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Turkey attacks the Kurds in Syria

Reuters Turkish warplanes attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in southeast Turkey on Sunday in the first significant air operation against the militants since the launch of a peace process two years ago, Hurriyet news website said on Tuesday.     The air strikes caused “major damage” to the PKK, Hurriyet said. They were launched … Continue reading

Postmodern Islamism: 4 Syria caliphate scenarios

Numerous near-term developments are possible in the fight to defeat the Islamic State, but the failure of Arab revolutions to eradicate corruption and dictatorship mean we’ll see continued violence and extremism.   Fidaa Itani The effect thus far of the Arab Spring has been to consolidate extant ruling systems. The revolutions have failed to bring … Continue reading

ISIS boasts of enslaving Yazidi women

A Yazidi woman cries in the Kurdish city of Dohuk.(AFP) By AFP | Baghdad The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group said that it has given Yazidi women and children captured in northern Iraq to its fighters as spoils of war, boasting it had revived slavery. The latest issue of its propaganda magazine … Continue reading

ISIS on the move in Syria

By Rick Moran It appears that the Islamic State terrorists are sweeping through Kurdish villages in northern Syria, sending residents flying toward the Turkish border in their wake. More than 60,000 Kurds crossed the border from Syria into Turkey in a 24 hour period Friday and Saturday. This mass of humanity has overwhelmed Turkish and … Continue reading

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