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Apr 22, 2015

Active online, foreign women become Islamic State widows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least 15 young Western women who joined Islamic State and married jihadi fighters are now widows after the militant group suffered losses in clashes in Syria and Iraq, according to researchers who closely monitor Islamist radicals online.

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) think tank in London gave Reuters access to its database of 106 foreign women it says have moved to IS territory and are active online.

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. Somali recruiter not dead, still active in Syria: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Somali-American who joined Islamic State as a fighter is alive and still trying to recruit young men from Minnesota to join him, law enforcement officials and a Somali community leader said, despite a report that he might have been killed in Syria.

Abdi Nur, 20, who left Minneapolis for Syria last year, is frequently in touch online with young Somalis in Minnesota to try to entice them to join IS, Twin Cities Somali community elder Omar Jamal said.

Apr 13, 2015

Hawkish U.S. foreign policy at heart of Rubio’s presidential bid

MIAMI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will make a muscular foreign policy a focal point when he announces his presidential candidacy on Monday, portraying himself as the Republican most ready to handle threats to America in a chaotic world.

Advisers say a key part of the Cuban-American’s election strategy for 2016 will be a “peace-through-strength” global view based on increased defense spending.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. online ban of militant Muslim preacher ends

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Michigan-based Islamist preacher whose online sermons have been a leading source of inspiration for foreign fighters in Syria is free to return to social media after restrictions on his Internet use lapsed.

Officials at the U.S. Attorney’s office and federal district court in Detroit told Reuters that probation constraints that a federal judge ordered last summer on imam Ahmad Musa Jebril expired last week.