Volume 16

U.S. Believes Iran Launched Air Raids on Islamic State in Iraq

The United States has indications that Iran has carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq in recent days in what appeared to be the first such operations by Iran’s air force, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

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December 4, 2014

Thousands of Syrian Refugees Stranded in Turkish Minefield: Rights Group

A human rights watchdog urged Turkey on Wednesday to remove from its border with Syria landmines which have killed three people and wounded nine among more than 2,000 Syrian refugees camped in a minefield…

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December 4, 2014

Facing Islamic State in Syria, U.S.-Trained Rebels Await More Help

Syrian rebel commander Abdulaziz says U.S. military training helped his men kill at least 15 Islamic State fighters in a recent battle near Aleppo. Three months earlier, a similar engagement had gone the other way, with two of his men killed.

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December 4, 2014

U.S. Expects Some Familiar Faces Among Syria Rebel Recruits

The United States is creating a vigorous vetting process to weed out undesirables among the Syrian rebels it will train to fight Islamic State, but some of the new recruits will be familiar faces requiring far more limited screening.

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December 4, 2014

Peltier “Feeling His Age” in Prison

A letter from long term political prisoner Leonard Peltier was read aloud by Bert Waters at the 45th Day of Mourning commemoration, which took place on November 27, 2014 in Plymouth Massachusetts…

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December 4, 2014

Blood Drive at Muslim Unity Center Bloomfield

blood drive at Bloomfield MI mosque

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U.S. Military Monitoring Islamic State Training in Libya: General

The U.S. military is closely monitoring a nascent effort by Islamic State, the militant group that has overrun parts of Syria and Iraq, to train a couple of hundred fighters in eastern Libya, the commander of U.S. forces in Africa said on Wednesday.

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December 4, 2014

Community News V16-I50

Community News, volume 16 issue 50

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December 4, 2014

Saudi Set for Tighter 2015 Budget After Oil Price Falls

DUBAI, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Plunging oil prices could mean the first budget cuts for major exporter Saudi Arabia since 2002 but they are not expected to be large enough to stop growth in the Arab world’s biggest economy.

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December 4, 2014

The Innocent Souls and Self-Serving Religious Clergy

criticism of Muslim clergy, by Imam Aslam Abdullah

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December 4, 2014

A Community Voices Support For Their Imam

The campaign was created by a group of Qazwini’s supporters in response to letters circulating in the community, which they say include false accusations against their beloved spiritual leader…

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December 4, 2014

Looking for Hereos Where None Exist

It’s a bleak landscape across the Muslim world. In the face of gathering storm and darkening shadows, it is business as usual with relentless plots, counterplots against each other

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December 4, 2014

Egypt Closes Schools in Sinai Towns as Area Inches Toward Open War

Egypt has indefinitely shut schools in two border towns in northern Sinai as the army prepares to intensify a battle with Islamist militants…

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December 4, 2014

Successful Muslim Women Speakers Summit

Attorney, author, and human rights activist, Soraya Deen, founded and hosted the first Muslim Women Speakers Summit during this past month…

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December 4, 2014

Book Q&A: Ayesha Jalal on ‘The Struggle for Pakistan’

In her new book, The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014), Ayesha Jalal examines Pakistan’s history from its creation in 1947 to the present…

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December 4, 2014

Recognition of Palestinian State: French Parliament Votes for Recognition

French lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government to recognize Palestine, a symbolic move that will not immediately affect France’s diplomatic stance but demonstrates growing European impatience with a stalled peace process…

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December 4, 2014

Book on Jefferson & Islam gets Hamilton Award

University of Texas at Austin History Professor Denise A. Spellberg has been named the $10,000 grand prize winner of the 2014 University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for her work “Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders.” The Hamilton Awards are among the highest honors of literary achievement given for UT Austin authors. In […]

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December 4, 2014

Pope Francis Prays in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

By Philip Pullella and Daren Butler Pope Francis is shown the Sultan Ahmet mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque, by Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, during his visit to Istanbul November 29, 2014.  REUTERS-Osservatore Romano (Reuters) – Pope Francis prayed silently alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque on Saturday, in a […]

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December 4, 2014

New Immigration Laws Lead to New Possibilities

Last week, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, making changes to immigration reform affecting almost five million undocumented immigrants across the county, and clashing with Republicans in the process.

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