Iraqi Tribes Announce Support for Islamic State, New Attacks in Syria

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Syria : The leaders of several prominent Sunni tribes in Iraq announced their support for the Islamic State on Wednesday in Fallujah. Their statement condemned the Iraqi government and claimed that the only way to create peace in Anbar province is through support for the Islamic State. The tribes participating in the announcement include the influential al-Jumaili tribe. Analysts are

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Islamic State bid for chemical weapons

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris.

Perth : The Islamic State terror group is recruiting highly-trained tech­nic­ians and scientists to manufacture chemical weapons and has already used chlorine in an attack in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned. Ms Bishop said it was likely that Islamic State, or Da’ish or ISIS, had Western-trained experts able to “further refine precursor mater­ials and build chemical weapons”, in

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No easy way to defeat Islamic State

Islamic State (IS) Command Structure

We were warned by Western political leaders that the war against the ultra-extremists of so-called Islamic State (IS) would be a long one. It is becoming increasingly clear their caution was fully justified. Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, now draws a rather startling parallel with a much larger war, the Second World War, against a far larger fascist organisation, the

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Using Violence and Persuasion, ISIS Makes Political Gains

The Tadmur prison in Syria after it was blown up by ISIS.

BEIRUT, Lebanon : Days after seizing the Syrian desert city of Palmyra, Islamic State militants blew up the notorious Tadmur Prison there, long used by the Syrian government to detain and torture political prisoners. The demolition was part of the extremist group’s strategy to position itself as the champion of Sunni Muslims who feel besieged by the Shiite-backed governments in Syria

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