Charlie Cooper

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As the world watches the Islamic State (IS) in North-West Iraq, its presence in Lebanon last week has all but been forgotten. However, a closer look at this brief incursion betrays some intriguing truths about the jihadis who have knocked al-Qaeda into obscurity.

When the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) arrested Imad Ahmad Jumaa, the former Jabhat al-Nusra commander, at the beginning of August they sparked off a series of events that brought Lebanon to a precipice. Jumaa’s detention became an opportunity for IS to move into a state that was already teetering on a sectarian knife-edge and has been desperately trying to keep out of the Syrian Civil War for some years now.…  Seguir leyendo »

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken over much of the Iraqi province of Nineveh, including the country’s second largest city, Mosul. In the course of doing so, they have released thousands of jihadist prisoners, reportedly taken hundreds of people hostage and — perhaps most worryingly of all — fortified their already strong territorial position in the region.

The group has made impressive gains in the last year. Besides this week’s achievements, ISIS have come to dominate the international media discourse on the war in Syria and wrested control of the city of Falluja, which, astonishingly, is less than an hour from Baghdad.…  Seguir leyendo »