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Analysis: In Syria, no good options for West

 With the U.S.-led assault on the Islamic State group, the world community is acting in Syria, but not in the Syrian civil war. When it comes to the issue that has undermined the region — the survival or fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad — there is still no plan. And that means the West’s […] Read More →

Foreign jihadists flocking to Iraq and Syria on ‘unprecedented scale’ – UN

 UN report suggests decline of al-Qaida has yielded an explosion of jihadist enthusiasm for its even mightier successor organisations, chiefly Isis. The United Nations has warned that foreign jihadists are swarming into the twin conflicts in Iraq and Syria on “an unprecedented scale” and from countries that had not previously contributed combatants to global terrorism. […] Read More →

Terrorism & ‘The True Believer’

Patrick J. Buchanan,  “A mass movement,” wrote Eric Hoffer in “The True Believer,” “appeals not to those intent on bolstering and advancing a cherished self, but to those who crave to be rid of an unwanted self. “Their innermost craving is for a new life — a rebirth — or, failing this, a chance to […] Read More →

Two Car Bombs Kill at Least 34 in Iraq

Two car bombings killed at least 34 people in Iraq on Monday.  In one of the attacks, a suicide bomber killed at least 24 Shi’ite militiamen near Jurf al-Sakhar, a town government forces say they had recaptured from Islamic State militants. The blast Monday, which occurred at a security checkpoint outside Jurf al-Sakhar, wounded another […] Read More →

Women on front lines in Syria, Iraq against IS

 Just over a year ago, Afshin Kobani was a teacher. Now, the Kurdish Syrian woman has traded the classroom for the front lines in the battle for Kobani, a town besieged by fighters from the Islamic State extremist group. The 28-year-old Kurdish fighter, who uses a nom de guerre, said she decided to join the […] Read More →

Friend says Ottawa gunman knew homegrown jihadist, wanted to travel to Middle East

 The convert to Islam who fatally shot a Canadian soldier guarding that country’s national war memorial Wednesday morning before attacking Parliament and being fatally shot by its sergeant-at-arms was a bureaucrat’s son who displayed possible signs of mental illness and had a connection to a homegrown jihadist who has traveled to Syria, according to a […] Read More →

Jihadist asks ISIS to spare American captive

 An al-Qaeda-linked militant has asked the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to spare the life of an American hostage who treated jihadists during his stint as an aid worker in the region. The Telegraph reported that Abu Omar Aqidi of Jabhat al-Nusra, a Syrian group linked to al-Qaeda, tweeted his support for ISIS […] Read More →

War by algebra defies the true nature of war

Dr. Earl Tilford,  Editor’s note: This article first appeared at  Many Americans think of war as a great national struggle, as was the case during WWII, where violence rose to address the belligerents’ objectives. These were “total” wars between nation-states driven by incompatible political ideologies supported by the mobilization of industrial-age economies. For the United […] Read More →