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3 years 3 weeks ago

Derek Harvey at USF just put out a call for a second Awakening movement in Anbar. It would involve the use of US airpower and a sizable advisor cohort:

3 years 3 weeks ago

A LONG-TERM STRATEGY FOR A DEMOCRATIC IRAQ

3 years 3 weeks ago
3 years 3 weeks ago
Just to clarify for those reading this, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has not pledged itself to ISIL (see the BBC Monitoring account for clarification) and the al-Huda Battalion's loyalty to ISIL is not a new development.
 
Moroccan 'jihadists' reportedly support 'Islamic caliphate' proclamation
3 years 3 weeks ago

At 1534 GMT on 29 June, Twitter user Mu'assasat al-I'itsam (@al_e3tisam; 10,352 followers) tweeted a link to download several translations, including an English language translation, of a 34-minute 9-second audio message by "Islamic State"  -- formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL -- spokesman Abu-Muhammad al-Adnani titled: "This Is the Promise of Allah." The audio was produced by the Al-Furqan Establishment for Media Production, the media arm of the Islamic State, and was disseminated by t

3 years 3 weeks ago

On 29 and 30 June, jihadist forum participants and Twitter users reacted to the declaration of an Islamic Caliphate by Abu-Muhammad al-Adnani, spokesman for the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL. Many online jihadists -- including supporters and members of the Al-Nusrah Front -- criticized the declaration, accusing Al-Adnani and his group of not meeting the conditions required for the establishment of a Caliphate.

3 years 3 weeks ago
Press reports indicate that ISIL has just declared a caliphate and stated that all groups and organizations must now pledge fealty to it. If accurate, their reach has significantly exceeded their grasp if USG or GOI are savvy enough to take advantage of how this is going to disrupt their coalition.
 
3 years 1 month ago
Sunni rebels seize more towns in Iraq
LIR2014062236022422 Doha Al Jazeera Online in English 0856 GMT 22 Jun 14 Middle East
 
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3 years 1 month ago
London Al-Sharqiyah News Television in Arabic carries the following reports on political and security developments in Iraq in its 1900 GMT newscast on 21 June:
 
3 years 1 month ago

ISIL Reportedly Well Financed With Excellent Financial organization

EUR2014062322514944 Paris Le Journal du Dimanche in French 23 Jun 14 p 10

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