Islamic radicals

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Man Who Beheaded Boss Kills Himself in Prison

Frenchman Yassin Salhi reportedly had radical Islamic ties

(Newser) - A Frenchman charged with beheading his boss and attaching the severed head to a fence in June has been found dead in a surprise end to the case of the man with reported ties to radical Islam who allegedly tried and failed to blow up a gas plant. Prison officials... More »

FBI Drops Bomb in San Bernardino Shooting

Syed Rizwan Farook, Tashfeen Malik were long 'radicalized'

(Newser) - The husband-and-wife team that murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., last week had apparently been "radicalized" for a good while, the New York Times reports. "We believe that both subjects were radicalized and for quite some time," says FBI assistant director David Bowdich. He adds that... More »

The NSA Is Tracking People's Porn Habits

In the hopes of discrediting terrorist recruiters

(Newser) - Forget email and phone data, the NSA is officially spying on something people really want to keep private: their porn history. The spy agency has proposed discrediting radical Islamists who might be attempting to radicalize others by publicly airing any dirty laundry that might make them look like hypocrites, including... More »

Is Dead 23-Year-Old a Boston Bombing Clue?

FBI investigates whether Tsarnaev met William Plotnikov

(Newser) - As the FBI investigates Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Russian contacts, one name in particular is drawing attention: that of William Plotnikov, a 23-year-old killed in a shootout with Russian counterterror forces in 2012. Within days of Plotnikov's July 14 death, Tsarnaev returned to the US in what Time terms "... More »

Police: Blasts at Home of Somalia's New President

One person killed, but president is safe

(Newser) - Two explosions near the gate of the temporary home of Somalia's new president killed at least one person today, according to police. A police corporal said he was guarding the Somalia immigration department near the Jazeera Hotel when the blasts occurred. An official inside Jazeera Hotel, who asked for... More »

Lawmaker: Why No Hearings on Radical Christians, Too?

Texas Democrat Al Green questions Peter King's hearings on Muslims

(Newser) - Peter King's latest hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims are under way, and a Democratic lawmaker used his allotted time to wonder why there are no hearings on radical Christians as well. Texas' Al Green, the grandson of a Christian minister, said in his five-minute speech that he... More »

Islamic Extremist Gets Life for Killing 2 US Airmen

Arid Uka shot at servicemen in Frankfurt last year

(Newser) - An Islamic extremist who killed two US airmen bound for Afghanistan at Frankfurt airport last year and injured two others was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison today. The state court in Frankfurt convicted 22-year-old Arid Uka of two counts of murder. It also found him guilty... More »

Gunman Opens Fire Outside Bosnia's US Embassy

Man arrested; two police wounded

(Newser) - A gunman using an automatic weapon opened fire near the US embassy in Sarajevo before he was arrested, police say. The suspected radical Islamist shooter was wounded and treated before being hospitalized, a police official told local TV. Two police officers were wounded in the operation, “one in the... More »

FBI Training Materials: Muslims Are Dangerous

Training materials are playing into terrorists' hands, say former agents

(Newser) - A shocking Wired exposé reveals that FBI counterterrorism agents are taught that "mainstream" American Muslims are likely to sympathize with terrorists, and that more "devout" Muslims are more likely to be "violent." The magazine acquired FBI training materials, some from as recently as March, which also... More »

40 Americans Have Joined Somali Terrorists: Peter King

Rep. King refuses to end Islamic radicalization hearings

(Newser) - Rep. Peter King says his controversial hearings on Muslim radicalization in the US have uncovered some actual radicals. As the hearings resumed today, King declared that 40 Americans and 20 Canadians have signed up with Al-Shabab, a Somali insurgent group with ties to al-Qaeda, the National Post reports. “We... More »

Muslim Rep Breaks Down at King Hearing

Peter King defiant, says radical Islam must be investigated

(Newser) - Peter King’s hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims got off to an emotional start today, when Rep. Keith Ellison—the first Muslim American elected to Congress—broke down in recounting the story of a Muslim paramedic who died while responding to the 9/11 attacks and was later, according... More »

Peter King's Critics Are Too PC

Ruth Marcus: His Muslim hearing raises an 'important' question

(Newser) - OK, Peter King isn't exactly a master of tact, but his upcoming congressional hearing on the radicalization of Muslims in America is both "appropriate" and "important," writes Ruth Marcus. "To ignore the religious nature of the terrorist threat is to succumb to politically correct delusion,"... More »

Peter King Is Hunting Radicals, but Loves the IRA

Muslim radicalization hearings criticized as hypocritical

(Newser) - Peter King has become the center of a major controversy thanks to the hearing he’s holding tomorrow on “ Radicalization in the American Muslim Community .” So it’s sort of awkward that King himself was an outspoken IRA supporter, who once said things like, “If civilians are... More »

Beck Calls His Radio Show 'Recipe for Disaster'

And apologizes for making 'one of the worst analogies of all time'

(Newser) - Glenn Beck apologized on his radio program yesterday for comparing Reform Judaism to "radicalized Islam" earlier this week. "It was stupid," he said. "I made one of the worst analogies of all time." On Tuesday, Beck said that Reform rabbis "are generally political in... More »

GOP Rep Plans Hearings on 'Radicalization' of US Muslims

Opponents fear McCarthy-style witch hunt

(Newser) - A New York Congressman plans to hold hearings “to assess the extent of the radicalization of the Muslim community” in the US, and for some weird reason, Muslim American groups are not pleased, the New York Daily News reports. Peter King, incoming head of the House Committee on Homeland... More »

Why Are More Latinos Converting to Radical Islam?

Antonio Martinez is the latest troubling case

(Newser) - The FBI's arrest of alleged would-be terrorist Antonio Martinez highlights a growing concern among US officials: Why are more Latinos converting to radical Islam? The question is especially important because Latino converts are being radicalized in the US—and al-Qaeda appears to be specifically recruiting them, because they can move... More »

Glenn Beck Estimates 10% of Muslims Are Terrorists

That's a whopping 157 million Islamic terrorists

(Newser) - According to Glenn Beck, 10% of all Muslims are terrorists. And since there are 1.57 billion Muslims in the world, ThinkProgress notes, Beck is basically calling 157 million of them terrorists. The talk show host made the comment on his radio show yesterday, the Huffington Post reports, while he... More »

Go Ahead, Profile Me, Says American Muslim

It's time to stop being politically correct about this, she writes

(Newser) - Asra Q. Nomani is an American Muslim, but when it comes to airport security, she has no problem saying, “Profile me. Profile my family.” As the most recent would-be terrorist case highlights, "there is one common denominator defining those who’ve got their eyes trained on US... More »

South Park Censors Depiction of Mohammed

But it might just be a joke

(Newser) - Apparently there are places even South Park fears to tread. After getting a death threat from the jihadist website, the show pulled the prophet Mohammed out of this week's episode, bleeping out all mention of his name, putting “censored” banners over parts of the episode and, where... More »

Hitler Broadcasts Fueled Rise of Radical Islam

Anti-Jewish messages broadcast in Arabic during WWII

(Newser) - Arabic-language Nazi propaganda broadcast during the World War II fueled the rise of radical Islamic views, a new book claims. In Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World, professor Jeffrey Herf uses 6,000 newly-released radio transcripts to show how hate-filled radio broadcasts exacerbated anti-Jewish sentiment in the Arab World. A... More »

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