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PRI's The World

In Syria, the Nusra Front tries to distinguish itself from the Islamic State

Monday, August 25, 2014

The group in Syria that was holding US journalist Theo Curtis is called the Nusra Front. It's affiliated with al-Qaeda, but opposed to the Islamic State movement. Shadi Hamid, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, parses out who's who.

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WNYC News

Second Brooklyn Bridge Breach Exposes City's Security Flaws

Monday, August 25, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio is holding himself and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton responsible for the second breach of security on the Brooklyn Bridge this summer.

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The Takeaway

ISIS & America's Need to Step Up

Monday, August 25, 2014

The longest continuously-serving American official in Iraq reflects on the country’s tumultuous future.  

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PRI's The World

Why these Iraqi kids are bucking the trend — and their parents — to stay in Baghdad

Friday, August 22, 2014

More than half of all Iraqis are under the age of 20. But as most of the country is gripped by violence and instability, opportunities for young Iraqis are evaporating, and more and more are emigrating abroad. One group of friends say they’re determined to break that trend.

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PRI's The World

Hamas tries to send a message to Israel — with an unprecedented mass execution

Friday, August 22, 2014

Hamas' public execution of suspected Israeli spies sent a clear message: If you work with Israel, you'll pay the steepest possible price. But the killings come after top commanders died in Israeli airstrikes, which could mean that the group is deeply vulnerable to Israeli intelligence.

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The Takeaway

When Does the U.S. Negotiate with Terrorists?

Friday, August 22, 2014

The public often hears the refrain, "The United States of America does not negotiate with terrorists.”  But is it really true that the U.S. makes no concessions to hostage-takers? 

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PRI's The World

The extremists who killed James Foley are as brutal as they are Internet savvy

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Among the many disturbing aspects of the execution of journalist James Foley is the fact that it was part of a deliberate PR campaign. Groups like ISIS rely on hundreds of tech-savvy foreign fighters from the West to disseminate their radical vision — often with success.

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'In a dark place like Syria, just saying the truth is something more valuable than you can imagine'

Thursday, August 21, 2014

After surviving a siege and chemical weapons, Qusai Zakarya became an activist in his native Syria. Now in the US, he reflects on the death of "true martyr" James Foley, the American journalist who died at the hands of ISIS this week — and blasts the Obama administration for not acting in Syria.

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PRI's The World

They'll never admit it, but many countries pay ransoms to get their hostages back

Thursday, August 21, 2014

If you're being held hostage by terrorists overseas and you're French or Spanish, there's a good chance your government will find a way to free you — by paying a ransom through indirect means. If you're American or British, your best bet is to try and escape — or hope for a daring military raid.

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The Takeaway

The Frightening Power of ISIS Propaganda

Thursday, August 21, 2014

This week, ISIS sent a pointed message to the West with a brutal video showing the beheading of an American journalist. It's the latest tactic of a terror group with a robust PR wing.

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PRI's The World

At the very worst of times, James Foley's family demonstrates strength and faith

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sustained by a strong Catholic faith, family members of American journalist James Foley were known by friends and colleagues for their strength and warmth during Foley's long captivity in Syria.

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PRI's The World

If you're a kidnapped American hoping for help from the government, 'that isn’t going to happen'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

James Foley's kidnapping and murder is a sad trend in the war in Syria, but it's paying off for terrorist groups. They've collected millions of dollars in ransoms, and journalist David Rohde, who spent seven months in Taliban captivity, says current kidnapping policies aren't keeping journalists safe.

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PRI's The World

An American veteran and a jihadi share memories of Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This isn't the setup for a joke: Last week, after the death of Robin Williams, a US Army veteran and a supporter of Islamic militant group ISIS tweeted their regrets. Soon the pair were swapping recollections of their favorite Williams movies and other pop culture trivia.

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PRI's The World

A Kurdish British lawmaker goes back to Iraq on a mission to boost support for the peshmerga

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nadhim Zahawi is a Kurd born in Iraq, but he represents Stratford-on-Avon in the British Parliament. He recently returned home to northern Iraq to see what the British government could do to help in the current crisis.

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PRI's The World

The Mosul Dam is a 'ticking time-bomb' for more reasons than you might think

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Mosul Dam is vital to Iraq, but it's one of the most dangerous dams in the world. Without constant upkeep, which is threatened because of fighting over the dam, it's at risk of collapsing and sending a tidal wave down the Tigris River

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PRI's The World

A Hamas terror anthem is Israel's biggest summer hit

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When fighting broke out in Gaza, Hamas recorded a music video to encourage its fighters and scare Israelis. Instead, the song has become a huge hit in Israel.

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PRI's The World

ISIS is moving to the 'top of the list' of counterterrorism worries

Monday, August 11, 2014

Move over, al-Qaeda: The militants of ISIS are becoming a huge concern for counterterrorism officials as they gain battlefield experience and recruit new jihadis from as far away as Europe and the United States.

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PRI's The World

Six months later, no one knows exactly who died in an American drone strike in Yemen

Friday, August 08, 2014

On December 12, 2013, a drone strike killed a group of twelve men in Yemen. But beyond the number of the dead — and the compensation paid to the victims' families — almost everything else about the attack remains murky.

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PRI's The World

The situation in Iraq is 'a humanitarian crisis that could turn into a genocide'

Friday, August 08, 2014

Tens of thousands of Yazidis, an Iraqi minority group are stuck in the mountains of Northern Iraq where they fled from ISIS. They have little food, water and no way out.

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PRI's The World

Some in Israel are questioning the military's Hannibal Doctrine

Thursday, August 07, 2014

In Israel, there's a sense that the war with Hamas seems to be over, with both sides taking stock of what happened over the past month. One topic of debate in Israel surrounds the military's controversial Hannibal Doctrine.

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