Tag Archives: Syria

Families of London girls bound for Syria beg them to come home (+video)

The families of three London girls believed to be traveling to join the Islamic State have issued desperate pleas for their children to return. The flight of the missing teens, who left for Turkey Tuesday, have heightened concerns about young Europeans leaving to join radical causes. Continue reading

France’s Pied Piper of Jihad

,  The Daily Beast

Omar Diaby, a career criminal from Nice, has turned into France’s most potent recruiter for Syria’s jihad—and few of his acolytes come from Muslim homes. Continue reading

When jihadis come marching home

Brian Michael Jenkins,  The Hill

As many as 15,000 foreign volunteers have swelled the ranks of rebel and jihadist formations currently fighting in Syria, according to the most recent United Nations report. Continue reading

West waging a ‘CNN war’ in Syria as Isil makes gains in Iraq

Sofia Barbarani,  The Telegraph

On the barren wastes of Mount Sinjar, the Yazidis are once more surrounded and fighting for their lives.

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Iraq says 322 tribe members killed, many bodies dumped in well

Michael Georgy,  Reuters

Islamic State militants have killed 322 members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anbar province, including dozens of women and children whose bodies were dumped in a well, the government said in the first official confirmation of the scale of the massacre. Continue reading

Outrage: Troops Fighting in Iraq Not Eligible For Certain Medals

Aaron MacLean,  The Washington Free Beacon

The military’s role in Iraq has been much in the news over the last 24 hours. Continue reading

Many Missteps in Assessment of ISIS Threat

By late last year, classified American intelligence reports painted an increasingly ominous picture of a growing threat from Sunni extremists in Syria, according to senior intelligence and military officials. Continue reading

Arab Kings vs. ISIS Barbarians

Arab warplanes flew deadly missions along with American warplanes over Syria early Tuesday morning. Continue reading

Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria

LOLITA C. BALDOR,  The Associated Press

The Pentagon says the U.S. and partner nations have begun airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants, using a mix of fighter jets, bombers and Tomahawk missiles fired from ships in the region.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Patrick Cockburn

Alexander Reed Kelly,  truthdig

One of the major stories of the summer, the takeover of huge portions of Syria and Iraq by a highly organized militant strain of political Islam, came as a surprise to many in the West. Continue reading