Iraq moves against IS in Tikrit

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Iraq launches military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit from Islamic State, Iraqi TV says.
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Netanyahu’s Visit Bringing Uninvited Problems for Jewish Democrats – New York Times

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Netanyahu's Visit Bringing Uninvited Problems for Jewish Democrats
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WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner's unilateral invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address Congress on Tuesday has turned a foreign policy issue that has had near unanimous support in both parties — Israel — into a …
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‘Jihadi John’ part of network linked to failed London bombers: court papers – Reuters

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'Jihadi John' part of network linked to failed London bombers: court papers
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LONDON (Reuters) – Islamist militant Mohammed Emwazi, identified as 'Jihadi John,' was a member of a network in contact with one of the men convicted of trying to bomb the British capital's underground railway in 2005, according to the government.
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LAPD fatally shoot a homeless man on skid row – Los Angeles Times

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LAPD fatally shoot a homeless man on skid row
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Los Angeles police shot and killed a homeless man on skid row Sunday during an intense altercation caught on video in which an officer can be heard twice shouting "drop the gun!" The dramatic video — viewed more than 2 million times in the first seven …
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Israel’s Netanyahu brings Iran nuclear fight to Washington

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Anti-Israel demonstrators wearing Benjamin Netanyahu masks protest outside the Washington Convention Center where the visiting Israeli prime minister is due to speak, March 1, 2015Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ramps up his mission to foil an emerging White House-backed nuclear deal with Iran with a speech on Monday to the powerful pro-Israel AIPAC lobby. Netanyahu has infuriated the White House and Democratic lawmakers by accepting an invitation by President Barack Obama's Republican foes to speak on Capitol Hill Tuesday. Also addressing the 16,000 AIPAC delegates are Washington's United Nations envoy Samantha Power and National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who last week slammed Netanyahu's move to speak before a joint session of the US Congress without the blessing of the administration.

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Lure of the Caliphate by Malise Ruthven | NYRblog

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Malise Ruthven on ISIS’ millennialism:

Though these ideas are not given prominence in most contemporary practice, the leaders of the Syrian jihad are not the first Islamic movement to give them special weight. In 1881, for example, the Sudanese Muslim cleric Muhammad Ahmad declared himself the Mahdi, conquered Khartoum, and created a state that lasted until 1898. And in 1979, an apocalyptic movement led by several Islamist extremists brought Saudi Arabia briefly into crisis with the seizure of the Grand Mosque in Mecca and calls for the overthrow of the House of Saud; the group claimed one of its own leaders as the Mahdi.

In fact, there is a strong pedigree for this ideology in classical Islamic thought. Like Christianity, Islam seems to have begun as a messianic movement warning that the Day of Judgment was imminent. The early suras (chapters) of the Koran are filled with doomsday menace, and the yearning for a final reckoning is deeply encoded in some of the texts. A central figure in this tradition is Dajjal—the one-eyed false messiah who corresponds to the Antichrist of the New Testament. The details vary but most versions agree that the final battle will take place east of Damascus, when Jesus will return as messiah, kill the pigs, destroy Dajjal, and break the cross in his symbolic embrace of Islam.

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For jihadists, such signs are rife in the Middle East today. One of the arguments ISIS and al-Nusra put forward in their apocalyptic rhetoric is that the Bashar al-Assad regime—dominated by the minority and Shia-affiliated Alawite sect, with its killings of children and repression of Islamists—is a “sign” of this departure from fundamental Islamic values that is supposed to precede the final battle.

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Netanyahu goes to US for Iran speech

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington to argue against a nuclear deal with Iran, ahead of a controversial speech to Congress.
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You would not know this from US press: Muslims harassed as much as Jews in Europe

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Muslims experienced harassment in nearly as many European countries (32 of 45) as Jews. By comparison, the Middle East and North Africa was the only region where Muslims faced more widespread harassment, dealing with hostility in 15 of that region’s 20 countries. In Germany, bloody pig heads were found at a site where the Ahmadiyya Muslim community was planning to build Leipzig’s first mosque. And in Ireland, several mosques and Muslim cultural centers received threatening letters, with one of the letters stating: “Muslims have no right to be in Ireland.””

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Anne Barnard: her quest for "moderate" Syrian rebels

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It is hilarious: early on in the Syrian war, Barnard was at pains to tell readers that Syrian rebels are all moderate and secular and very nice.  In this article she cites a US-based academic without telling readers that he is a…US-based academic: ““A tragedy and catastrophic loss for Iraqi history and archaeology beyond comprehension,” Amr al-Azm, a Syrian anthropologist and historian, called the destruction on his Facebook page“.

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Canada used to be like Sweden: Le Pen’s France

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“A Montreal Judge refused to hear a Muslim woman’s case because she was wearing a headscarf“. (thanks Ken)

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