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The Lure of Becoming a Bride of ISIS

Anne Speckhard | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Anne Speckhard

SIS in its call to the Caliphate is also offering a new world order in which the current geo-political conflicts will, according to ISIS, be resolved with everyone ultimately living as Muslim in a utopian life governed by Islamic ideals--heady stuff for the young who are disheartened by real injustices in the world and still believe in the possibility of utopias.

ISIS Wives Recount Terrible Reality Of Life In Raqqa

The New York Times | Benjamin Hart | Posted 11.21.2015 | World
Read More: Isis, Raqqa, World News

SOUTHERN TURKEY — Dua had only been working for two months with the Khansaa Brigade, the all-female morality police of the Islamic State, when h...

Syrian Journalists Risk Death Covering Life Under Airstrikes And ISIS Occupation

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 11.18.2015 | Media

NEW YORK -- TV anchors and correspondents have flooded Paris in the last few days, but journalists are nowhere to be seen on the streets of Raqqa, Sy...

Francois Hollande's 9/11 Moment

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

There should be no question in anyone's mind that the Paris attacks last weekend have forced the entire country and the nation's leaders to reassess the scope of the terrorism problem, the absolute terror and brutalization that the Islamic State represents, and France's role in countering international terrorism more broadly.

Paris Attack Shows Why Al Qaeda Might Have Been Right About ISIS All Along

Alastair Crooke | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- We don't yet know if the attack on the Russian airliner in Sinai, the suicide bombs in Beirut and the Paris onslaught were conceived and coordinated by ISIS leadership in Syria and Iraq. If they weren't, Europe has a different problem -- but one no less serious.

Belgian Suspected Of Plotting Paris Attacks Was A Target Of Airstrikes In Syria

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.18.2015 | World

PARIS — The Belgian man suspected of being the plotter of the Paris terrorist attacks was a target of Western airstrikes on the Islamic State s...

Yazidis Worry About Family Held By ISIS After French Airstrikes

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.17.2015 | World

QADIYA, Iraq -- As a Yazidi woman watched reports from northern Iraq on Monday about France's airstrikes on the Islamic State's headquarters, she che...

France Bombs ISIS Headquarters In Syria

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.16.2015 | World

French warplanes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria on Sunday as police in Europe widened their investigations into coordinated attacks ...

Turning Point: Coordinated Operations in the War on ISIS

Janet Ritz | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Janet Ritz

Coordinated military offensives against ISIS have begun in the Middle East. In Iraq, Kurdish Peshmerga, with Special Ops and Coalition support, have begun an attack on an ISIS held city that controls an ISIS supply road.

Islamic State Leaders Boasted About Russian Jet Crash, U.S. Officials Say

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.06.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Communications between Islamic State leaders in Raqqa, Syria, and persons in the Sinai Peninsula included boasts about ...

ISIS Beheads Two Syrian Activists Who Documented Terror Group's Crimes

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.30.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Syrian activists Ibrahim Abdul Qader and Fares Hamadi were lucky enough to escape the Islamic State’s wrath in the besieged city of...

Turkey Is Finally Doing Something Useful in the Fight Against ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Before the United States dispatched its F-15's and F-16's over the skies of Iraq and Syria last fall, the administration worked furiously behind the scenes to assemble an anti-ISIL coalition that would prove durable.

Kurdish Fighters Close In On ISIS Stronghold In Syria

AP | HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 06.23.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and buoyed by battlefield successes, Kurdish fighters kept up an offensive through northern Syria on Tue...

Kurds Make Important Win Against ISIS

Reuters | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

By Tom Perry BEIRUT, June 22 (Reuters) - Kurdish-led forces said on Monday that they had captured a military base from Islamic State in Syria's Raq...

Kurds Capture Key ISIS-Held Border Town In Syria

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — For more than a year, the Syrian town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border provided a lifeline for the Islamic State group, allowing it ...

Video Appears To Show ISIS Torturing Young Boy

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 06.02.2015 | World

Ahmed was 14 when militants of the Islamic State group captured him in his hometown of Raqqa, Syria, hung him from the ceiling by his arms and started...

A Field Guide to Jordan's Battle Against ISIS

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Jordan's boundless generosity has provided a safe haven for the human tide of refugees that have been thrust upon it from war-ravaged Syria and Iraq.

Airstrikes In Syria Have Reportedly Killed 865 People, Including 50 Civilians

Reuters | Posted 01.11.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Air strikes by U.S.-led forces in Syria have killed 865 people, including 50 civilians, since the start of the campaign i...

The Islamic State: A Break with History

OpedSpace | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

There is nothing "Islamic" about the Islamic State (IS), and I don't mean that in the patronizing tone used too often by politicians and quasi-intellectuals who are toeing a line of political correctness or trying to garner favor with Middle Eastern moderates.

Kobani Cabal -- When It Comes to ISIS, All Politics Are 'Glocal'

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

ISIS is a bipartisan cause. This president needs and deserves help. Before the congressional mid-terms, time to bring in seasoned, mature reinforcements to help President Obama do the job he pledged the American people he would do without U.S. boots on the ground: destroy and defeat ISIS.

Yes, Somebody's Boots on the Ground Will Be Needed

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As the president outlined on September 10, an instrumental component of the anti-ISIL counterterrorism policy is the train-and-advisery mission that the U.S. and its Arab partners will set up in Saudi Arabia for the moderate Syrians.

Woman Secretly Films Life Under ISIS In Syria

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.29.2014 | World

A young woman appears to have risked her life to secretly film life in the Islamic State-controlled city of Raqqa, Syria, according to French televisi...

Why A Mother Took Her Toddler To Live Under ISIS

AP | BERZA SIMSEK and RAPHAEL SATTER | Posted 11.24.2014 | World

ISTANBUL (AP) — Asiya Ummi Abdullah doesn't share the view that the Islamic State group rules over a terrorist dystopia and she isn't scared by the ...

Exodus Out Of Raqqa

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2014 | World

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Hundreds of residents fled Syria's northern city of Raqqa after U.S. warplanes struck positions held ...

U.S. Informed Syria Of Impending Airstrikes

AP | ALBERT AJI and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 11.22.2014 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his...