A kid in Kobane wounded at ISIS attacks…

The US-led coalition hit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets around a Syrian town on the Turkish border where tens of thousands have fled a jihadist assault
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has given the clearest signal yet of Ankara’s readiness to join a possible ground operation against the ISIL
VIDEO: Watching fight against IS from Turkey

The view from on top of a hill from the Turkish border village of Karaca overlooking Syria shows just how close the country is to the frontline of IS.
Various NGOs and political parties in Turkey joined a watch-duty to protest the ISIS attacks in Kobane, Syria.
PM Davutoğlu has called on Kurdish political groups to “not exploit” the situation on Turkey’s border, criticizing an independent deputy who was photographed throwing a stone at security forces
The French interior minister has arrived in Ankara for talks with his Turkish counterpart aimed at improving intelligence and security communications, after an embarrassing bungle allowed three suspected jihadists to walk free
Turkey and France have agreed to boost their cooperation and coordination in areas of anti-terrorism and intelligence during a visit to Ankara by France’s Interior Minister

Kurdish peace process at breaking point


ISIL’s attack has brought Turkey to a critical breaking point with the Kurds, although it did open its border to Syrian Kurds last weekend. What is breaking down and what are the implications?

UK Parliament Approves Strikes Against ISIS in Iraq by 524 to 43 Votes

Mashable! by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

The British parliament backed a plan to join the fight against ISIS in Iraq by 524 votes to 43 on Friday.

US in ‘near continuous’ strikes against ISIL in Syria

 

The US-led coalition widens its air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria as part of ‘near continuous’ raids against the jihadists

 

Beyond Mosul

Shia militias, still operating under the control of former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, are laying siege to Latifiyya, especially the Asa’ib Ahl al-Haqq militia. Failure to address the broader effects of international assistance in Iraq’s fight promises to further polarize Iraq’s communities.

Why The Islamic State Is Not Really Islamic

The Intercept by Murtaza Hussain

Some 120 Muslim religious scholars this week published an open letter refuting the Islamic State’s claim to be a religious political movement, joining a series of high-profile condemnations of the extremist group by Islamic religious and political leaders.

Under U.S. Leadership, World Will Defeat ISIL

The United States has has long faced threats from a lethal brand of terrorism that perverts one of the world’s great religions. We have been relentless in targeting Al Qaeda and its affiliates, but the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, now poses a profound and unique threat to the entire world.

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