Tag Archives: Islamic State

Iran Claims U.S. Airstrikes are Killing Its Men in Iraq


,  The Daily Beast

The Iranian-trained Shia militias fighting around Tikrit say they’ve been hit several times, and Tehran says two of its advisers were killed. Continue reading

Iran is a bigger threat than Islamic State. So what?


Daniel W. Drezner,  The Washington Post

Of course the Iranian state is a bigger threat than the Islamic State. But that’s not saying much. Continue reading

How does Islamic State justify its atrocities in name of Islam?


by Hannah Allam,  McClatchy DC

Muslims across the globe have condemned the Islamic State’s blood lust, calling the extremist group’s tactics forbidden under Islam and an affront to humanity. So how do zealots claiming to represent a pure and true Islam square their actions with traditional Islamic law? Continue reading

ISIS Said to Burn Captive Jordanian Pilot to Death in New Video


,  The New York Times

In a new show of brutality for a group already known for displays of violence, the Islamic State released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the execution of a captive Jordanian pilot by burning him alive. Continue reading

Profiling the Islamic State


by Charles Lister,  Brookings

Intense turmoil in Syria and Iraq has created socio-political vacuums in which jihadi groups have been able to thrive. The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) had proven to be the strongest and most dynamic of these groups, seizing large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. Continue reading

US “terror expert”: Islamic State “not bound by the structures of traditional Islamic warfare”


by Robert Spencer,  Jihad Watch

In yet another attempt to absolve Islam of any responsibility for the crimes of the Islamic State, the hard-Left publication Think Progress has published this piece centered on the wit and wisdom of Will McCants, Continue reading

Use of force against Islamic State could create a new void


This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. Continue reading

Suspected American militant held after airport arrest


John Bacon,  USA Today

A suspected American militant who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group in chilling Twitter rants is being held without bail after his arrest at New York’s Kennedy Airport, the New York Daily News reported. Continue reading

Despite Danger, Iraqis Unite to Protest Religious Persecution by IS


Mariam Elba,  truthout

Iraqis are taking to the streets and to social media to protest the persecution of Christians by the Islamic State — the fringe extremist group formerly known as ISIS. Continue reading

Why Is Obama Bombing Iraq, Really?


Juan Cole,  truthdig

Al-Zaman reports that a U.S. drone hit mortar emplacements and F-18s struck artillery arrays and armored vehicles deployed by the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) in Kuwair east of Mosul on the way to the Kurdistan capital of Irbil, and near a major dam, some ares of which are controlled by the IS fighters. Continue reading