least one employee has been suspended after security forces were encouraged to report signs of radicalization in their ranks following the fatal knife attack this month at Paris Police Headquarters, the police chief told lawmakers this week. In the […]

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ISIS names new leader as it confirms Baghdadi’s death

ISIS confirmed the death of former leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and named his replacement in an audio message on Thursday. In the recording, published on the terrorist group’s media wing al-Furqan, ISIS announced its new leader as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi. In the recording, published on the terrorist group’s media wing al-Furqan, ISIS announced its new leader as […]

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Death of ISIS Leader Is Scant Consolation to a Changed France

PARIS — The killing of the Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was met this week with no outpouring of joy or even relief in France, even though this is the European country that suffered most from his depredations. The reason is simple: the Islamic State’s crimes, and the fear they instilled in the national […]

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ISIS Leader Paid Rival for Protection but Was Betrayed by His Own

The Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was able to hide out in an unlikely part of Syria, the base of a rival group, because he was paying protection money to its members, according to receipts for the payments recovered by researchers. The receipts, typical of the Islamic State’s meticulous bookkeeping, showed that the group […]

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Syria’s Kurds Deserve Refuge With Us, and Fast

The abrupt withdrawal of American forces from northeastern Syria generated a rare moment of bipartisanship in Washington, though not the kind the Trump administration wanted. Reactions ranged from confusion to outrage. But agreeing on the disastrous consequences of the pullout is easier than figuring out how to manage them. That’s one reason that the House […]

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As Putin Meddles Abroad, He Cracks Down at Home

Vladimir Putin’s popularity among Russians may not be what it once was, but despite a slowing economy he still enjoys unchallenged popular support. Why, then, do his security forces deem it necessary to crack down on the most obscure instances of perceived dissidence? Why accuse a little-known freelance journalist of “inciting terrorism” over an article […]

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Trump Says Past Presidents Should Have Killed ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi

WASHINGTON — President Trump told a gathering of police chiefs in Chicago that his predecessors should have killed the murderous Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who blew himself up during an American raid on his compound in Syria on Saturday. “He should have been killed years ago, another president should have gotten him,” Mr. […]

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