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Islamic State kills 50 Iraqis

THE LEVANT  – Islamic State group extremists lined up and shot dead at least 50 Iraqi men, women and children from the same tribe on Sunday, officials said, in the latest targeting of the group by militants. The killings, all committed in public, raise the death toll suffered by the …

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ISIS Recruits An Army Of Children

  The so-called “ Islamic State”(ISIS) is raising an army of child soldiers, and the West could be fighting them for the generations to come. This is a story has been written by  KATE BRANNEN and published in Foreign Policy. These children are young and could be only 6 years old, and they are …

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Yemen’s Al-Qaeda urges worldwide Muslim support of IS

THE LEVANT – Al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based franchise on Friday urged Muslims worldwide to support Islamic State group jihadists in Syria and Iraq in the face of attacks by a US-led military coalition. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, classified by the United States as the network’s deadliest franchise, “prohibits taking part in …

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From Gaza to DASH

THE LEVANT – By Geoffrey Cook – Jewish-American Civil Society has given your author insights into the Hebrew nation that he otherwise would not have. My premise has always been that you cannot successfully prevail over your opponent unless you understand his narrative, and, if reconciliation is ever to be …

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Ancient prophecies of apocalypse rally IS jihadists

THE LEVANT – An infidel horde flying 80 banners meets a Muslim army at the Syrian town of Dabiq in an apocalyptic battle. The Muslims are decimated but ultimately prevail, ushering in the end of days. This ancient Sunni Muslim prophecy — mentioned in canonical accounts of the Prophet Mohammed’s …

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Turkey And The Kobane Question

The Levant Exclusive – by Samantha North* Istanbul’s protestors are out in force once more. Last night, the streets erupted, with cars blazing, windows smashed, and volleys of the usual tear gas unleashed by Turkish police. But this was not just another anti-government protest. This time, much more is at …

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IS jihadists urge killing of citizens from US-led coalition

THE LEVANT – The Islamic State group called on Muslims to kill citizens of all countries taking part in the US-led anti-jihadist coalition by any available means, in a statement posted online Monday. “If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — …

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Islamic State group’s war chest is growing

THE LEVANT  – By Ken Dilanian – Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts. The …

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Kurdish female fighters stand up to ISIL

THE LEVANT – Tekoshin stands on a mountain in north Iraq with a rifle slung over her shoulder and a grenade tucked into her belt, facing jihadists in “a struggle to liberate women”. Women have been fighting alongside men in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to wrest Mount Makhmur in …

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Where IS recruits are really coming from

THE LEVANT – She was a typical Scottish teen who loved make-up, Coldplay, and had a crush on Zac Efron, according to friends. Until November 2013 when Aqsa Mahmood dropped out of university and disappeared from her well-to-do home in Glasgow. Her distraught parents reported the then 19-year-old missing, but the …

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IS expansion: Continuous Risks

The Levant Exclusive – By Dr. Amer Al Sabaileh*     Regional developments have created the pressure towards a solution to the ongoing security crisis created by the Islamic State in Iraq. While there are various aspects and pressure points, the challenges facing those countries bordering Iraq are still increasing. …

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ISLAMIC AUTHORITY: EXTREMISTS NO ‘ISLAMIC STATE’

THE LEVANT – The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an “Islamic State.” The campaign by the Dar el-Ifta, the top authority that advises Muslims on spiritual …

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Iraq war – Mosul Dam is back under state control

THE LEVANT – Iraqi officials said on Monday that Kurdish and Iraqi forces had succeeded in retaking Mosul Dam from fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, although it was unclear whether they had seized control of the entire dam and the surrounding complex. Iraqi state television quoted …

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