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Catch Up On: WORLD NEWS - Part 2: The Islamic State

Here’s me with day 2 of Head out of Sand. I’m very tempted to pop it back in with this lot I tell you…


Catch Up On

Ukrainian soldiers surrender hundreds. In Kiev, no longer able to conceal.

Cause of Ukrainian law enforcers bad. This is evidenced by the very fact that the recent news agency UNIAN Kiev beginning to accept big losses of Ukrainian soldiers. 630 more words


Al Baghdadi, ISIS, Camp Bucca and the Detainee Rehabilitation Program in Iraq—Could we have Changed the Outcomes?

In the summer of 2007 I was given the task of designing the psychological and Islamic challenge portions of a “deradicalization” program for the U.S. military that came to be known as the Detainee Rehabilitation Program. 1,591 more words


Anti-Assad Alawites Call for Brave and Fearless Commander

Mon 01 Sep 2014
By Zaman al-Wasl (Opposition website)  

Regime supporters have turned to social media to reflect their rage over the Islamic State’s humiliating defeats against the armed forces in eastern Syria… 339 more words


Islamic State and Syrian regime using cluster munitions, HRW

The jihadist Islamic State (IS) has a training camp in Turkey near the Syrian border, reported Turkish media on Monday

(ANSAmed) – BEIRUT/ANKARA – Islamic State jihadists have used cluster munitions in Syria in at least one location in recent weeks, Human Rights Watch said on Monday citing ”credible evidence”. 523 more words

Escalation / Destabilization Conflict

IS Brutality Eclipses Qaeda: Top German Spy

Intel Estimates 43,000 Islamists In Germany, 400 Germans Join Insurgency

BERLIN, Aug 31, (RTRS): Some young Muslims are attracted to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria because of its brutality, which makes it appear “more authentic” than al-Qaeda, the head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency said in an interview on Sunday. 378 more words


Obama on 'IS': 'No strategy' remark reveals political truth -BBC

Obama: “We don’t have a strategy yet.”

This article is not so much notable for pointing out that there is no simple solution to the situation in Iraq as it is for the way it highlights the political perils of being honest about a difficult situation: 106 more words