Aqeel Arshad

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ISIS capital in Syria is 'like a big prison,' activist says

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's not hard to get into Raqqa. The problem, one prominent activist tells CNN, is getting out.<p>Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi's voice is calm and measured as he describes life inside the city ISIS claims as the capital of its so-called caliphate. But the horrors he details are harrowing.<p>Airstrikes. …

Free Syrian Army

ISIS Is Using Social Media to Lure British Muslim Girls, Says Think Tank

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is deploying social media and the promise of adventure to enlist young British Muslim girls to …

Social Media

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in overnight West Bank raid

19-year-old Palestinian man shot dead by Israeli troops in overnight raid near Bethlehem<p>Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in overnight clashes in a West Bank refugee camp amid signs of rising tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).<p>Jihad al-Jafari, 19, was …

Human Rights
Middle East

Jewish Claimants Criticize German Progress in Returning Nazi-Looted Art

Jewish claimants’ lawsuit is latest sign of conflict despite German pledge to improve restitution effort<p>BERLIN—A year after Germany pledged to bolster its efforts to return art stolen by the Nazis, Jewish claimants to medieval relics valued at millions of dollars say the government isn’t living up …


Mysterious drones over Paris cause panic

At least five drones sightings over Paris during the night raise fears after Charlie Hebdo attacks and threat by an al-Qaeda affiliate to target the French capital<p>Police spotted at least five drones flying over sensitive sites in Paris including the US embassy and the Eiffel Tower between one …

Middle East

Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad

Gulf between Israeli secret service and PM revealed in documents shared with the Guardian along with other secrets including CIA bids to contact Hamas • Read the leaked document here<p>Binyamin Netanyahu’s dramatic declaration to world leaders in 2012 that Iran was about a year away from making a …