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ISIL shows increasing strength, structure
Washington Times, by Rowan Scarborough

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 7/6/2014 10:55:11 PM

The al Qaeda offshoot terrorist group conquering parts of Iraq is gaining strength thanks to prisoner releases and its social media magnetism for foreign fighter recruits. As its ranks grow, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, sometimes called the Islamic State, has become the first terrorist organization to plan and execute a two-front land war, presenting yet another challenge to the United States in its long war against Islamic extremists. Last week, ISIL showed it could capture towns and territory in Syria and Iraq at once. Al Qaeda and its franchises have not accomplished such a feat. ISIL has demonstrated that it is an organized

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Reading about ISIL is like getting a tsunami warning and waiting to see what size wave will hit our shores. This is only going to get worst as young recruits from various countries join the fray and then come home battle tested. This is even a real problem for Russia who has a 10%-15% Muslim population, with many of them off in Syria and Iraq fighting now.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: chattaboogie, 7/7/2014 1:10:08 AM     (No. 9913374)

What´s the difference if you shoot the deer, or it got run down? Same meat. Nice story.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: NotaBene, 7/7/2014 1:22:44 AM     (No. 9913379)

For the time being let the Sunnis and Shias fight it out among themselves. If air strikes are needed let the Saudis do them as Mecca and Medina could fall after Damascus and Baghdad. Caliph Ibrahim is descended from the tribe of Mohammed, so Jordan and Saudi Arabia should really fear him. As should Sunni Turkey and Shiite Iran. This bloodbath is win - win for us unless our Hussein develops stones, in which case the stock market will go down and it would be bad for those that work for a living and are not social parasites.

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