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Muslim leaders in Scotland say ISIS has 'no right to call itself Islamic'

Monday, September 15, 2014

Over the weekend, the militant group ISIS posted a video showing another beheading. This time, it was of a Scottish aid worker. Muslim leaders in Scotland have banded together to reject the group's claim to Islam. Terrorism, they say, twists their religion's teachings.

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A shy 19-year-old woman disappeared in Minnesota — and resurfaced in Syria

Monday, September 15, 2014

At least one young man from Minnesota has died fighting with ISIS militants in Syria. But who would expect a shy, 19-year-old woman with no job and no passport to attempt the journey there? But that's exactly what happened to one Minneapolis family.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How To Build A Coalition Against ISIS

Monday, September 15, 2014

Secretary Kerry says that "every single aspect of the president's strategy.. has been offered by one country or multiple countries." So how exactly is the anti-ISIS coalition forming?

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The US is having problems building a coalition to fight ISIS

Friday, September 12, 2014

The US is having some issues mobilizing a coalition in its new war on the militants of ISIS. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been traveling in the Middle East and says he has support from 10 Arab nations, but what that support actually means is uncertain.

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The US war on ISIS will look a lot like the American role in Yemen and Somalia

Thursday, September 11, 2014

When the US responded to terrorism after 9/11, it used troops and massive force in the Middle East. The new war declared last night by President Obama against the terrorist organization know as the Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL, will look very different.

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Can the US 'destroy' ISIS without American ground troops?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

President Obama has committed the US to war with the Islamist militants of ISIS, but he has also limited his military options. Newsweek's Middle East editor thinks the effort might be too little, too late.

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ISIS has mastered high-end video production in its new propaganda wing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ISIS knows media and messaging, from its black and white flag to its raised index finger gesture to its tweets. Now the group has a new propaganda wing that is producing sophisticated, effects-laden videos in styles from rock videos to action movies. Reporter Bruce Wallace shares some examples and what experts think ISIS is hoping to achieve.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Expanding Attack on ISIS

Thursday, September 11, 2014

President Obama told the nation last night that U.S. efforts against ISIS will expand. What are we really in for? And who's going to join us?

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Not everyone agrees that ISIS poses a serious threat to the US

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

National security experts agree that ISIS is bad news, but is it such bad news that it warrants an American military intervention? With President Barack Obama set to address the nation on Wednesday, suggest further actions might be a mistake.

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Obama will outline his strategy for fighting the Islamic State movement

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

President Barack Obama will address the nation Wednesday, and he's expected to make his case for further US military action against the militants who call themselves the Islamic State. The president is likely to announce a continuation of the air campaign that began against ISIS in Iraq a month ago, and the possible start of airstrikes against the militants in Syria.

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The Takeaway

Is the Military Ready for Another Mid-East Conflict?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More than 2.5 million American service members have been deployed to war since 2001. As the president prepares his strategy to fight ISIS, is the military ready?

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The Takeaway

Are New Alliances Enough to Combat ISIS?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Will the need to fight a common enemy change alliances and shift power in the Middle East? And where will the US's efforts fit in along this shifting landscape?  

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Iraqis welcome further US airstrikes, but worry they'll get more than they asked for

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

President Barack Obama will address the nation Wednesday and unveil his strategy for defeating ISIS, the militant Islamist group in Iraq and Syria. And while Iraqis say they're happy about the prospect of more American airstrikes against ISIS, they want ground troops to stay away.

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How Qatar is placing its bets on militant terrorist groups

Monday, September 08, 2014

An investigation by the New York Times has shown how the tiny Gulf state of Qatar is supporting a wide range of Islamist groups across the Middle East. This includes Hamas, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and even al-Qaeda's official branch in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Will it Take to "Systematically Degrade" ISIS?

Monday, September 08, 2014

President Obama says that there's an international coalition forming -- and he'll be asking for the support of Congress -- to degrade ISIS. What will that process look like?

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Fijian peacekeepers in Iraq aren't just a battalion — they're a choir

Friday, September 05, 2014

Fijian soldiers have been part of UN peacekeeping operations in Iraq since 2004. Five have been killed and others are being held captive by the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. One way the brigade stays committed and strong is to sing. And they believe it keeps them safe, as well.

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Al-Qaeda arrives at Israel's doorstep in the Golan Heights

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Israel-Syria border had been quiet for decades, even though the two countries are technically still at war. But that changed three years ago, when civil war broke out in Syria. Al-Qaeda-linked militants fighting the Syrian regime have battled for the border region, and just won control over it. That is making Israelis quite nervous.

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Ever wonder what the black-and-white ISIS flag means?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

It's reminiscent of a black-and-white pirate flag and, for some, it conjures up similar feelings of death, destruction, outlaws and violence. Here is our quick explanation of the symbolism of the flag and the meaning of its Arabic phrases.

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Turkey tries to amp up its border security as the threat from ISIS rises

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Turkey, NATO's southern flank, shares a border with ISIS extremists. For years, that border has been easy to cross, allowing foreign fighters to stream into Syria. Now, with ISIS on the rampage, Turkey is trying to shut down the border, but it may be too late.

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The Takeaway

Obama to ISIS: America Will Not be Intimidated

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The fight against homegrown terrorism in the UK and US is taking on a new urgency in the wake of the beheading of another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, killed in Syria on Tuesday.

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