John Rossomando

Latest Islamic State Magazine Touts Foley Killing, Taunts Obama

Latest Islamic State Magazine Touts Foley Killing, Taunts Obama

From The Investigative Project on Terrorism: Al-Hayat Media, an important part of the Islamic State’s propaganda machine, released the third issue of its English-language jihadist publication Dabiq Friday. It released its first two editions of the magazine written in the

Islamic State Aggressively Competes with Al-Qaeda for Jihadist Recruits

Islamic State Aggressively Competes with Al-Qaeda for Jihadist Recruits

Battlefield success by the Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), may be translating into a competition with al-Qaida for brand loyalty among jihadist recruits. These successes have intelligence experts worried. Al-Qaida and the Islamic State are now

Vatican Advocates Military Action in Iraq

Vatican Advocates Military Action in Iraq

Military intervention in Iraq may be the only way to stop the genocide against the country’s Christian minority by the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS), a senior Vatican diplomat says. “At this moment,

Elibiary: America Is an Islamic Country

Elibiary: America Is an Islamic Country

Last fall, a top Obama Homeland Security adviser generated controversy when he wrote that the U.S. Constitution was “Islamically compliant.” Mohamed Elibiary returned to the topic in a Saturday morning Twitter post: “… I said America was an Islamic country

British PM Warns ISIS Plans Attack on UK

British PM Warns ISIS Plans Attack on UK

Ignoring threats posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) would be shortsighted and foolish, British Prime Minister David Cameron told members of Parliament Wednesday. “I disagree with those people who think this is nothing to do with us and

DHS Adviser Says Caliphate's Return Inevitable

DHS Adviser Says Caliphate's Return Inevitable

A member of President Obama’s Homeland Security Advisory Council known for controversial Twitter posts that seem to support the Muslim Brotherhood wrote Friday that it is “inevitable that ‘Caliphate’ returns.” Mohamed Elibiary has been controversial since he was first appointed to the taskforce in 2010.

British Report Finds Islamist Intimidation in Birmingham Schools

British Report Finds Islamist Intimidation in Birmingham Schools

British Prime Minister David Cameron promises a “robust response” to the “culture of fear and intimidation” that British investigators found at five state schools in Birmingham, England, where Islamic extremists allegedly plotted to subvert and run them according to rigid Islamic norms. A report released

The Hill: Obama Looks to Outsource Counterterrorism Efforts

The Hill: Obama Looks to Outsource Counterterrorism Efforts

An increase in funding for the Pentagon’s “Section 1206” counterterrorism programs, aimed at training and equipping foreign militaries to fight terrorism, suggests a shift in the Obama administration’s strategy, The Hill reports. This shift could mean a decreased reliance on drone strikes against

Daily Beast: Americans Already Returning From Syrian Jihad

Daily Beast: Americans Already Returning From Syrian Jihad

Westerners flocking to join jihadist groups in Syria are a growing concern for Western intelligence agencies – and U.S. intelligence officials in particular. Recent U.S. intelligence estimates suggest that more than 100 Americans have joined the jihadist cause, The Daily Beast‘s Eli

British MPs Condemn Alleged Islamist School Takeover Plot

British MPs Condemn Alleged Islamist School Takeover Plot

An alleged plot by Muslim extremists to subvert state schools in Birmingham, England and run them according to a rigid interpretation of Islam has angered members of the British Parliament. A purported letter which surfaced in March detailed a plot to take over the

U.S.-Funded Syrian Relief Flowed Despite Radical Elements

U.S.-Funded Syrian Relief Flowed Despite Radical Elements

A Syrian rebel group benefitting from $10 million in nonlethal American aid includes allies and supporters of radical Islamic groups who share the goal of toppling dictator Bashar al-Assad. The aid, consisting mainly of food and medical supplies, is financed

Hizballah Threatens Retaliation for Israeli Strike

Hizballah Threatens Retaliation for Israeli Strike

Days after an Israeli airstrike hit a purported convoy of advanced missiles, Hizballah is promising to “choose the time and place and the proper way to respond to it.” If the past is any indication, the Iranian-backed “resistance” movement will respond to

Radical Syrian Deletes Suicide Bombing Fatwa

Radical Syrian Deletes Suicide Bombing Fatwa

A radical Syrian cleric who spent January on a U.S. fundraising tour has erased a 2001 fatwa endorsing suicide bombings from his website. The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) uncovered Sheikh Mohammad Rateb Nabulsi’s fatwa last month, during his visit

Senators: John Kerry Suggested Arming Syrian Rebels

Senators: John Kerry Suggested Arming Syrian Rebels

Two leading advocates of direct American involvement in Syria’s civil war say the Obama administration may be considering taking a greater role. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., say Secretary of State John Kerry made blunt remarks during

Radical Syrian Cleric Secures US Visa Despite Endorsing Suicide Bombings

Radical Syrian Cleric Secures US Visa Despite Endorsing Suicide Bombings

A Syrian sheik who labeled all Jews as legitimate targets for suicide bombers and who supports the death penalty for homosexuals is the latest extremist Muslim cleric raising money for Syrian-American groups supporting dictator Bashar al-Assad’s ouster. Sheik Mohammad Rateb

Hard Times for Hamas

Hard Times for Hamas

Newspapers in Israel and Turkey published three separate articles Sunday and Monday on severe economic and political problems facing the Hamas government in Gaza. The three reports all point to the same root causes–a steep reduction in Iranian support after

Turkey Plays Host to Embattled Muslim Brotherhood Officials

Turkey Plays Host to Embattled Muslim Brotherhood Officials

As if further evidence of Turkey’s Islamist agenda is needed, the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch points to a recent article saying Turkey has become the focal point for Brotherhood deliberations and meetings following Egypt’s crackdown on the movement. Prime Minister Recep

Palestinian Bomber's Chicago Arrest Triggers Misguided Anger

Palestinian Bomber's Chicago Arrest Triggers Misguided Anger

There is outrage among many pro-Palestinian activists in Chicago after Tuesday’s indictment of a woman accused of hiding her conviction for two 1969 Jerusalem bombings when she applied to become an American citizen. The anger is not about Rasmieh Yousef Odeh’s alleged

Dar al-Hijrah Imam Affirms Muslim Brotherhood Sympathies on Facebook

Dar al-Hijrah Imam Affirms Muslim Brotherhood Sympathies on Facebook

For a guy who claims to have nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood, Imam Shaker Elsayed dedicates a surprising volume of his Facebook page to the Egyptian Islamist group. Elsayed, head of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va., features a picture of deposed

Coptic Leaders Condemn Obama Adviser's Anti-Coptic Tweets

Coptic Leaders Condemn Obama Adviser's Anti-Coptic Tweets

Major Coptic leaders are condemning Mohamed Elibiary, an Obama administration Homeland Security adviser, for suggesting that Copts who raise awareness of anti-Christian violence in Egypt promote “Islamophobic” bigotry. Elibiary sent out a series of tweets that Coptic leaders found offensive last

Al Qaida-Linked Rebels Desecrate Churches in Syria Town

Al Qaida-Linked Rebels Desecrate Churches in Syria Town

Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant sacked a Melkite Greek-Catholic Church in the Syrian town of al-Raqqa. The Melkites follow the Roman Catholic pope but use the rituals of the Greek Orthodox. They have remained

Obama-Linked Islamists Downplay Coptic Suffering on Social Media

Obama-Linked Islamists Downplay Coptic Suffering on Social Media

Dalia Moghaed, credited with helping President Obama draft his June 2009 Cairo speech about American relations with the Islamic world, recently downplayed attacks against Egypt’s Coptic Christians on a Facebook page. More than 80 Coptic churches were burned by Brotherhood supporters after

Tunisians Renew Protests Against Islamist Government

Tunisians Renew Protests Against Islamist Government

Tunisians launched a week of protests Saturday demanding the resignation of the Islamist-led government. The birthplace of the Arab Spring has been embroiled in turmoil ever since opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi was assassinated last month, allegedly by Salafist gunmen. “We tried you, you failed,

Christian and Muslim Egyptians Protest Obama Policies at White House

Christian and Muslim Egyptians Protest Obama Policies at White House

Hundreds of Egyptians – Christian and Muslim alike – gathered outside the White House Thursday afternoon to call attention to the plight of Coptic Christians and denounce what they see as the Obama administration’s tepid response to a recent spate

Islamic Studies Professor Attacks Christians on Facebook

Islamic Studies Professor Attacks Christians on Facebook

Amjad Qourshah, an Islamic studies professor at the University of Amman in Jordan with ties to the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), has unleashed a tirade of anti-Christian venom against Egypt’s Copts, accusing

Muslim Brotherhood Memo Blesses Egyptian Church Burnings

Muslim Brotherhood Memo Blesses Egyptian Church Burnings

A memo posted on the Facebook page of a local office of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism shows a clear call to incitement against Egypt’s Coptic Christian population, giving its blessing to the

Muslim Brotherhood Burns Churches, Scapegoats Christians Following Crackdown

Muslim Brotherhood Burns Churches, Scapegoats Christians Following Crackdown

Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority has become a favorite target for Muslim Brotherhood supporters and other radical Islamists across the country in the wake of the military’s decision to clear supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi from their Cairo sit-ins this morning. No

Reports: Muslim Brotherhood Negotiating to Give Morsi Way Out

Reports: Muslim Brotherhood Negotiating to Give Morsi Way Out

Conflicting reports suggest a deal could be in the works with Egypt’s military rulers to let deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood save face and end a month of demonstrations by Morsi’s supporters. The Independent reported Monday that the

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Protests Underscore Hypocrisy of America's Islamists

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood Protests Underscore Hypocrisy of America's Islamists

America’s leading Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Islamic Circle of America (ICNA), are demanding that the Obama administration take punitive action against Egypt in the

Hamas Holds Secret Meeting with Iran

Hamas Holds Secret Meeting with Iran

Hamas, Hizballah and Iran held secret talks last month in Lebanon in an effort to smooth over strained relations stemming from their rival stances on Syria, according to the London-based Asharq al-Awsat. Hamas has supported Syrian rebels trying to overthrow Bashar

American Reported Killed Fighting for Al-Qaida Affiliate in Syria

American Reported Killed Fighting for Al-Qaida Affiliate in Syria

A Pittsburgh man may be the latest American killed as part of the global Muslim jihad against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The man, identified as Amir Farouk Ibrahim, 32, was reportedly killed July 22 in fighting between Syrian Kurdish forces and those

Hamas Reels in Wake of Morsi Downfall

Hamas Reels in Wake of Morsi Downfall

Hamas finds itself in an uncomfortable predicament following the ouster of its longtime allies, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. The terrorist group’s leaders worry that a wave of popular demonstrations similar to those that pushed Egypt’s military

Hizballah Officials Reject Targeting of 'Wings'

Hizballah Officials Reject Targeting of 'Wings'

When the European Union (EU) designated Hizballah’s military wing as a terrorist group earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described it as a half measure. All of Hizballah – its political and military wings – should be blacklisted. “As far as the