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The ISIS' 'Management of Savagery' in Iraq

Alastair Crooke | Posted 08.30.2014 | World
Alastair Crooke

The ISIS term "management or administration of savagery" in fact refers to that hiatus which occurs between the waning of one power and the consolidation of power of another. What is being assumed here is that a certain chaos will pertain, and that the disputed territory will be ravaged by violence as power oscillates back and forth between the "old" power and its incoming successor (the Islamic State). The author of the "Management of Savagery" treatise bluntly states that there is no room for "softness": "Softness" is the ingredient for failure: "our enemies will not be merciful to us, so it compels us to make them think one thousand times, before they dare attack us".

Al Qaeda Chief Urges Militants To Leave 'Political Disaster' In Syria

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2014 | World

RIYADH, May 3 (Reuters) - Iraqi al Qaeda's entry into Syria's civil war caused "a political disaster" for Islamist militants there, the movement's g...

U.S. Steps Up Military Deliveries To Iraq To Help Fight Against Al Qaeda

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2014 | World

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that the United States is accelerating its deliveries of military equip...

Another Big Blow For Iraq

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two Iraqi cities that were strongholds of Sunni insurgents during the U.S. war in the country are battlegrounds once more after al-Qa...

Iraq Car Bombs Kill Dozens

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 10.27.2013 | World

BAGHDAD -- BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of car bombings in Baghdad, an explosion at a market and a suicide assault in a northern city killed at least 62 ...

Crises In Egypt, Syria Breathe New Life Into Al Qaeda

AP | MAAMOUN YOUSSEF | Posted 08.31.2013 | World

CAIRO -- A leader of al-Qaida's Iraqi branch called Saturday on Egyptians to fight their army and derided the Muslim Brotherhood as "evil" for seeking...

Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility For Deadly Wave Of Bombings

Reuters | Posted 10.12.2013 | World

* Bombings marked deadliest Ramadan in years * Merged Iraq-Syria al Qaeda group claims attack * Bomb explodes near schoo...

Al Qaeda's Prison Attack Indicates Bleak Prospects for Iraq's Stability

Colin Wolfgang | Posted 09.22.2013 | World
Colin Wolfgang

Once again the world wonders if Iraq is on the brink of devolving into a failed state similar to Somalia.

Syria Militant Group Merges With Al Qaeda In Iraq

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 06.09.2013 | World

BEIRUT — Al-Qaida's branch in Iraq and the most powerful rebel extremist group in Syria have officially joined ranks against President Bashar As...

Dozens Killed In Iraq Bombings

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 09.30.2012 | World

BAGHDAD -- A series of coordinated bombings shattered Shiite neighborhoods and struck at Iraqi security forces Sunday, killing at least 26 in attacks ...

Al Qaeda: We're Back In Iraq

AP | MAAMOUN YOUSSEF | Posted 09.21.2012 | World

CAIRO — The first online statement from the new leader of al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq claims that the militant network is returning to strongho...

Gunmen Kill 4 Sunni Fighters In East Iraq

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 08.29.2012 | World

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi security officials say gunmen have killed four anti-al-Qaida fighters in an attack on a security checkpoint in an eastern province. ...

Officials: Al Qaeda Incapable Of New 9/11-Scale Attack

Reuters | Posted 06.27.2012 | World

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's core organization is likely incapable of carrying out another mass-casu...

Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility For Deadly Blasts

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.21.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — Al-Qaida's front group in Iraq claimed responsibility Wednesday for a wave of attacks that killed 46 people across the country this we...

U.S. Officials: Al Qaeda Behind Syria Bombings

McClatchy | Posted 02.10.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Iraqi branch of al Qaida, seeking to exploit the bloody turmoil in Syria to reassert its potency, carried out two recent bombings in...

The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda: Debunking the Terrorism Narrative

Fawaz Gerges | Posted 03.04.2012 | World
Fawaz Gerges

Shrouded in myth and inflated by a self-sustaining industry of so-called terrorism "experts" and a well-funded national security industrial complex, the power of Al-Qaeda can only be eradicated when the fantasies around the group are laid to rest.

Al Qaeda Vows To Exact Revenge For bin Laden's Death

AP | By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 10.20.2011 | World

BAGHDAD -- Al-Qaida in Iraq has vowed to carry out "100 attacks" across the country, starting in the middle of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, to ex...

Unverified Audio Message By Al Qaeda In Iraq Asks Ex-Members To Come Back

AP | By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF | Posted 10.08.2011 | World

CAIRO -- A new message posted online purportedly from al-Qaida in Iraq asks Sunni fighters who switched sides and joined forces with the U.S. and Iraq...

Iraq's Crooked Politicians: Talking With Sheik Ali Hatem, Leader of the Sunni Awakening Councils

Federico Manfredi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Federico Manfredi

AH: Like the terrorists, our politicians are only interested in power. None of them care about the well-being of the Iraqi people. This is just a show to keep the Americans thinking that all is well in Iraq.

Two Top Al Qaeda Figures In Iraq Killed

AP | DAVID RISING | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — The U.S. and Iraq claimed a major victory against al-Qaida on Monday, saying their forces killed the terror group's two top figures in...

Mike Mullen: Al Qaeda In Iraq 'Devastated'

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. — A string of setbacks for al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq has left the insurgent group "devastated" and struggling to ...

Al Qaeda Blamed For Baghdad Apartment Bombings, At Least 34 Dead In Iraq

AP | ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Bombs ripped through apartment buildings and a market in mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 50 people in postelection ...

Car Bomb Kills 7 In Iraqi Capital

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — A car bomb exploded Friday at a market south of Baghdad in a region that was once the scene of frequent attacks on Shiites, killing se...

Sam Stein

KSM Questioned About al Qaeda-Iraq Ties During Waterboarding | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Some of the first questions asked of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed upon his capture and during the time during which he was waterboarded were about possible ...

Even For Cheney, The Al Qaeda-Iraq Torture Story Is A New Low

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Coercive and illegal techniques were used widely at Gitmo in an attempt to secure information linking al Qaeda to Saddam Hussein.