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Trump's Tomahawks and the Abu Nidal Factor

In June 1982, US Secretary of State Alexander Haig warned Israeli…
A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - RTR3X9AW

Abu Bakr back in Syria, readying for battle against US

According to senior intelligence sources in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,…
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A Malaysian jihadist's journey from Facebook through Syria

Until recently, Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi was a relatively…
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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…
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Why ISIS and Baghdadi will survive losing Mosul, Raqqa

When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi stood in the pulpit of a mosque in…
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…
The Grand Umayyad Mosque of Damascus.

Damascene Sufism, the antidote to ISIS

When the Islamic State stormed the city of al-Mayadeen in…
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What an alternative Islamic State looks like

Murderous extremists are exploiting the Muslim world's…
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A balance sheet on Tarek Aziz

In the late 1950s, a young Iraqi fugitive showed up at a…