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Middle East Reporter — The Wall Street Journal

Mideast reporter - Wall Street Journal. Focused on ISIS, al Qaeda. Also known as Umm Laith. Previously in Afghanistan. Rants mine, all mine. maria.habib@wsj.com

Jordan Struggles With Islamic Extremism at Home

wsj.com — BAQA, Jordan-A self-taught imam and Islamic State recruiter who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Otaiba takes the lectern at his local mosque when the government-approved preacher fails to show, as happens most days. Soliciting recruits there has become too risky these days because the mosques "are filled with intelligence officials," he said.

Islamic State Fighters in Libya Flee South as Stronghold Falls

wsj.com — Islamic State fighters fleeing their Libyan stronghold of Sirte are seeking to cross the border into neighboring countries or possibly regroup in southern towns to fight again, Western and local officials say. The extremists have headed to the long, porous border Libya shares with Algeria and Niger.

Libya, U.S. Face Entrenched Islamic State

wsj.com — Even with the U.S. launching airstrikes on an Islamic State stronghold in Libya, the battle to uproot the extremists from the oil-rich North African nation is expected to be long and difficult. The U.S. began the attacks on Monday and struck again on Tuesday in support of a ground offensive to retake Sirte, a strategic port on the Mediterranean coast.

Islamic State Says Suicide Bomber Was Fighter Before Migrating to Germany

wsj.com — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. The account, in an ISIS obituary, may highlight the group's propaganda prowess and underscore government challenges identifying threats Islamic State said that the Syrian refugee who carried out a suicide bombing in Germany this week was a fighter for the extremist group before migrating to Europe and that he launched the attack with help from a second operative.

For Many Christians in Middle East, Intimidation or Worse

wsj.com — BEIRUT-The attack on a French church signals the arrival in Europe of a type of intimidation long familiar to Christians in the Middle East, whether from religious extremists, other armed groups or even secular governments.

U.S. Compromises Won Turkey’s Backing for Kurdish-Led Offensive

wsj.com — Turkey agreed to back a pivotal offensive in Syria led by its Kurdish adversaries after intense U.S. lobbying that culminated in a secret May meeting, according to U.S. officials, an agreement that could lead to wider cooperation in the fight against Islamic State militants. The U.S.

Islamic State Extends Reach as It Suffers Defeats

wsj.com — During a rare spate of attacks in Jordan recently, Western officials in the capital Amman intercepted messages from Islamic State leaders urging supporters to spread terror at home rather than join militants across the border in Syria.

Thousands of Syrian Refugees Trapped on Jordan Border

wsj.com — AMMAN, Jordan-A budding humanitarian crisis is unfurling along Jordan's northern border with more than 60,000 Syrian refugees stranded in the desert heat without food as Amman denies them aid and entry over security concerns.

In Middle East, British Vote Seen as Casualty of Region’s Wars

wsj.com — The Brexit vote was viewed in the Middle East as one of the casualties of the wars in Syria and Iraq, with activists and ordinary people saying the West hasn't worked hard enough to resolve the regional crises that sent refugees flooding into Europe and fueled the Leave campaign.

State Department dissidents call for airstrikes against Assad in Syria

marketwatch.com — BEIRUT - Dozens of State Department officials this week protested against U.S. policy in Syria, signing an internal document that calls for targeted military strikes against the Damascus government and urging regime change as the only way to defeat Islamic State.
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Aug 17, 2016

RT @kshaheen: The heroes of @SyriaCivilDef are most deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize. To save a life is to save all mankind:  https://nobelpeaceprize.whitehelmets.org/en 

Aug 17, 2016

RT @mike_giglio: Kurdish soldiers in Iraq recounted U.S. troops doing raids, sniper missions, flying drones, firing mortars/artillery  https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikegiglio/inside-the-real-us-ground-war-on-isis?utm_term=.gxBaBvOA8#.klkRAMj0N 

Aug 17, 2016

RT @ajaltamimi: One amusing side to Anjem Choudary story:a decisive meeting to determine IS' legitimacy was held in a curry house  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37098751  :P

Aug 16, 2016

RT @relucasz: He was one of the most respected intel officers of his generation. Now he’s leading ‘Lock her up’ chants.  http://wpo.st/TLGs1 

Aug 16, 2016

RT @brianfishman: Interesting article on Abu Bakrs appeal to Syrian insurgents before ISIs formal expansion 2 Syria.  http://ow.ly/GAW4303iiGH  In @ForeignPolicy


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