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Published: 04/21/11

Big Bomb Found Near Indonesia Church; 19 Arrested

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Big Bomb Found Near Indonesia Church; 19 Arrested

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Senior security minister Djoko Suyanto said he believed Islamic militants had been plotting an attack outside of the capital during Good Friday celebrations. "The army and police are under high alert," he told reporters after attending a meeting chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "We want to guarantee safety." Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, was thrust onto the front lines in the battle against extremists in 2002 after al-Qaida-linked militants attacked two nightclubs on Bali island, killing 202 people, many of them foreign...

Published: 04/19/11

Libya Rebels Raise Concern About Islamic Extremism

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Libya Rebels Raise Concern About Islamic Extremism

AJDABIYA, Libya - Abdel-Moneim Mokhtar was ambushed and killed by Moammar Gadhafi's troops last week on a dusty road in eastern Libya - the end of a journey that saw him fight as a jihadi in Afghanistan and then return home where he died alongside NATO-backed rebels trying to oust the longtime authoritarian leader. In describing Mokhtar's death on Friday, Gadhafi's government said he was a member of al-Qaida - part of an ongoing attempt to link the rebels to Osama bin Laden's group. Four years ago, al-Qaida said it had allied itself with the Libyan Islamic Fighters Group - of which Mokhtar...

Published: 04/11/11

2 Women Detained as French Ban on Face-Covering Islamic Veils Takes Effect

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2 Women Detained as French Ban on Face-Covering Islamic Veils Takes Effect

PARIS -- France's new ban on Islamic face veils was met with a burst of defiance Monday, as several women appeared veiled in front of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral and two were detained for taking part in an unauthorized protest. France on Monday became the world's first country to ban the veils anywhere in public, from outdoor marketplaces to the sidewalks and boutiques of the Champs-Elysees. French President Nicolas Sarkozy set the wheels in motion for the ban nearly two years ago, saying the veils imprison women and contradict this secular nation's values of dignity and equality. The ban...

Published: 04/4/11

New Furor Over France's Muslims as Veil Ban Looms

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New Furor Over France's Muslims as Veil Ban Looms

TRAPPES, France -- Karima has a plan. If police stop her for wearing a veil over her face, she'll remove it - then put it back on once they're out of sight. If that doesn't work, she'll stay home, or even leave France. For Muslim women who cover their faces with veils, it is the moment for making plans. Starting April 11, a new law banning garments that hide the face takes effect. Women who disobey it risk a fine, special classes and a police record. The law comes as Muslims face what some see as a new jab at their religion: President Nicolas Sarkozy's party is holding a debate Tuesday on...

Published: 04/4/11

Captured Teen Bomber in Pakistan Vows Attacks

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Captured Teen Bomber in Pakistan Vows Attacks

MULTAN, Pakistan -- His accomplices brought carnage to a Sufi shrine, but the 14-year-old suicide bomber who was captured after his explosives failed to detonate was unrepentant. "Let me go, I want to be a martyr," he said as he was being led away, according to police officer Khalid Mahmood. "I want to send all you policemen to hell!" The boy, identified as Fida Hussain, was arrested at the shrine in central Pakistan shortly after Sunday's twin suicide blasts, which killed 42 people and wounded 100 others. The complex close to Dera Ghazi Khan in central Pakistan was crowded with thousands of...

Published: 03/28/11

Islamist Militants Ambush Pakistani Convoy, 11 Dead

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Islamist Militants Ambush Pakistani Convoy, 11 Dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Islamist militants ambushed a convoy of Pakistani troops traveling close to the Afghan border on Monday, killing 11 of them in an unusually bloody attack, a government official said. The dead included a colonel and a captain in the Frontier Corps, a paramilitary unit that is being trained by a small contingent of American special forces soldiers. Khyber government official Iqbal Khan said the convoy was returning from a mission in three vehicles when it was attacked not far from the main northwestern city of Peshawar. He said several of the attackers were killed, but...

Published: 03/10/11

Democrats, Republicans Disagree on Peter King's Muslim Hearings, Poll Finds

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Democrats, Republicans Disagree on Peter King's Muslim Hearings, Poll Finds

Opinions fall largely along party lines regarding Rep. Peter King's hearings examining the threat of radical Islam in America, with Republicans much more likely to say they are appropriate, according to a new poll. The USA Today/Gallup survey found that 52 percent of all Americans said they support the New York Republican's exploration of the issue, compared to 69 percent of Republicans. Just 40 percent of Democrats said the hearings are appropriate. Gallup said independents' views were similar to the national average, with 51 percent supporting King. King heads the House Homeland Security...

Published: 03/10/11

Opinion: Getting Clear on Rep. King's Muslim Hearings

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Opinion: Getting Clear on Rep. King's Muslim Hearings

Rep. Peter King's congressional hearings Thursday on the radicalization of American Muslims reminds me of the TV commercial, "There's clear, then there's Claritin clear." My eyes are not itchy and my nose isn't running, but my mind is foggy about the true goals and objectives of these hearings. This is what I mean. The Muslim in me would like to know the "Claritin clear" intent behind these hearings. Is it to demonize Islam as a faith? Is it to broad brush all Muslims in America? Is a separate line for Muslims at the airport security checkpoint a possible outcome of these hearings? Will...

Published: 03/9/11

Muslim Baiting: Peter King's Dangerous Obsession

By  Sarah Wildman - Politics Daily
Muslim Baiting: Peter King's Dangerous Obsession

In the last month and half, the Muslim world has been re-imagined in Western minds. On our television screens, at least before the upheaval in Libya, we saw women on the streets of Cairo, peaceful demonstrations, dictators overthrown. It was a different Islamic world than the one we'd been shown before, one that craves democracy, privileges peace; it was a counterpoint to Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations," and it provided a recognition of shared values, shared hopes. The world we saw is imperfect, to be sure. Women are struggling to be equal partners in that peaceful revolution....

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