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Islamic State seizes 16 Syrian Kurdish villages

Monitoring group says jihadi fighters using heavy weaponry in assault near Turkish border By Salam Faraj AFP — A monitoring group said Islamic State fighters had seized a string of villages as they closed in on Syria’s third-largest Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab “In the past 24 hours, IS fighters have launched a huge offensive … Continue reading

At the Kurdistan Front

by Jonathan Spyer The Weekly Standard A war is being waged along a 900-mile front between two entities that today constitute de facto quasi-states stretching across the old border between Syria and Iraq. These are the Islamic State to the south and a contiguous area of Kurdish-controlled territory to the north. Recently, I traveled to … Continue reading

The danger of saying ISIS is not Islam

Liz Lightstone So I’ve been thinking about this a lot and posted this morning on twitter about David Cameron’s comment (“they are monsters, not Muslims”). I’m very concerned by growing reprise that “Islamic State” (IS) is not Islam, that they are not Muslims. I can understand where it’s coming from but its a very dangerous form … Continue reading

We love drinking blood, says ISIS vampire

  Self-claimed ISIS militant Rabie Shehada, known as “the Palestinian slayer,” made the chilling statement in a video recently posted online. (Picture from YouTube video) Al Arabiya News Wednesday, 17 September 2014 The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has shocked the world with its beheadings and mass killings and now an alleged member … Continue reading

IS militants ban math, social studies for children

Press Trust of India  Thousands of children in swaths of war-torn Syria, now controlled by dreaded Islamic State militants, can no longer study math or social studies under new diktats issued by the jihadists. While sports is banned, the children will not be allowed to learn about elections and democracy. Instead, the children will be … Continue reading

ISIS: Obama, This Is the Islamic State

By Michael Curtis The great American philosopher Casey Stengel, dispirited by the failures of the New York Mets he was managing in 1962, uttered the immortal words, “Can’t anybody here play this game?”  He might have been complaining of the discordant voices coming from Washington, D.C. regarding the brutal Islamic State (IS). First, on September … Continue reading

Kurds retake Christian villages from ISIS

By AFP | Erbil Kurdish peshmerga forces on Tuesday recaptured seven Christian villages in northern Iraq in clashes with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (ISIS) (File photo: Reuters) Kurdish peshmerga forces on Tuesday recaptured seven Christian villages in northern Iraq in clashes with militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and … Continue reading

Beheading Raises Islamic State Street Cred

by Dawn Perlmutter The Sept. 13, 2014 beheading video of David Haines, British aid worker and military veteran, is almost identical to the Foley and Sotloff productions establishing an Islamic State forensic signature, PSYOPS pattern and a winning recruitment strategy. The David Haines beheading video titled “A message to the allies of America” is addressed to Prime Minister David … Continue reading

Germany Bans All ISIS related Activity

Photo: spiegel.de   ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The German government has banned all activity relating to the Islamic State (IS), and it considers illegal any use of the group’s symbols, pro-IS demonstrations, fundraising on behalf of the organization or campaigning for the group on social media. “As Minister of the Interior, I forbid the operation of the … Continue reading

Islamic State: A chronology of key developments

Beginning in 1999 as an organization intended to bring down the Jordanian government, the ‘Islamic State’ has swollen in size and violent scope in recent months. The terror group wants to restore the Islamic caliphate. As US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Egypt for talks on forming a coalition against the “Islamic State” … Continue reading