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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

U.S. hostage Luke Somers killed in Yemen rescue attempt

marketwatch.com — An American hostage held for more than a year by al Qaeda's Yemen branch was killed during a U.S. special operations forces raid Friday night, in the second rescue attempt in as many weeks. Luke Somers, 33, and a non-American hostage were killed by militants, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday.

American Hostage Luke Somers Killed in Rescue Attempt

online.wsj.com — An American hostage held for more than a year by al Qaeda's Yemen branch was killed during a U.S. special operations forces raid Friday night, in the second rescue attempt in as many weeks. Luke Somers, 33 years old, and a second non-American hostage were killed by militants, U.S.

Yemen Exposes Difficulties in U.S. Strategy to Combat Extremist Militants

online.wsj.com — The steady weakening of Yemen's pro-U.S. government over the past two months has exposed some of the same difficulties Washington faces in its efforts to battle extremist group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The Yemeni government, which had been a bulwark in the fight against the country's potent al Qaeda offshoot, collapsed in September after Shiite-linked rebels known as Houthis attacked the capital San'a.

Bomb Explodes Outside Iranian Ambassador’s Residence in Yemen

online.wsj.com — SAN'A, Yemen-A bomb exploded outside the Iranian Ambassador's residence in San'a Wednesday morning, killing a security guard and two passersby, Yemen's interior ministry officials said, an escalation in already mounting Sunni-Shiite tensions. The newly appointed ambassador, Hossein Niknam, presented his credentials to the Yemeni foreign ministry within the last week, according to Iranian state media, and was unharmed in the blast.

Islamic State militants steal aid, and donors’ kudos

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U.N. Team Backs New Sanctions on Islamic State

online.wsj.com — BEIRUT-A United Nations team monitoring Islamic State and al Nursa Front have recommended the seizure of tanker trucks carrying oil from areas in Syria and Iraq that are under the control of the extremist militants. In a report released late Monday, the U.N.

Islamic State Poaches International Aid for Syrians

online.wsj.com — GAZIANTEP, Turkey-Islamic State has been seizing foreign aid destined for the neediest Syrians to redistribute under its black flag-the latest tactic in the extremist group's quest for power. Representatives of aid agencies that work in areas controlled by the militants told The Wall Street Journal they are trying to work around that problem as they negotiate a more critical one: the release of their employees held hostage by the...

Islamic State video claims beheading of U.S. aid worker

marketwatch.com — BEIRUT-A video released by Islamic State on Sunday appeared to show the severed head of American aid worker Peter Kassig, a Muslim convert who risked his life to provide medical attention to victims of Syria's civil war.

Assassination Shakes Yemen Capital on Eve of Politically Charged Shiite Holiday

online.wsj.com — SAN'A, Yemen-The assassination of a key negotiator in talks between the Yemeni government and rebels has put the capital on edge in the run-up to Tuesday's Shiite Muslim commemorations of Ashura, a target of al Qaeda attacks in the past. Mohamed Abdelmalik al-Motawakal was shot dead Sunday by unidentified gunmen on the streets of San'a, the government said.

Detente declared as US, Iranian interests align over Iraq, Syria

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Dec 20, 2014

RT @samdagher: Sadly this photo from ruins of #Homs says it all. On wall: "Long live Assad's #Syria - #Assad or we burn the country" pic.twitter.com/pGNTJgzN3Y

Dec 20, 2014

RT @langston_poems: Ma Lord knowed what it was to work. He knowed how to pray. Ma Lord's life was trouble, too, Trouble every day.

Dec 20, 2014

RT @PeterTatchell: Arabs Without God by @Brian_Whit shows rising atheism in Middle East. Defends freedom of belief & ex-Muslims http://t.co…

Dec 18, 2014

@KatieZimmerman feels like the left hand rarely speaks to the right in the US government's counter-terrorism strategy

Dec 18, 2014

RT @KatieZimmerman: State designated #AQAP's Ibrahim al Rubaish, finally 1.usa.gov/1GUVjdx BTW was released from GTMO & was part of sr…

Dec 18, 2014

Feelin' fancy. Gotta love reading the hard copy of the Journal. Good morning Los Angeles! @ City of… instagram.com/p/wwPuvqg1la/

Dec 16, 2014

RT @MattZeitlin: the gop hasn't won a presidential election without a bush on the ticket since 1972. without a bush or nixon since 1928.

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