August 2014

Obama vs. ISIS: This Time It’s Personal

Foley Abduction Linked to British Jihadi Kidnapping Ring Weeks before he was abducted, alleged members of a kidnapping network tied to ISIS were busted in London. Syrian extremists saw it as a reason to accelerate abductions. American journalist James Foley was captured in Syria in November 2012, just weeks after the British government arrested and …

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In Threatening Baghdad, Militants Seek to Undo 800 Years of History

    DeAgostini/Getty Justin M   IS leader al-Baghdadi has established a caliphate and seeks to undo the 13th-century destruction of Islam’s premier city, but they’ve got it completely backward. Baghdadis have long memories. Talk to them about the extraordinarily turbulent history of the Iraqi capital as they contemplate their city falling to Islamic State …

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Gaza Residents: many don’t have the slightest chance of exiting the enclave

Why Don’t Palestinians Just Leave Gaza? They Can’t.  Hamas was voted into power in Gaza in 2006, Israel only grants Gaza residents permission to cross incertain circumstances, usually for humanitarian reasons such as medical treatment. At the start of the current round of fighting, Israeli authorities did permit hundreds ofGazans holding foreign passports to leave the …

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