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Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, a research fellow at the Middle East Forum’s Jihad Intel project, writes extensively about the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and other armed groups in Syria and Iraq. As his writings and translations tend to be too detailed for a general readership, we periodically compile links and summaries for those wishing […]

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Islamic State jihad suicide bombers attack Iraqi troops near Ramadi

“Even though Iraqi forces have managed to drive ISIS jihadists out of the center of Ramadi, local tribal leaders said this week that ISIS still controls as much as 25% of the city, and significant pockets of ISIS resistance remain.” Control of Ramadi is key to control of Iraq. The outcome is not yet clear, […]

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Obama’s Middle East Delusions

As the only person to have won the Nobel Peace Prize on the basis of sheer hope rather than actual achievement, Barack Hussein Obama could be expected to do everything within his power to vindicate this unprecedented show of trust. Instead he has presided over a clueless foreign policy that has not only exacerbated ongoing […]

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Obama’s Middle East Delusions

As the only person to have won the Nobel Peace Prize on the basis of sheer hope rather than actual achievement, Barack Hussein Obama could be expected to do everything within his power to vindicate this unprecedented show of trust. Instead he has presided over a clueless foreign policy that has not only exacerbated ongoing […]

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Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan

Excerpt of an article originally titled “Confronting Female Genital Mutilation in Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan.” The prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Iraqi Kurdistan has declined markedly since the Kurdistan Regional Government prohibited the practice in 2011. The KRG conducts educational activities including certification of midwives, who are often asked to perform FGM, police […]

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Save the Iraqi Yezidis from Genocide!

The Yezidis are now on the move. This has been secretly planned for months. What we now have is a potentially mass exodus from ISIS-controlled Iraq. They have reason to believe that Bulgaria will grant them asylum. However, Turkey, which they must enter and exit on their way to Bulgaria, is giving them trouble. According […]

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Hussein Hamdani: Vetted by the feds, felled by a blog

Three months ago, Hussein Hamdani was widely hailed as a hero on the front lines of Canada’s war against homegrown terrorism, regularly pulling teenagers back from the brink of radicalization — before they boarded a plane to Syria or Iraq. He has been the federal government’s bridge to the Muslim community, and at a counter-terrorism summit […]

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ISIS Claim they have taken full control of Iraqi City of Ramadi

ISIS claim they have taken full control of Iraqi city of Ramadi after security forces flee following series of suicide car bombings ISIS has taken full control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi after days of continuous bloody fighting and a series of suicide car bombs which have left more than 500 people dead. This […]

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ISIS fighters use bulldozer to ambush Iraqi army convoy of Humvees north of Fallujah

ISIS fighters use bulldozer packed with explosives to ambush Iraqi army convoy of Humvees north of Fallujah. Islamic State fighters ambushed an Iraqi army convoy of Humvees with a bulldozer packed with explosives, killing a commander and three of his soldiers, military officials have confirmed. A suicide bomber first attacked the convoy before militants opened […]

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ISIS launches English language Radio Bulletins on its Iraqi Broadcast

ISIS launches English language radio bulletins on its Iraqi broadcast service discussing suicide bombings and assassinations. ISIS has launched English-language radio news bulletins on its Iraqi broadcast service – complete with information on the latest suicide bombings and ‘martyrdom operations’. The extremist group’s first English bulletin aired on Tuesday on its al-Bayan radio network, which […]

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