The attack last week by a suicide bomber outside a shawarma restaurant in the Syrian city of Manbij, which killed at least 15 people including four Americans, is one example of how the group still remains a serious, violent threat.
“People make the mistake of thinking that when you lose territory, it’s linear — that they will continue to lose,” said Seth G. Jones,..MORE: NYTIMES
More than one million Uighur Muslims are estimated to be in detention in “counter-extremism centres” in China’s far western region, said Gay McDougall vice chairperson of a UN anti-discrimination committee. Following attacks by separatists, members of the Uighur and Kazakh Muslim minorities in Xinjiang have been arbitrarily detained in indoctrination camps where they are forced to denounce Islam and profess loyalty to the party…MORE: aljazeera
… told the BBC he’ll “pay for the bullet” to kill his family to save them from a detention camp…re: BBC
U.S. News and World Report awarded Massachusetts its top honor, citing the Commonwealth’s continuing academic achievement, innovative health care system, and strong economy in its ‘Best States’ ranking. The report evaluates each of the fifty states across seven categories: health care, education, opportunity, economy, infrastructure, crime and corrections, and government. Massachusetts ranked No. 1 in education and No. 2 in healthcare, and placed within the top ten for economy and crime and corrections…more: boston.com
The first Muslim woman has been elected as the speaker of a state parliament in Germany in what she hailed as a “historic” step for the country.
Muhterem Aras, a Green Party politician, took the post in Baden-Württemberg from a member of a populist anti-immigration party on Wednesday.,,,more:
A new crisis had seemed possible on Tuesday when the crews of two US Navy patrol boats fell into Iranian hands. Instead, Iran and America moved quickly to defuse the situation – although Tehran could not resist humiliating its captives by broadcasting pictures of the US personnel kneeling and with their hands in their heads….more:.telegraph
“The president made a powerful call tonight for a new politics, one that rejects bigotry, hatred and division. He demonstrated that commitment to a politics of inclusion tonight by rejecting anti-Muslim bigotry and standing for religious freedom. It is incumbent…
Mr Hamo fled Syria in 2013, and his invitation is symbolic of Mr Obama’s effort to counter Republican calls to ban Muslim refugees in the country in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, California.
He received international attention last month after featuring on the popular blog, Humans of New York, which tells the stories of normal people in the city. Mr Obama called him an “inspiration” for his story…MORE: .independent.co.uk
FT said an emir known as Abu Fatima al-Tunisi ran off with some $25,000 (£16,774) worth of “zakat” (taxes), leaving a message to former ISIS comrades on Twitter saying: “What state? What caliphate? You idiots.”