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ISIS: Everything you need to know about the rise of the militant group

By <b>Nick Thompson, Richard Allen Greene</b> and <b>Inez Torre,</b> CNN<br>Updated September 25, 2014<p>The rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Islamist militant group that has seized a chunk of land stretching from northern Syria to central Iraq, has struck fear into the hearts of leaders around the …

'What ISIS Really Wants': The Response

A survey of reactions to The Atlantic's cover story—from think tanks to jihadist Twitter<p>My cover story in <i>The Atlantic</i>’s March issue asked, as simply as possible, <i>What does ISIS believe, and what are its ideological roots?</i> I read every ISIS statement I could find, including fatwas and tweets and road …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Britain goes to war against Isil

Bombing in Iraq is backed by 524 to 43 MPs after David Cameron said the “psychopathic terrorists” must be destroyed<p>Britain is poised to join the war against Isil after Parliament overwhelmingly backed air strikes targeting the terrorists in Iraq.<p>David Cameron said there was a “strong case” for …

The 9 Biggest Myths About ISIS Debunked

When it comes to the Islamic State, the extremist group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria using horrifying tactics, there is no shortage of speculation about its history and ambitions. But not all the claims about the organization now targeted by the U.S. hold up. Here's a look at some …

Isis: the international community has responded just as the jihadists wanted

At this week’s UN meetings the focus will be on the threat of Isis, and how the world will respond. The Australian government has committed to help, but is not describing what lies ahead as “war”. In these circumstances, we must all be clear about the situation we are entering into.<p>By deploying a …

ISIS Today, But Who Is Thinking of Tomorrow?

After watching the President outline his Agenda for ISIS in the Middle East, I caught myself thinking, "This just seems like the same drum beat of war we heard in 2002." Of course our country hasn't been attacked like it was on 9/11, but the players haven't really changed that much. Our enemies are …

Putting the ISIS Threat in Perspective

If you’re having a tough time figuring out how much of a threat the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) poses to the U.S., you’re hardly …

Mapping Obama's Strategy to Defeat ISIS in Iraq

The Obama administration's strategy for defeating ISIS in Iraq envisions the Islamic terror group squeezed on three sides and from the air, making …

Canuck’s experience fighting ISIS shows Trudeau is wrong

It was one year ago that I left Canada and boarded a plane for the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.<p>After completing five years in the Canadian …