Terrorism | PJ Media

Terrorism

PHOTOS: Christians in Syrian City Pay Tax to ISIS Just to Live

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

ISIS released these chilling images today of Syrian Christians lined up in the rows of a theater or lecture hall to pay their tax — the jizya — in lieu of converting to Islam. When the Islamic State moves into an area, Christians are officially told to convert, pay a high tax that’s out of […]

Defense Secretary: Half of Guantanamo Population Should Never Be Released

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

In a worldwide troop talk today broadcast from Fort Meade, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter acknowledged that about half of the Guantanamo population should never be set free. Taking questions from troops via video and Twitter, Carter was asked about the future of the naval station in Cuba by a petty officer stationed there. “Guantanamo Bay […]

Israel Confirms Iran Stockpiling Ballistic Missiles

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Via IMRA: Israel is keeping a “very sharp eye” on Iran’s modernized ballistic missile arsenal and will be “ready to respond” should the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) attempt to export the new Fateh 313 to Lebanon- or Syria-based proxies, a defense official says. “We assess that Iran has begun to stockpile them,” the official said of the 500-kilometer-range, solid-fueled […]

Obama Lets American Journo Rot in Iranian Jail While Negotiating with Islamic Republic

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Iran prepares fateful verdict on Jason Rezaian http://t.co/i0QGYjf2uX #JPost #MiddleEast pic.twitter.com/zscjnuhMsZ — The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) August 30, 2015   The Jerusalem Post reports: A verdict has been reached in the trial of American journalist Jason Rezaian, the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network reported on Sunday. “The verdict on Jason Rezaian has been issued, […]

‘Shirley Temper’ and the Reality of Pallywood Hits Mainstream Media

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

We present the Tamimi family. A well known Pallywood activist family who ambushed the soldier for publicity. pic.twitter.com/wVeocGF9dx — IDF Elite (@idfelite) August 30, 2015   The UK Daily Mail has finally caught on to the reality of Pallywood, the nickname for the professional Palestinian activists who pose in suffering mode for social media and […]

Trump and Cruz Join Forces at Anti-Iran Deal Rally

Friday, August 28th, 2015 - by Michael van der Galien

The apparent alliance between Senator Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump — both candidates for the Republican nomination for president — will be on full display soon: the two will hold an anti-Iran deal rally together. CNN reports: Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are planning to rally together on the grounds of the […]

IG Looking Into Allegations that Obama Admin Pressured Intel Analysts to Downplay ISIS

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

From the first moments President Obama took office, he has downplayed threats from radical Islamists. He was elected based on his promise to bring the troops home. He was reelected after claiming that al -Qaeda was “decimated.” Al-Qaeda was nothing of the sort. And while the United States withdrew from the Middle East, an even […]

Defense Secretary Tells Marines They’ll Be Protected from ‘Few Troubled Losers Who Are on the Internet Too Much’

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Asked at a Camp Pendleton event today how servicemembers can be adequately protected, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the Pentagon has “taken some measures since Chattanooga” and is “going to take some additional ones.” “Well, force protection is Job One for all of us. And that’s not just — not just abroad, but here at […]

ISIS’ British ‘Cyber Caliphate’ Leader Reportedly Killed in Airstrike

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The head of ISIS’ “cyber caliphate” has been killed in an airstrike, a Syrian monitoring group said. Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, a grassroots ISIS opposition group that has reporters within the Islamic State, broke the news about Brit Junaid Hussain. ISIS accounts on Twitter have had mixed acknowledgment and denial of the Birmingham man’s […]

Professor Who Grew Up in Virginia Tried to Wrestle Gun Away from Train Terrorist

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A professor originally from Virginia was revealed as the first passenger on a Paris-bound high-speed train to confront a terrorist who was hellbent on inflicting mass casualties. Moroccan national Ayoub El-Khazzani, 26, was armed with an AK-47, box cutters and lots of ammunition, and caught the attention of Mark Moogalian when he went into the […]

Branded Non-Terrorists by U.S., Taliban Murder Mother and Son for Refusing to Feed Fighters

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House stopped calling the Taliban terrorists this year — “The Taliban is an armed insurgency; ISIL is a terrorist group,” said spokesman Eric Schultz — for a couple of reasons. First, they wanted to make the case that they didn’t actually negotiate with terrorists and trade five terrorists for the release of Sgt. […]

Hollande Bestows Legion of Honor on Train Heroes

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

French President Francois Hollande bestowed the Legion of Honor on three Americans and a British businessman who beat down a terrorist on a high-speed train. The three Americans grew up together: Spc. Alek Skarlatos, a National Guardsman from Oregon who just wrapped up a deployment in Afghanistan; Anthony Sadler, a senior at California State University, […]

ISIS Destroys Temple at Syria’s Palmyra (Video)

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

ISIS assured the world last May that they would not destroy the ancient ruins in Palmyra, but according to activists in the region, the jihadi 7th century throwbacks just couldn’t help themselves. Whether it happened, yesterday, or a month ago, the two human rights activists making the claim agree that an ancient temple has been destroyed. Islamic State […]

WATCH: Heroes of the French Train Terror Attack Tell Their Stories

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 - by Debra Heine

From Left to right: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Chris Norman show off their medals. During a press conference Saturday, three of the heroes who thwarted yesterday’s terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train recounted the chaotic moments when they confronted the armed gunman. According to Chris Norman, a 62-year-old British businessman who jumped into the […]

European Train Attacker Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’Terrorism

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

Quick action by unarmed off-duty U.S. servicemen on a high speed train from Amsterdam to Paris narrowly averted tragedy yesterday as they subdued a terrorist gunman before he could begin his rampage. And according to multiple reports, the suspect in custody was known to multiple European intelligence agencies — yet another case of what I […]

ISIS Beheads Top Archaeologist in Ancient City of Palmyra

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

When ISIS seized the ancient city of Palmyra in May, antiquities experts feared that their first move would be to destroy the 1st and 2nd century ruins in the Syrian town. Now, they’ve beheaded the antiquities expert. Khaled Assad, 81, was the former director general of Palmyra antiquities and museums, holding the position for four […]

Who Has the ‘JV Team’? Iraqi Army Conducts ‘Tactical Withdrawal’ From Baiji After ISIS Victory

Monday, August 17th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

The Islamic State has scored at least a temporary victory in the critical city of Baiji — Iraqi forces conducted a “tactical withdrawal” over the weekend from areas around the town. Several key Iraqi Army and militia leaders were reportedly killed in the fighting around the city, home to the largest oil refinery in the […]

At Chattanooga Memorial, Biden Calls Shooter ‘Perverted Jihadist’ But Carter Says Motive ‘Unclear’

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said at a memorial service Saturday for the five service members killed by 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who raved about jihad on his blog and downloaded messages of late AQAP cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, that the shooter’s “meaning… is yet unclear.” Vice President Joe Biden, however, had a descriptor ready for Abdulazeez: […]

Israeli Leaders Unite Across Political Divide Against Iran Deal

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

A delegation of congressional Democrats, 22 in total, was flown into Jerusalem this past week by AIPAC and told in no uncertain terms by a bevy of Israeli politicians that a vote in favor of the Iran deal is a vote against Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was joined by left-wing Zionist Camp leaders Tzipi […]

Iranian Spokeswoman Openly Mocks Obama’s Pro-Deal PR

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Via IMRA: Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham on Thursday deplored US President’s recent anti-Iran remarks, saying that Barack Obama does not consider the realities inside Iran. In a recent interview with NPR, Obama had claimed that it is possible Iran starts making different decisions on regional issues and toning down its anti-Israel rhetoric. In reply, Afkham described the […]

UPDATE: Israeli Air Force Wants to Expand, Not Cancel Military Drill with U.S.

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Last week it was reported that Israel would potentially cancel a joint military exercise with the United States in the wake of the potential deal with Iran. The story went viral in the Israeli and Jewish presses. This week the Israeli Air Force is telling a different story: …despite Israeli press reports, the Israeli military wants […]

ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi Raped American Hostage, Officials Say

Friday, August 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Counterterrorism officials say that American hostage Kayla Mueller was repeatedly raped by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before her death, ABC News reports. The family of Mueller, a 26-year-old humanitarian aid worker from Prescott, Ariz., received proof from ISIS in February that she had been killed; ISIS says in a Jordanian airstrike, but the U.S. […]

Washington Still Inexplicably Sees Taliban as Peace Partner as Alliance with al-Qaeda Renewed

Friday, August 14th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

A leader of remaining U.S. operations in Afghanistan says that improvised explosive device (IED) attacks are up in the country — particularly in the capital Kabul — but stressed that the U.S. still believes the Taliban can “make genuine peace.” Brig. Gen. Wilson Shoffner, the deputy chief of staff for communications for Operation Resolute Support, […]

ISIS Uses Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

Thursday, August 13th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Islamic State was confirmed to have used chemical weapons against Kurds this week. Kurdish news agency Rudaw reported today that the German military, which is helping train Peshmerga and is supplying the Kurds directly instead of through Baghdad, confirmed the discovery: The autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq had asked for international […]

Arguing Palestinian Authority Operations Would Be Hurt, U.S. Intervenes in Terror Judgment

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Obama administration, not surprisingly, paid no heed to the requests of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and began the week by intervening in a terrorism case on the behalf of the Palestinian Authority. Schumer’s letter last week to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Secretary of State John Kerry involves the case Sokolow v. Palestinian Liberation […]

Israel Holds Off on Joint Military Exercise with U.S. in Wake of Potential Iran Deal

Monday, August 10th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

IMRA picked up on this release from the Israeli Defense Forces: The relations with the USA continue to be very tense: the editorial board of Israel Defense has learnt that Israel declined far-reaching proposals for Israeli-American defense cooperation in the context of a massive joint training exercise, designated Juniper Cobra 16, scheduled for early 2016. The exercise should include […]

ISIS Abducts Christians to Use as ‘Bargaining Chips’

Monday, August 10th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Arab media reports: Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have abducted hundreds of civilians, including dozens of Christians, from a central Syrian town it captured earlier this week, activists say, a development that has prompted hundreds of Christian families to flee to areas outside the control of the ultra-radical group. Syria-based activists who monitor the group’s activity […]

Schumer to Lynch, Kerry: Don’t Step in to Help Palestinians in Multi-Million Terror Lawsuit

Thursday, August 6th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) not only came out against the Iran deal — something he planned to announce Friday but was reportedly leaked early to the Huffington Post by a miffed White House — but on Thursday asked the administration to butt out of a case to grant damages to Palestinian terror victims. Schumer’s letter […]

Why Hasn’t Louis Farrakhan Been Arrested Yet?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

It’s been nearly a week since Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan called on his followers to rise up and kill their perceived enemies, and the silence of the Obama Justice Department has been deafening. Likewise,  the MSM has been shamefully quiet, too — as if this is acceptable behavior for the leader of a […]

Law Enforcement Alerted to Middle Eastern Men Harassing Military Families at Homes

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The FBI has sent out an alert to local law enforcement agencies after receiving reports of Middle Eastern men approaching the homes of military families in Colorado and Wyoming. The alert states that “in May 2015, the wife of a military member was approached in front of her home by Middle Eastern males. The men stated […]

Kerry: Congress Rejecting Iran Deal Would Be ‘Ultimate Screwing’ of Poor Ayatollah

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Secretary of State John Kerry complained to The Atlantic that Congress rejecting the Iran deal would be the “ultimate screwing” of the Islamic Republic. “The ayatollah constantly believed that we are untrustworthy, that you can’t negotiate with us, that we will screw them,” Kerry said in the interview with Jeffrey Goldberg. “The United States Congress […]

Britain Finally Charges Anjem Choudary with Inviting Support for ISIS

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The United Kingdom has finally charged pro-Sharia preacher Anjem Choudary for backing ISIS. According to Scotland Yard: Anjem Choudary, 48 (18.1.67) of Hampton Road, Ilford was charged as follows: Between 29 June 2014 and 6 March 2015 invited support for a proscribed terrorist organisation, namely ISIL, also known as ISIS or the Islamic State, contrary […]

U.S. Officials Divided Over Whether Al Qaeda or ISIS is Bigger Threat

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Well, that’s comforting. The Obama administration’s top intelligence, counterterrorism and law enforcement officials are divided over which terrorist group poses the biggest threat to the American homeland, the Islamic State or Al Qaeda and its affiliates. The split reflects a rising concern that the Islamic State poses a more immediate danger because of its unprecedented […]

‘If You Return, We Shall’: Al-Qaeda Video Takes Credit for Stopping Charlie Hebdo Muhammad Cartoons

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released a new video today praising the Chattanooga shooter and declaring victory over French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s decision to stop penning Muhammad cartoons. The nearly 10-minute video from al-Malahem Media Foundation features AQAP official Khalid bin Umar Batarfi directly addressing would-be jihadists and America, stressing “a command from Allah to […]

Camille Paglia Unloads on Feminism, Bill Clinton at Salon and It’s Delicious

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

I’m a Paglia addict, which is why I’m so psyched for her 3-part interview series being released by Salon, liberal bastion that it is. Dear God, don’t let that turn you off. Read this lesbian atheist’s cultural commentary and you’ll find in it the seeds of the equity feminist movement (fancy lingo for the kind of women’s […]