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Brothers in Alms: Salafi Financiers and the Syrian Insurgency

Brothers in Alms: Salafi Financiers and the Syrian Insurgency

Today, any discussion of the role of transnational Islamist actors in the Syrian conflict invariably focuses on Salafi-jihadi organizations, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State and al-Qaeda. In 2012–2013, however, the conflict was primarily shaped by other transnational networks that...

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Foreigners who joined Daesh faced almost certain death in Raqqa

Foreigners who joined Daesh faced almost certain death in Raqqa

The forces fighting the remnants of Daesh (ISIS) in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield. As they made their last stand in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, an estimated 300 extremists holed...

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ISIS reveal images of latest execution and punishments including caning and amputations in Syria

ISIS reveal images of latest execution and punishments including caning and amputations in Syria

( The Daily MAil )- ISIS have released pictures showing the medieval punishments their members inflict on people living under their control in the Syrian capital of Damascus.  In one particularly harrowing image, a man can be seen hanging off the edge of a tall building before being...

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'I just want to go home,' says German girl who joined ISIS

'I just want to go home,' says German girl who joined ISIS

A German teenager who joined Daesh (ISIS) is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the extremist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported on Sunday. Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday that four German women who joined Daesh in recent...

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IS recruiter Sally Jones 'wants to return to Britain' from Raqqa

IS recruiter Sally Jones 'wants to return to Britain' from Raqqa

( Sky News )- Sally Jones - the former punk rocker who became the leading female recruitment officer for IS, married a now-dead jihadist and took her son to Raqqa - wants to come home to Britain, it has been claimed. That is, at least, the view of 'Aisha', the wife of another immigrant to...

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Mosul’s fall won’t stop Daesh spreading fear

Mosul’s fall won’t stop Daesh spreading fear

( Middle East Monitor )- Iraqi officials have declared that Daesh’s caliphate is finished. On June 29, after months of urban warfare and US air strikes, Iraqi forces say they are on the verge of expelling the militants from their last holdouts in Mosul. “Their fictitious state has...

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The New Syrian Army: new ISIS propaganda

The New Syrian Army: new ISIS propaganda

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Islamic State published a new video (16 minutes long) entitled “God will Bless them” showing its actions against the New Syrian Army which according to the Islamic State works under Washington’s orders. The Islamic State forces described the New Syrian Army fighters...

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Syria's al-Qaeda affiliate escapes from Canada's terror list

Syria's al-Qaeda affiliate escapes from Canada's terror list

 By Evan Dyer ( CBC )- The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, currently calling itself Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), has succeeded in getting itself off Canada's list of designated terrorist entities following its latest identity shift. That complicates the task of prosecuting...

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The Rebel Who Defied Jihadists By Smoking

The Rebel Who Defied Jihadists By Smoking

( The Daily Beast )- A Syrian rebel famous for single-handedly destroying dozens of Assad regime tanks and even fighter jets has been arrested by jihadists in the northern province of Idlib after posting photos on Facebook mocking their religious proselytizing. Twenty-nine-year-old Suhail...

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British schoolgirl joined ISIS in Syria wants to come home

British schoolgirl joined ISIS in Syria wants to come home

( The Daily Mail )- A British woman who fled Syria after spending two years in Islamic State-held territory must face justice on her return to the UK, her father said yesterday. Kolsoma Begum, 22, and her Muslim convert husband Stefan Aristidou, 23, were arrested after surrendering to...

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Isis leader behind Turkey nightclub attack is killed by US forces in secretive raid

Isis leader behind Turkey nightclub attack is killed by US forces in secretive raid

( The Guardian )- The United States has announced that a secret military ground operation killed an Islamic State operative seen as a close associate of leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and linked to an attack on a Turkish nightclub that left 39 people dead. Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, who was believed...

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Understanding the Islamic State: The way of strangers

Understanding the Islamic State: The way of strangers

( The New Arab )- The 10,000-word essay was an attempt to delve intellectually, and with nuance, into a debate often dominated by right-wing bigots and Islamist apologists. The piece stemmed a litany of responses and debates, and, as compelling as the piece was, there were definite...

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ISIS car bomb factory discovered in Mosul where 'jihadis pack cars with deadly Chlorine'

ISIS car bomb factory discovered in Mosul where 'jihadis pack cars with deadly Chlorine'

(Daily Mail)- An ISIS car bomb factory with vehicles and explosives to cause mass destruction has been discovered in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Iraqi soldiers found two cars and an armoured plated garbage truck destined to be used in suicide missions. The truck had been spray-painted with...

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ISIS Will Fail, but What About the Idea of ISIS?

ISIS Will Fail, but What About the Idea of ISIS?

(The Atlantic)- The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for the London attack that left three people and the attacker dead on Wednesday. “It is believed that this attacker acted alone,” Prime Minister Theresa May said, adding that the British-born man, already known to authorities, was...

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The tiny girl murdered by ISIS that brought a battle-hardened soldier to tears

The tiny girl murdered by ISIS that brought a battle-hardened soldier to tears

(Daily Mail)- Iraqi fighters came across the grave as they made further inroads in their battle to reclaim Mosul from ISIS. Pictures show the bodies of adults and children covered with blankets next to a shallow grave in a remote patch of land about 100ft from a road. They emerged as...

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ISIS 'guilty of war crime' as women and children are hit in chemical weapon attack

ISIS 'guilty of war crime' as women and children are hit in chemical weapon attack

(The Daily Mail)- A two-month-old baby is being treated in hospital for possible exposure to chemical weapons after an attack in Mosul thought to have been carried out by ISIS. The baby is one of 12 people, including women and children, who have been treated since March 1 after the...

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Irish soldier told bosses he was on holiday but instead went to Syria to fight Islamic State

Irish soldier told bosses he was on holiday but instead went to Syria to fight Islamic State

(The Sun)- AN Irish soldier went to fight in Syria with Islamic State’s “worst nightmare” after telling his bosses he was going to travel the world, it is alleged. The Dublin-based private is being investigated by the Defence Forces for joining the Kurdish YPG militia. It is...

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Isis suicide bomber ‘was Briton freed from Guantanamo’

Isis suicide bomber ‘was Briton freed from Guantanamo’

(The Guardian)- A suicide attack near the Iraqi city of Mosul, for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, was carried out by a British former Guantánamo Bay detainee who was paid £1m in compensation by the UK government after his release, according to reports. Jamal al-Harith, a...

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