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The ISIS Caliphate: Salafism as a strategic asset?

  • May 22, 2015
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I have yet to see any reference in the mainstream media to Monday’s publication by   the conservative foundation Judicial Watch of previously classified US intelligence documents obtained as the result of a freedom of information lawsuit   This inattention is alarming, because one of these documents provides some disturbing background behind the nightmarish Caliphate that is now being carved in blood across Syria and Iraq.

Take these observations contained in an information report on Syria by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) dated August 12 2012   on the ‘general situation’ in Syria in...

Letter from Palmyra

  • May 21, 2015
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Hey brother,

Greetings from Palmyra!   I’m telling you bro, this has been a good week for the Caliphate, because we are LIVING THE DREAM!       First we took Ramadi and you should have seen the Iraqi army run away from us!   Afterwards we killed the ones we caught and anyone else who...

Pamela Geller’s free speech bloodfest

  • May 05, 2015
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The aborted assault by two would-be jihadists on the ‘Muhammad art contest’ at the Curtis Culand Center in Garland, Texas on Sunday has added another grim chapter to a screechingly dishonest ‘free speech versus Islam’ debate that continues to gain deadly traction from one country to the next.   First things first: there is no...

Genocide Memorial Day

  • January 16, 2015
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If you’re in London this Sunday, and anywhere near University College London, I’m one of the speakers at an event organized by the Islamic Human Rights Commission to commemorate Genocide Memorial Day.   I’ll be talking about the expulsion of the Moriscos from seventeenth century Spain.

Here are the details:

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PLEASE CLICK HERE TO RSVP AND...

Us and Them

  • January 10, 2015
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Like a B movie thriller that you’ve seen too many times before, the Paris terror-spectacle has reached its predictable conclusion.     All the familiar elements of jihadist noir were present: atrocity and murder followed by manhunts, hold ups, and quasi-military sweeps; neighborhood lockdowns, hostages, sieges, gun fights and explosions, culminating in a glorious act...

Je Suis Charlie Hebdo

  • January 08, 2015
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Yesterday, as the whole world knows, three self-styled holy warriors carried out a military-style assault on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which they murdered ten journalists and two policemen, before leaving shouting ‘God is great’ and ‘ We have avenged our Prophet.’

These sickening events are a revolting and barbaric crime worthy...

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