Tag: Terrorism

Sisi declares state of emergency

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Sunday declared a three-month state of emergency following the two deadly bombings on Coptic churches. “A series of steps will be taken, most importantly, the announcement of a state of emergency for three months after legal and constitution steps are taken,” Sisi said in a speech aired on state […]

Pope slams deadly Egypt church blasts: ‘World suffering from wars, terror’

Pope Francis condemned a deadly blast at a church in Egypt and said at a Palm Sunday Mass that the world was suffering from wars, terrorism and “interests that are armed and ready to strike.” Francis, who has not made any direct public comment on the current Middle East crisis, said the Mass as international […]

After ‘atrocious’ chemical attack, where does Syria go from here?

The atrocious chemical attack Tuesday near Idlib, in northern Syria, raises more questions than definite answers. It is premature to define and agree on the basic facts of what really happened and why a chemical agent was most probably dropped from the air, killing at least 100 people, many of them children, and wounded some […]

Donald Trump’s response to Syria gas attack: blame Obama

The scale and horror of Tuesday’s gas attack on civilians in Idlib highlighted the vacuum in the Trump administration’s foreign policy making: the incident was met first by silence, then by criticism of Barack Obama. Donald Trump described the attack, which killed scores of victims, including many children, as a direct “consequence” of his predecessor’s […]

Israeli summit deducts: Cyber terrorism world’s greatest threat

Cyber terrorism is shaping up as the greatest threat to world security, Israeli, European and Asian comptrollers said at a seminar hosted on Tuesday by Israel’s State Comptroller Yosef Shapira.At a meeting with President Reuven Rivlin, state comptrollers and heads of regional ombudsman institutions from the US, Austria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, […]

St. Petersburg Subway Bomber ID’d as Akbarzhon Jalilov from Kyrgyzstan

A suicide bomber born in the Central Asia republic of Kyrgyzstan was behind the grisly attack on the St. Petersburg subway, Russian authorities said Tuesday as the death toll rose to 14. Investigators said body parts of the suspect, Akbarzhon Jalilov, 22, were found in the third car of the mangled train. His DNA was […]

Why Russia is a target for terror

When President Vladimir Putin first ordered Russia’s air campaign in Syria in late 2015, his mission was clear: to kill the terrorists living there before they were able to kill people in Russia. Thousands of people from the Russian Federation, mostly from the Caucasus region, had traveled to Syria to join Islamist groups. Many have […]

Five dead, around 40 injured in UK parliament terrorist attack

Five people were killed and about 40 injured in London on Wednesday after a car plowed into pedestrians and a suspected Islamist-inspired attacker stabbed a policeman close to Britains parliament.The dead, in what police called a “marauding terrorist attack,” included the assailant and the policeman he stabbed. The other three victims were among those hit […]

Both Sides in Battle for Aleppo, Syria Guilty of Repeated War Crimes

Both sides in Syria’s civil war committed repeated war crimes during the battle for Aleppo last year — indiscriminately killing men, women and children during months of “unrelenting violence,” a United Nations report said Wednesday. Airstrikes by the Syrian government and its Russian backers were responsible for “claiming hundreds of lives and reducing hospitals, schools […]

ISIS attacks on Sinai Christians pose challenge to Sisi

At the Mary Jirjis Church in Ismailia Egypt, Mervat Jirjis describes how her family recently fled their home in the northern Sinai town of El Arish after her husband received a threat to leave immediately or be slaughtered. “The terrorists told him ‘your blood is permissible for us if you don’t leave.’ This caused me […]