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Middle East Reporter — Wall Street Journal

Middle East reporter -The Wall Street Journal. Focus on jihadi movements. Formerly based in Afghanistan. Rants mine, all mine. maria.habib@wsj.com

Kuwait Attack Renews Scrutiny of Terror Support Within Gulf States

wsj.com — Washington has long warned monarchies were not doing enough to crack down on financial assistance to extremists For years, Washington has warned Kuwait and other Gulf monarchies that they weren't doing enough to stop their own citizens from supporting extremist groups.

Young Tunisians Embrace Jihad, Raise Tension at Home

wsj.com — Concerns Widen About Regional Impact of Syria's Civil War TUNIS-Aymen Saadi's parents assumed their 18-year-old son was fighting in Syria after he didn't come home in August, a casualty of the sophisticated jihadist recruitment network in Tunisia and growing radicalization.

Deadly ISIS Car Bombs Hit Yemeni Shiite Sect

wsj.com — Sunni extremist group gains traction in country by targeting Zaidi minority that makes up ruling Houthi rebels Islamic State's Yemeni affiliate claimed responsibility for a coordinated series of car bomb attacks that killed and wounded dozens of people in San'a on Wednesday, a sign the militant group is gaining traction as civil war engulfs the country.

CIA Kills al Qaeda’s No. 2 Leader

wsj.com — A Central Intelligence Agency drone strike in Yemen killed the No. 2 al Qaeda leader in the world, officials said on Tuesday, delivering a serious blow to the militant group's operations and a much-needed success for America's global counterterrorism campaign. Coming on the heels of a U.S.

Travel Interruptions Delay Yemen Talks

wsj.com — Plane carrying Shiite Houthi delegation grounded in Djibouti, forbidden to land in Cairo Travel snags delayed the first significant talks between Yemen's warring factions on Monday, as United Nations secretary-general Ban ki-Moon warned that continued fighting threatened the nation's survival and offered refuge to terror groups.

Competing Calls to Prayer Stir Beirut Site

wsj.com — Church, mosque vie for attention in city's downtown, an area once engulfed in civil conflict BEIRUT-The bullet-scarred Holiday Inn hotel offered snipers commanding views of the city during Lebanon's bloody sectarian war. Now, the derelict property stands near a different kind of battle, one fought not with bullets but with the sights and sounds of worship.

Assad Policies Aided Rise of Islamic State Militant Group

wsj.com — The Islamic State, which metastasized from a group of militants seeking to overthrow the Syrian government into a marauding army gobbling up chunks of the Middle East, gained momentum early on from a calculated decision by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to go easy on it, according to people close to the regime.

Islamic State solidifies foothold in Libya to expand reach

marketwatch.com — Islamic State leaders in Syria have sent money, trainers and fighters to Libya in increasing numbers, raising new concerns for the U.S. that the militant group is gaining traction in its attempts to broaden its reach and expand its influence. In recent months, U.S.

Islamic State Solidifies Foothold in Libya to Expand Reach

wsj.com — Islamic State leaders in Syria have sent money, trainers and fighters to Libya in increasing numbers, raising new concerns for the U.S. that the militant group is gaining traction in its attempts to broaden its reach and expand its influence. In recent months, U.S.

Fighting Resumes in Yemen as Humanitarian Cease-Fire Ends

wsj.com — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes resumed Monday on rebel positions across Yemen, as fighting intensified hours after a five-day humanitarian cease-fire expired to enable the delivery of desperately needed aid. Airstrikes hit rebel positions early Monday in the southern seaport of Aden and the northern city of Saada, a stronghold of the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels near Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia, residents said.
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Jul 06, 2015

A default shouldn't force Greece out of the euro. @Clive_Crook bv.ms/1FPSGrR via @BV

Jul 04, 2015

RT @Free_Media_Hub: Video: Bethnal Green schoolgirls identified in Syria in covert video footage|via @Telegraph dld.bz/dJNuZ

Jul 03, 2015

Europe’s great project faces its biggest challenge in Greek bailout referendum on.wsj.com/1GSVANk via @WSJ

Jul 01, 2015

RT @AsadHashim: So there is apparently an @Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the €1.6bn Greek bailout. Brilliant. indiegogo.com/projects/greek…

Jul 01, 2015

Can Tunisia crack down on terror while preserving its democracy? wapo.st/1duSqrB

Jul 01, 2015

Tunisia Gunman Openly Admired Extremists. Good profile on gunman + post revolution mistakes that saw jihadis flourish wsj.com/articles/tunis…

Jun 30, 2015

RT @MEastBuzz: Adept reporting from @Abihabib & @RoryWSJ on backlash to Gulf states' financial assistance of extremist islamists https://t…

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