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February 18, 2015 8:17 AM ISIS reportedly plans to send fighters to southern Europe disguised as migrants

ISIS is planning a campaign to dominate Libya before sending fighters to southern Europe disguised as illegal migrants to wage more terror there, according to a published report. The Daily Telegraph, citing a British anti-terror group that claims to have seen letters written by the group's supporters, said that ISIS hopes to use militiamen from its current 24

February 18, 2015 4:08 AM Conditions for Syria’s displaced just keep getting worse, aid officials lament

Senior diplomats and U.N. aid officials warned Tuesday that there is no end in sight to the deterioration of living conditions for the millions of Syrians displaced by the four years of civil war in that country. The United States announced another contribution for emergency food aid to the United Nations’ World Food Program, this one for $125 million 15

February 17, 2015 10:43 PM Turkey and U.S. agree on training Syrian rebels, but not on who enemy is

The United States and Turkey will soon sign an accord to train and equip at least 2,000 Syrian fighters this year, but the two NATO allies have been unable to agree on what enemy the Syrians will be preparing to fight, Turkish officials said Tuesday. Tanju Bilgic, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, said the memorandum of understanding will permit the training 13

February 17, 2015 5:04 PM Muslim NGOs could help counter violent extremism

On Feb. 18, the White House plans to host a “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.” The Obama administration should use this summit to ask why, so many years after Sept. 11, 2001, policymakers have failed to effectively manage the growing global trend toward violent extremism. The existing strategies, overly focused on home-grown radicalization, fail to address 15

February 17, 2015 3:33 AM Fleeing war, Syrians make a new life in New Jersey

Geographically and culturally, the town of Paterson, New Jersey, is a world away from Syria. But the town, an hour's train ride from New York City, is home to one of the largest Arab populations in the United States, and a long-established Syrian-American community. So on a Friday night, the Islamic Center of Passaic County in Paterson is a busy place 17

February 16, 2015 7:32 PM Kayla Mueller's Syrian boyfriend says 'I came back to save her' from Islamic State militants

Palestinian demonstrators hold portraits of Kayla Mueller during a weekly demonstration against Israel's separation barrier on Friday in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah. FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Kayla Mueller stood before her boyfriend in a Syrian detention cell, faced with a question that could have secured her freedom from Islamic State militants 30

February 16, 2015 6:55 PM Kayla Mueller's boyfriend: 'I came back to save her'

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Kayla Mueller stood before her boyfriend in a Syrian detention cell, faced with a question that could have secured her freedom from Islamic State militants. "Why are you telling them you are not my wife?" Omar Alkhani asked Mueller before she broke down in tears. Alkhani had persuaded a string of people to let him plead for her release 15

February 16, 2015 9:28 AM Kayla Mueller's Boyfriend Describes Effort to Free Her

Kayla Mueller was in a detention cell in Syria, face to face with her boyfriend who was posing as her husband. Had she told her captors she was married to Omar Alkhani, she might have been freed from the hands of Islamic State militants, he said. Instead, she denied being his wife. Alkhani had persuaded a string of people to let him plead for her release 16

February 15, 2015 5:47 PM McCain on ISIS Fight: 'We Should Not Restrain the President'

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday that Congress should not restrict the president's broad authority in authorizing the use of military force against the terrorist group known as ISIS. "If we don't like what the commander-in-chief is doing, we can cut off his funds for doing so. But to restrain him in our authorization of him taking 15

February 13, 2015 6:25 PM The end of humanitarian space?

(CNN)I did not know Kayla Mueller, the American aid worker and ISIS hostage whose death was confirmed by her family this week. But like many people who read her letter to her family, I wish I had. And in some ways I feel I have. In my two decades working in the humanitarian field responding to conflict, I have met some incredibly brave individuals who poured 15