October 30, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Egyptian security forces on Wednesday arrested one of the last senior Muslim Brotherhood figures still at large, the latest sign of authorities' determination to continue cracking down on the Islamist organization. Essam El-Erian, a top official in the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, was picked up in a raid early Wednesday in a house in an upscale Cairo neighborhood. In a statement on its official Facebook page, the Egyptian Interior Ministry said the arrest was part of its effort to “pursue wanted leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood.” El-Erian had been a fugitive since the July coup that toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, but had evaded authorities until Wednesday.
October 27, 2013 |
THABYUCHAING, Myanmar - U Abdul Samat spent his life farming the rice paddies that stretched, brilliant green, in all directions. Now he was nearly 90 years old, a great-grandfather who walked with a cane. He was also a Muslim, and the men who stormed his village with machetes were Buddhists looking for Muslims to kill. As the mob set fire to more than 100 homes not marked with a Buddhist flag, Abdul's neighbors took cover at the mosque. But Abdul wasn't quick enough. According to a survivor, the old man was killed by an assailant who swung a heavy sword into the back of his head.
October 25, 2013 |
What with taking off our shoes and belts at airports, discovering the feds are hoovering up all our phone records, and watching drone strikes and SEAL raids around the globe, it's sometimes easy to forget that America has escaped the horror of another mass casualty terrorist attack in the dozen years since Sept. 11, 2001. Other than blind luck, it's an open question whether that success is because of aggressive law enforcement at home, muscular intelligence ops overseas, or the inescapable fact that most terrorists, like most criminals, are fairly dimwitted and thus get caught.
October 22, 2013 |
CAIRO--In an unusual signal of willingness to hold security forces accountable for abuses, an Egyptian prosecutor ordered the arrests of four police officers in connection with the deaths of more than three dozen Muslim Brotherhood detainees more than two months ago, state media reported Tuesday. Meanwhile, suspected Islamist militants ambushed an Egyptian military convoy in the volatile Sinai peninsula with rocket-propelled grenades, security officials said. A soldier and a civilian were reported killed and seven soldiers hurt--the latest violent episode in the strategic peninsula, where the army has been battling what appears to be an increasingly sophisticated insurgency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2013 |
A jilted boyfriend turned into an obsessed killer when his girlfriend told him her parents wanted them to break up because he was Muslim and they were Hindus, an Orange County prosecutor told jurors in opening statements in a notorious 2007 double homicide. "He wanted to possess this woman," Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told jurors. Iftekhar Murtaza, 29, of Van Nuys is accused of killing his former girlfriend's father and sister and burning their gasoline-doused bodies, which were found smoldering in a secluded area near UC Irvine.
October 15, 2013 |
BEIRUT - There was no respite from the fighting in Syria on Tuesday as Muslims celebrated Eid al-Adha, one of the most important Islamic holidays. Government airstrikes rattled rebel strongholds on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, and clashes were reported across the country, according to opposition and government accounts. State television, meanwhile, broadcast images of Syrian President Bashar Assad sitting cross-legged at a prayer service led by Imam Mohammed Tawfiq Bouti, son of a senior pro-government cleric who died in a bombing at a Damascus mosque in March.