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Middle East Reporter — Wall Street Journal

Middle East reporter -The Wall Street Journal. Focused on ISIS and al Qaeda. Also known as Umm Laith. Rants mine, all mine. maria.habib@wsj.com

Syrian al Qaeda Says It Is Open to Alliance With More Secular Rebels

Syrian al Qaeda Says It Is Open to Alliance With More Secular Rebels
wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Leader of the Nusra Front Makes Offer in First Televised Interview. BEIRUT-The leader of al Qaeda's Syria branch said in his first televised interview that he doesn't want to monopolize power and floated the idea of an alliance with secular rebels.

Jihadists Returning Home to Europe From Syria Pose New Terror Threat

Jihadists Returning Home to Europe From Syria Pose New Terror Threat
wsj.com — Series of Arrests Heighten Fears, Problem Expected to Grow as Conflict Drags On Scores of jihadist fighters from Europe who streamed to Syria to join Islamic extremist rebels have begun returning home, where some are suspected of plotting terror attacks, according to U.S. and European intelligence and security officials.

Al Qaeda Fights on Same Side as Saudi-Backed Militias in Yemen

Al Qaeda Fights on Same Side as Saudi-Backed Militias in Yemen
wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Special forces from United Arab Emirates said to have joined battle Local militias backed by Saudi Arabia, special forces from the United Arab Emirates and al Qaeda militants all fought on the same side this week to wrest back control over most of Yemen's second city, Aden, from pro-Iranian Houthi rebels, according to local residents and Houthi forces.

Kuwait Attack Renews Scrutiny of Terror Support Within Gulf States

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

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

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

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

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

Competing Calls to Prayer Stir Beirut Site
wsj.com — 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. As evening approaches in downtown Beirut, a deafening clangor sets in...

Assad Policies Aided Rise of Islamic State Militant Group

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.
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May 04, 2016

RT @belkiswille: HRW documented unlawful strikes killing 28 civs in Jan and Feb. in, around Sanaa- talks must address accountability https:pic.twitter.com/09zNLuInx8/t.co/09zNLuInx8

Apr 30, 2016

RT @theOSINTblog: My new write-up on the Iranian backed Pakistani Shia Militia fighting in Syria: The Zainebiyoun Brigade theosintblog.com/2016/04/28/mee…Xst7z

Apr 26, 2016

RT @Hegghammer: Number of foreign fighters entering Iraq and Syria drops by 90 percent, Pentagon says washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoin…

Apr 26, 2016

RT @bkesling: Anti-Catholic "fact sheet" next to Ted Cruz buttons and t-shirts for sale in Knightstown, Indiana pic.twitter.com/LvB8sAGy9b

Apr 26, 2016

RT @KenRoth: War crime suspect, Dostum too abusive to enter US but not to be VP in US-backed Afghan govt. bit.ly/1qOu9Uk https://tpic.twitter.com/aiJPQ4zpGKco/aiJPQ4zpGK

Apr 26, 2016

RT @glcarlstrom: "Sisi sent what seemed like all of his men onto the streets of Cairo on Monday" to stifle public protests. nytimes.com/2016/04/26/wor…5kqWw6D

Apr 26, 2016

RT @PatrickOsgood: Hilarious Socratic dialogue about “boots on the ground” @ State yesterday state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2… v @kurdishblogger httppic.twitter.com/cc5TDigvWM://t.co/cc5TDigvWM

Apr 25, 2016

RT @WSJworld: Canada Confirms First Case of Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus on.wsj.com/1pyTtN6

Apr 25, 2016

RT @DaliaEzzat_: Talk show host curses Regini, says international focus on his case implies a conspiracy to damage Egypt. m.alwafd.org/%D9%85%D9%8A%D…Dkjpxj


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