Posts Tagged: isis
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Star Born

New ISIS Video Stars British Hostage http://t.co/SH0SFIlLXi

— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) September 18, 2014

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Anniversary Commemorated

In ordering a sustained military campaign against Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, President Obama on Wednesday night effectively set a new course for the remainder of his presidency and may have ensured that he would pass his successor a volatile and incomplete war, much as his predecessor left one for him…the widening battle with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria will be the next chapter in a grueling, generational struggle that has kept the United States at war in one form or another since that day 13 years ago on Thursday when hijacked airplanes shattered America’s sense of its own security.

Happy 9/11, everyone.

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Trailer Misleading

"The Islamic State was already well known for its sophisticated filmmaking, and many of the scenes depicted in the video appear to be a 'gamification' of previous Islamic State propaganda footage, including their hour-long “Clanging of the Swords” film released earlier this year. Though the new video appears to constitute a trailer, there’s no indication yet that a real, playable game is in the offing anytime soon."

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Let Slip the Tweets of War

Statement from @PentagonPresSec: At approximately 645 AM EDT, US military conducted a targeted airstrike against ISIL terrorists (1/5)

— Marie Harf (@marieharf) August 8, 2014

.@PentagonPresSec: Two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil. (2/5)

— Marie Harf (@marieharf) August 8, 2014

.@PentagonPresSec: ISIL was using this artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending Erbil where U.S. personnel are located. (3/5)

— Marie Harf (@marieharf) August 8, 2014

.@PentagonPresSec: Decision to strike made by US Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the Commander in Chief (4/5)

— Marie Harf (@marieharf) [...]

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Brink Year

Which cascading threat are you afraid of, personally, as the end of the year crests the horizon? Cascading disease? In a worst-case hypothetical scenario, should the outbreak continue with recent trends, the case burden could gain an additional 77,181 to 277,124 cases by the end of 2014.

Cascading militancy? Turkey’s failure thus far to help choke off the oil trade symbolizes the magnitude of the challenges facing the administration both in assembling a coalition to counter the Sunni militant group and in starving its lifeblood. ISIS’ access to cash is critical to its ability to recruit members, meet its growing payroll of fighters, expand its reach and operate [...]

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How to Dehumanize a Terrorist: Give Him an MBA

ISIS has swept across Iraq in a stunning show of force, accumulating land and capital at a staggering rate. How, after a decade of American presence in Iraq, can this possibly be explained? What language do we even have for this?

"ISIS: The first terror group to build an Islamic state?" The face of a balding, middle-aged man stares unsmilingly into the camera. He is dressed in a suit and tie and could pass for a midlevel bureaucrat.

But the photograph is that of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, who has transformed a few terror cells harried to the verge of extinction into the most dangerous militant group in [...]