Chase F. Robinson

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Ramadan, which began this year on June 28, gives Muslims the chance to look to the past and future. It calls for fasting, but fasting for a purpose, above all for renewing ties with family and with faith.

But this year the start of Ramadan was punctuated by a sinister audio message, sonorously delivered in just short of 20 minutes by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the increasingly notorious leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, the Qaeda offshoot that now controls a large swath of Syria and Iraq. A video released on July 5 purported to show him in a mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which fell to ISIS in early June.…  Seguir leyendo »