Islamic State

Islamic State Braces as Iraq Prepares Mosul Offensive

The long-anticipated attack could begin this week, and will aim to recapture Iraq’s second-largest city from the militant group. WSJ, ByTAMER EL-GHOBASHY and ALI A. NABHAN, Oct. 16, 2016: ERBIL, Iraq—At recent Friday prayers in a Mosul mosque, the Islamic State-appointed preacher eschewed the traditional sermon extolling the group’s virtues for a plea for local support against a… Continue reading Islamic State Braces as Iraq Prepares Mosul Offensive

Syria

Turkey’s New Territorial Claims Threaten NATO

Will Russia help give a new birth to a resurgent Ottoman Empire? It’s a tricky bit of diplomacy, but their recent successes suggest they could do so — and thereby destroy the major international alliance controlling Russian aggression. CounterJihad, October 13, 2016: A significant claim is being pushed by the Turkish government, one that could… Continue reading Turkey’s New Territorial Claims Threaten NATO