Man claiming to be ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in this screenshot from video.
Al-Baghdadi speaking during Friday prayers at Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul on July 4, 2014.


Al Baghdadi And The Doctrine Behind The Name – OpEd

By Farhang Jahanpour When Ibrahim al-Badri al-Samarrai adopted the name of Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Quraishi and revealed himself to the world as the Amir al-Mu’minin (the Commander of the Faithful) Caliph Ibrahim of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the whole world had to sit up and take notice of him. The choice of the long title […]

Chuck Hagel
Chuck Hagel. File photo.


Hagel, Italian Defense Minister Discuss ISIL Operations

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti today to discuss planned Italian contributions to the fight against terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued today. Kirby’s statement reads as follows: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel […]

Location of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani, in northern Syria near border with Turkey.
Location of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani, in northern Syria near border with Turkey.


Pentagon Confirms ISIL Intercepted One Airdrop To Kurds Fighting In Kobani

By Nick Simeone One of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies airdropped by U.S. forces to Kurdish fighters in Syria most likely fell into enemy hands, a Pentagon spokesman said today, but a majority reached their intended recipients. “We still know that the vast majority of resupply bundles that we dropped went to […]

Colombia
Colombia


Colombia: FARC Leaders Head To Havana

At least six leaders of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla group headed to Cuba to take part in peace negotiations underway for two years with the Colombian government in Havana. Military operations were suspended in three areas in Colombia to facilitate the departure of the guerrilla leaders. Among the FARc commanders is […]

Iraq
Iraq


Jury Finds Blackwater Contractors Guilty Of Killing Iraqi Civilians

Four former Blackwater security guards were found guilty Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, and a federal judge ordered them immediately to jail. In an overwhelming victory for prosecutors, a jury found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder. The three other guards — Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin […]

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Canada flag


PM Harper Says Canada Won’t Be Intimidated By Terrorism

(RFE/RL) — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said “Canada will not be intimidated” and will fight terrorism, after a Canadian soldier was shot dead by a gunman near the parliament in Ottawa on October 22. The suspected killer was shot dead following a heavy exchange of gunfire with police inside the parliament building. Harper addressed […]