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Tripoli: Salafis Ban Christian Crosses and Icons

French In Tripoli, roaming bands of armed Salafis—Muslims who seek to follow the example of Islam’s prophet as literally as possible—went door to door of the city’s jewelry stores, ordering the owners to stop selling any crosses or Christian icons. “Immediately thereafter,” report Arabic media, “the store owners collected all the crosses and Christian icons [...]

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Morsi’s Wife Threatens to Expose Hillary Clinton’s ‘Special Relationship’ with Muslim Brotherhood

French The wife of former Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi is the latest Muslim Brotherhood “insider” to threaten to expose the special relationship between Morsi and the Obama administration—a relationship the latter insists never existed. Nagla Mahmoud, Morsi’s wife, is reportedly angry at some statements recently made by Hillary Clinton, including that Morsi was “naïve” and [...]

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Egypt: Brotherhood Supporters Torch Butcher Shop

French Supporters of the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood group, report Egyptian media, set fire to a butcher shop Saturday evening in Aim Shams, a suburb in Cairo. The reason for this latest Brotherhood arson attack is that the owner of the shop objected to one of the Brotherhood’s protests.   Three of the Brotherhood’s supporters were detained by intervening [...]

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World Leaders Lambast Obama’s “Failures” in the Middle East

World leaders are increasingly pointing to U.S. President Obama’s failures in the Middle East. Some are direct and blunt.  For example, during his recent visit to Brazil, Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked by journalists about U.S. sanctions against Russia due to the Ukrainian crisis.  While naturally condemning such moves, part of his response was [...]

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Islamic State Stones to Death Second ‘Adulteress’

French Less than 24 hours after the Islamic State stoned a woman to death on the charge of adultery in the town of Tabaqa, in Raqa province, news comes out again that the new “caliphate” has stoned to death yet another woman on the same charge in Raqa. A source said that the Islamic State [...]

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Islamic State Torches Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul

French According to a number of independent sources, the so-called “Islamic State” (formerly “of Iraq and Syria,” or “ISIS”), just recently burned down the Syriac Catholic Diocese in Mosul, destroying all its contents. This comes soon after the organization threatened all Christians under its authority either to pay jizya, or extortion money, convert to Islam, or [...]

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New Caliphate Stones Woman to Death for Adultery

Friday, July 18, the Islamic State, which recently proclaimed itself the new caliphate, stoned a woman to death on the accusation of adultery.   This occurred after evening prayers in the open market place of the northern province of Raqa, Syria.  The woman was “in her thirties and found guilty of adultery in a Sharia [...]

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New Islamic Caliphate Declares Jihad on … Muslims

French The new “caliphate” of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—the Islamic State, formerly “ISIS”—recently made clear that it means to follow in the footsteps of the original caliphate of Abu Bakr al-Sadiq (632-634), specifically by directing its jihad against fellow Muslims, in Islamic parlance, the “hypocrites” and “apostates,” or in Western terminology, “moderates.” This came out in [...]

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Why Islam Permits Exactly Four Wives

Jihad Watch During a recent Arabic program devoted to how religions view marriage, Islamic clerics endeavored to answer the host’s question, “Why does Islam permit exactly four wives, as opposed to only one or more than four? One of these clerics responded by saying that, before Islam, there was no limit to how many wives an Arab man [...]

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Syria: Captive Women Herded and Sold in Slave Markets

Coptic Solidarity The above picture recently appeared on several Arabic social media and websites.   Its caption says: “First female slave market in Deir ez-Zur,” a Syrian region that is 20 percent Christian and is currently occupied by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Regardless of its origin or authenticity, it’s true significance is [...]

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