July 24, 2014

With Friends Like These, ISIS Is Doomed

Jacob Siegel, Daily Beast

The Associated Press

The Islamic State is no longer a juggernaut; it’s a motley alliance of factions just waiting to betray each other.

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ISIS' Caliphate About Power, Not Religion
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The pan-Islamic caliphate that Muslim extremists want to establish carries within it the seeds of its own destruction. more ››