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The Islamic State and Islam

PJ Media What relationship does the Islamic State have to Islam? “Absolutely nothing” is the answer almost every Western politician gives.   For example, U.S. President Obama adamantly stated in a televised speech that the Islamic State “is not Islamic.” This begs the question: How does one determine what is—and is not—Islamic? The traditional answer, the [...]

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Islam: More ‘Like the Mafia’ than Bill Maher Knows (Part 1)

FrontPage Magazine Editor’s note: The following is Part One of a three-part series examining the many parallels between Islam and the mafia. During a recent debate on HBO’s Real Time, host Bill Maher declared that Islam is “the only religion that acts like the mafia, that will f***ing kill you if you say the wrong [...]

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Muhammad and Islam’s Sex Slaves

FrontPage Magazine Once again, Islamic State Muslims are pointing to Islam in order to justify what the civilized world counts as atrocities. According to an October 13 report in the Telegraph, Islamic State jihadists have given detailed theological reasons justifying why they have taken thousands of women from the Iraqi Yazidi minority and sold them [...]

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Today in History: The Battle of Tours

Precisely 100 years after the death of Islam’s prophet Muhammad in 632, his Arab followers, after having conquered thousands of miles of lands from Arabia to Spain, found themselves in Gaul, modern day France, facing a hitherto little known people, the Christian Franks. There, around October 10-11, in the year 732, one of history’s most [...]

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‘Love’: The Islamic State’s Source of Strength

Jihad Watch The Islamic State recently posted a message on social media addressed to U.S. president Obama and all Arab world leaders reportedly allied with the U.S. against the new “caliphate.” Titled “The State of Love,” the message harangues fellow Muslims to come and fight alongside the Islamic State against the “infidels,” adding: “The Islamic [...]

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Is the Islamic State a Good Thing?

An apocalyptic scenario…

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Tripoli: Islamists Punch Hole Though “Bride of the Sea”

VIE Following the late August take-over of the Tripoli International Airport by the Libya Dawn forces (Misrata-led Islamic militias), some of their core supporters tried once more to destroy the “Bride of the Sea”  by firing a rocket into her, VIE contacts on the ground said.  The missile badly damaged the statue by punching a [...]

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Islamic State Rape: ‘Just Another Form of Warfare’?

FrontPage Magazine In light of the ongoing nightmare that is the Islamic State, Foreign Policy, a magazine somewhat reflective of the establishment, has published an article that once again demonstrates why U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is a disaster: because analysts and policymakers, unable or unwilling to grapple with foreign concepts, opt to [...]

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Willful Blindness to Global Jihad: Raymond Ibrahim on Secure Freedom Radio

Raymond Ibrahim was recently interviewed on Secure Freedom Radio with Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy.   Split into four 10-minute segments, the 40-minute interview follows: PART 1:  How ISIS plays into the bigger picture of global jihad America’s willful blindness to the fact that to defeat an enemy, one must know [...]

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Islamic State Atrocities: Products of ‘Grievances’?

French FrontPage Magazine While many have rightfully criticized U.S. President Obama’s recent assertion that the Islamic State “is not Islamic,” some of his other equally curious but more subtle comments pronounced in the same speech have been largely ignored. Consider the president’s invocation of the “grievances” meme to explain the Islamic State’s success: “At this [...]

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