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Egyptian security forces pressing a campaign against Islamist militants have killed 52 suspected jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula.

The Islamic State's media wing have reported the death of a militant named as Abu Hamza al-Maqdisi in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

Iraq, Saudi Arabia agree to 'jihadist-for-Shia militants' prisoner swap

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Iraq, Saudi Arabia agree to 'jihadist-for-Shia militants' prisoner swap

Iraq and Saudi Arabia have agreed to a prisoner exchange involving Islamic State group fighters and Iraqi militiamen during bilateral talks this week that followed years of strained ties.

The polarisation of Jordan's jihadi scene

Mona Alami

The polarisation of Jordan's jihadi scene

Comment: Amman has long fought against armed groups, and with growing support for the Islamic State group in Jordan, that fight is a long way ...

Syria's chemical weapons: A short history of denial

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Syria's chemical weapons: A short history of denial

Syria's government has vehemently denied using chemical weapons against civilians, despite ever increasing evidence of their guilt.

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Al-Nusra Front leader revealed as Jolani announces al-Qaeda split

The head of al-Nusra Front Abu Mohammed al-Jolani announced that the Syrian rebel group was breaking ties with al-Qaeda and changing its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.

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Al-Qaeda leader tells Syria's al-Nusra it can cut ties

Al-Qaeda's head Ayman al-Zawahiri has approved of alleged plans by its Syrian affiliate to cut ranks, as al-Nusra Front faces combined air ...

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Syria's al-Nusra Front 'to cut ties' with al-Qaeda

Al-Nusra Front's advisory council has reportedly voted to break ties with al-Qaeda following news that Russia and the US launched airstrikes ...

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Jordan detains top Salafist cleric months after his release

Jordan, which has a complex approach to the Salafist-Jihadist movement and is fighting its own war against Islamic State, arrested radical ...

Abu Qatada: Radical cleric's son arrested in Jordan

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Abu Qatada: Radical cleric's son arrested in Jordan

The Jordanian security authorities have arrested Qatada, eldest son of radical Salafist-Jihadist cleric Abu Qatada, over his online activity, ...

Paul McLoughlin

Jordan's media and the battle for free speech

Feature: While Jordan is at the forefront of the war against the Islamic State group, journalists fear that they might be the targets of new ...

A virtual Islamic State online in Gaza?

Imogen Lambert

A virtual Islamic State online in Gaza?

Analysis: As a pledge of allegiance from a prominant Salafi group in Gaza in circulated by IS-supporting militants, is the movement in the strip ...

Jordan under pressure to ban Ibn Taymiyyah's books

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Jordan under pressure to ban Ibn Taymiyyah's books

Leaked correspondence claims works by the medieval Islamic scholar have been used by the Islamic State group to justify its barbaric massacres.

Jordan gets shrewd in war against Islamic State group

Khaled Walid Mahmoud

Jordan gets shrewd in war against Islamic State group

Comment: The release of firebrand cleric Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi was a way of isolating Jordan's Salafis from the more radical Islamic ...

Jordan's security services gamble on <em>Maqdisi</em>

Mohammad al-Fadilat

Jordan's security services gamble on Maqdisi

Analysis: With the release of one of the world's most influential jihadi theorists from jail, officials are hoping he can help win the ...

Mohammad Fadilat & AFP

Jordan releases Salafi leader Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi

Jordanian planes bombed Islamic State group targets, as courts released a Salafi leader who has been critical of the kingdom's participation in the war against the extremist group.

Abdel Rahman Urabi

IS demands 'buffer zone' in exchange for Lebanese troops

A prisoner swap and a hospital are also among the demands issued to secure the release of 25 Lebanese servicemen held captive by the Islamic ...

Bassem Dabbagh & Mohammad al-Fadilat

Jordan seeks Turkey's help in rescuing captive pilot

Amman is hoping the Turkish government can help secure the release of the Jordanian captured by IS after Ankara successfully secured the ...

Mohammad al-Fadilat

Jordan government seeks radical measures to secure pilot's release

Following the capture of a Jordanian pilot by the IS group, Jordanians of all political persuasions have united and demanded that the government ...

Palestinian accused of Hebron hit-and-run turns himself in

Mohammad Obeidat/Agencies

Palestinian accused of Hebron hit-and-run turns himself in

The Palestinian who ran over Israeli soldiers near Arroub refugee camp north of Hebron hands himself over to authorities, the Israeli army says.

Mohammad Fadilat

Marginalising moderates in Jordan’s fight against ‘Islamic State’

Poverty and political isolation in the kingdom may act as recruiting tools for the armed group.

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