Jihadist Group More Extreme than al-Qaeda in Battle to Establish Islamic State across Iraq and Syria

(Independent-UK) Patrick Cockburn - With a multi-pronged assault across central and northern Iraq in the past four days, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has become the most powerful and effective extreme jihadi group in the world. ISIS now controls or can operate with impunity in a great stretch of territory in western Iraq and eastern Syria. ISIS specializes in using militarily untrained foreign volunteers as suicide bombers either moving on foot wearing suicide vests, or driving vehicles packed with explosives. Horrifically violent, though professionally made, propaganda videos show ISIS forcing families with sons in the Iraqi army to dig their own graves before they are shot.

2014-06-09 00:00:00

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