Bayan Takrouri

Bayan Takrouri

The Strange Case of Two Chicago Area Men Trying to Join ISIS

On March 26, two men from Aurora, Illinois were charged with conspiring to join ISIS and attack a Joliet military facility. Hasan Edmonds was arrested at Chicago's Midway International Airport as he was about to board a plane to Cairo. An undercover FBI agent sent Hasan a friend request on Facebook over a year ago and the two started...

World Has Forgotten Gaza, But Gazan Children Can’t Forget

Ramadan 2014 was approaching. I had been waiting for this month all year. It was a time for spiritual reflection, increased worship, long hours in the mosque for night prayers, internal serenity, and forgiveness from our God. This year was different. This year there was no internal serenity. This year I was hurting, grief-stricken, heart-broken, I was sobbing at...

“Severe Eruption of Hostilities” Between Israelis and Hezbollah: What Really Happened?

About a week ago two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded by Hezbollah missile attacks near the Lebanese border in what the New York Times called “the most severe eruption of hostilities in the area since the fierce enemies’ devastating month long war in 2006 and threatened to incite a significant escalation.” But what really happened?In a letter...




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