Day: December 27, 2017

Al Qaeda Allegedly Uses US Missile to Down Syrian Jet

Damascus (GPA) – Several terrorist groups in Syria claim to have shot down a Syrian jet, likely using a US missile system. Tahrir al-Sham (the Syrian branch of al Qaeda), and the Free Idlib Army (an offshoot of the Free Syrian Army) took responsibility for shooting down a Syrian jet yesterday and likely killing two […]

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Under Trump US Doubles Drone Strikes in Somalia

Washington DC (TLS) – The Trump administration has loosened the rules of engagement allowing it to carry out more deadly drone strikes in Somalia and Yemen. The United States said Wednesday it had carried out a new drone strike in Somalia, killing 13 extremist al-Shabab militants, bringing the number of drone strikes on the country to […]

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Qatari Wahhabism vs. Saudi Wahhabism & the Perils of Top-down Change

Doha (AMN) – A multi-domed, sand-colored, architectural marvel, Doha’s biggest and national mosque, symbolizes Qatar’s complex and troubled relationship with Saudi Arabia. Its naming six years ago after an eighteenth-century Islamic scholar, Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab, the founder of one of Islam’s most puritan strands, raised eyebrows, sparked controversy, and has since become an episode […]

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