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In northeast Syria, Islamic State builds a government

Reuters In the cities and towns across the desert plains of northeast Syria, the ultra-hardline al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has insinuated itself into nearly every aspect of daily life. The group famous for its beheadings, crucifixions and mass executions provides electricity and water, pays salaries, controls traffic, and runs nearly everything from bakeries and … Continue reading

The Case For an Islamic State No Drive Zone in Syria

By Zach Goldberg As the U.S. continues its limited campaign of surgical strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq, defense officials have concluded that meaningful progress in stemming the group’s surge cannot be achieved without striking at its sanctuaries in Syria. The latter is not only the address of the IS’s capital city, Raqqa; … Continue reading

ISIS rolling out own curriculum in Syria schools

By Al Arabiya News Militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have reportedly begun implementing their own “Islamic curriculum” for students living in Syria’s northern city of Raqqa, a monitoring group has been informed. The education department under the ISIS governing body is planning to provide a workshop for male and female … Continue reading

Islamic State captures huge air base in Syria

By Rick Moran Islamic State forces charged into a massive air base in northeastern Syria, sending Syrian army units flying and capturing – and beheading – dozens more. The terrorists reportedly used a child suicide bomber to breach the outer fence, and then stormed into the sprawling complex. IS lost about 500 fighters in the … Continue reading

ISIS captures a-Tabqa airforce base in north-eastern Syria

ISIS militants announced Sunday that they had captured a-Tabqa airforce base in north-eastern Syria, a strategic location considered to be the Syrian government’s last stronghold in the area. It was reported three days ago that the militants had entered the base and began attacking headquarters. Roi Kais

Islamic State has 50,000 members in Syria #ISIS

BEIRUT – The jihadist Islamic State has more than 50,000 fighters in Syria and recruited 6,000 last month alone, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The group, which relies on activists, doctors, and lawyers on the ground in Syria for its reporting, said July saw the Islamic State’s largest recruitment yet. … Continue reading

Women stoned to death in Syria for adultery

BEIRUT — A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground. When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out … Continue reading

ISIS imposes media controls in Syria province

Reuters, Beirut ISIS has its own media operation distributed on social media and militant Internet forums. (File Photo: Reuters) The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria splinter group that has seized parts of Syria and Iraq has told activists in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province they must swear allegiance to it and submit to censorship, a … Continue reading