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    What's in it with Da'esh for women? Dr Katherine Brown writes about the role of women in Da'esh ideology.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32208217

    Last month two women were charged in New York with conspiracy to use a "weapon of mass destruction".

    They claimed to be "citizens of Islamic State (IS)", despite never having travelled there. Their reason for not migrating was because they thought they were too old and one was already married.

    The women's concern with age and marital status is unsurprising.

    Online discussions also stress a swift marriage upon arrival in Syria as an expectation of women.

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    Eleven French television channels, their official websites, and their social media accounts have been hacked by either Da'esh or an imitator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Kirbinator View Post
    Eleven French television channels, their official websites, and their social media accounts have been hacked by either Da'esh or an imitator.
    Yes, to clarify, this was one network company (TV5Monde) that operated multiple channels.

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    Haider is expected to make a bid for intensifying the air campaign:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32299602

    Islamic State (IS) has lost more than a quarter of its territory in Iraq since the US-led coalition air campaign began in August, a Pentagon spokesman says.

    Col Steve Warren said it was too early to say the tide was turning, but that air strikes and Iraqi ground forces had "unquestionably inflicted some damage".

    IS took over swathes of Iraq and Syria last June.

    The announcement came ahead of talks between Iraq's prime minister and US President Barack Obama in Washington.

    Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi wants the coalition to step up its air campaign against IS.


    And this impressive but grim video about a failed suicide bomber from Da'esh is doing the round on-line:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=81a_1428849547

    Aw well, presumably the driver's odds were incredibly long anyway.

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    Da'esh has released a video that purportedly shows them destroying the ancient city of Nimrud.

    Da'esh sure has no respect for pre-Islamic civilizations, especially given that many of the first civilizations developed in what is now Iraq.
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    Or for Islamic civilisation, late or early, by the same token. These kinds of purists are fine with smashing anything that doesn't adhere to their figments of early Islam.



    Ever since the Iraq War, commentators have wondered whether the advesperascence of Christianity in the Middle East (excluding North Africa) is at hand, followed by final disappearance. I'm personally less glum about it than others, but further decline is inevitable with the crisis that still unfolds. Two genocides (Armenian Genocide and the Assyrian Genocide) and then these recent crises within a century are no small matter.

    The crucial thing to understand is that the current situation is a direct consequence of the disastrous Iraq War. There is no argument that despite most Muslims wanting Iraqi Christians to remain (possibly the more appreciated of Iraq's many minoritiies) the post-Saddam chaos is the direct cause of the decline of the Church of the East in its ancient homeland.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...ution-iraq-war

    Christianity is under siege in the very place where it was born. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled Iraq and Syria in the face of Islamic extremism and conflict. After a six-week trip across the Middle East in which I met church leaders and embattled congregations, it is clear to me that Christianity is hanging by a thread, and may not survive in some places. Some Christians said that after the brutality they had suffered and witnessed, they feared that relations with their Muslim neighbours could never be restored.

    In Iraq the situation is critical. I visited the monastery of St Matthew, which has occupied a mountain top above the plain of Nineveh, in the north of the country, since the fourth century. Below you can hear artillery blasts and see western airstrikes on Islamic State positions. When Christianity stretched across the Roman empire, 7,000 monks worshipped here: today only six are left, and hardly anyone dares visit the ancient site which could soon become just a relic of Christianity in the region.
    But what should be remembered is that this wave of Christian persecution began not with Islamic State, but a decade ago in the chaos sparked by the US- and British-led invasion of Iraq. Under Saddam Husseins rule Christians in fact enjoyed what they now recall as a golden age. They were free to worship and played a full role in society. However, the removal of the dictator let loose an ugly Shia-Sunni power struggle. Father Douglas Bazi, a Catholic priest I met in Irbil, explained the consequences: They looked at the west as infidels, and as Christians we were seen in the same way. Father Bazi is now caring for 135 families in tents.
    All in all, however, it seems reasonable to suppose that the plight of the Yazidis and the Mandaeans is more dire at the moment.

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    Da'esh is pushing forward with its attack on Ramadi:

    Islamic State (IS) has stepped up its assault on the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, launching a series of suicide bomb attacks, officials say.

    Anbar provincial council member Athal al-Fahdawi said the government compound was within range of IS weapons and that it and the city were "in great danger".

    Hundreds of people have fled Ramadi and the surrounding area in recent days.

    US-led coalition aircraft are meanwhile bombing IS positions in three villages which were captured on Wednesday.
    Da'esh has murdered hundreds of Sunni opponents in parts of the city and nearby villages:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...prime-minister

    The Iraqi prime minister, who in recent days has met with President Barack Obama, Joe Biden and top leaders in Congress, said air strikes by a US-led coalition would be vital to the broader mission against Isis.

    The recapture of Tikrit, Abadi said, offered a case study for how the rest of Iraq can be liberated.

    But the fall of Ramadi would also be a major symbolic defeat for Iraq. In areas they have seized around the city, the militants have executed hundreds of tribesmen who belonged to the Sunni Awakening movement, which was instrumental in driving jihadists out of the province with the backing of the United States.

    The situation is very dangerous, said Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi expert who advises the government on Isis. The city is on the verge of falling.

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    A former aide to Hussein and an ally of Da'esh until today has seemingly died in fighting east of Tikrit:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32347036

    Fugitive Iraqi militant leader Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who was right-hand man to Iraq's ex-leader Saddam Hussein, has been killed, Iraqi officials say.

    They say he died in fighting in Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad. His supporters have denied the claim.

    Douri, 72, led the Naqshbandi Order insurgent group, a key force behind the recent rise of Islamic State (IS).

    He was deputy to Saddam Hussein, who was ousted when US-led forces invaded Iraq in 2003 and executed in 2006.

    Douri was regarded as the most high-profile official of Saddam Hussein's Baath party to successfully evade capture after the invasion, and had a large bounty on his head for years.


    The confusing and desperate situation at Yarmouk has subsided, for the moment. But there is no telling whether the tensions are going to be rekindled.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32356307

    A refugee camp which grew into the liveliest of neighbourhoods is now crumbling into the deadliest of quarters as life drains away by the day.

    Never has the future of Yarmouk looked so uncertain for the community of Palestinian refugees as well as Syrians who call it home.

    "There are a few scenarios, and some are nightmarish," said an Arab diplomat in the Syrian capital.

    A place trapped in a deepening maelstrom since it was drawn into Syria's uprising in 2012 suffered another devastating blow this month when the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group entered the battle for the area.

    Despite reports IS gunmen had withdrawn to their stronghold in the adjoining neighbourhood of Hajar al-Aswad, sources in Damascus say fighting continues among Palestinian factions with IS fighters pushed back, but still present in about 40% of Yarmouk.

    The terrifying bombardment by Syrian jets appears to have halted for the moment at least. Arab and Western diplomats say the imminent threat of an assault by Syrian government forces and their Palestinian allies has also gone.

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    Iran and Australia are to exchange information about Da'esh:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-32376976

    Australia and Iran have agreed to share intelligence about Australians fighting with militant groups in Iraq.

    Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said the deal will help both countries in their efforts to tackle Islamic State (IS).

    She added that Australia would have access to information gathered by Iranian operatives in Iraq.

    Ms Bishop spoke after her meeting with President Hassan Rouhani, during her first visit to Iran.

    About 100 Australians are believed to have travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight with IS, with authorities warning they present a serious threat to domestic security.

    There are also concerns about supporters of IS and other radical groups within Australia.


    Fighting in and near Ramadi continues, an exodus of refugees and a concomitant humanitarian crisis result from that.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/0...050758281.html

    Thousands of families continue to flee the Iraqi city of Ramadi as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group closes in on the capital of Anbar province, clashing with Iraqi troops.

    The UN has announced that more than 4,000 families fled Ramadi and its suburbs in the past few days due to the ongoing clashes between ISIL and Iraqi forces, which has turned the city into a ghost town.

    More than 90,000 people in total have fled the city of Ramadi and surrounded areas since the beginning of clashes in Anbar province, according to the UN.

    The UN also confirmed on Wednesday deaths among those trying to flee - including newborn babies - due to the lack of proper necessities and harsh conditions. Families have left their homes with little or nothing on their backs.

    Riyad Adad, the head of the Baghdad Provincial Council, said that one hundred new born babies died as their families tried to flee Ramadi.


    The rise of Da'esh is reported to be in great part attributable to a former intelligence officer in Hussein's spy service, a Sunnite secularist:

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...te-says-report

    One of Saddam Husseins former intelligence officers masterminded Islamic States takeover of northern Syria after becoming embittered by the US-led invasion of Iraq, according to a report by the German magazine Der Spiegel

    Documents uncovered in Syria reveal meticulous planning for the groups structure and organisation, the report says, with the 31 pages of handwritten charts, lists and schedules amounting to a blueprint for the establishment of a caliphate in Syria.

    The documents were the work of a man identified by the magazine as Samir Abd Muhammad al-Khlifawi, a former colonel in the intelligence service of Saddam Husseins air defence force, who went by the pseudonym Haji Bakr, Spiegel says.

    The files suggest that the takeover of northern Syria was part of a meticulous plan overseen by Haji Bakr using techniques including surveillance, espionage, murder and kidnapping honed in the security apparatus of Saddam Hussein.
    Iraqi journalist Hisham al-Hashimi, whose cousin served with Bakr, describes the former officer as a nationalist rather than an Islamist. The report argues that the secret to Islamic States success lies in its combination of opposites the fanatical beliefs of one group and the strategic calculations of another, led by Bakr.

    Spiegel said it had obtained the papers after lengthy negotiations with rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo, who had seized them when Islamic State was forced to abandon its headquarters there in early 2014.

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    The calib of Da'esh was wounded during an American bombing run in March.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ded-air-strike

    The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, sources have told the Guardian.

    A source in Iraq with connections to the terror group revealed that Baghdadi suffered serious injuries during an attack by the US-led coalition in March. The source said Baghdadis wounds were at first life-threatening, but he has since made a slow recovery. He has not, however, resumed day-to-day control of the organisation.

    Baghdadis wounding led to urgent meetings of Isis leaders, who initially believed he would die and made plans to name a new leader.

    Two separate officials a western diplomat and an Iraqi adviser confirmed the strike took place on 18 March in the al-Baaj a district of Nineveh, close to the Syrian border. There had been two previous reports in November and December of Baghdadi being wounded, though neither was accurate.

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    Other authoritarian Islamist rebels have taken a regionally significant town in north-western Syria.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32461693

    Islamist rebels in Syria have taken over the key north-western town of Jisr al-Shughur, activists say.

    It was the last major town under government control in Idlib province. Correspondents say it may give rebels a route to the ruling elite's heartland.

    The Islamist forces, including the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, began the assault on Thursday.

    State media said the army had redeployed outside the town "to avoid civilian casualties".
    Activists from the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces had fled.
    The danger is that this may in the long run give the attacking force access to Alawite heartlands.

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    Republicans want to directly fund Kurdish and Sunni militias in Iraq.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...r-against-isis

    Republicans in the House of Representatives have proposed directly underwriting the Kurdish peshmerga and Sunni irregular forces, rather than aiding US partners in the war against the Islamic State through the Iraqi government nominally controlling them.

    At least $178m, and possibly as much as $429m, would go directly to Kurdish and tribal security forces or other local security forces with a national security mission, according to the text of next years half-trillion dollar defense authorization bill released on Monday by the House Armed Services Committee.

    The bill, a critical legislative prerequisite for funding the US military, risks placing a wedge between the US and its ally in Baghdad and encouraging the sectarianism the provision seeks to prevent.

    Unless the secretaries of state and defense jointly specify that the government of Iraq under US-backed Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is including ethnic and sectarian minorities within the security forces of Iraq, the bill would block all of its proposed $715m in funding for the Iraqi security forces over the next year. US officials have testified that their retraining of the Iraqi military is critical to fielding a ground force capable of retaking the vast swaths of Iraqi territory Isis controls.
    The stated anti-sectarian aims are laudable, but bypassing the central government like that is diplomatic dynamite. And things like ending support to Shia militias are rather exacerbating:

    Among the conditions that Baghdad will have to meet to receive US military funding is ending support to Shia militias and stopping abuses of elements of the Iraqi population by such militias.


    A Da'esh arms dump has exploded in east Syria.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32539478

    An arms dump has exploded in Deir Ezzor province in Syria, killing 25 Islamic State (IS) militants, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based activist group.

    A large explosion in the town of Al-Mayadeen was followed by several smaller blasts, the group said.

    It is not clear if the blasts were caused by an attack or by an accident.

    Syria's civil war, which began four years ago, has killed more than 200,000 Syrians and displaced 11 million.

    Much of Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor is under the control of IS. The militants last year also seized a broad belt of territory in northern Iraq.

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    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is thought to suffer from spinal injuries which may prevent him from heading Da'esh.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-injuries-iraq

    The leader of the Islamic State (Isis), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, remains incapacitated due to suspected spinal damage and is being treated by two doctors who travel to his hideout from the groups stronghold of Mosul, the Guardian has learned.

    More than two months after being injured in a US air strike in north-western Iraq, the self-proclaimed caliph is yet to resume command of the terror group that has been rampaging through Iraq and Syria since June last year. Three sources close to Isis have confirmed that Baghdadis wounds could mean he will never again lead the organisation.

    Isis is now being led by a long-term senior official, Abu Alaa al-Afri, who had been appointed deputy leader when his predecessor was killed by an air strike late last year.

    Details of Baghdadis condition, and of the physicians treating him, have emerged since the Guardian revealed he had been seriously wounded on 18 March in an air strike that killed three men he was travelling with. The attack took place in al-Baaj, 80 miles (128km) west of Mosul.

    The Pentagon subsequently denied that Baghdadi had been killed and, while it acknowledged that it had carried out the attack, claimed to be unaware that the worlds most wanted man had been among the casualties.

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    On the topic of conquered Jisr ash-Shughur, mentioned earlier, earlier reports that only stressed the presence of Jabhat an-Nusra were partially wrong, as the victory force was a coalition called Jaysh al-Fatah:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32540436

    At the end of March, Syrian rebels captured the north-western provincial capital of Idlib as government forces fled in the face of a co-ordinated offensive.

    The rebels followed up the victory by taking control of the town of Jisr al-Shughour, several villages and the al-Qarmid military base.

    They have reportedly now set their sights on the neighbouring Mediterranean coastal province of Latakia, a stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad.

    State media have denied that the rebels are gaining ground. But with the regime suffering a string of defeats, and seemingly unable to replace the soldiers and militiamen it is losing, questions are being raised about its resiliency.

    Initial reports suggested that Idlib had been seized by al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, al-Nusra Front. But in fact the city fell to a rebel coalition known as Jaish al-Fatah (Army of Conquest).

    Al-Nusra and the hardline Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham are the coalition's most prominent members, but it also includes several more moderate Islamist groups. All are opposed to Islamic State (IS) and have fought bloody battles with the jihadist group over the past year.

    The rebel offensive in Idlib has drawn together some 6,000 fighters, including almost 1,200 from al-Nusra, and brought about unprecedented levels of co-ordination.


    Da'esh has murdered around 300 Yazidis on Friday.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32565809

    Several hundred Yazidi captives have been killed in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants west of Mosul, Yazidi and Iraqi officials say.

    A statement from the Yazidi Progress Party said 300 captives were killed on Friday in the Tal Afar district near the city.

    Iraqi Vice-President Osama al-Nujaifi described the reported deaths as "horrific and barbaric".

    Thousands of members of the religious minority group were captured last year.

    It is not clear how they were killed, or why this has happened now, says the BBC's Middle East editor Alan Johnston.

    Many are reported to have been held in Mosul, the main stronghold of IS after the militants swept through large areas of northern and western Iraq, and eastern Syria in 2014.
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    Da'esh has claimed responsibility for the firearm attacks in Dallas at an art show that offered a prize for cartoons of Muhammad. It was organised by Pam Geller and Geert Wilders was a keynote speaker. The existence of an actual link to Da'esh was still unconfirmed.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-texas-atttack

    The Islamic State group proclaimed early on Tuesday that it had carried out its first terrorist attack on American soil and warned of bigger and more bitter strikes to come as it took responsibility for the failed assault on an art contest featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad held in Texas at the weekend.

    Isis broadcast a statement on its al-Bayan radio station declaring that two soldiers of the caliphate carried out Sundays attack in Garland, near Dallas, Texas, where two gunmen were shot dead as they apparently attempted to storm the art show.

    It is still not clear if the two gunmen identified by officials as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, roommates in an apartment complex in Phoenix, Arizona were actually connected with the group, whether they devised their own attack inspired by Isis, or neither.

    US authorities have said they are investigating whether Sundays shooting had any link to international terrorism. The White House on Tuesday called the shooting an attempted terrorist attack but said it was too soon to say whether the incident is linked to Isis.
    Accept this obligatory platitude to the effect that nobody should be targeted with violence for their opinion. But it is tremendously unfortunate that these shenanigans detract from the actual meat of the discussion, which is that the Islamophobe's case is incorrect and morally wrong. This only serves the Islamophobe ploy of 'justifying' their inane opinions by referring to their freedom of speech rather than by articulate arguments that stand on their merit.

    More on Geller and her spoony views:

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2...artoon-contest

    The co-founder of the group behind the contest to award $10,000 for the best cartoon depiction of Muhammad is a New Yorker who runs a blog that campaigns to stop the Islamification of America.

    Pamela Geller used her blog Atlas Shrugs to declare this is war in the hours after the shooting of two gunmen at the contest. The event had been organised by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, a group she set up with Robert Spencer in 2010.

    Geller, the winner of numerous awards from far-right organisations such as the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is credited with coining the term ground zero mega mosque as part of highly publicised campaign against the development of a community centre, which included a mosque, a few blocks from where the twin towers once stood in New York.


    The United States have placed a price on the four inelegant mugs of members of the Da'esh leadership.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32603203

    The US government is offering rewards totalling $20m (13m) for information on what it says are four leaders of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

    It named the four as Abdul Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili and Tariq bin al-Tahar bin al-Falih al-Awni al-Harzi.

    They join a list of suspects sought under the Rewards for Justice Program.

    On Tuesday, Islamic State said it was behind an attack in Texas.

    It said "two soldiers of the caliphate" had attacked a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest being held at a conference centre in Garland near Dallas.
    Other leaders already have a bounty.
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    Hezbollah has announced a campaign against Jabhat an-Nusra near the Lebanese border.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32596511

    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says his Lebanon-based Shia group will attack Sunni militants from al-Nusra Front along the border with Syria.

    Mr Nasrallah said al-Nusra units based in the Qalamoun Mountains would be targeted, but did not specify when.

    He said the group, which has launched a series of attacks on Hezbollah fighters in Syria, posed an unacceptable threat.

    Hezbollah, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has sent hundreds of fighters to join the Syrian civil war.

    In a televised address on Tuesday, Mr Nasrallah said attacks by militants from the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front posed an unacceptable threat to Lebanon's security and required "radical treatment".

    "The [Lebanese] state is not able to address this issue... so we will proceed with the necessary treatment and assume the responsibility and consequences," he added.

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    Tom Cotton has said some quaint things about Da'esh:

    http://www.vox.com/2015/5/7/8565199/cotton-cnn-isis

    Wednesday night, Sen. Tom Cotton went on Wolf Blitzer's Situation Room to talk about Iraq and ISIS. He said something surprising.

    "We just haven't rolled back the Islamic State at all over the last six or seven months since we began our air campaign," he said. "They've continued to hold the ground they always have. They haven't advanced, but we haven't rolled them back, either. And that's not going to be enough to defeat them."

    "The Islamic State seems to be winning now," Cotton later added.
    It is hard to take someone seriously who has said (many more) intellectually bankrupt things like that. This isn't just getting some minute facts wrong, this is inventing great lies to attack Obama's foreign policy.

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    Da'esh has conquered Ramadi.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...r-isis-attacks

    Isis fighters have driven Iraqi government forces from the city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, according to a local government spokesman. The fall of the city, which lies to the west of Baghdad, came only hours after Iraqs prime minister called for the areas defence to be reinforced.

    Bodies, some burned, littered the streets as local officials reported the militants carried out mass killings of Iraqi security forces and civilians. Online video showed Humvees, trucks and other equipment speeding out of the city, with soldiers gripping onto their sides.

    Muhannad Haimour, a spokesman for the governor of Anbar province, said on Sunday evening that Ramadi had been taken by Isis fighters who had largely overrun it over the weekend. They also took the militarys operational command in the city, he said. The city was completely taken ... It was a gradual deterioration, said Haimour. The military is fleeing. Federal authorities did not comment. Isis later released a statement claiming its troops had full control of the city.

    By late Sunday, a large number of Shia militiamen had arrived at a military base near Ramadi, apparently to participate in a possible counter-offensive, said the head of the Anbar provincial council, Sabah Karhout.

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    The Da'esh victories in Ramadi and Palmyra has led people to question the minimalist approach, including a hawkish opinion in The Guardian.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ihadi-strategy

    Islamic States victories in Palmyra and Ramadi have been painful blows for the US-led coalition in both Syria and Iraq respectively, underlining the flaws in a strategy that has been widely criticised as both wrong-headed and half-hearted.

    Until the last few weeks, the conventional wisdom in Washington, London and Arab capitals was that Isis had been forced on to the back foot, suffering from shortages of cash, weapons and problems of resupply, even if its morale was sustained by a slick propaganda machine that kept attracting recruits.

    Now events may be forcing a rethink. The Obama administration is taking an extremely hard look at its approach, in the words of an unnamed official who declared in the wake of the fall of Ramadi: Youd have to be delusional not to take something like this and say what went wrong, how do you fix it and how do we correct course to go from here?
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ihadi-strength

    Islamic State fighters are celebrating their second major conquest in a week in Syria and Iraq as they pick through the ruins of the historic city of Palmyra.

    The sudden advance of the militants into the UN heritage site in central Syria resulted in the rout of a national army, the exodus of refugees and a fresh pulse of regional alarm at the resilience of the self-styled caliphate force.

    The UN said one-third of Palmyras 200,000-strong population had fled. And Isis militants used social media to show themselves posing amid ancient columns in Palmyra on Thursday. Other images displayed a more familiar theme: the summary slaughter of local men whose blood drenched the road.

    Isiss latest advance has prompted a re-evaluation across the region, which had earlier sensed it might be in retreat. From Beirut to Baghdad and as far away as Riyadh, regional actors are coming to terms with an organisation that can win most of its battles and successfully storm Syria and Iraqs best-defended bastions.
    But surely Ramadi being surrounded by Da'esh territory has made the defence at the time more difficult.

    The Iraqi government is now expected to deploy Shi'ite militias in the reconquest of Ramadi.

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    Another feature discusses the role of immigrant women in Da'esh.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32910462

    Young women travelling to Syria to join Islamic State often end up "domestically isolated in severe conditions", new research claims.

    UK-led research suggests that the women do not join with the intention of becoming "jihadi brides", but often end up facing "harsh realities".

    The report also says the recruits are increasingly younger and come from comfortable and educated backgrounds.

    An estimated 4,000 Westerners have joined IS, including some 550 women.

    The joint report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College London says women are far from passive agents, with some involved in aspects of IS life including propaganda and recruitment.
    But the massive gender imbalance in those figures also catches the attention. Which isn't surprising, given Da'esh ideals.

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    Seumas Milne claims Western powers encouraged the growth of Al-Qaida in Iraq after the Arab Spring as a counterweight against Assad.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...sis-syria-iraq

    The war on terror, that campaign without end launched 14 years ago by George Bush, is tying itself up in ever more grotesque contortions. On Monday the trial in London of a Swedish man, Bherlin Gildo, accused of terrorism in Syria, collapsed after it became clear British intelligence had been arming the same rebel groups the defendant was charged with supporting.

    The prosecution abandoned the case, apparently to avoid embarrassing the intelligence services. The defence argued that going ahead withthe trial would have been an affront to justice when there was plenty of evidence the British state was itself providing extensive support to the armed Syrian opposition.

    That didnt only include the non-lethal assistance boasted of by the government (including body armour and military vehicles), but training, logistical support and the secret supply of arms on a massive scale. Reports were cited that MI6 had cooperated with the CIA on a rat line of arms transfers from Libyan stockpiles to the Syrian rebels in 2012 after the fall of the Gaddafi regime.

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    Syrian Kurds are targeting a town and Da'esh base on the Turkish border. This is highly important because Da'esh rely on smuggling for supplies. Masses of inhabitants have fled to the border, but most have been prevented from entering Turkey.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33132809

    Kurdish fighters are reported to be moving in on the north-east Syrian town of Tal Abyad, which is held by Islamic State (IS) militants.

    Thousands of civilians have fled to a nearby border crossing with Turkey, and some have managed to cross to safety.

    The advance by the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) has been supported by Syrian rebel groups and US-led coalition air strikes.

    Tal Abyad is strategically important for both sides.

    For the IS militants, it controls a major supply route to their headquarters at Raqqa, 80km (50 miles) to the south, reports the BBC's Jim Muir in Beirut.

    For the Kurds, capturing Tal Abyad would help them link up the other pockets they control along the Turkish border, from Iraq in the east to Kobane in the west, which has long been their dream, our correspondent adds.
    Not really related, but some have alleged that Da'esh committed at least one attack on the HDP during the Turkish elections.

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    Kurd and other rebels have captured Tal Abyad, with American air support. The above link has been updated.

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    Kurdish forces in Syria move closer to Raqqa:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33234648

    Kurdish forces in northern Syria say they have captured a key military base from Islamic State (IS) north of the militants' self-declared capital of Raqqa.

    The Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) were backed by US-led air strikes and other rebel groups.

    It comes a week after Kurdish forces seized a Syrian border crossing with Turkey from the jihadists.

    The move cut off a major supply route for IS.

    A Kurdish forces spokesman said they had complete control of the Liwa (Brigade) 93 base, which is deep in IS-held territory.

    Redur Xelil said the YPG was now on the outskirts of Ain Issa, a town only 50km (30 miles) north of Raqqa.

    "They [IS] have been defeated," he said.

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    Da'esh is closing in on Kobani and the government-aligned city of Hassakeh.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33266399

    Islamic State fighters have attacked the Syrian city of Kobane, months after being driven out in a symbolic battle that made international headlines.

    They detonated car bombs and launched an assault. Kurdish media say at least 50 civilians have been killed, including 20 in a nearby village.

    IS has recently suffered a string of defeats to Kurdish forces.

    But in another attack on Thursday, it seized parts of the key north-eastern city of Hassakeh.
    Da'esh is feeling severe pressure, as they're digging in Raqqa right now:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33253497

    Islamic State (IS) militants are reported to be shoring up the defences of Raqqa, the northern Syrian city that acts as the group's headquarters.

    The move follows the capture on Tuesday by Kurdish fighters of a strategically -important town and nearby military base only 50km (30 miles) to the north.

    The Kurds said on Wednesday that trenches were being dug around Raqqa.

    The prices of basic supplies are also said to have risen in the city because key supply routes have been cut.

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