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Features
21 Nov 2014

The Middle Eastern-based Islamic State (IS) goes by many names, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), but these are only recent denominations for an organization whose origins predate al-Qaeda's presence in Iraq. The forerunner of IS … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday unanimously ruled [opinion, PDF] to uphold a $413 million judgment against Syria for assisting in the the murders of two US contractors. In 2004, two military contractors assisting the US in Iraq, Olin Armstrong … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday denied [opinion, PDF] the habeas corpus petition of suspected terrorist and US citizen Shawqi Omar [JURIST news archive], allowing him to be transferred to Iraqi custody. Omar, detained by the US military in … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Eight alleged al-Qaeda operatives were given life sentences by a Jordan military court Wednesday as punishment for their roles in a 2004 failed chemical weapons attack [CNN report] on the US Embassy and other sites in Jordan. The plot was allegedly funded by al-Qaeda's top leader in Iraq, Abu … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] A US Justice Department spokesman said late Friday that the federal appeals court decision [opinion, PDF] giving suspected Iraq terrorist Shawqi Omar [JURIST news archive] the right to argue his case before a US court [JURIST report] will "inappropriately interfere with the executive branch's prerogative to prosecute a war." … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Friday that US citizen and suspected terrorist Shawqi Omar [JURIST news archive] has a right to argue his case before a US court. In a simultaneous 2-1 … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] King Abdullah II of Jordan [official website] issued a "special amnesty" on Saturday for two opposition party lawmakers who were convicted of incitement [JURIST report] in August for expressing sympathy after the death of al Qaeda Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [CTV report; JURIST report] when they visited Zarqawi's … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] King Abdullah II of Jordan [official website] issued a "special amnesty" on Saturday for two opposition party lawmakers who were convicted of incitement [JURIST report] in August for expressing sympathy after the death of al Qaeda Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [CTV report; JURIST report] when they visited Zarqawi's … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2006
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] An Iraqi woman who attempted to detonate a suicide bomb as part of the 2005 deadly hotel bombings in Amman [CTV report] was sentenced to death Thursday by a Jordanian military court. Sajida al-Rishawi was convicted along with six others who were tried in absentia of conspiracy to carry … [read more]


Legal News
11 Sep 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Lawyers for the US Department of Justice told a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] Monday that the court lacked the power to prevent the case of an American held in Iraq from being transferred to the Iraqi courts. The … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A Jordan military court Sunday convicted two lawmakers from the Islamic Action Front (IAF) [party website, in Arabic], the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder], for expressing sympathy after the death of al Qaeda Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [CTV report; JURIST report] when they … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Jordanian authorities have detained four lawmakers from the Islamic Action Front (IAF) [party website, in Arabic], the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood [Wikipedia backgrounder], who allegedly expressed sympathy after the death of al Qaeda Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [CTV report; JURIST report] by visiting Zarqawi's relatives in … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] announced Thursday that Iraq's parliament has approved his nominee for the country's controversial Interior Ministry, ending a three-week stalemate between Shiite and Sunni political blocs. Nominees for the defense and national security ministries were also approved, completing the formation of Maliki's new … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] US forces abused Iraqi detainees long before the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in 2004, the New York Times reported Saturday. An elite special forces unit formerly known as Task Force 121 and now known as Task Force 6-26 converted one of Saddam Hussein's former military bases near the Baghdad … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Three Ohio men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for planning terrorist attacks on US military overseas [press release], according to court documents unsealed Tuesday. The men were recruited by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [BBC profile], who leads al Qaeda in Iraq, and were involved in recruiting other … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] A Jordan military court on Wednesday sentenced Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [BBC profile], the alleged head of al Qaeda in Iraq, and eight other men to death for conspiring to attack several sites in Jordan with explosives and toxic chemicals. Al-Zarqawi and three of the defendants were sentenced in absentia, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2006
by JURIST Staff

[JURIST] US District Judge Ricardo Urbina [official profile] on Monday issued a preliminary injunction [PDF text; opinion, PDF] preventing the US military from turning over US citizen and suspected terrorist Shawqi Omar [JURIST report] to Iraqi officials. Omar, who the US describes as a close associate of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2006
by Greg Sampson

[JURIST] Lawyers for naturalized American citizen Shawqi Ahmad Omar, who has been detained in Iraq for over a year, have asked a federal judge to intervene in the case and prevent Omar's transfer to Iraqi custody. US Justice Department officials say that Omar, who they believe is a close associate … [read more]


Legal News
18 Dec 2005
by Chris Buell

[JURIST] A Jordan military court on Sunday sentenced al Qaeda's chief in Iraq Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [BBC profile] and two others to death for a failed suicide bombing on the country's border with Iraq last year. Al-Zarqawi and one of the other suspects were sentenced in absentia, but the third, … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2005
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Jordan's King Abdullah II [official website] has urged the Jordanian parliament to quickly approve new anti-terrorism legislation, drafted two weeks ago [JURIST report] in the wake of last month's hotel bombing [Reuters report] that left 57 people dead. During the Thursday opening of the third parliamentary session since 2003 … [read more]

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