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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

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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PRI's The World

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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Storycorps

StoryCorps 389: 9/11 Stories

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Sekou Siby, a former kitchen worker at Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center, remembers losing his coworker Moises Rivas along with many others on September 11, 2001.

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PRI's The World

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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PRI's The World

Murdered journalist Steven Sotloff was Jewish and Israeli — and here's how his friends tried to cover it up

Monday, September 08, 2014

When Steven Sotloff's friends discovered he was being held captive by ISIS militants, they set out to hide any reference to the fact that he was Jewish and a dual American-Israeli citizen — and succeeded.

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PRI's The World

This American man very nearly joined the jihad in Chechnya in the 1990s

Monday, September 08, 2014

Michael Muhammad Knight thinks he knows why young American men are joining groups like ISIS. He was one of them.

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The Takeaway

Escape From an ISIS Massacre

Thursday, September 04, 2014

In June, ISIS massacred hundreds of Iraqi military recruits. The lone survivor spoke to Takeaway partner The New York Times.

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PRI's The World

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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PRI's The World

An ISIS video appears to show the killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Steven Sotloff, an American reporter held for more than a year after his capture in Syria, appeared to be the victim of an execution by the Islamist militant group ISIS. After being shown in the recording of journalist James Foley's killing, Sotloff's murder was also filmed and distributed on the Internet.

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PRI's The World

A friend remembers American journalist Steven Sotloff

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A video has been released purportedly showing the beheading of US journalist, Steven Sotloff, at the hands of militants from the terrorist organization that refers to itself as the Islamic State. Janine di Giovanni, Middle East editor at Newsweek, a friend and colleague of Sotloff's, remembers him from better times.

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PRI's The World

Britain could strip citizenship from those who join Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria

Monday, September 01, 2014

The debate between security and civil liberties continues to heat up in the UK. More than 500 British citizens have reportedly gone to fight in Syria and Iraq, and the government wants to increase measures to make sure they don't bring violence with them when they return home.

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PRI's The World

The number of British Islamist fighters rises, and so does the UK's threat level

Friday, August 29, 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron says "the threat is growing" from groups like ISIS and the British subjects they've attracted to the fight in the Middle East. That's why the British government raised its terror alert level on Friday, but few other details are coming out about the threat.

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The Takeaway

Into The Heart of the Jihadist Ideology

Friday, August 29, 2014

How, really, is a homegrown terrorist born? Today The Takeaway explores how the grassroots mentality of ISIS is creating pockets of homegrown terrorists around the world.

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The Takeaway

ISIS: America's Next War?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

After years at war, the United States is ramping up military involvement in Syria and Iraq, and the risk of another long, drawn-out conflict looms large.

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PRI's The World

This could be the end of reporting from Syria

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

With the death of James Foley and the continued captivity of Steven Sotloff, even seasoned war correspondents think that groups like ISIS may have made Syria too dangerous for foreign correspondents to cover the civil war there.

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PRI's The World

Peter Theo Curtis' release raises questions about Qatari links with Syrian terrorists

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

When journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released from captivity on Sunday, the US was quick to announce that "no ransom was paid." So what was behind the negotiations between the government of Qatar and Curtis' captor's the Nusra Front?

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The Takeaway

The U.S. & ISIS: New Questions Over Doing Deals With Dictators

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Do we know who our friends are? Though the U.S. once considered bombing Syria, some say that aligning with President Bashar Al-Assad, who has been fighting ISIS, is a necessary evil.

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PRI's The World

Washington is talking tough on ISIS, but its plans for intervention don't seem to measure up

Monday, August 25, 2014

A growing number of high-ranking American officials say that ISIS, the militant group that controls much of northern Iraq, must be defeated. The White House is considering plans to send ground troops to aid Iraq in the fight, but experts say even those expanded plans won't be enough to win.

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PRI's The World

A ‘fearless’ American writer is freed from captivity in Syria

Monday, August 25, 2014

Peter Theo Curtis, an American writer held for nearly two years by an al-Qaeda affiliate, has been released from captivity in Syria. The news came as immense relief to his family and friends, particularly after the reason execution of another American journalist in Syria last week.

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