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A  screenshot of an ISIS video that purports to show its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, speaking to a crowd. Such videos are credited for much of ISIS recruiting success. (AP File Photo)

ISIS and the shocking weaponization of media

Ryan Marcotte March 8, 2015

Since the militant group’s violent rise, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (popularly known as ISIS) has not failed to make their extremist and brutal behaviors known, releasing execution videos...

In this Oct. 6, 2014 file photo, smoke rises after a shell lands in Kobani in Syria as fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border. After two months, the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has so far hardly dented the core of the Islamic State group’s territory. The extremists’ grip on major cities across Iraq and neighboring Syria remains unquestioned. The campaign has brought some gains, with Kurdish fighters taking back towns on the fringes of the Islamic State group’s territory. But those successes only underline a major weakness: Besides the Iraqi Kurds, there are no forces on the ground ready to capitalize on the airstrikes. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Peacekeepers or resource raiders: The ISIS dilemma

Fabio De Simone October 21, 2014

If you have been following the news in the slightest, you’ve probably heard a lot about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). There have been countless articles that have made a spectacle of...

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