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Syrian airbase falls to Islamic State

THE LEVANT – Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province dominated by the extremist group, activists and state media said. The jihadis launched their long-anticipated offensive last week to seize the sprawling Tabqa air field, located …

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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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The UN Strikes Back at ISIL’s Black Economy

THE LEVANT – By Luay Al Khatheeb – The United Nation Security Council dramatically escalated the conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Al Nusra Front (JNF) and other Al Qaeda splinter groups by passing UN Resolution 2170 in August 2014, thereby expanding the range of retaliatory measures (short …

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Syrian army slays Jihadists

THE LEVANT – Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes on Thursday around a sprawling northern air base that the Islamic State group is trying to seize, activists and state media said. Islamic State fighters began a long-anticipated offensive on Wednesday to seize …

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The hunt for Foley’s killer

THE LEVANT- The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. But police and intelligence services in Britain and the United States have a plethora of clues …

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36 ISIL militants killed near Baghdad

THE LEVANT – The Iraqi army has killed 36 “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) elements in operations around Baghdad this week, the Ministry of Defense said Wednesday (August 20th). “The army forces earlier this week clashed with three armed groups in Abu Ghraib, al-Yusufiyyah and al-Taji in western, …

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ISIL is a ‘disgrace to Islam’: Top Muslim clerics

THE LEVANT – By Waleed Abu al-Khair – Egypt’s Grand Mufti recently described the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) as a “terrorist entity” that has “violated all Islamic values and the great purposes of sharia”. “Such a bloody extremist group poses a threat to Islam and Muslims, and tarnishes …

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Syrian army hits ISIL hard in Raqqa

THE LEVANT – Syrian government forces struck ISIL positions in and around the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, residents said on Monday, part of a growing campaign against militants who control a third of the country. Raqqa is a major stronghold of  ISIL, which took one of the Syrian army’s last …

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Kuwait briefly detains cleric US accuses of militant financing

THE LEVANT – Kuwait briefly detained a prominent preacher less than two weeks after the United States included him on a sanctions list on suspicion he was funnelling money to militants in Iraq and Syria, his lawyer said on Monday. Shafi al-Ajmi, who was detained on Sunday on the border with Saudi Arabia while returning home from a pilgrimage, was …

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43 Jihadists are charged in Lebanon

THE LEVANT – On Thursday Lebanon charged 43 jihadists, including Islamist militant commander Imad Jomaa, over gun-battles with the Lebanese Army in the northeastern border town of Arsal. The charges were brought against the suspects by Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr, who accused them of carrying out terrorist acts, attacking the Lebanese …

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Iraq crisis – RAF aborts air drop amid safety fears

THE LEVANT – An RAF aid drop in Iraq had to be abandoned overnight owing to fears people could be injured by the cargo. Food and water was due to be dropped to people in the north of the country who have fled from Islamist militants. David Cameron is facing pressure …

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The Jihadi Gift Shop

As ISIS wreaks havoc in Syria and Iraq, a store selling its merchandise in Istanbul shows the extent of the militant group’s appeal. By Joseph Dana   for Slate ISTANBUL—In Turkey, it’s never easy to arrange interviews. This is especially true in Istanbul, where life is saddled by traffic and the near-constant …

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Iran rejects acts of terror in Lebanon

THE LEVANT – Iran has strongly condemned recent terrorist moves by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants near Lebanon’s border with conflict-stricken Syria. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham stressed on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic supports stability and peace in Lebanon. She expressed hope that Lebanon would succeed in seeing out the ongoing critical period by strengthening …

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The “Islamic state” is an Intelligence Work – The future of the “Islamic state” in Iraq and Syria

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Jassim Mohammed, Counter terrorism and intelligence writer – It seems that Iraq is rushing strongly towards radicalism and terrorism. After failing to achieve their demands through demonstrations and sit-ins, some tribal and political Sunni leaders have built alliances with the “Islamic state” to overthrow Baghdad government. From the other side, Iraqi political blocks and Shia militias were rushing towards and hiding …

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Turkish Defense Minister says hostages will soon be free

THE LEVANT – Turkey’s Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz has revealed that his government is still in talks with all Iraqi sides regarding freeing the captured Turkish Consul General in Mosul and the other 49 Consulate staff that were taken hostage by ISIS last June. Islamic State of Iraq and Sham …

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Syrian President Bashar Al Assad vows to defeat terror

THE LEVANT – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday that his administration’s war against terrorism is a “battle of existence”, state media reported. Assad made the remarks in a speech marking the 69th anniversary of the Syrian army, during which Assad stressed that there would be no leniency in fighting …

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Jihadist in Syria pose new threat

THE LEVANT -Islamic State jihadists, building on vast land grabs in Iraq, have seized an army position in the Syrian city of Hasakeh, a monitoring group said Sunday. On another front in Syria’s complex civil war, rebels seeking President Bashar Assad’s ouster captured a weapons depot in Hama province, said …

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The ISIS Caliphate’s Coming Blitz of Baghdad

THE LEVANT – By Jamie Dettmer – Analysts say the Islamic State is about to launch a major offensive—but one built around commando raids and suicide bombings rather than a frontal attack. When the minions of the self-anointed caliph in the self-declared Islamic State that now straddles Iraq and Syria blow …

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Stop violence in the name of religion

Prince El Hassan bin Talal In recent days, we have read with horror about Christians being asked to leave the city of Mosul within 24 hours. We have also heard about the desecration of Christian holy spaces and their symbols — the bombing of churches and a cross being removed from …

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Changing the demographic – Islamic radicals in Mosul grow roots

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – Sources in Mosul have confirmed that ISIL – Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – is working toward changing the region demographic by bringing families loyal to its ideology to Mosul, hoping to drawn residents’ opposition and seize complete control over all minds and bodies. …

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Nuclear ISIS?

By Dr. Bryan R. Gibson for Islamist Gate –   In the aftermath the terrorist attacks against the United States in September 2001, President George W. Bush warned of the consequences of terrorist groups or rogue states of acquiring nuclear materials. At the time, top White House officials warned: “The problem here …

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Dozens of women killed in a mysterious attack in Baghdad

Armed men have killed 25 women and wounded at least eight people while storming two buildings in a residential Baghdad compound, Iraqi police and government sources say. The AFP news agency reported quoting the officials that the compound was being used for prostitution. “Twenty-five women were killed and eight people …

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Italian Party Leader: ISIL Threatening Entire World

 Laura Chiatroni Madrigali, the leader of Italy’s ‘Forza Popolare’ party, called for an immediate halt in financial and arms supports for the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL ISIS or Daesh), warning that the group is a vital threat to the whole world, specially the European states. …

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The Telegraph: ISIS unveils ‘cabinet’ lineup

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has reportedly formed a cabinet to be in charge of his newly established “caliphate.” Documents published by The Telegraph newspaper this week revealed for the first time in details the structure of the group, which has claimed …

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ISIL making mockery of Islamic principles, concepts –

The Muslim Ummah is faced with many problems but often Muslims themselves are to blame. Consider the latest phenomenon of the thug al-Baghdadi and his declaration of the Khilafah. The noble concept of the Khialfah is being ridiculed by mass murderers and rapists using Islamic terms. The ill-conceived project is …

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