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Factionism and In-Fighting May Doom ISIS

The Islamic State is no longer a juggernaut, it’s a motley alliance of factions just waiting to betray each other. BAGHDAD, Iraq — At the mention of Caliph Ibrahim, leader of the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Abu Mustafa points at his chest and nods. “Ibrahim my friend,” he says. 24 Jul 2014, 8:00 AM PDT

ISIS Jihadists Seize Fourth Century Christian Monastery, Expel Monks

The purge of Christians from northern Iraq continues under the hands of the Sunni jihadist group, the Islamic State--formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). ISIS militants seized the famous Mar Behnam or St. Behnam monastery this week, a fourth century Christian landmark, and forced monks to leave immediately. 24 Jul 2014, 7:18 AM PDT

Ocean Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his father's native Pakistan. 24 Jul 2014, 7:08 AM PDT

11 Parents of Nigeria's Abducted Girls Die

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. 24 Jul 2014, 7:06 AM PDT

Iraq MPs Stall Presidential Vote as Violence Rages

(AFP) Iraqi lawmakers on Wednesday postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while air strikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions yielded their daily grim crop of bodies. 24 Jul 2014, 7:02 AM PDT

Huge Attack on Iraq Prisoner Convoy Kills at Least 60

(AFP) Suicide bombers and gunmen Thursday attacked a bus transferring convicts from a prison north of Baghdad in a huge onslaught that sparked clashes with security forces and left at least 60 dead, police said. 24 Jul 2014, 6:44 AM PDT

France: Air Algerie Flight Vanishes over Northern Mali

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. Nearly half of the passengers were French. 24 Jul 2014, 6:38 AM PDT

Ted Cruz, Gary Bauer Accuse Obama of Turning FAA into Political Weapon to Punish Israel

When President Obama announced on Monday that he had dispatched Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East in order that he “do everything he can to help facilitate a cessation to hostilities” between the terror group Hamas and Israel, none of the President’s critics had yet accused him of using the Federal Aviation Administration as political weapon to extract security concessions from Israel that the beleaguered Jewish state could otherwise never be pressured into making. 23 Jul 2014

Israel: FAA Travel Ban Set to Expire as Negotiations, Fighting Continue

The US Federal Aviation Agency’s 24-hour ban on travel into Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport is set to expire. It remains unclear why the Obama Administration decided to suddenly pull the plug on travel into Ben Gurion, as it is widely considered a sophisticated and secure airport. In 2009, the New York Times declared Ben Gurion the world’s safest airport and Israel’s El Al airlines the world’s safest airline. Israeli officials said US Airways and United Airlines are set to restart flights to Israel Wednesday. One-hundred sixty flights at Ben Gurion were canceled Wednesday. 23 Jul 2014

CAIR-Affiliated Protest: "We Are Hamas!"

Decked out in keffiyahs and stocked with vulgar posters, anti-Israel demonstrators have been descending upon cities across the United States rallying for what they call peace.  One such group gathered on Sunday, July 20, 2014, just blocks from the Israeli consulate in Miami. 23 Jul 2014

Onslaught of PTSD Gripping Gazan Youth Poses Tremendous Security Risk for Israel, Egypt

The devastating psychological effects of war in the Middle East's Hamas-controlled Gaza region pose huge challenges to peace and an even greater security risk in the future to everyone involved there. Post-traumatic stress disorder in Gazan youth in particular, acts as a catalyst for violence and poses a huge risk, not only for Gazans but also Israelis and Egyptians who are similarly concerned with the peace process in the region. 23 Jul 2014

Iraq to Vote on President After Deadly Bombing

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament convened to vote for a new president on Wednesday as the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Baghdad the night before that killed 31 people, mainly civilians. 23 Jul 2014

Islamic State Says Mannequins Must Wear Veils

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) told shopkeepers in Mosul the mannequins must wear veils. The veil is in accordance with Sharia law since “the human form is not depicted in statues or artwork.” Both gender of mannequins are to wear the veil. 23 Jul 2014

Obama: Israel's Best Enemy

Take a close look at the photo above. It was taken by a Reuters photographer on March 20, 2013, and is one of the most important photo-ops of the Obama presidency. The caption reads: "U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pose with members of the Israel Defense Forces as he views an Iron Dome Battery at Ben Gurion International Airport." 23 Jul 2014

New Report Shows MERS Virus May Be Airborne

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- MERS, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, may be transmitted by air, a paper published Tuesday in the scientific journal mBio suggests. 22 Jul 2014

Airlines Scrap Israel Flights over Missile Fear

(AP) In a sign of increased caution about flying near combat zones, U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Israel Tuesday after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. 22 Jul 2014

BREAKING: FAA Bans All US Flights to Israel

Anticipating an imminent ban by the FAA of all U.S. flights to Israel, Delta, United, and US Airways each canceled all outbound flights to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport until further notice. 22 Jul 2014

Hundreds of Muslims Join Pro-Christian, Anti-ISIS Rally in Baghdad

Hundreds rallied in Baghdad this week in solidarity with the thousands of Christians forced to flee from Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, after the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) demanded that all Christians in the city convert and pay an infidel's tax, leave, or be killed. Two-hundred Muslims are believed to have joined Christians at the rally in Baghdad. 22 Jul 2014

Parents of Abducted Girls, Escapees Meet President

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with many parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors. 22 Jul 2014

Islamists Resume Assault on Main Libyan Airport

(AFP) Islamist militia resumed their assault on Libya's main international airport on Sunday two days after an abortive truce with the rival former rebels that control it, a security official said. 22 Jul 2014

Fighting Erupts in Ukraine as Crash Investigators Arrive

(Reuters) - The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts. 22 Jul 2014

Jakarta Governor Wins Indonesian Presidential Election

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country's presidential election with 53 percent of the vote, final results showed Tuesday. 22 Jul 2014

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