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A Look At ISIS’ Exploiting Of Social Media

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — ISIS utilizes social media to promote its military and terrorist attacks in Syria and Iraq; where it set a complex strategic plan to use these platforms for the mentioned purpose. And with the outset of ISIS’ attack on Mosul and other …

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Les sources de financement de l’Etat islamique

Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – Source: Middle East Eye — De la vente de pétrole au trafic d’êtres humains, les nombreuses sources de revenus de l’Etat islamique indiquent que son budget annuel, qui s’élèverait à deux millions de dollars, n’est pas prêt de s’épuiser Cheikh Abu Saad al-Ansari, une personnalité religieuse éminente de …

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Will Boko Haram benefit from Isil allegiance?

By Colin Freeman for THE TELEGRAPH — It may seem unlikely, given their self-publicised appetite for slaughter and mayhem. But like any other high-profile cause, international jihadism is not immune to the charge that standards have slipped over the years. A decade ago, when Osama bin Laden was in charge, he …

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We just missed the Isis leader. Next time we’ll get him

An Iraqi squad had Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in its sights but was foiled by red tape. Ali Hashem reveals how the world’s most wanted man cheated death By Ali Hashem  for THE SUNDAY TIMES – – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi once lived in BaghdadAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi once lived in Baghdad EARLY on …

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Is Libya the Next Stronghold of ISIS?

The chaotic civil war is giving the caliphate a foothold in North Africa, and its enemies can’t figure out whether to kill the jihadists or use them for their own purposes. BY DAVEED GARTENSTEIN-ROSS, NATHANIEL BARR FOR FOREIGN POLICY – Exactly four years after the protests that kicked off the …

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Turkey has ‘other priorities’ than battling ISIS

US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper does not expect Turkey to become “more engaged” in the anti-Islamic State coalition; are al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, or Assad and Hezbollah, a greater threat to Israel?; Israeli prime minister expects to “cash in” on Iran nuclear deal on March 17; Al-Monitor …

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Army to remain on the offensive: Lebanon general

Source: The Daily Star – The Lebanese Army’s posture will not remain defensive in its war against terrorism, Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi pledged Friday. “The Army will not simply remain a deterrent Army, but will go [on the offensive] with a cutting sword,” Kahwagi told local daily As-Safir. His …

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ISIS, Nusra Front gearing up for major Lebanon push

By Hussein Dakroub for The Daily Star BEIRUT: Syria-based jihadi groups are gearing up for a major offensive deep into Lebanese territory along the eastern border with Syria to achieve two main goals: securing new supply routes and establishing a foothold as a prelude to setting up an Islamic emirate in Lebanon, …

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DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat

  Source: CNN.com –   Washington (CNN)– They’re carrying out sporadic terror attacks on police, have threatened attacks on government buildings and reject government authority. A new intelligence assessment, circulated by the Department of Homeland Security this month and reviewed by CNN, focuses on the domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign …

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Yes, It Is Islamic Extremism—But Why?

By Graham E. Fuller – Source: grahamefuller.com – I applaud President Obama’s efforts to avoid provoking further Islamophobia in America. But I part company with him in his well-intentioned efforts to avoid using the term “Islamic extremism.” This is not about blame, it’s about analysis. In simplest terms, right now, …

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Interpreting Islam to Muslims

By Graham E. Fuller – Source: grahamefuller.com – Can’t we ever learn? Here goes the White House again, appointing a “new” task force designed to “blunt the ISIS message.” Washington seems to believe that a main source of ISIS success to date lies in American failure to get the right …

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Second Yazidi mass grave unearthed in Iraq this week

Reuters – IRBIL: A mass grave containing the remains of at least 16 Yazidis was unearthed in northern Iraq Friday as the atrocities committed by ISIS against the religious minority gradually come to light. The grave in the northwestern district of Zumar is the second to be discovered this week. …

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Iraqi sleeper cells fight ISIS in Mosul

Source: Associated Press – BAGHDAD: “Sleeper cells” made up of former Iraqi police officers and soldiers are tipping off authorities to ISIS positions in the northern city of Mosul, a prominent lawmaker has told the Associated Press. The comments by Hakim al-Zamili, the head of parliament’s security and defense committee, …

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Ras Baalbek stands united against ISIS

Source: The Daily Star – Lebanon: The streets of Ras Baalbek, in northeast Lebanon, were eerily calm, intercepted at times by the sounds of the Lebanese Army’s military vehicles cruising by, the four-by-fours of Hezbollah’s Resistance Brigades not far behind. Most residents had opted to stay indoors while clashes ensued …

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In Japan, some blame the victims for Islamic State hostage crisis

Reuters – The images always share terrifying similarities: hostages kneeling in orange jumpsuits, a black-clad terrorist threatening a beheading. This time, however, the victims are Japanese, and the response of their government and the attitudes of their fellow citizens expose key differences from the standard Western response. Those differences may …

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Iraq forces ‘not ready’ to fight Isis

By Rowena Mason – Source: The Guardian – Islamic State (Isis) will not be pushed out of Iraq for another year or two because the country’s armed forces are not ready or equipped to fight back on the ground yet, the foreign secretary has said. In the runup to a …

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Obama in the Middle East: All about ISIS and Iran

By Joyce Karam for Al Arabiya News – In his sixth and perhaps most eloquent State of the Union address to Congress, U.S. President Barack Obama left no doubt about his unwillingness to be drawn to wars and conflicts in the Middle East. Fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and …

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Pakistan arrests local ISIS commander

Reuters – Pakistani security forces have arrested a man they believe is the commander of the Islamic State group(ISIS) in the country as well as two accomplices involved in recruiting and sending fighters to Syria, intelligence sources said on Wednesday. Authorities in South Asia are concerned about the rise of …

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Yazidis freed by Islamic State enjoy bittersweet homecoming

Reuters – The Yazidi family mourned her death, assuming she had been killed by Islamic State militants or exposure to the blistering summer sun in northwest Iraq, but 15-year-old Suad Shaker Qassem was still alive. Over the weekend, she was released along with around 200 elderly, disabled and infirm Yazidis …

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ISIS threatens two Japanese captives in video

Reuters – The militant group Islamic State released an online video on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and threatening to kill them unless it received $200 million in ransom. A black-clad figure with a knife, standing in a barren landscape along with two kneeling men wearing orange clothing, …

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ISIS in fierce new attack on Kobani

Agence France Presse BEIRUT: ISIS launched a fierce new attack against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Kobani Friday, four months into a battle for the flashpoint town on Turkey’s border, an activist group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadis tried to break through the lines of the …

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ISIS kills 17 in Syria to avenge assassinations

Source: Agence France Presse – Jihadis have executed 17 men in recent days in areas they control in eastern and northern Syria to avenge a string of assassinations targeting their fighters, activists said Friday. “The Islamic State [ISIS] group has executed 16 men in Deir Al-Zor and one more in …

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ISIS Has Conquered Centcom’s Twitter Account

By Jutine Drennan for Foreign Policy – “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS,” said one tweet. “ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base,” said another. That type of aggressive and threatening language is nothing new for the multitude of Twitter accounts …

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Isis interview with captured Jordanian pilot

Islamic State (Isis) has released what it says is an interview with a Jordanian pilot captured last week after his plane crashed during US-led coalition bombing in eastern Syria. It was not possible to independently verify the interview published in the group’s English-language online magazine Dabiq, in which First Lieutenant …

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ISIS loses ground to Kurds in Kobane

Source: AFP – ISIS militant group has lost ground in the Syrian border town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters now control more than 60 percent of territory, a monitoring group said Saturday. The strategically located town on the border with Turkey has become a major symbol of resistance against ISIS, …

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Does ISIS have a Nuclear Bomb?

By Reissa Su for IBtimes.com – The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants have reportedly developed a nuclear weapon from the radioactive material they seized from the Mosul University in Iraq. ISIS bragged about the nuclear device on social media as a British extremist fighter claimed it would wreak …

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Did ISIS Shoot Down a Fighter Jet?

Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/ – The Islamic State, or ISIS, claims it has shot down a Jordanian fighter jet and captured its pilot. Will this undermine the kingdom’s bedrock role as an ally in the war? Islamic militants scored a significant propaganda coup today, displaying the captured pilot of a Jordanian warplane …

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The power of religion

Special Report – On a Sunday in early June Muhammad Qatta, a roadside coffee-seller in the Syrian city of Aleppo, refused to serve a would-be freeloader. Even the prophet himself would have to pay, he said. Some bearded rebel fighters overheard him. Crying blasphemy, they shot him dead. Muhammad was …

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