News and Analysis (10/16/15)

“[D]ocuments detailing a special operations campaign in northeastern Afghanistan, Operation Haymaker, show that between January 2012 and February 2013, U.S. special operations airstrikes killed more than 200 people. Of those, only 35 were the intended targets”:

“We have been down similar roads before. Jewish-Americans during the Red Scare, African-Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, and Japanese-Americans during World War II are examples that readily spring to mind”:

“Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon accused Washington of ‘misreading’ the conflict,” ignoring the fact that 22 of the 32 Palestinians killed were not “wielding knives” but many were “children and protesters” …

… while Mahmoud Abbas condemned an attack against the tomb of Joseph (peace be upon him), ordering “the damage to be repaired and opened an investigation into the arson” and rejecting “actions that violate law and order, and which distort our culture, our morals and our religion”…

… and a “video showing a violent confrontation between Israeli police and a Palestinian woman that ended in her hospitalization for gunshot wounds have inflamed tensions on both sides, as Israel ramps up its government surveillance on Palestinian activists”:

Debating Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz argues that Islam is not about war or peace per se, but about the “connection between belief and action, one’s interpretation of scripture to what one believes one must do”:

Hassan Minhaj owes his job on “The Daily Show” to Bill Maher becuase “‘Islamophobes are thankfully right on time when you need them… they are like the gift that keeps on giving’ for Muslim comedians'”:

“Witnesses say the militants have enforced gender segregation in public areas, banned music at wedding parties and forbidden non-al-Qaida clerics from preaching in mosques”:

“Reversing policy on Afghanistan, President Barack Obama announced on Thursday he will prolong the 14-year-old U.S. military engagement there, effectively handing off the task of pulling out troops to his successor”:

“Does the new axis of Russia, Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Hezbollah advance eastward to retake the entire country from the rebel forces and the jihadist extremists of the Islamic State? Or will Moscow settle for strengthening the Assad regime ahead of a potential bid for a political settlement”:

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