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Middle East Reporter — Wall Street Journal

Middle East reporter -The Wall Street Journal. Focus on jihadi movements. Currently on maternity leave. Rants mine, all mine. maria.habib@wsj.com

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.
Nov 19, 2015

From Dec. 2013: Western officials believe fighters may be faking their deaths in Syria to re-enter Europe undetected on.wsj.com/1OgH9sV

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

wsj.com — 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.
Jul 17, 2015

RT @TimothyS: "Al Qaeda Fights on Same Side as Saudi-Backed Militias in Yemen." WSJ: wsj.com/articles/al-qa…

Jul 17, 2015

Yemen war dissolves into tangle of precarious alliances. Qaeda fights alongside Saudi, UAE-backed militias on.wsj.com/1e3DXmE @WSJ #AQAP

Jul 17, 2015

RT @Abihabib: Yemen war dissolves into tangle of precarious alliances. Qaeda fights alongside Saudi, UAE-backed militias on.wsj.com/1e3DXmE @WSJ #AQAP

Jul 17, 2015

Al Qaeda fights on same side as Saudi-backed militias in Yemen on.wsj.com/1e3DXmE via @WSJ by @Abihabib

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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.
Jun 28, 2015

Kuwait attack renews scrutiny of terror support within Gulf states on.wsj.com/1Kjd4rJ

Jun 29, 2015

Kuwait attack renews scrutiny of terror support within Gulf states + the blowback alarmists had warned of. on.wsj.com/1Kjd4rJ #ISIS @WSJ

Jun 29, 2015

RT @Abihabib: Kuwait attack renews scrutiny of terror support within Gulf states + the blowback alarmists had warned of. on.wsj.com/1Kjd4rJ #ISIS @WSJ

Jun 29, 2015

RT @MashaHamilton: Kuwait attack renews scrutiny of terror support within Gulf states on.wsj.com/1Kjd4rJ @AbiHabib

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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.
Jun 18, 2015

ISIS expands into #Yemen by tapping civil war btwn Shia Houthi rebels & toppled Sunni gov: on.wsj.com/1Fo285A @MohammedalKibsi @Abihabib

Jun 18, 2015

RT @wsjemre: ISIS expands into #Yemen by tapping civil war btwn Shia Houthi rebels & toppled Sunni gov: on.wsj.com/1Fo285A @MohammedalK…

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.
Jun 17, 2015

CIA Kills al Qaeda Leader, But Decimating 1st Generation of Jihadists, New, More Radical Leaders Rising, Like ISIS wsj.com/articles/cia-k…

Jun 17, 2015

RT @Abihabib: CIA Kills al Qaeda Leader, But Decimating 1st Generation of Jihadists, New, More Radical Leaders Rising, Like ISIS wsj.com/articles/cia-k…

Jun 17, 2015

RT @Abihabib: CIA Kills al Qaeda Leader, But Decimating 1st Generation of Jihadists, New, More Radical Leaders Rising, Like ISIS wsj.com/articles/cia-k…

Jun 17, 2015

“We retain the ability to find & kill terrorists wherever they are hiding” - US on the hunt on.wsj.com/1FlZP2X @DionNissenbaum @Abihabib

Jun 17, 2015

RT @wsjemre: “We retain the ability to find & kill terrorists wherever they are hiding” - US on the hunt on.wsj.com/1FlZP2X @DionNissen…

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 — 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...
Jun 04, 2015

Sound of conflict these days in #Beirut not bombs or bullets, but church bells and calls to prayer on.wsj.com/1AP2O8x via @abihabib @WSJ

Jun 04, 2015

Competing calls to prayer stir #Beirut site. Church, mosque vie for attention in city’s downtown. #Lebanon on.wsj.com/1AP2O8x

Jun 04, 2015

RT @pwonacott: Sound of conflict these days in #Beirut not bombs or bullets, but church bells and calls to prayer on.wsj.com/1AP2O8x via @abihabib @WSJ

Jun 04, 2015

in Beirut, a battle of the prayer calls. great read today from @abihabib on.wsj.com/1dNNI9A

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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.
May 21, 2015

As you mourn Palmyra and wonder whether Assad is a lesser evil, re-read this piece by @Abihabib wsj.com/articles/assad…

May 21, 2015

RT @yarotrof: As you mourn Palmyra and wonder whether Assad is a lesser evil, re-read this piece by @Abihabib wsj.com/articles/assad…

May 21, 2015

RT @yarotrof: As you mourn Palmyra and wonder whether Assad is a lesser evil, re-read this piece by @Abihabib wsj.com/articles/assad…

May 21, 2015

RT @yarotrof: As you mourn Palmyra and wonder whether Assad is a lesser evil, re-read this piece by @Abihabib wsj.com/articles/assad…

May 21, 2015

RT @yarotrof: As you mourn Palmyra and wonder whether Assad is a lesser evil, re-read this piece by @Abihabib wsj.com/articles/assad…

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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.
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Feb 12, 2016

Will Russian victories in Syria spark a regional war? on.wsj.com/1SiI40H via @WSJ

Feb 12, 2016

Couple Spend Their Wedding Money on Street Children, End up in an Egyptian Prison egyptianstreets.com/2016/02/12/cou…

Feb 12, 2016

RT @hebamorayef: EIPR:the Matariya police station is one of the most dangerous in Egypt with at least 14 deaths in custody over 2 yrs eipr.org/node/2531

Feb 12, 2016

RT @HaniShukrallah: 109,000 #Egypt doctors gather at extraordinary general assembly protesting police brutality. A new turning point in post-revolution Egypt

Feb 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton finally found her argument against Bernie Sanders vox.com/2016/2/11/1097… via @voxdotcom

Feb 11, 2016

Syria talks beleaguered by disagreement: Who is a terrorist? on.wsj.com/1KG1cmE via @WSJ


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