ICSVE – Update From The President’s Corner

ICSVE - Update from the President's Corner

By Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. The International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) is an…

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She Doesn’t Regret Torturing Women For ISIS

She Doesn’t Regret Torturing Women for ISIS

ANNE SPECKHARD AHMET YAYLA The Daily Beast 09.01.17 1:00 AM ET PDF A teenage girl…

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Making A Monster:  How I Became  An ISIS Bride

Making a Monster: How I Became an ISIS Bride

by Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. & Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D. As published in the Daily Beast, August…

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Inside The ISIS Machine Turning Children To ‘Monsters’

Inside The ISIS Machine Turning Children to ‘Monsters’

Our ICSVE research reported in the Daily Beast 8-25-2017 The little American boy, 10-year-old ‘Yusuf’…

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Summer Of Terror Approaches: What To Do To Counter Martyrdom Attacks?

Summer of Terror Approaches: What to Do to Counter Martyrdom Attacks?

  By Ahmet S Yayla   A series of Salafist, jihadi terrorist attacks erupting at…

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Al Qaeda Makes Its Move With A Video Primer By Hamza Bin Laden

Al Qaeda Makes its Move with a Video Primer by Hamza bin Laden

Significance of the new video, “Advice for Martyrdom-Seekers in the West”   By Ahmet S…

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ICSVE’s New  “Breaking The ISIS Brand” Video Clip – Today Is The Female Slave Market Day In Ad-Dawlah

ICSVE's New "Breaking the ISIS Brand" Video Clip - Today is the Female Slave Market Day in ad-Dawlah

Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. Abu Abdullah, a Syrian ISIS defector, was interviewed in Turkey by the…

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Telegram: The Mighty Application That ISIS Loves

Telegram: the Mighty Application that ISIS Loves

By Ahmet S. Yayla & Anne Speckhard Download the PDF ISIS has been the most…

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The Daily Harvester: How ISIS Disseminates  Propaganda Over The Internet Despite Counter-Measures And How To Fight Back

The Daily Harvester: How ISIS Disseminates Propaganda over the Internet Despite Counter-Measures and How to Fight Back

Lorand Bodo, M.A. & Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. Download the PDF As ISIS is rapidly losing…

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The Truck As A “Just” Tool Of Terror – What We Can Learn From The Stockholm, Sweden Attack

The Truck as a “Just” Tool of Terror – What we can Learn from the Stockholm, Sweden Attack

Louisa Tarras-Wahlberg It’s a sunny Friday afternoon in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Thousands of…

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Is ISIS Moving Its Capital From Raqqa To Mayadin In Deir Ez-Zor?

Is ISIS Moving its Capital from Raqqa to Mayadin in Deir ez-Zor?

by Asaad H. Almohammad, Ph.D. & Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. Download the PDF There is a…

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Not All ISIS Returnees Are Defectors

Not All ISIS Returnees are Defectors

CNN has been hawking this story of Younes Delefortrie as From Altar Boy to ISIS…

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Why Taking The Tabqa Dam Is Important In The Fight Against ISIS And Retaking Of Raqqa

Why Taking the Tabqa Dam is Important in the Fight against ISIS and Retaking of Raqqa

by Asaad H. Almohammad, Ph.D. & Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. This week U.S. Colonel Joseph E. Scrocca,…

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Recovery, Rehabilitation & Reintegration Of The “Lost” Children Living And Serving Under The Islamic State

Recovery, Rehabilitation & Reintegration of the “Lost” Children Living and Serving Under the Islamic State

by Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. Download the PDF here Hundreds of thousands of children around the…

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Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Counterproductive In War On Terror

Trump's Immigration Ban is Counterproductive in War on Terror

By Anne Speckhard as published in The Hill My neighbor is a Syrian refugee. Frankly,…

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Women’s Roles In Terrorism & Women Fighting Back

Women’s Roles in Terrorism & Women Fighting Back

by Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. On International Women’s Day it seems important to recognize strong women…

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Appointed Or Elected Leaders As Part Of The Answer For Addressing Violent Extremism In The Region:  A View From Iran

Appointed or Elected Leaders as Part of the Answer for Addressing Violent Extremism in the Region: A View from Iran

by Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. Iranian Ambassador Hossein Sheikhoislam, currently serving as Advisor to the Foreign…

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The Potential Threats Posed By ISIS’s Use Of Weaponized Air Drones And How To Fight Back

The Potential Threats Posed by ISIS’s Use of Weaponized Air Drones and How to Fight Back

by Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D. and Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. Like every other recent technological advancement,…

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ISIS And Foreign Fighter Returnees – Prosecute Or Raise Their Voices Against ISIS?

ISIS and Foreign Fighter Returnees – Prosecute or Raise their Voices against ISIS?

by Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., Grace Wakim & Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D. “The Chechen fighter next to…

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Inside Iraq: Lasting Effects Of Trump’s Travel Ban

Inside Iraq: Lasting Effects of Trump’s Travel Ban

by Stefanie Mitchell Sitting here in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan with my friend,…

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To Some, President Trump Is The Dajaal

To Some, President Trump is the Dajaal

by Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. & Lorand Bodo “Trump is the perfect enemy bc [because] the…

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“Are You With Us  Or Against Us?”

“Are You With Us or Against Us?”

Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. The White House reported in a press conference yesterday that a five-year-old boy…

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Religion Is Not A Legitimate Target For Countering Violent Extremism

Religion is not a Legitimate Target for Countering Violent Extremism

Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. Among his first acts, our new President is taking steps to limit…

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New “Breaking The ISIS Brand” Video Clip Released Today – Join Or Defect From Ad-Dawlah?

New “Breaking the ISIS Brand” Video Clip Released Today - Join or Defect from Ad-Dawlah?

Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. As ISIS is rapidly being defeated on the Syrian and Iraqi battlefield,…

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Possibilities Of Peace-Building In Iraq: Questions Of Deradicalization And Reintegration Amidst Sectarian Conflicts

Possibilities of Peace-Building in Iraq: Questions of Deradicalization and Reintegration amidst Sectarian Conflicts

Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. & Stefanie Mitchell Daily gains against ISIS in Iraq and the imminent…

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The ISIS Istanbul Reina Night Club Attack: A Lesson In What Happens When One Invites Cannibals To Dinner

The ISIS Istanbul Reina Night Club Attack: A Lesson in What Happens when One Invites Cannibals to Dinner

By Ahmet S Yayla, Ph.D. & Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.   ISIS attacked again in Turkey,…

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What It Means That The Russian Ambassador To Turkey Was Assassinated By A Radicalized Militant Jihadi Off-duty Turkish Police Officer

What it Means that the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was Assassinated by a Radicalized Militant Jihadi off-duty Turkish Police Officer

By Ahmet S Yayla, Ph.D. & Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. The Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey…

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Abu Qatada: The “Spiritual Father” Of Al Qaeda In Europe Reflecting On Terrorism And The Future Of The Middle East As Trump Takes The U.S. Presidency

Abu Qatada: The “Spiritual Father” of al Qaeda in Europe reflecting on Terrorism and the Future of the Middle East as Trump takes the U.S. Presidency

“Let me be honest, I am now much more quiet in the way I talk, but inside me—honestly I’m much more violent. And I am convinced that it’s embedded in me that this world is dirty and it is increasing in its dirtiness, and the dealing with it is only with the dirtiness forced upon us."

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Competing Interests, Civilian Confusion, Conspiracy Theories And Chaos In The Assault On Mosul

Competing Interests, Civilian Confusion, Conspiracy Theories and Chaos in the Assault on Mosul

Grace Wakim and Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. While, Mosul, the last stronghold of ISIS is being…

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ISIS’s New Threat: Possible Use Of WMDs

ISIS’s New Threat: Possible Use of WMDs

By Ahmet S Yayla, Ph.D. & Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. Days before the coalition forces began…

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Portrait Of Turkey’s ISIS Leader Halis Bayancuk: Alias Abu Hanzala

Portrait of Turkey’s ISIS Leader Halis Bayancuk: Alias Abu Hanzala

By Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D.   Halis Bayancuk is the leader of ISIS in Turkey.…

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ISIS Claims The Minnesota Stabbing Spree But Those Behind The New York City And New Jersey Bombs Still Remain In Shadows

ISIS Claims the Minnesota Stabbing Spree but those behind the New York City and New Jersey bombs still remain in Shadows

Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. The New York city explosion this week—injuring at least twenty-nine—and discovery of…

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Great Reviews Appearing For ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories Of The Terrorist Caliphate Adapted For The Stage In Zwang Des Materials

Great Reviews Appearing for ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate adapted for the stage in Zwang des Materials

Paderborn, Germany—artistic director, Katharina Kreuzhage, adapts the book ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist…

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Theater Meets Real Life With The ISIS Defectors Interviews Project

Theater meets Real Life with the ISIS Defectors Interviews Project

Theater meets Real Life with the ISIS Defectors Interviews Project   Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. &…

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Turkey’s July Coup Attempt: “A Gift From God” To A New Authoritarianism

Turkey’s July Coup Attempt: “A Gift from God” to a new Authoritarianism

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats HEARING ON TURKEY AFTER THE…

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ISIS’s No. 2 Is Dead: What It Means To The West

ISIS's No. 2 is dead: What it means to the West

By Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. and Ahmet S. Yayla, Ph.D., contributors Featured in http://thehill.com/ http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/homeland-security/294523-isis-number-two-is-dead-what-it-means-to-the-west   Abu…

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Aftermath Of Another ISIS Attack In Gaziantep, Turkey: A Possible New Internal Conflict For Turkey

Aftermath of another ISIS Attack in Gaziantep, Turkey: A Possible New Internal Conflict for Turkey

By Ahmet S Yayla, Ph.D. & Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.   On August 20, 2016, ISIS…

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Homegrown ISIS Inspired And Directed Terror Attacks—the New Normal?

Homegrown ISIS Inspired and Directed Terror Attacks—the New Normal?

Homegrown ISIS Inspired and Directed Terror Attacks—the New Normal?   Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. and Ahmet…

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No Coincidences In Terrorist Attacks

No Coincidences in Terrorist Attacks

No Coincidences in Terrorist Attacks By Dr. Ahmet S. Yayla and Dr. Anne Speckhard ISIS…

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How ISIS Defectors Can Help Us Beat Terror

How ISIS Defectors Can Help Us Beat Terror

By Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. & Ahmet Yayla, Ph.D.  (TIME Magazine article) They can help reveal…

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How Do We Defeat ISIS? Less Bombs, More Social

How do we Defeat ISIS? Less Bombs, More Social

ISIS has gone unchallenged in one arena for far too long and the longer we…

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ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories Of The Terrorist Caliphate Book Launch

ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate Book Launch

ISIS Defectors: Inside Stories of the Terrorist Caliphate Book Launch   Please see our  ISIS Defectors:…

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ISIS Claims Execution Of An American In Turkey

ISIS Claims Execution of an American in Turkey

ISIS Claims Execution of an American in Turkey   Ahmet S Yayla, Ph.D. & Anne…

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Inside ISIS Chat Rooms: ICSVE Obtains ISIS Video Calling For Attacks With Vehicles

Inside ISIS Chat Rooms: ICSVE obtains ISIS Video Calling for Attacks with Vehicles

By Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. & Ahmet Yayla, Ph.D. Celebrations and calls for more attacks to…

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Second ISIS Suicide Attack Team Plotting Major Attack In Turkey

Second ISIS Suicide Attack Team Plotting Major Attack in Turkey

Second ISIS Suicide Attack Team Plotting Major Attack was Caught June 3rd in Sanliurfa, Turkey…

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Hold On, America; The War Is Not Over And You Have Yet To Win

Hold On, America; The War Is Not Over and You Have Yet to Win

  “Hold On, America; The War Is Not Over and You Have Yet to Win”…

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Alarms Raised Over Safeguarding Professional Ethics In FBI Proposed “Shared Responsibility Committees” Addressing Potentially Radicalized Individuals

Alarms Raised over Safeguarding Professional Ethics in FBI proposed “Shared Responsibility Committees” addressing Potentially Radicalized Individuals

Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. Murky federal plans, and odd bedfellows between law enforcement and counseling professionals,…

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ISIS’s Revenues Include Sales Of Oil To The Al-Assad Regime

ISIS’s Revenues include Sales of Oil to the al-Assad Regime

For months now disaffected Syrian, ISIS defectors we have been interviewing in our ISIS Defectors…

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Former German Soldiers Now Fighting For ISIS

Former German Soldiers Now Fighting for ISIS

A report written by the German Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) indicated that twenty-nine former German…

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Indian Guru Offers ISIS An Olive Branch And Receives A Photograph Of A Beheaded Man In Return

Indian Guru offers ISIS an Olive Branch and Receives a Photograph of a Beheaded Man in Return

In Spring of 2007 I was seated on a flight into Baghdad International Airport, on…

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The Hypnotic Power Of ISIS Imagery In Recruiting Western Youth

The Hypnotic Power of ISIS Imagery in Recruiting Western Youth

A picture is worth a thousand words.  It’s a commonly accepted piece of wisdom—one that…

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ISIS Sex Slave Trade

ISIS Sex Slave Trade

ISIS Sex Slave Trade Brokered in Gaziantep, Turkey ISIS has been generating millions of dollars…

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ISIS Once Again Silences Its Enemies In Turkey

ISIS Once Again Silences its Enemies in Turkey

Once again ISIS cadres have penetrated from Syria into Turkey and carried out an assault…

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Khalid Zerkani

Khalid Zerkani

Khalid Zerkani: Terrorist Instigator “He is a sorcerer… He is Satan.” Hawa Keita, an immigrant…

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Mohamed Abrini Arrested In Brussels

Mohamed Abrini Arrested in Brussels

Mohamed Abrini Arrested in Brussels: How to Stop the Flow of Europeans into the ISIS Cult…

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ISIS Continues To Agitate For European Attacks

ISIS Continues to Agitate for European Attacks

ISIS Continues to Agitate for European Attacks: Is Germany Next? ISIS has issued a statement…

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Why? Pourquoi? Warum?

Why? Pourquoi? Warum?

Do the Terrorists Who Blow Themselves Up Even Know Why they are Doing it? When…

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Brussels Terrorist Attacks

Brussels Terrorist Attacks

Brussels Terrorist Attacks at Airport and European Parliament Brussels attacks. I was headed out to…

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ISIS Recruitment Of Western Women

ISIS Recruitment of Western Women

In the past two decades I have interviewed almost five hundred terrorists, extremists, and in…

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ISIS Operative Salah Abdeslam

ISIS Operative Salah Abdeslam

ISIS Operative Salah Abdeslam: A Not so True-Believer Terrorist A key member of the ISIS…

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American ISIS Defector

American ISIS Defector

Mohamad Jamal Khweis  & the Threat Posed by “Clean Skin” Terrorists: Unanswered Questions and Confirmations…

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Alleged ISIS Operative And Paris Attacker

Alleged ISIS Operative and Paris Attacker

Salah Abdelslam, Found Hiding out in Molenbeek, Belgium Salah Abdelslam—believed to be one of the…

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Deepening Wounds And REcent Gains In The Fight With ISIS In Syria

Deepening Wounds and REcent Gains in the Fight with ISIS in Syria

The Syrian army in recent weeks backed by Iranians, Hezbollah and Russian support, has gained…

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Tunisian Foreign Fighter Uprising Inside ISIS  Occurs Today In Raqqa

Tunisian Foreign Fighter Uprising Inside ISIS Occurs Today in Raqqa

A huge internal fight inside ISIS occurred today in Raqqa in which two hundred members…

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ISIS Defectors Interviews Project

ISIS Defectors Interviews Project

ISIS Defectors Interviews Project  U.S. State Department Foreign Press Briefing I’ve been interviewing terrorists for…

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ISIS Defector Reports On Sale Of Organs Harvested From ISIS Held “Slaves”

ISIS Defector Reports on Sale of organs Harvested from ISIS held "Slaves"

In February of 2015 Iraqi Ambassador, Mohamed Alhakim requested the UN Security Council to investigate…

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The Lethal Cocktail Of Terrorism

The Lethal Cocktail of Terrorism

I recently returned from an interview trip in Belgium, the European country with the highest…

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Brides Of ISIS

Brides of ISIS

The Internet Seduction of Western Females into ISIS Shoot the Women First is the title…

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Discrediting ISIS From The Inside

Discrediting ISIS from the Inside

Using Stories from Recent ISIS Defectors - Why they Joined, What they Saw, Why they…

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Terror: Whom To Fear

Terror: Whom to Fear

I have interviewed hundreds of terrorists and their close associates in places as far-flung as…

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Mothers As Terrorists

Mothers as Terrorists

When Mothers Kill And Die to Attain so-Called "Martyrdom" status Twenty-seven-year old Tashfeen Malik, the…

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Eyewitness Accounts From Recent Defectors From Islamic State

Eyewitness Accounts from Recent Defectors from Islamic State

Eyewitness Accounts from Recent Defectors from Islamic State: Why They Joined, What They Saw, Why…

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The Lure Of Becoming An ISIS Bride

The Lure of Becoming an ISIS Bride

Samra Kesinovic, 17, and her friend Sabina Selimovic–two beautiful, young Bosnian immigrant girls who left…

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THE LONG ARM OF ISIS

THE LONG ARM OF ISIS

Two Syrian activist journalists, twenty-year-old Ibrahim Abd al-Qader and Fares Hammadi, who were living as refugees in Sanliurfa, Turkey were brutally murdered by ISIS today (October 30, 2015). Abd al-Qader, had formed along with twenty-six others, in April 2014 the online information network, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) to document atrocities carried out by ISIS in Raqqa, a city in northern Syria. The jihadi group has controlled Raqqa since the start of 2014. Some of the group report from inside ISIS held territory. while others like Abd al-Qader who had fled to Turkey, wrote up and distributed reports on social media and in the press to provide an inside look at ISIS held territory—areas from where few journalists dare report.

ISIS followers are today claiming responsibility for the double murders and are celebrating on social media. For instance, an ISIS Twitter account shows a selfie that Ibrahim and Fares had posted of themselves, now reposted with the caption, “A selfie before being slaughtered silently.” Abd al-Qader is not the first RBSS journalist to be killed. Moataz Billah, one of the group’s founders was also beheaded inside Raqqa last year by ISIS, and the father of another activist was also murdered by the terrorists.

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ISIS READYING TO ACTIVATE AN “ALL FEMALE” SUICIDE BRIGADE?

ISIS READYING TO ACTIVATE AN "ALL FEMALE" SUICIDE BRIGADE?

This week, in october 2015, it was reported that Arab women under ISIS control are being approached to form an all female suicide brigade. This report coming via the Daily Mail from the human rights activist group Syria is being Slaughtered Silently. [i]

Up to now ISIS has relied on young teenage boys they indoctrinate for so-called “martyrdom” missions and foreign fighters to carry out their suicide attacks, but have refrained from using women.

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