So the regimes promised change. The Saudis pledged to cut hate speech from their textbooks. Jordan gathered 200 scholars for a declaration of Muslim tolerance and unity. Around the region, governments expanded their control over what was preached and discussed in mosques. Implicit throughout was the idea that they could identify and enshrine a “correct” Islam for subjects always on the verge of falling for fundamentalists, and that that was all the change the world needed to deal with al Qaeda and its affiliates. … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia Told The World Its Problem Was Islam. It’s Actually Tyranny.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders clarified the administration’s position on withdrawing American troops from Syria after President Donald Trump urged the military to bring the troops home. “The military mission to eradicate ISIS [the Islamic State] in Syria is coming to a rapid end, with ISIS being almost completely destroyed,” Sanders wrote in a statement, adding that the United States was “committed” to finishing the job of eradicating the Islamic State in Syria. … [Read more...] about White House: Military Committed to Eradicating Islamic State Before Leaving Syria
The Times of Israel reports: Security forces arrested a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group off the Gaza coast suspected of planning to sink an Israeli naval patrol boat and kidnap any survivors last month, Israel revealed on Wednesday. The plan was to use three boats to lure in a navy ship, fire a missile at it and then seize the wounded and slain soldiers, according to a joint statement by the Shin Bet security service and Israel Defense Forces. This plot was foiled on the night of March 12, when the navy’s 916th Patrol Squadron stopped a Palestinian boat that had left the designated Gaza fishing zone. … [Read more...] about Watch: Israel Thwarts Islamic Jihad Missile Attack on Navy Boats
Sharia is Islamic law. The konde is the traditional Indonesia bun hairstyle. A niqab is an Islamic women’s garment that covers the face. The adzan is the wailing call to prayer issued for Muslims five times per day. In other words, Sukmawati’s poem asserted that traditional Indonesian dress and music is more beautiful than Islamic face coverings and the call to prayer. … [Read more...] about Daughter of Indonesia’s First President Accused of Blasphemy Against Islam
“We need you to stay the course in Iraq and help our society to recover from the most recent trauma that we faced,” Rahman declared during a panel discussion hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) on Tuesday, addressing the Trump administration. … [Read more...] about Iraq Allows Peshmerga Back in the Fight as Islamic State Grows in Kurdish Absence