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The Tribe That Won’t Stop Killing ISIS

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — Forces of the so-called Islamic State have reportedly carried out yet another massacre against the tribe in Iraq called Albu …

Middle East

Inside the ISIS Blueprint for Winning

Despite the success to come, the auguries boded ill for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi when he assumed leadership of the Islamic State in May 2010. American …

Mao Zedong

Why Isis fights | Martin Chulov

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish …

War

The US is operating in a dark new reality in Iraq

US military advisers in Iraq's Anbar Province, which has largely been overrun by the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh), are sharing a military base with an Iranian-backed Shiite militia, The New York Times reports.<p>The militia, known as Kataib Hezbollah, was previously responsible for the …

Islamic State's No. 2 leader killed in airstrike in Iraq: White House

The No. 2 leader of the Islamic State militant group was killed in a U.S. military airstrike in Iraq earlier this week, the White House said Friday.<p>Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was traveling in a vehicle near Mosul, in northern …

Did the U.S. betray the Kurds in fight against ISIS?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The new details emerging about the threat of ISIS, including the possible use of chemical weapons and the systematic rape of young girls, are dreadful.<p>But another disturbing development has surfaced: The United States appears to have undercut -- perhaps even betrayed -- Kurdish militias, …

US-trained Syria rebels do a deal with al-Qaeda-linked group

Seven members of a US-trained rebel group, Division 30, including the commander, abducted last month have been released by al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria<p>Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria on Sunday released seven members of a US-trained rebel group abducted last month, in a highly unusual move described …

US-led forces hit Isis a year after first strikes as dissent over policy grows

• House speaker John Boehner questions White House strategy<br>• Russia calls for US to partner with Syrian president<p>US-led forces conducted 16 air strikes in Iraq and seven in Syria on Saturday against Islamic State targets, the US military said, on the weekend which marked the one-year anniversary of the …

Doubts about effectiveness of anti-ISIL air raids

A year on from the start of the US-led coalition's air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, many on the ground have told Al Jazeera that bombardment is not working.<p>Nineteen new air strikes were reported on Saturday, a year after US President Barack Obama announced …

Researchers: ISIS has gone back to an Iraq War tactic

"When they experience a lot of airstrikes against them they shift away from a large infantry-style operation and use IEDs," Dr. Paulo Shakarian, one of the coauthors of a research paper scheduled to be presented next week, told the BBC. "We believe this relationship is because they want to prevent …

These maps show the progression of ISIS control in Iraq and Syria

The ISW "ISIS Sanctuary Map" quickly became an iconic image of the conflict ranging across Syria and Iraq.<p>It has been used hundreds of times, in several languages, and adapted for such uses as electronic backdrops on CNN, Fox, and other news broadcasts. When developing a 1,200 year history of Iraq …