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Before Coming to US, Malik Praised Jihad on Facebook

Legislation may force review of applicants' social media posts

(Newser) - Tashfeen Malik pledged her support for Islamic jihad in private Facebook messages sent before she entered the United States on a K-1 fiancee visa in July 2014. Malik, who wrote that she hoped to eventually become a jihadist, sent the messages written in Urdu "to a small group... More »

Judge: NYC Buses Must Run 'Killing Jews' Ads

Pamela Geller's controversial group wins in court

(Newser) - Soon, you could see MTA buses in New York with the words "Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah" on the side. That's because a controversial pro-Israel group wants to run the ads—they show a man with a Palestinian keffiyeh covering his face alongside... More »

ISIS' New Recruiting Targets: American Women?

Meanwhile, Arab countries agree to help with US airstrikes

(Newser) - America may now be at war with ISIS, but a handful of Americans are joining up with the Islamic extremist group—and not all of them are men. US law enforcement is looking into a recent spate of women allegedly seeking to join the jihad, Reuters reports. In the past... More »

Jihadists' Reading List: Islam for Dummies

Which again shows that religion has little to do with this movement: Mehdi Hasan

(Newser) - Before two young men left Britain last year to wage jihad in Syria, they bought two books that speak volumes about the modern jihadist movement, writes Mehdi Hasan at the New Statesman . Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, who recently pleaded guilty to terror charges, ordered Islam for Dummies and Koran ... More »

NC Man Charged With Trying to Join al-Qaeda in Syria

Pakistani native had online relationship with undercover FBI worker

(Newser) - A North Carolina man was on his way to Lebanon to join an al-Qaeda-linked group when he was arrested, federal prosecutors say; his father says there's "no truth" in the allegations. Pakistan-born Basit Javed Sheikh, 29, is a legal permanent US resident, the News & Observer reports. He... More »

Syrian Rebels Disavow Western-Backed Leaders

Groups want Sharia as basis for all law

(Newser) - Some of Syria's most powerful rebel groups have disavowed the Western-backed National Syrian Coalition's government in exile, in a move that may further complicate efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the country's civil war. Thirteen groups, spearheaded by the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, released a statement last... More »

Russia Finally Reveals Why Tamerlan Worried Them

New information could have prompted further FBI investigation: AP

(Newser) - Russian officials have finally revealed what fueled mounting concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev : After they wiretapped his phone, they caught him talking about jihad with his mother in 2011. In another recorded conversation, mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva spoke to a person in southern Russia who is the subject of a separate FBI... More »

4 Californians Planned to Join al-Qaeda, Kill Americans

Plotted attacks in US, overseas: FBI

(Newser) - Four southern California men have been arrested for planning "violent jihad," including terrorist attacks in the US and abroad, the FBI says. The men intended to go to Afghanistan and join al-Qaeda and the Taliban, officials say. Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, introduced Ralph Deleon, 23, and Miguel Alejandro... More »

Woman Busted in Scuffle Over NYC 'Savages' Ad

Tries to spray-paint over anti-Islam ad, as another defends it with her body

(Newser) - New York City's controversial subway ads equating jihadists to "savages" did not take long to incite a scuffle: The New York Post has gotten its hands on footage of an intense encounter between two women. The video shows a woman who proudly identifies herself as Egyptian-American journalist Mona... More »

NYC Subway Ad: Jihadists Are 'Savages'

Posters to appear in 10 stations next week

(Newser) - Starting next week, 10 New York subway stations are set to display ads reading, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man." The ads then call on readers to "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad," the New York Times reports. Transportation officials... More »

'Jihad' Teen Charged in Chicago Bomb Plot

Adel Daoud accused of trying to blow up downtown bar

(Newser) - Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said today. Adel Daoud, a US citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested last night in an undercover operation in which agents... More »

New York Man Convicted in Subway Bomb Plot

Adis Medunjanin faces life in prison

(Newser) - A New York man has been found guilty in a 2009 subway bomb plot . Adis Medunjanin, who was also convicted of training with al-Qaeda and seeking to join the Taliban, could receive life in prison, the New York Daily News reports. The conviction comes after fellow plotters Zarein Ahmedzay and... More »

al-Qaeda Sets Its Sights on Libya

Veteran jihadists reportedly dispatched to country earlier this year

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi may be dead and gone, but Libya's woes beat on: al-Qaeda is attempting to claw its way into the country, according to a Libyan source. The source told CNN that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri personally sent a veteran jihadist to Libya earlier this year, along with other... More »

Underwear Bomber Changes Plea to Guilty

But is unrepentant, calling jihad one of 'the most virtuous acts'

(Newser) - Today was supposed to be the second day of testimony in the trial of alleged “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, but instead the 25-year-old Nigerian unexpectedly changed his plea to guilty on all counts, the Detroit Free Press reports. The defiant would-be terrorist read a statement to the court... More »

Another American Killed in Strike on Anwar al-Awlaki

Editor of 'Inspire' magazine killed as well

(Newser) - Anwar al-Awlaki wasn't the only American jihadist killed in a drone attack today . The airstrike also killed Samir Khan , a 20-something of Pakistani descent from North Carolina, Yemen's Defense Ministry tells the AP . Khan was the creator of "Inspire," al-Qaeda's English-language online magazine . In its... More »

Santorum: Gay Community Waging 'Jihad' Against Me

Also, he explains how a napkin relates to gay marriage

(Newser) - You may have heard that certain members of the gay community are not huge fans of presidential contender Rick Santorum. Well, Santorum himself is well aware of that fact, and during a South Carolina campaign stop Friday, he accused the gay community of having "gone out on a, I... More »

Letterman: Leno's Behind Jihad Threat

'Late Show' host responds to threat in monologue, top 10 list

(Newser) - David Letterman returned to the Late Show last night with an evening full of jokes about—what else?—a jihadist’s death threat against him . “Tonight, you people are more to me, honestly, more than an audience … you’re more like a human shield,” he said, before... More »

Jihadist Demands Revenge on David Letterman

Joke about terrorist's death prompts threat

(Newser) - Add this to the Top 10 list of reasons not to make fun of al-Qaeda: A jihadist is calling for the assassination of David Letterman after he joked about the death of terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri on his show. The radical made his comments on the Shumukh al-Islam web forum, and... More »

Osama to Kids in Will: Don't Join al-Qaeda

He's sorry for for being lousy dad in purported final wishes in 2001 document

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden didn't want his wives to remarry or his 24 children to become terrorists after his death, according to what a Kuwaiti newspaper says is a copy of his will. In the document—written on a computer, dated December 2001, and signed by "your brother Abu... More »

Germans Use Anti-Nazi Laws to Raid Muslims

Fundamentalists groups targeted in crackdown

(Newser) - German police raided homes and offices linked to two Islamic groups this week, using "anti-Nazi laws of association," reports the Christian Science Monitor . The groups raided are made up of fundamentalist Salafist Muslims, and a government official says they are suspected of wanting to "create an Islamic... More »

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