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How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say

Associated Press By LEE KEATH and HAMZA HENDAWIAssociated Press14 hrs ago © AP Photo/Militant video, File FILE – This file image made from video posted on a militant website Saturday,…

I was an American sniper, and Chris Kyle’s war was not my war

Source: Salon.com By GARETT REPPENHAGEN I spent nights in Iraq lying prone and looking through a 12-power sniper scope. You only see a limited view between the reticles. That’s why it’s…

Sisters in arms: Kurdish women in front line against Daesh

PARIS — Meet Nassrin Abdallah. With her diminutive height and broad smile, it doesn’t seem like she should strike fear into the hearts of hardened militants from Daesh terror group.…

“Without any checks on my vehicle, which was loaded with arms, we were taken to the border with a military escort.”

An Islamic State fighter currently under trial in a Turkish high criminal court has implicated Turkey’s state intelligence service in the willful transfer of weapons and military hardware to the…

Rare Islamic State visit reveals ‘brutal and strong’ force

By Caroline Hawley and James Longman World Affairs Unit, BBC News, 23rd December 2014 A German author given rare access to territory run by Islamic State has told the BBC…

Rare Islamic State visit reveals ‘brutal and strong’ force

by Caroline Hawley and James LongmanWorld Affairs Unit, BBC News   (23rd December 2014) A German author given rare access to territory run by Islamic State has told the BBC…

ISIS– Largest, Richest $2Billion Terror-Based Enterprise

Source:bizshift-trends.com ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ) is the world’s largest, richest terrorist organizations, ever. It’s a self-sustaining enterprise that runs mainly on extortion and crime networks,…

Opinion: Will Jordan lead ISIL to the ‘gates of hell’? The Jordanian government must shift its stance on ISIL from containment to confrontation.

About the Author: Afzal Ashraf is a consultant fellow at Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) and served in the UK Armed Forces. He was involved…

Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries

AP | Feb 01, 2015 | JORDAN TIMES SINJAR, Iraq — Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was…

IRAQ : Interview with German ‘Islamic State’ fighter surfaces

Journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer’s interview with the German “Islamic State” fighter Christian Emde was released on Wednesday and aired on private TV network RTL. Filmed in Mosul with masked men carrying…

The Kurds Are Quietly Annexing Kirkuk And the city’s oil riches

by VAGER SAADULLAH When Islamic State swept into Mosul in June 2014, Iraq’s army crumbled and fled. Baghdad’s troops also abandoned surrounding territories, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. But…

Swiss Right-wing MP calls for ban on Muslim refugees

Published: 09 Jan 2015 11:44 GMT+01:00    The politician behind the successful campaign to ban the construction of new minarets in Switzerland is now calling for a ban on certain…

Terror Expert Louise Shelley: ‘Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation’

interview Conducted by Markus Dettmer and Jörg Schindler REUTERS Where does Islamic State get its money? In an interview, terrorism expert Louise Shelley says it operates like a run-of-the-mill crime…

Sustained U.S. support will give the Sunnis hope

Summary SUMMARY by David Ignatius   Pleas to U.S. Central Command, or Centcom, and the Iraqi military on the night of Oct. 23 brought no aid, and the tribal fighters…

Iraq TV show makes ‘terrorists’ confront victims

  “In the Grip of the Law,” brings convicted terrorists face-to-face with victims in surreal encounters and celebrates the country’s beleaguered security forces. The show, produced by state-run Iraqiyya TV,…

Inside Isis: The first Western journalist ever given access to the ‘Islamic State’ has just returned – and this is what he discovered

The first Western journalist in the world to be allowed extensive access to Isis territories in Syria and Iraq has returned from the region with a warning: the group is…

Iraq Kurds press fightback as top rebel reported killed

NAHYAT AL-AYADHIYA, Iraq: Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far on Friday, buoyed by US reports that IS supremo, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s top aide…

Many uncertainties remain in the anti-ISIS campaign

Summary by David Ignatius, Daily Star, Lebanon Gen. John Allen must sometimes feel that he’s navigating a maze as he organizes the coalition to defeat ISIS: Iran is a silent…

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