Security Official: Hamas Prepping Next Conflict

Communities near Gaza have enjoyed a prolonged period of quiet since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, a calm that is shattered every few months by Salafi jihadist rocket attacks from the Strip – a reminder of the fragility of the “calm.”

Militants from the radical Islamic group Hamas, jog during a rally past an effigy of Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz, hanging at a makeshift gallows in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, 27 March 2004.

Poll: Majority of Voters Fear ‘Homegrown Jihadists,’ Most Oppose Accepting Syrian Refugees

Most voters oppose accepting Syrian refugees into the U.S., but they see homegrown terrorists as a greater threat, according to a new poll. A majority of voters believed the security vetting for Syrian refugees should be increased both with and without and explanation of how the government currently screens refugees — however fewer said it should be stricter with the description: 69 percent said the screening should be stricter without the description and 53 said it should be stricter with a description.

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Washington Post: An Afghan Jihadist’s Life and Death in Iraq

KABUL — As he listened, Wali Mohammad Darwazi’s worst fears came true. His 23-year-old son, Mohammad Rafi, had vanished two months before with several former classmates from Kabul University. Now, Darwazi was on the phone with one of the classmates, whom he had reached in Syria.

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