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Qatar, Saudi Arabia open crack in united front against Iran

A nasty war of words has broken out between two bittersweet allies…
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The Philippines: a new source of grass roots for ISIS?

According to well-informed sources in Iraq, the self-proclaimed…
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Failed Islamic State?

Until a few years ago, Idlib was nothing but a sleepy and forgotten…
Abu Mohammad al-Jolani re-branding Al-Nusra, as broadcasted on the Doha-based al-Jazeera TV.

Re-branding Jabhat al-Nusra

  When US secretary of State James Baker invited Palestinian…
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What an alternative Islamic State looks like

Murderous extremists are exploiting the Muslim world's…
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Islam and secularism must go hand in hand in Syria

For the first time since the secular Baath Party came to power…
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Syria's Abu al-Qaqa: Authentic Jihadist or Impostor?

Much has been written about the Aleppo-based Syrian preacher…
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The History of Political and Militant Islam in Syria

The rise of political Islam in Syria can be traced to the 1940s,…