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May 29, 2012 | By Dilip Hiro
If the 11-year war against jihadist terrorism is to succeed, then its leaders must change their approach. So far, the U.S. and its NATO allies have approached jihadist violence in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a single problem, to be met with a single strategy. But success will require a more nuanced parsing of who is conducting jihad and why, because the jihadists are not a homogenous group. An Arabic word, "jihad" has a broad range of meaning. It can refer to an individual Muslim's internal struggle to adhere more faithfully to the teachings of Islam or, at the other extreme, to a holy war waged against external forces threatening Islam.
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March 19, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - A cleric who gave a rousing speech urging jihad against "Jews, Christians and America" after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks testified at his terrorism trial Wednesday that he was speaking for Muslims, not for Al Qaeda, even though he delivered his message while sitting beside Osama bin Laden outside his mountain hide-out in Afghanistan. Sulaiman abu Ghaith held the witness stand for about four hours after defense attorney Stanley Cohen surprised the courtroom by calling the defendant to testify on his own behalf - something Cohen said he had done only twice in his 30-year career.
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NATIONAL
September 15, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel
An Illinois teen has been arrested on suspicion of trying to detonate a car bomb in front of a Chicago bar, authorities said Saturday. The device was inert and had been supplied by an undercover agent. Adel Daoud, 18, was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and to damage and destroy a building with an explosive, authorities said. He could face life in prison if convicted. According to the U.S. attorney's Office in Chicago, Daoud in October began sending emails with information about “violent jihad and the killing of Americans.” The emails, some of which were sent to him, included information about jihad, the Taliban and Anwar Awlaki, the radical American cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone, according to a complaint filed in federal court Saturday.
WORLD
February 4, 2014 | By Nabih Bulos and Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - He loves sushi, AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades. He could be killed at any moment but vows to marry "a beautiful, righteous Muslim girl" as soon as he finds one. He proclaims a "love for justice" but defends beheadings, battlefield executions and sectarian killing. He scorns democracy and extols a fundamentalist interpretation of sharia, or Islamic law. Welcome to the virtual world of Chechclearr, the Internet handle of a self-described Islamic militant who says he is fighting as an Islamist rebel in Syria but also has time to post a copious amount of pictures and comments on the Internet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2001
"The Chilling Goal of Islam's New Warriors" (Dec. 28) paints a misleading picture of Islam. It suggests that Islam is an aggressive religion that encourages war as a way of spreading the religion. This is absolutely false. In the Koran, Allah tells Muslims, "Let there be no compulsion in religion." Thus it is forbidden in Islam to force religion on anyone, as religion exists between God and an individual. There are two types of jihad: the jihad within oneself and the jihad against an oppressor.
NATIONAL
December 11, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - FBI agents arrested two U.S. citizens - one at the Atlanta airport, the other at a bus station in Augusta, Ga. - on charges they were about to leave the U.S. for North Africa "intending to prepare to wage violent jihad. " Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy Wilson, also known as Rasheed Wilson, were charged Tuesday with conspiring "to kill persons or damage property outside the United States. " The pair, who are 25, once ran a men's fragrance store in Mobile, Ala. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Mobile alleged that the men met online two years ago and that they later confided to an undercover FBI source their plans to use fake passports to join a terrorist network in Morocco or Mauritania.
OPINION
January 2, 2005
Re "Getting an Education in Jihad," Dec. 29: I am pleased that there are handsome, 35-year-old teachers with many things to live for in Lebanon. Here is a person who can make a positive impact on the world. This article should be about that impact. Instead it is about a bigot. Americans are not perfect. What American soldiers did at Abu Ghraib was not pretty or particularly defensible, but is it worse than what took place when Saddam Hussein was in power? Was it OK for Hussein to kill and torture at Abu Ghraib?
WORLD
January 15, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Osama bin Laden urged Muslims to wage jihad against Israel in a new message on websites used by Islamic militants. The Al Qaeda leader vowed to open "new fronts" against the U.S. and its allies and accused most Arab leaders of being allies of the U.S. and Israel. The White House dismissed the call to jihad, or holy war, saying it reflects Bin Laden's isolation at a time when his ideology and mission are being challenged. Bin Laden's first tape since May came nearly three weeks after Israel launched an offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.
WORLD
April 2, 2005 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
The case file of the French homeboys who joined the Iraqi jihad contains a startling photo. It's the mug shot of Salah, the alleged point man in Damascus, Syria, who authorities say arranged for guns and safe passage into Iraq for extremists from Paris. Salah has a serious expression beneath a short Afro-style haircut. He looks as if he's posing, reluctantly, for a middle school yearbook. When Salah left for Damascus with the jihadis last summer, he was 13 years old. "He's just a little kid!"
NATIONAL
July 28, 2009 | Josh Meyer
Federal authorities in North Carolina on Monday arrested seven men who they said had trained with high-powered weapons as part of a terrorist conspiracy to wage an Islamic holy war overseas. The men -- including a father who, authorities said, trained in jihad camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and his two sons -- sought to provide material support to terrorists and to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas, according to a seven-count federal indictment.
WORLD
October 30, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
ANTAKYA, Turkey - Two scruffy men with beards lean over assorted piles of military-style trousers, jackets and vests, all in different camouflage patterns. The pair examine a thick winter jacket, stroking the material as a salesman offers a discount for bulk orders. "We might take 40 pieces," one of the men murmurs in Arabic, as the two turn their attention to other wares. Near the Old Station district of this southern Turkish city lies the Aleppo Market, an animated jumble of pomegranate juice stalls, kebab stands and shops offering goods such as furniture and spices.
NATIONAL
October 2, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged with carrying out the April bombings at the Boston Marathon, disposed of key evidence after the attack by "discarding a remaining bomb detonator and smashing his cellphones," according to an internal memo approved by Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and made public Wednesday. The memo, written to the director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to justify the imposition of harsh detention restrictions on Tsarnaev, also said he and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, "made additional bombs" after the lethal blasts and convinced others to "attempt to destroy evidence related to the attack.
WORLD
April 13, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
When topless protesters decided to take aim at Islamism, some Muslim women fired back. “Nudity DOES NOT liberate me -- and I DO NOT need saving,” one wrote on a sign, held up to the camera in an image posted on Twitter. A furious debate broke out in the blogosphere after radical feminist group Femen launched its “Topless Jihad” last week for Amina Tyler, a Tunisian woman who faced threats after sharing a topless photo of herself online. Tyler, 19,  had written “My body is mine, not somebody's honor" across her chest in Arabic in solidarity with Femen, a Kiev, Ukraine-based group known for topless protests.
NATIONAL
December 11, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- FBI agents arrested two U.S. citizens -- one at the airport in Atlanta, the other at a bus terminal in Augusta, Ga. -- who they said were about to leave for North Africa “to prepare to wage violent jihad.” Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy Wilson, also known as Rasheed Wilson, both 25 and residents of Mobile, Ala., were charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists in order “to kill persons or damage...
NATIONAL
December 11, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - FBI agents arrested two U.S. citizens - one at the Atlanta airport, the other at a bus station in Augusta, Ga. - on charges they were about to leave the U.S. for North Africa "intending to prepare to wage violent jihad. " Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy Wilson, also known as Rasheed Wilson, were charged Tuesday with conspiring "to kill persons or damage property outside the United States. " The pair, who are 25, once ran a men's fragrance store in Mobile, Ala. A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Mobile alleged that the men met online two years ago and that they later confided to an undercover FBI source their plans to use fake passports to join a terrorist network in Morocco or Mauritania.
NATIONAL
September 15, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel
An Illinois teen has been arrested on suspicion of trying to detonate a car bomb in front of a Chicago bar, authorities said Saturday. The device was inert and had been supplied by an undercover agent. Adel Daoud, 18, was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and to damage and destroy a building with an explosive, authorities said. He could face life in prison if convicted. According to the U.S. attorney's Office in Chicago, Daoud in October began sending emails with information about “violent jihad and the killing of Americans.” The emails, some of which were sent to him, included information about jihad, the Taliban and Anwar Awlaki, the radical American cleric who was killed by a U.S. drone, according to a complaint filed in federal court Saturday.
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | By Robert Spencer
Nathan Lean wants "society" to take action against those who stand for freedom and human rights against jihad, Sharia and Islamic supremacism, for we "must be stopped. " This is a veiled but clear call for restrictions on our freedom of speech. By publishing it on its Aug. 26 Op-Ed page, The Times is working against its own interests. For my opinions are certainly politically incorrect today, but if Lean succeeds in getting them criminalized, editors at The Times might find one day that they too hold an opinion unacceptable to those in power.
NEWS
July 18, 1988
Three former army officers convicted in the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat overpowered their guards, seized rifles and shot their way out of a maximum security prison near Cairo, police said. Interior Minister Zaki Badr placed airports and harbors on alert as part of an intense manhunt for the escapees, members of a Muslim fundamentalist organization known as Jihad, or Holy War.
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | By Robert Spencer
Nathan Lean wants "society" to take action against those who stand for freedom and human rights against jihad, Sharia and Islamic supremacism, for we "must be stopped. " This is a veiled but clear call for restrictions on our freedom of speech. By publishing it on its Aug. 26 Op-Ed page, The Times is working against its own interests. For my opinions are certainly politically incorrect today, but if Lean succeeds in getting them criminalized, editors at The Times might find one day that they too hold an opinion unacceptable to those in power.
NEWS
July 17, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Congressional Republicans are so obsessed with the idea of repealing any or all of "Obamacare," they don't seem to care about the potential harm that might inflict on their constituents. The latest example comes from Tennessee Republican Reps. Phil Roe and Scott DesJarlais (both of them physicians), who introduced a resolution aimed at denying lower-income Americans in more than two dozen states, including their own, the subsidies the bill provides for health insurance. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires virtually all adult Americans to obtain coverage, starting in 2014.
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