islamic extremists

  • muslimalienation1
    January 26, 2015  

    Nearly a third of the 15,000 foreign fighters for Islamic State are Muslims from Western Europe, seeking an alternative to the alienation some feel here at home. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports from London on how cultural isolation and discrimination can help drive young Western recruits to embrace radicalism. Continue reading

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    August 27, 2014  

    In the town of Iraqi town of Amirli, 15,000 Shiite Turkmen civilians have been under siege by Islamic State militants for more than 70 days without adequate food, water or medicine. Hari Sreenivasan gets an update from chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner on what the Iraqi military is asking the United States to provide in order to stave off a potential massacre. Continue reading

  • hostages1
    August 27, 2014  

    A wave of American hostages held by Islamic extremists has raised questions about the U.S. policy not to pay ransoms. Jeffrey Brown talks to David Rohde of Reuters and Brian Jenkins of RAND Corporation for views on the divergence between the United States and other countries on this issue. Continue reading

  • The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says. Video still from PBS NewsHour.
    August 27, 2014  

    After 22 months in captivity, American journalist Peter Theo Curtis spoke publicly for the first time since his release from an al-Qaida affiliate in Syria. Meanwhile, Islamic State militants have threatened to kill journalist Steven Sotloff unless the U.S. stops airstrikes against their forces in Iraq. Reports also surfaced that the group is holding an American aid worker. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

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    August 27, 2014  

    Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American man who was killed while fighting for the Islamic State in Syria, is not the first U.S. citizen to die as an Islamic militant in the war-torn country, and the FBI warns there are dozens more still fighting. For more on why Americans and others are joining terror groups abroad, Gwen Ifill talks to Humera Khan of Muflehun and Jessica Stern of Harvard University. Continue reading

  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey at a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 21. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
    August 25, 2014  

    Islamic State fighters captured the last major military base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, bolstering its influence in the already unstable region. The U.S. kept up airstrikes against the group over the weekend, amid growing talk of an expanding ai campaign into Syria. Jeffrey Brown gets analysis on the threat from retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor and Stephen Walt of Harvard University. Continue reading

  • February 4, 2013  

    The city of Timbuktu has suffered extensive damage at the hands of Islamic rebels. Amid the destruction, ancient manuscripts were thought to have been destroyed. Margaret Warner looks at how the manuscripts in Mali were saved, hidden from disaster during the conflict with Islamist rebels. Continue reading

  • January 28, 2013  

    In Mali, government forces made advances against Islamic extremists who have dominated certain regions for nine months. French forces were airdropped north of Timbukto and helped drive the rebels to the north. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

  • November 14, 2012  

    In other news Wednesday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced she would run again for the position of House Minority Leader, with Democrats backing her leadership. Also, word broke that former CIA director David Petraeus will testify about the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya at an upcoming Senate hearing. Continue reading

  • August 23, 2012  

    Many Malians harmoniously practice Islam alongside cultural traditions such as animism. But these Malians fear that they will be the first targeted as infidels by Islamic militants, who have already destroyed traditional Malian shrines. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading

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