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Middle East Reporter — Wall Street Journal

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

How Jihadists Slip Through Europe’s Dragnet and Into Syria

wsj.com — Along the southern frontier of the European Union, a small but growing number of aspiring jihadists are blazing trails by road and ferry to Syria's battlefields, sidestepping heightened airport security and slipping through the holes in Europe's intelligence dragnet. Some fighters follow meandering bus routes through several countries en route to the more loosely guarded border of Bulgaria to Turkey.

Yemen Parties Agree Transitional Council, Says United Nations Envoy

wsj.com — SAN'A, Yemen-Yemen's political factions agreed to a new legislative setup Friday after United Nations-brokered talks, raising hopes for a larger deal to end a crisis that threatens to spiral toward civil war. Jamal Benomar, the Moroccan U.N. envoy to Yemen, said Yemen's political parties agreed to create a new legislative body called the People's Transitional Council.

Yemen’s government now in hands of Houthi rebels

marketwatch.com — Houthi rebels dissolved Yemen's parliament on Friday and announced they would form a transitional administration to govern for two years, after they failed to reach agreement with the country's political factions on a new government. See: Houthi fighters disperse protesters in Yemeni capital Sana'a The rebels said they would appoint transitional national assembly headed by the Supreme Houthi Revolutionary Committee.

Houthi Rebels Take Over Yemen’s Government

wsj.com — Houthi rebels dissolved Yemen's parliament on Friday and announced they would form a transitional administration to govern for two years, after they fail to reach agreement with the country's political factions on a new government. The rebels said they would appoint transitional national assembly headed by the Supreme Houthi Revolutionary Committee.

Jordan Executes Two Prisoners After Militants Kill Pilot

wsj.com — AMMAN, Jordan-Jordan executed two convicted terrorists early Wednesday, hours after Islamic State jihadists released a video purporting to show them burning alive a captured Jordanian air-force pilot. The death of the pilot, First Lt. Muath al-Kasasbeh, had spurred promises Tuesday evening of a severe response from Jordan, but execution of the two prisoners in the early hours of Wednesday came with unexpected swiftness.

Jordanian pilot burned alive in new ISIS video: reports

marketwatch.com — AMMAN, Jordan - Islamic State jihadists released a video Tuesday purporting to show Jordanian air force pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh burned alive, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that tracks extremists' activities. The 22-minute video begins with footage of Jordanian involvement in a broad-based U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State's spread, SITE said in a statement.

Islamic State Releases Video Showing Captured Jordanian Pilot Purportedly Burned Alive

wsj.com — AMMAN, Jordan-Islamic State jihadists released a video Tuesday purporting to show Jordanian air force pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh burned alive, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, an organization that tracks extremists' activities. The 22-minute video begins with footage of Jordanian involvement in a broad-based U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State's spread, SITE said in a statement.

Jordan Plans Crackdown on Unauthorized Mosques to Combat Radical Islam

wsj.com — AMMAN-In a new push to combat radical Islam, Jordanian authorities are developing plans to crack down on the construction of thousands of unauthorized mosques and to place government-appointed preachers in their pulpits. Of 8,600 mosques in U.S.-allied Jordan-most of them illegally built, 4,500 are led by preachers, or imams, who aren't appointed by the government, according to official figures.

Jordan Demands Proof Pilot Is Alive Before Prisoner Swap

wsj.com — Jordan is demanding proof from Islamic State that a captured Jordanian air force pilot is still alive before proceeding with its offer of a prisoner swap in which it would hand to the militant group a woman arrested in 2005 after a failed suicide bombing in Amman.

Japan Seeks Out Jordan, Turkey in Hostage Standoff

wsj.com — Japan asked for renewed cooperation from Jordan and Turkey in a hostage standoff, with the deadline for a possible deal nearing. Jordan hopes to win freedom for a captive Jordanian pilot, Muath al-Kasasbeh, while Japan seeks the release of journalist Kenji Goto.
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Feb 28, 2015

@ExumAM problem is journalists make terrible managers but good managers usually make terrible journalists and don't understand the field

Feb 27, 2015

ISIS Onslaught Engulfs Assyrian Christians as Militants Destroy Ancient Art. Sad piece by @AbarnardNYT nyti.ms/1zKI8s9

Feb 26, 2015

RT @Hevallo: ISIS fascism destroying Assyrian cultural heritage in Mosul, thousands of years old. Lost for ever. #TwitterKurds pic.twitter.com/HMPCNSf5eI

Feb 26, 2015

RT @yarotrof: Scariest ISIS success: ability to attract thousands of Westerners from non-religious or non-Muslim homes. My column. wsj.com/articles/islam…

Feb 26, 2015

ISIS Lures Thousands of Westerners. Interesting and fresh take on why Western jihadists join. @yarotrof wsj.com/articles/islam…

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