Tag Archives: ISIS

what i think about isis

today i was asked what i think about isis. i – as a western scholar, a person who has been physically close to the islamic state in iraq, and as a simple human being. figuring that this might be something … Continue reading

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why the europol strategy of targeting isis web-accounts won’t work

due to a lack of other options for input, here is a message to europol: according to the guardian, europol will started targeting isis web accounts in july. given an astonishing output of around 100.000 tweets a day from around … Continue reading

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greetings from the front lines: zumar

it is the old moscovite idea: ‘what i can not have, my enemy shall never enjoy. and burn the city down.’ the islamic state gave the old saga a twist. they are not burning the cities they leave, they are … Continue reading

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taking back mosul

recently there seems to be movement on the international front. a coalition, joined by the us trustees in the gulf started bombing isis-stations in syria. following academic writings and speculations, the attack in syria would be the vital punch against … Continue reading

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where did all the weapons go?

news reports on military assistance and much needed weapon delivery to the kurdish regional government and its peshmerga units in the fight against the islamic state filled the pages of both local and international media for a while. a question … Continue reading

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greetings from the front line: mula abdula

having been to two front lines before, the excitemet of actually seeing the flag of the islamic state was significantly lower compared to that of my company. but still, there was something about the closeness of this front line that … Continue reading

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thank you for the islamic state

there is something odd about international politics. alliance formations have shown again and again that even fiercely proclaimed ideologies are pushed aside all too easily whenever interest align. deeply entrenched moral divisions are secondary to security, and even framed states, … Continue reading

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