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Islamic State of Iraq and Sham

Damascene Sufism: The Antidote to ISIS

Sami Moubayed | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Sami Moubayed

When the Islamic State stormed the city of al-Mayadeen in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zour along the Euphrates River, they struck with particular vengeance at the homes of Syrian Sufis. Members of the Sufi order were arrested; their clerics were flogged, their spiritual corners torn down.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Bye-Bye 'ISIL'? John Kerry Calling ISIS By Arabic Term It Hates | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry is a distinguished diplomat with impeccable manners -- but that doesn't mean he's above lobbing a well-pla...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama Officials Pin Blame For ISIS On Iraqi Government | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States finally seems to have identified the party responsible for failing to halt the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq: the ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Michele Bachmann May Be Islamic State Target | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who has previously made vocal and sometimes ill-informed condemnations of radical Islam, is at risk of ...

This Is What It's Like To Be A Woman Fighting ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

The militant group known as the Islamic State has a limited view of what women can do: At best, they can support their husbands and produce new genera...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

ISIS Likely Captured Iraqi Chemical Weapons, New York Times Confirms | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A New York Times report confirms that the U.S. government knew that an Iraqi facility now controlled by the Islamic State militant orga...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

ISIS May Have Chemical Weapons | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Islamic State militant group may possess chemical weapons that it has already used to extend its self-proclaimed caliphate, accordin...

UNESCO Makes a Stand on 'Cultural Cleansing'

Lyn Julius | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Lyn Julius

In collaboration with the Iraqi authorities, UNESCO has called for utmost vigilance from the world's great museums, the art market, Interpol and other partner organizations in the fight against illicit traffic and has shared information relevant to Iraq's cultural heritage with all parties involved in air strikes.

Hours Before Strikes, Targets Presented No 'Imminent Threat'

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

Hours before the U.S. launched airstrikes and cruise missiles into Syria, a senior administration official had told the Guardian that neither of the t...

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You're Probably Not Asking Enough Questions About U.S. Military Action Against ISIS | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

President Barack Obama is set to lay out in a speech tonight his "game plan" for an expanded assault on the Islamic State, the militant group also kno...

Qaddafi's Ghost and the ISIS Campaign

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Obama's caution about jumping into the Syrian civil war seems tacitly to acknowledge that the intervention went awry. So how should it affect the conduct of the campaign against ISIS?

Activists: Syrian Warplanes Bomb ISIS Training Camp

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Syrian warplanes bombed a bakery run by Islamic State in the city of Raqqa, killing 25 people, in air raids...

New Evidence Indicates ISIS Militants Killed 770 Captured Soldiers

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 11.03.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State group carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers captured when the extremists overran ...

Reports Of ISIS Beheadings Are Horrifyingly Common

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.21.2014 | World

The Islamic State's beheading of American journalist James Foley has caused outrage and disgust around the world, from Syria to the White House. And a...

Islamic State's Foreign Fighters Could Be A Deadly Weapon Against The West

Reuters | By Michael Georgy and Mariam Karouny | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT Aug 20 (Reuters) - Islamic State's beheading of a U.S. journalist and its threat to "destroy the American cross" suggests it has gain...

Iraqi Turkmens Appeal For Help To Thousands Besieged By Islamic State

AP | SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants appealed to Iraq's military and the inte...

Islamic State Militants Attack Major Syrian Government Air Base

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated o...

Group: Islamic State Militants Executed 700 Tribe Members In Syria

Reuters | Posted 08.16.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the pas...

Islamic State Militants Close In On Syria Rebel Stronghold

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 10.16.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists ca...

State TV: Iraqi Airstrike Kills 60 Islamic State Fighters

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB and SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 10.06.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — A string of car bombs tore through busy shopping streets in several Baghdad neighborhoods on Wednesday night killing 51 people as the...

UN: Islamic State Militants Order Female Genital Mutilation In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2014 | World

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations, expressing deep concern, said on Thursday that militant group Islamic State had ordered all girls and women in ...

Islamic State Selling Iraqi Oil To Finance 'Caliphate'

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2014 | World

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, July 23 (Reuters) - Islamic State militants seized four small oilfields when they swept through north Iraq ...

Why Triumphant Jihadis In Iraq Will Help Assad Crush Opposition In Aleppo

Noah Bonsey | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Noah Bonsey

The world's most feared jihadi group, the Islamic State (ISIS), is parlaying its dramatic gains in Iraq into Syria. Already flush with cash and weapons, ISIS stands to receive another, invaluable windfall in Aleppo, Syria's largest city prior to the war. Regime forces there are on the verge of encircling opposition militants. Their success in doing so would benefit ISIS as much as it would Bashar al-Assad, throttling the more moderate rebel enemy both share.

Sunni And Shiite Imams Denounce ISIS Together In New Video

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion

Sunni and Shiite Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom have come together to denounce the Islamic militant group ISIS in a video posted by a group call...

Who's Afraid of the Caliphate?

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Today respected clerics exist here and there, but many Muslims see the absence of a single authority as one source of the weakness and paucity of Islamic vision in the Muslim world today. In an era when the West has repeatedly invaded Muslim countries, overthrown their leaderships, and commandeered their economic and energy sources over much of the 20th century, the weakness and lack of leadership in the Muslim world remains a vivid concern to Muslims. Thus when the term "caliphate" is invoked, it touches a chord in the historical sensibilities of many.