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The Islamic State

Is Jordan Facilitating ISIS' Grand Strategy?

Alastair Crooke | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- ISIS' horrific immolation of a caged Lt. Muath Al-Kaseasbeh, the Jordanian pilot, will have been done in full understanding of the emotional impact of the manner of his death on Jordanians and in the West: This was very deliberate -- not some spur-of-the-moment act of barbarism. It is important to understand what lies behind and beyond the event itself.

How ISIS Is Using Us to Get What It Wants

Alastair Crooke | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Alastair Crooke

Already the western-backed Syrian rebels are howling that they have been discredited by America's attacks in Syria.

Michael Calderone

Vice Editor Says ‘No Collusion' With ISIS For Documentary | Michael Calderone | Posted 09.19.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -– Vice News editor-in-chief Jason Mojica shot down an accusation Thursday night that his news organization may have "colluded" with milita...

ISIS Has Displaced More Than 1.8 Million Iraqis. Here's How You Can Help Those In Need

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact

The Islamic State militant group has upended life for hundreds of thousands of Iraqis affected by the group's expanding influence in the region. En...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

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...

Is ISIS Not as Powerful as You Think?

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

I'm not trying to argue that we shouldn't be fearful of ISIS, but I do think it's important to gauge exactly how much fear is appropriate before we start deciding what to do about it.

Can a Coalition of Rivals Fight ISIS?

Shashank Joshi | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Shashank Joshi

The nations opposed to ISIS are strange bedfellows -- the United States, its Arab allies, and NATO member Turkey as well as Iran and its ally Syria. Together, a coalition of these rivals would include almost all of the region's combat power, both Sunni and Shia nations. ISIS would be surrounded on every side. Yet such a coalition is unlikely to emerge.

Michael Calderone

Iraq War Supporters Urge Caution Amid ISIS Media Frenzy | Michael Calderone | Posted 09.08.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -– As the Obama administration weighs whether it should try to manage the Islamic State, destroy it or follow it to the “gates of Hell,...

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

Alastair Crooke | Posted 10.27.2014 | World
Alastair Crooke

Abd al-Wahhab argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader (a Caliph, if there were one). Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessions confiscated, he wrote. The list of apostates meriting death included the Shia, Sufis and other Muslim denominations, whom Abd al-Wahhab did not consider to be Muslim at all. There is nothing here that separates Wahhabism from ISIS.

'Muslims Condemning Things' Tumblr Answers A Question That Should Be Obvious

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion

The Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS, claims that it is restoring the Islamic Caliphate in an attempt to confer greater politi...

Dear Hillary: 'Don't Do Stupid Stuff' Would've Kept Us Out of Iraq and Vietnam. Pretty Smart, No?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama may (or may not) have hugged it out, but there is no mistaking that the former secretary of state is looking to create some distance between herself and the president she served.

"We Have Become the Kurdish Air Force" -- Former State Department Official Matthew Hoh Makes the Case For Non-Intervention in Iraq

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

Northern Iraq is rich with oil and natural gas and what is playing out is a battle for these resources by the Kurds and Sunnis in the wake of the departure of Baghdad's control and army. In effect we have become the Kurdish Air Force in protecting the gains the Kurds have made since this crisis began in June.

No, They Aren't Devil Worshippers: The Yazidi's Misunderstood Religious Beliefs

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion

Hunted by militants from the Islamic State, thousands of people from the Yazidi community have fled to the slopes of Iraq's Mount Sinjar, where they a...

Vatican Urges Muslim Leaders To Condemn The Islamic State's 'Barbarity'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion

The unspeakable crimes committed by the Islamic State, a self-identified Sunni militant group formerly known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sha...

ISIS Is Worse Than Genghis Khan, Says Top Iraqi Christian Leader

Reuters | Dominic Evans & Raheem Salman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion

By Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD, July 20 (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that I...

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...

Reported ISIS Member Says They Will Destroy The Kaaba In Mecca, 'Kill Those Who Worship Stones'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion

UPDATE 4:14 PM-- The Twitter account, which sent the original message, has been suspended. The authenticity of the accoun...

What Is A Caliphate?

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion

The militant group Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has declared that it is re...