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Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE



Did the U.S. Really See the Islamic State as a Strategic Ally Against al-Assad in 2012?

The answer, in a word, is “no.” The rumor is just a click-bait story or an unfounded conspiracy theory.

Posted on May 25, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Beheaded Dozens in Palmyra, but How Strategic Is the City?

Nearly 500 people died in the campaign by the Islamic State group to take the Syrian city of Palmyra, including 49 who were executed before the fundamentalists reached the city center.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE



Chasing Miracles in Iraq

The Islamic State was supposed to be reeling from U.S.-led airstrikes. Yet the group was able to capture Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, and is now consolidating control over that strategically important city.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE



Washington Asks, ‘Who Lost Ramadi?’ But Washington Never Had Ramadi

The inside-the-Beltway debate set off by the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the Islamic State group on Sunday is, as usual, Dadaistic in its disconnection from reality.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Scheer Article Found Among Reading Materials in Osama bin Laden’s Last Hideout

On Wednesday the White House released a list of English-language documents found among the al-Qaida founder’s belongings in 2011, after U.S. Navy SEALs killed him in a compound in Pakistan, to which he had been traced.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE



Historic Syrian City of Palmyra Falls to Islamic State

The ancient city is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and best-preserved ruins, which now may face destruction at the hand of the extremist group.

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Iraq: 25,000 Shiite Militiamen Gather to Retake Ramadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi met Tuesday with leaders of the Shiite militias to plan the retaking of Ramadi, a Sunni Arab city about 78 miles due west of Baghdad that fell on Sunday to the Islamic State group.

Posted on May 20, 2015 READ MORE


Texas Battlers

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Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



Why Does the Iraqi Army Keep Running Away From Islamic State?

Baghdad was shaken by the news that the Iraqi army and police in Ramadi ran away from the advancing forces of the Islamic State group (known also as Daesh).

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Ivy Ziedrich, Critic of War and the Bush Family

The University of Nevada college student brought some clarity to politics by challenging presidential hopeful Jeb Bush on who is responsible for the rise of the Islamic State group.

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE



Obama: There Will Be No Mideast NATO, but the U.S. Is Committed to the Security of Arab Gulf States

The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council came to President Barack Obama in search of a renewed, formalized U.S. commitment to their security. They came away disappointed.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE



College Student Tells Jeb Bush: ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’

Jeb Bush, in a comment on TV this week, justified his brother’s 2003 invasion of Iraq and suffered heavy political fire as a result. Then, on Wednesday, the presidential hopeful faced his toughest critic yet: a 19-year-old in Nevada.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE


Muhammad Edited

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Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



Airstrike That Killed 52 Civilians Raises Questions About Obama’s Approach to Islamic State

The bombing of civilians actually helps Islamic State’s propaganda enormously. This policy in Syria needs reconsideration.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE


Death & Destruction Inc.

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Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE


Islamic State

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Noam Chomsky: Every Word in the Phrase ‘Free Trade Agreement’ Is False

Noam Chomsky discusses how so-called free trade agreements, such as the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, enrich corporations while creating migration crises. Other topics include the Islamic State group and the media.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE



As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq, Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East?

A bombing that killed three people and wounded 10 on Saturday outside the consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan raises an important question about the U.S. diplomatic presence in the eastern reaches of the Middle East: Is it still possible for diplomats to do their work this way?

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE



Iraqi Sunnis Struggle for Survival Against ISIS

Sunni Muslims who moved back into their neighborhoods in Iraq as five years of violence started to abate in 2008 are being forced out again, “this time mostly by Isis extremists.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



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Islamic State’s Conquest of a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria Challenges Israeli Propaganda

Palestinian women and Christians and male secularists are at special risk in the Yarmouk refugee camp now that Islamic State has taken it over. But had they been living normally in their homes in what is now Israel, with their own state, they would not have been left vulnerable to this fate.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



As Iran Talks Progress, American and Iranian Forces Cooperate in Taking Tikrit (Video)

By now the Iraqi government has a long history of claiming areas are “liberated” when the local picture remained mixed.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



Don’t Make a Bad Situation in the Middle East Worse

As gung-ho “experts” press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won’t work—and surely will have unintended consequences.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



Yemen Bombing: It’s Not the Islamic State Group, and It’s Not a Sunni-Shiite Conflict

The massive twin bombings at mosques in the capital that shook Yemen on Friday, killing over 100 and wounding many more, were immediately claimed by Daesh (the Islamic State group).

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Journalism as Subversion

The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE


State of the Middle East

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Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE



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The Israel/Iran Issue Sends a Liberal Zionist off the Deep End

Being a liberal Zionist was always a tough thing to pull off, but it is becoming just impossible. And the effort seems to have driven New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman bonkers.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE



Iran’s Khamenei Says GOP’s Letter Is ‘Disgusting’ and Shows U.S. System’s Decline (Video)

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei spoke Thursday about the letter that 47 Republican senators sent to him warning that any nuclear deal he made with President Obama would have no staying power.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE



The Coming Death, and Afterlife, of the NSA Spying Law

The Patriot Act provision that authorized mass surveillance on Americans is set to expire, but don’t be fooled: The snooping is likely to continue. In an interview with Truthdig, Sen. Ron Wyden calls ending dragnet surveillance a “big priority.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE



Did British Security Services Drive ‘Jihadi John’ to Join Islamic State?

Documented evidence suggests the United Kingdom’s MI5 drove a young Muslim man to the brink of madness.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: CPAC, Bibi, Pot in D.C.

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the applause that Israel received at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a “clean” funding bill that keeps the Department of Homeland Security open without picking a fight over immigration rules, and the announcement that marijuana is now legal in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 READ MORE



Jihadis Deface and Destroy Iraqi Cultural Artifacts (Video)

The Islamic State group has destroyed thousands of books, manuscripts and replicas of ancient sculptures in Mosul libraries and museums.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE


Houses of Worship

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Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Killer Featured in Videos Is Identified as Mohammed Emwazi

He was dubbed “Jihadi John” before his real name was known, and as of Thursday, The Washington Post claimed that the killer from the Islamic State group who was prominently featured in recent beheading videos is Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Militants Abduct More Than 70 Christians in Syria

Members of the Islamic State group launched a broad raid on several villages in Syria starting early Monday, and by Tuesday the militant group had kidnapped more than 70 Christians.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky on the History Behind the Islamic State Group and Putin’s Actions in Ukraine

Shortly after the Minsk II cease-fire agreement was reached on Feb. 11, the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 called on the world-renowned linguist and political activist to discuss two of the most pressing global crises taking place.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



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We Kill Our Revolutionaries

Siddique Hasan, who never committed murder, is on death row in Ohio not for what he did but for who he is.

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 READ MORE



We Are Those Who Suffer: Free Speech, the Media and the Roots of Violence

Condemnation of the Charlie Hebdo killings must be accompanied by understanding of root causes and by compassion for struggling peoples. And the media must refrain from fanning the flames of hatred.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE



Jeb Bush Is Peddling Old Iraq Myths Again (Video)

Jeb Bush gave a maiden foreign policy speech in Chicago on Wednesday in which he confused Iran with Iraq and alleged with science fictional inaccuracy that Daesh (Islamic State) has 200,000 men under arms.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE



In Iraq, Kurds Repel Islamic State With Help of Shiite Militiamen They Distrust

Islamic State (aka Daesh) fighters unsuccessfully moved Monday on Kirkuk and Erbil, two cities patrolled by Iraq’s Kurdish paramilitary, the Peshmerga.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



Today’s Top 7 Myths About Islamic State

The self-styled “Islamic State” Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Authorizing War Against ISIS, Muslims Murdered

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the prospect of congressional authorization to attack ISIS, the three Muslim young adults slain in a possible hate crime in North Carolina and a federal judge’s rejection of Alabama’s ban on gay marriage.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Advances to Within 9 Miles of U.S. Troops at al-Ain Base in Iraq

Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has captured the al-Anbar city of al-Baghdadi in western al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



(DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy)

Obama’s Ambivalent War Logic

President Obama’s request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn’t really tell us how.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE


Kayla Mueller

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Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Ashton Carter Succeeds Chuck Hagel as U.S. Defense Secretary

Just shy of three months since Chuck Hagel was obliged to vacate the position, the Obama administration has a new secretary of defense—and Ashton Carter has his work cut out for him.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE



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Obama Asks Congress for Another Middle East War

The White House has asked Congress to pass a deliberately vague authorization for the war against the Islamic State that has been in progress for six months. Congress seems disinclined to say yes.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE


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