U.S. Islamic Groups Called Terrorist by U.A.E.

The United Arab Emirates included two U.S.-based Islamic groups on a list of 83 terrorist movements in an action that drew swift denials from the organizations. The U.A.E. named the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based group known as CAIR, as well as the Muslim American Society, in a list that also included al-Qaeda and […]

Syrian rebels move toward unified command

Syrian rebels across the country are moving toward a unified command, the latest step in a consolidation by the opposition as it seeks to garner stronger international support. Under a preliminary agreement reached Friday by the disparate Free Syrian Army units, each Syrian province will have a civilian rebel council leader and a military council […]

Syrian U.N. envoy blames al-Qaeda for Damascus blasts

The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned the “terrorist attacks” in Syria on Thursday, urging all parties to the 14-month conflict to cease armed violence and comply with a U.N.-backed peace plan as the Syrian envoy accused al-Qaeda of masterminding the attacks against his country. Two suicide car bombers killed 55 people and wounded nearly 400 […]

Are terrorists the wild card in Syria’s power struggle?

The twin suicide car-bombings that reportedly killed 55 people and wounded 372 in Damascus on Thursday prompted a familiar set of responses: State television blamed unspecified “terrorists” for the atrocity, in keeping with its habit of linking all anti-regime violence to jihadist extremism;

Bin Laden ordered terrorists to blow up Obama’s aircraft

Osama bin Laden ordered terrorist teams in mid-2010 to blow up the planes of President Obama and Gen. David H. Petraeus, then commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, when they visited Afghanistan or Pakistan, according to a declassified letter released Thursday. Bin Laden argued that assassinating Obama would put a “totally unprepared” Vice President Joe […]