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Islamic State Terrorism Is Serious But We've Faced Even Deadlier Threats In The Past

"We have never known anything like Isis."<p>“What we’re facing in Iraq now with Isis is a greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known …

Terrorism

How is Russia financing its war in Syria? | Middle East

Russia has added a volatile new dimension to Syria's four-year civil war after unleashing a wave of air strikes across the country.<p>Moscow has sent hundreds of troops, fighter jets, helicopter gunships, tanks, heavy artillery and other equipment, in response to a "request" by President Bashar …

Inside the ISIS Blueprint for Winning

Back in 2010, ISIS was on the downswing. The terrorist group then published a think tank-like pamphlet on how to get a country of its own.<p>Despite the …

New Innovation From the Islamic State: An All-Boy Execution Team

The Islamic State group has frequently used children in its propaganda – even babies — as a way to show that no age is too young to embark on the mission of jihad. It’s even positioned children in the role of killers.<p>But there was yet a new sick innovation this weekend from the self-declared …

10 experts give their opinions on the war on ISIS

The massacre and enslavement of the Yazidi population in the Sinjar district of Iraq's Ninewa province prompted Washington to cobble together an international coalition and start air strikes on IS positions in Iraq and Syria.<p>That was one year ago. That has given plenty of time for people to form …

Islamic State Fighters Discussed Harvesting Organs From Sex Slaves: Report

Islamic State fighters have discussed the possibility of harvesting the organs of their female sex slaves as a means to raise money for their campaign of terror, according to a new report from the Middle East Media Research Institute.<p>In a review of online conversations between French Islamic State …

Goodbye to all the gay bars. Are dating apps killing queer culture? | James Norman

As gay bars close down to make way for trendy delis, it’s time to question what queer culture has sacrificed at the feet of profit-making dating apps<p>Walking home down Grey Street in St Kilda with my partner recently, I noticed an entire wall around a building site was taken over by billboards for a …

Incredible photos of some of the 150 U.S. WWII aircraft lying in the Airplane Graveyard in the Pacific

There are over 150 Allied WWII aircraft lying 130 feet under the Pacific Ocean near the Marshall Islands.<p>They call it the “Airplane Graveyard.”<p>It is …

Scuba Diving

Suffering Doubts About Your Writing? Four Time-Tested Tips to Help You in Your Darkest Hours

As I raced through the grocery store last Saturday, I ran into another writer, someone I've seen at occasional parties. "Wow," she said. "I see you already have another book out. Good for you!"<p>Yes, good for me, I thought grimly, as we said goodbye. Good, except that I'll probably never write …

Sickening new ISIS video shows caged prisoners lowered into a swimming pool and drowned, shot with an RPG and blown up with explosive-filled 'necklaces'

• <b>Sickening seven-minute video shows the deaths of several ISIS prisoners</b> <b></b>• <b><br>Five men are filmed being drowned in a pool in the ISIS stronghold</b> …

Iraqis return to shattered Tikrit after Islamic State routed

TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Abdel Mowgood Hassan climbs over toppled bricks and a torn-away front door to enter his uncle's house in Tikrit, the first of his …

Islamic State suffers 'biggest setback' as Kurds take key town

<b>Syrian Kurdish fighters say they are clearing mines and booby traps from the border city of Tal Abyad after seizing it from Islamic State militants.</b><p>Kurds raised their banners in place of black IS flags, celebrating their victory over the jihadist group.<p>The capture of Tal Abyad gives them control of …

ISIS may have collected radioactive materials for nuclear 'dirty' bomb, says Australian Foreign Minister

<b>Melbourne:</b> The Islamic State is believed to have collected radioactive material from hospitals and research establishments in cities it has captured …

The ‘Scary Development’ in the Islamic State’s Quest to Cleanse Christians

The Islamic State has seized one of the biggest Christian churches in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which terrorists are reportedly turning into a radical mosque.<p>AP<p>According to fliers that were distributed by the Islamic State this week, the Syrian Orthodox Church of St. Ephraim will reopen as a house …

The US has a huge problem on its hands if it really killed 10,000 ISIS fighters

If true, US intelligence estimates on the strength of the Islamic State are grossly underestimated.<p>From Reuters:<p>In September, the CIA estimated that the Islamic State had somewhere between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters within its ranks. If Blinken's estimate of the number of Islamic State fighters …

‘Unbelievable’ Video Lays Out the Stark Statistics About World War II

World War II was the bloodiest conflict in human history, but it can be difficult to get a full sense of just how many lives were lost in the fighting.<p>American soldiers of the 7th Infantry Division take cover in a ditch atop a position known as Rocky Crags during the invasion of Okinawa, Japan, …

Iraq's incompetent military is in even worse shape than it appears

Despite over a decade's worth of US training and military support for the Baghdad government, along with 11 months of US-led coalition airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and the mobilization of Iranian-backed Shiite militias to fight the jihadist group, ISIS has continued to gain ground in the country.<p>…

CIA chief: We won't be able to destroy ISIS on the battlefield

First Defense Secretary Ashton Carter publicly berated Iraqi troops for lacking the "will to fight" ISIS and for retreating from a showdown in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province where scores of U.S. troops gave their lives during the Iraq war.<p>"What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces …

'Islamic State' calls for a Shiite-free Arabian Peninsula | DW | 30.05.2015

According to the US-based SITE monitoring group, an IS-affiliated group in Saudi Arabia has defended attacks on Shiite Muslims in a 13-minute long …

Islamic State sets up 'ministry of antiquities' to reap the profits of pillaging

Looting priceless artefacts has raised tens of millions of dollars for Isil – a sum comparable to the profit the terrorists have made by the kidnap and ransom of Western hostages<p>Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has established a "ministry of antiquities" to maximise the profits from …

ISIS' favorite tactic for overrunning cities is brilliant, devastating, and insane

In May, ISIS seized control of Ramadi after months of battles against the ISF, Iraqi police, and members of Sunni tribes who opposed ISIS.<p>Altogether, the ISF had assembled a force of about 2,000 soldiers in Ramadi who were fighting against between 400 and 800 militants. Despite having many more …

Why ISIS is winning, and how its foes can reverse that success

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's been exactly a year since the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria began its rampage through northern Iraq, seizing Mosul and Tikrit in short order as Iraqi security forces fled south. The group has proved its resilience since, despite thousands of coalition airstrikes and multiple …

For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart

BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's …