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Naser Alsonna: Some Guy in Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed :: Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Interestingly, it is said that a large number of people from al-Rafeed went to fight the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq (some 152 people), with at least three of them having been killed in Iraq. Two of those three people were killed in Fallujah. Some of the Iraq veterans had a role in forming Liwa al-Sabteen, including one Ali al-Rafi', who is currently said to be residing in Germany, and his brother Ala' al-Rafi' who was killed in 2014.
Daraa  ISIS  FSA  Mar15  Iraq  ForeignFighters 
8 days ago by elizrael
Islamic State has been stashing millions of dollars in Iraq and abroad - The jihadists’ rainy-day fund
As their so-called caliphate crumbles, the jihadists are saving up to fight another day
isis  finance  money  wealth  terrorism 
9 days ago by soobrosa
Shock of the Mundane: The Dangerous Diffusion of Basic Infantry Tactics
I think Michel Goya was on this early, but this is a good and interesting point. What if the scariest form of proliferation was just a well executed section attack?
strategy  tactics  4gw  isis  hezbollah  lgm  to_blog 
10 days ago by yorksranter
The Joy of ISIS - The New York Times
The deep reality here (a reality not unlike the one that’s playing itself out on certain college campuses right now) is that many human beings, especially perhaps young human beings, still crave a transcendent purpose, even in a society that tells them they don’t really need one to live a comfortable, fulfilling life. And more than that, many people experience both a kind of liberation and a kind of joy in submission to these purposes, even — as is the case with ISIS — when that submission involves accepting forms of violence and cruelty that rightly shock the conscience of the world.

This joy is not something that our culture is conditioned to expect or accept, let alone to counter
Douthat  ISIS  meaning  joy 
5 weeks ago by phillip.e.johnston

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