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Islamic State of Iraq and Sham

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...

Qaddafi's Ghost and the ISIS Campaign

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 08.21.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 08.16.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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.

Rival Islamist Rebels Fight ISIS In Syria Border Town

Reuters | Posted 08.28.2014 | World

BEIRUT, June 28 (Reuters) - Islamist rebels waged a counter-offensive in Syria's border town of Albu Kamal on Saturday, challenging the grip of the ...

A 'Whistleblower' Says Everything You Think You Know About ISIS Is Wrong

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

Six months ago, as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) sowed chaos and terror in Syria's civil war, an anonymous Twitter user posted a tantal...

Iraqi Military Says It Has Slowed Rebels' Advance

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2014 | World

By Ahmed Rasheed and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD, June 14 (Reuters) - An offensive by insurgents that threatens to dismember Iraq seemed to ...

A Group Too Extreme For Al Qaeda Just Took Over Iraq's Second Biggest City

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.12.2014 | World

They have live-tweeted amputations, carried out public crucifixions and have been disavowed as too extreme by al-Qaeda. Now they have taken over Mosul...

The Geneva II Tragic Charade

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.07.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Time is running out and every day we continue to embrace the illusion of a political solution. Without first changing the balance of forces on the ground, scores of Syrian men, women and children will die and millions of Syrian refugees will have no home to return to.

Max J. Rosenthal

Al Qaeda Turns On Its Own | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 02.03.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- In the latest sign of schisms within the Syrian rebel armies fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, the central leadership of al-Qaed...

Joshua Hersh

The Only Part Of Syria's Rebellion The U.S. Won't Work With Is Quickly Becoming Its Champion | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- The past week of clashes between a segment of Syria's rebellion and a gang of jihadist militants has benefited the only rebel faction there ...

Joshua Hersh

Regrouped Syrian Rebels Fight Back Against Hardline Islamist Group | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- A hardline Syrian militant group with ties to al Qaeda has steadily lost ground in northern Syria against a recent surge of rebranded rebels...