July 2, 2014

An Ancient Caliphate Rises

Ian Morris, London Evening Standard

The Associated Press

The Isis leader Abu Bakral-Baghdadi is working from a 1,400-year-old playbook and has learned its lessons well

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TAGGED: ISIS, Middle East


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