Islamist Articles

Al Qaeda Uses ISIS to Try to Present Itself as Respectable, Even Moderate

7:36 AM, Feb 09, 2015

In response to the Islamic State’s horrific burning of a pilot, the Jordanian government has released from prison one of the most influential al Qaeda-allied ideologues in the world. Sound strange? It is.

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Dem Congresswoman Mocks Kerry's Terrorism Speech

3:12 PM, Jan 28, 2015

Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic congresswoman and Iraq war veteran, ramped up her criticism of the Obama administration on Tuesday for refusing to identify Islamist terrorists as Islamist terrorists. 

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Joint Chiefs Chairman: Islamic Terrorism a '30-Year Issue'

3:53 PM, Jan 19, 2015

Meeting with Italian defense officials in Rome Monday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said that the threat to the world from Islamic terrorism is "probably a 30-year issue." The Army News Service 

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'Fight Them Over There'

11:36 AM, Jan 16, 2015

Matthew Continetti, writing for the Washington Free Beacon:

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Suspect in Magazine Massacre Was Arrested in 2005 for Wanting to Kill American Troops

4:47 PM, Jan 07, 2015

French authorities have reportedly indentified the three suspects in today’s massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices—Hamyd Mourad, whose nationality has not yet been identified, and two French nationals, Said Kouachi and his younger brother Cherif Kouachi.

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Kristol Podcast: On the Attack on Civilization in Paris

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:55 PM, Jan 07, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris.

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Islamist Terror Attack in Paris

11:25 AM, Jan 07, 2015

The Islamist terrorist attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which, so far, has resulted in 12 deaths and many more wounded, should come as no surprise.

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Video: Shouts of 'Allahu Akbar' at French Magazine Shooting

7:42 AM, Jan 07, 2015

**Warning: Some of these videos are extremely graphic.**

Apparent video from today's shooting at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, where gunmen reportedly killed 11:

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Saudi Wahhabism and ISIS Wahhabism: The Difference

3:12 PM, Oct 21, 2014

Recently, some media commentators have argued that, rather than the product of a simple confrontation between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Syria and Iraq, the rise of the so-called “Islamic State” should be perceived as an eruption into those countries of Wahhabism, the only interpretation of Islam recognized as official in Saudi Arabia.

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CNN to Islamist Cleric: 'I Respect That You Try to Get Your Message Out However You Can'

10:22 AM, Sep 01, 2014

CNN host Brian Stelter told terror-supporting cleric Anjem Choudary that he "respect[s] that you try to get your message out however you can." He made the comments after Choudary said sharia was coming to America:

Stelter made the comments after Choudary said, "I believe that the sharia is the best way of life. I believe one day it will come to America and the rest of the world."

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General: 'Destroy the Islamic State Now'

7:42 AM, Aug 22, 2014

General John Allen, who is retired from the military, says that the Islamic State (known as ISIS, ISIL, or IS) must be destroyed now.

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1:45 PM, Aug 20, 2014

The president is appalled. Indeed he said this afternoon that "the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL." The act of violence that killed Jim Foley, the president continued, "shocks the conscience of the entire world."

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11:02 AM, Aug 12, 2014

Comforting as it is to speak of the world in the language of policy and politics, strategy and tactics, there is this other element. This chord of madness that stirs the enemy as, for instance when, as Reuters reports:

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Attacks on Sufi Mystics Warn of Wider Islamist Carnage

7:29 AM, Jan 31, 2013

In nearly all the Arab revolutions in North Africa and the jihadist offensives that followed them, incursions against Sufi shrines have preceded the onset of wide-scale radical aggression. As they initiate their invasive strategies, terrorists linked to al Qaeda and inspired by Saudi-financed Wahhabism (alias “Salafism”) start by targeting the spiritual Sufis and their ancient tombs and monuments for murder and destruction. This devastation has several motives.

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Mali at War, Again

Leading from the front, and with no legal hassles.
4:01 PM, Jan 16, 2013

Determined not to lose Mali to Islamist forces, France’s president Francois Hollande ordered a rapid deployment of air and ground forces in Mali to block well-armed and motivated fighters of the Ansar Dine movement led by the veteran Tuareg leader Iyad Ag Ghali from crossing the Niger river and marching on Bamako.

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Hamas’s Miscalculation

1:31 PM, Nov 18, 2012

The crisis now under way in Gaza represents the moment when the wave of Sunni Islamism that has been achieving triumph after triumph in the region since early 2011 finally crashes up against the Jewish state.

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Obama Talks Gaza With Islamist Turkish Leader Who Called Hamas Strikes 'a Pre-Election Stunt'

2:11 PM, Nov 16, 2012

President Barack Obama spoke on the phone with the Islamist leader of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, about the Israel's retaliatory strikes on the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza, according to the White House.

The two leaders, according to a White House read-out of the call, seemed to agree on much. "Today, the President called Prime Minister Erdogan to discuss the escalating violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip," the White House read-out of the call states.

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Islamist Rivals Eyeing Afghan Future As Anti-Sufi Terror Continues in Pakistan

12:55 PM, Nov 15, 2012

With Barack Obama’s reelection, withdrawal of U.S. and other NATO combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014—except for trainers of an Afghan national army—remains high on his agenda. The leading rival Islamic powers, Saudi Arabia and Iran, are meanwhile competing for future influence over the mountainous Central Asian country.

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Deadly Diversity

Nigeria’s Islamist war on Christianity.
Mar 19, 2012

In Nigeria, thousands of people have been killed in recent months, and tens of thousands in the last decade. It is a fissiparous country whose conflicts have been exacerbated by the increased influence of radical Islam​—​beginning with attempts to apply Islamic law, then the growth of militias, and now the depredations of the vicious al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram movement.

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Egypt’s Great Liberal Nope

3:35 PM, Jan 23, 2012

Two years ago in Cairo, Nobel laureate and former International Atomic Energy Agency head Mohamed ElBaradei was the talk of the town. Newly retired from the IAEA, ElBaradei returned to Egypt in February 2010 after living abroad for decades. He began criticizing the Mubarak regime, hinting that he might run for president, and almost overnight he became Egypt’s great liberal hope. And yet when ElBaradei announced last week that he was ending his presidential bid, the news was met with a collective yawn.

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Concern for Egypt

4:47 PM, Dec 09, 2011

Now that runoff results are in from the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections, it’s clear that the Islamists are running the board.

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A Tunisian Islamist Looks to the Future

5:05 PM, Dec 01, 2011

Earlier in the week Israel Hayom reported that the new Tunisian constitution may include “a section condemning Zionism and ruling out any friendly ties with Israel.” Yesterday Rached Ghannouchi, the leader of al-Nahda (Revival), the main Islamist party that won more than 40 percent of the seats in Tunisia’s parliamentary elections two weeks ago, disputed the report. “I don’t think this clause will be included in the constitution,” said Ghannouchi.

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Erdogan’s Meddling in the Balkans

11:09 AM, Oct 11, 2011

The soft-Islamist Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development party (known by its Turkish initials as the AKP) has expansive foreign-policy ambitions.

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More Islamist Mischief Aimed at Albanian Muslims

2:23 PM, Aug 17, 2011

Arid Uka, 21, a German-Albanian Muslim who killed two U.S. servicemen and wounded two more at Frankfurt Airport on March 2 of this year, will go on trial in a German court beginning August 31, on two counts of murder and three of attempted murder.

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'Friday in Defense of Identity and Popular Will'

3:11 PM, Jul 29, 2011

In Egypt, it’s “Friday in Defense of Identity and Popular Will,” which has brought hundreds of thousands Islamist supporters to the streets, from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Alexandria.

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Germany Adds Insult to Injury?

2:23 PM, Jun 24, 2011

Berlin—On Tuesday, federal prosecutors in New York brought charges against Arid Uka, a radical Islamist who killed two U.S. servicemen and wounded two more in Germany’s Frankfurt International Airport in March.

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From Somalia to Nigeria: Jihad

9:29 AM, Jun 18, 2011

Earlier this week, Nigeria witnessed its first suicide bombing. Boko Haram, a radical Islamist group based in northern Nigeria, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Turkish Turmoil: Obstruction in Libya, Interference in Syria, Discrimination at Home

2:32 PM, Apr 12, 2011

Turkey is a member of NATO, and as such might have been expected to participate fully in the military campaign to curb Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s brutal repression of his rebellious subjects. But from the beginning of international talks on Libya, the “soft-Islamist” Ankara government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Justice and Development  party (AKP) has followed an ambivalent course. Rather than joining in the anti-Qaddafi effort, Erdogan has offered a series of unhelpful “alternatives” to it.

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Kristof Decries 'Picking On' Members of 'Radical Mosques'

2:00 PM, Mar 10, 2011

It is not always bad to be offensive. And offending terrorists, for instance, strikes me as a pretty good example. But this point seems lost in our politically correct culture -- and it seems especially lost on New York Times columnists.

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