Writer and editor on the Los Angeles Times foreign desk. Formerly based in Africa and the Middle East.

Britain's David Cameron defends security services over 'Jihadi John'

latimes.com — British authorities came under mounting pressure Friday to explain how they let the man who would become the symbol of Islamic State brutality slip from their grasp when he had been on their radar for years. Prime Minister David Cameron defended the country's security services, saying they have to make difficult judgment calls.

Transformation of 'Jihadi John' - from quiet Briton to suspected killer

stripes.com — REPORTING FROM LONDON (Tribune News Service) - The knife-wielding militant who appears in a string of grisly beheading videos, his face concealed by a black balaclava and speaking in British-accented English, has come to personify the brutality of the extremist group Islamic State.

220 Christians abducted by Islamic State in Syria, activists say

latimes.com — Syrian activists say the number of Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria has risen to 220. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday that the militants have picked up dozens more Christian Assyrians from 11 communities near the town of Tal Tamr in Hassakeh province in the past three days.

U.S., Israel trade jabs over Netanyahu's 'destructive' speech

latimes.com — Tension between Israel and the U.S. escalated sharply Wednesday as senior Obama administration officials publicly admonished Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for accepting an invitation to address Congress two weeks before Israeli elections and questioned his judgment on nuclear talks with Iran.

Islamic State's social media efforts luring female recruits to Syria

latimes.com — Aqsa Mahmood grew up in an affluent part of Glasgow, Scotland, and attended a prestigious private school. She liked listening to the band Coldplay and reading "Harry Potter" books. Then at 19, she disappeared. She later told her parents that she had crossed into Syria to join Islamic State and was marrying one of its fighters.

Ex-Israeli leader Shimon Peres, 91, thinks he'll see peace in his lifetime

courant.com — These are uneasy times in Israel. Tension between Israelis and Palestinians has escalated since the collapse of American-brokered peace talks last year. Thousands of foreign fighters, some of them reportedly Israeli Arabs, have poured into neighboring Syria to join the ranks of Islamic State and other extremist militant groups.

Ex-Israeli leader Shimon Peres, 91, thinks he'll see peace in his lifetime

latimes.com — These are uneasy times in Israel. Tension between Israelis and Palestinians has escalated since the collapse of American-brokered peace talks last year. Thousands of foreign fighters, some of them reportedly Israeli Arabs, have poured into neighboring Syria to join the ranks of Islamic State and other extremist militant groups.

Islamic State hostage Kayla Mueller: Parents kept excruciating secret

latimes.com — Little by little, family by family, word began filtering out in this small town nestled against the craggy foothills north of Phoenix. It began in 2013 as an iron-clad secret tightly held by the parents of an American aid volunteer in Syria: Their daughter was missing. For months, they said nothing.

Islamic State hostage Kayla Mueller devoted career to helping others

stripes.com — At an age when most kids are preoccupied with friends and school, Kayla Jean Mueller devoted herself to helping those in need around the world. In August 2013, she was abducted in the Syrian city of Aleppo as she left a hospital operated by the Spanish Doctors Without Borders group.

Islamic State hostage Kayla Mueller: 'devoted to the people of Syria'

baltimoresun.com — At an age when most kids are preoccupied with friends and school, Kayla Jean Mueller devoted herself to helping those in need around the world. She volunteered with aid groups in her home state of Arizona and later in countries such as India and Turkey.
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Feb 27, 2015

British prime minister defends security services over handling of 'Jihadi John' case; says judgments have to be made lat.ms/1vGSHA9

Feb 26, 2015

'Jihadi John,' identified as a university-educated Londoner, is latest in string of homegrown British radicals lat.ms/1ETIBfp

Feb 26, 2015

The Islamic State militant nicknamed 'Jihadi John' has been identified Kuwaiti-born Briton Mohammed Emwazi lat.ms/1aop1ys

Feb 26, 2015

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accuses U.S. of abandoning commitment to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear bomb lat.ms/1LJHzGN

Feb 25, 2015

RT @LATlands: Another 'Oops' from the Vatican: Pope didn't really mean to insult all Mexicans. fw.to/ivNE6nE via @TracyKWilkinson

Feb 25, 2015

'... here we go again': Seven weeks after attack, France's Charlie Hebdo resumes regular publication lat.ms/1DXD36v

Feb 25, 2015

U.S., Israeli tensions escalate as officials trade jabs over Netanyahu's 'destructive' plan to address Congress lat.ms/1LJHzGN

Feb 25, 2015

Islamic State's social media campaign is believed to have helped net hundreds of Western female recruits lat.ms/1zemsU7

Feb 23, 2015

RT @SBengali: With India's Prime Focus winning special effects Oscar, re-upping my story from last yr on Indian digital artists latimes.com/entertainment/…

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