U.S. confirms al-Shabab chief Godane killed in Somalia attack

Sep 6, 2014

U.S. confirms al-Shabab chief Godane killed in Somalia attack

The United States said Friday it has killed the chief of al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants in a bombing raid in Somalia, touting it as a model for an assault on Islamic State jihadists. The Pentagon confirmed that Ahmed Abdi Godane perished in Monday’s attack in ...

Islamic State guides Egyptian militants, expanding its influence

Sep 6, 2014

Islamic State guides Egyptian militants, expanding its influence

The Islamic State, fighting to redraw the map of the Middle East, has been coaching Egypt’s most dangerous militant group, complicating efforts to stabilize the biggest Arab nation. Confirmation that the Islamic Sate, currently the most successful of the region’s jihadi groups, is extending ...

NATO allies agree to action against the Islamic State

Sep 6, 2014

NATO allies agree to action against the Islamic State

The U.S. and nine key allies agreed Friday that the Islamic State group is a significant threat to NATO countries and that they will take on the militants by squeezing their financial resources and going after them with military might. With the militants spreading ...

Why extremism loves company

Sep 5, 2014

Why extremism loves company

by Cass R. Sunstein

Most violent extremists are not poor and do not lack education. But psychological experiments suggest that it's a matter of extremism loving company, and that participation in group decision-making tends to strengthen and polarize people's views.

Sep 4, 2014

Canadians held Americans hostage in Syria: report

Three Canadians were directly involved in the kidnapping of two American journalists by Islamist militants in Syria, Canada’s public broadcaster reported Wednesday. Citing unnamed sources, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said the trio — whose identities are unknown — forced captives Theo Curtis and Matt ...

Sep 4, 2014

Al-Qaida announces India wing, renews loyalty to Taliban chief

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al Zawahri on Wednesday announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group he said would spread Islamic rule and “raise the flag of jihad” across the subcontinent. In a 55-minute video posted online, Zawahri also renewed a long-standing ...