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From lone wolves to high tech: ISIL’s post-Snowden evolution

Screen capture from an ISIL propaganda video.

Special to By Backgrounder, Did the actions of Edward Snowden enable Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) to formulate a blueprint that led to the evolution of its “caliphate”? Several experts say that, in the wake of […]

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Putin: Turkey leader’s policy of ‘deliberate Islamization’ is a problem

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Special to Russian President Valdimir Putin on Nov. 25 said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pursuit of “Islamization” is a major problem in the region. A day after Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24, Putin said “the problem is […]

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No warning from Turkey before being shot down, says surviving Russian pilot

A Russian pilot, right, is seen parachuting out of the Su-24 that was shot down by Turkish F-16s.

Special to Turkey gave no warning before shooting down a Russian Su-24 fighter jet on Nov. 24, the surviving Russian pilot said. Turkey said its F-16s shot down the Russian Su-24 near the Syrian border after repeated warnings, reportedly […]

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From Putin To Khamenei: Gift of a Koran copy with its own history

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei on Nov. 23 in Teheran.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (center) receives a copy of an ancient manuscript of the Koran from Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) during their November 23 meeting in Tehran. It […]

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Obama welcomes an Islamist Trojan horse: Consider who is selecting our refugees

Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. / Salvatore Di Nolfi

Jeffrey T. Kuhner “President Obama is a threat to our country,” Donald Trump told me in a recent interview. He’s right. Mr. Obama now poses a clear and present danger to America. His stubborn insistence on resettling so-called “refugees” from […]

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Putin slams Turkey as ‘accomplices of terrorists’ after downing of Russian jet

Russian Su-24 shot down by Turkish F-16s.

Special to Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of “significant consequences” and dubbed Turkey “accomplices of terrorists” on Nov. 24 after a Russian Su-24 was shot down by Turkey. Russian news agencies reported that one of the pilots who had […]

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World War IV, 14 years on, is being lost by the West


Special to By Norman Bailey As in previous conflicts, Western civilization is being hampered in the war with radical Islam by widespread denial. The world has been at war for sixty-eight of the past hundred years. World War I […]

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Russian report: U.S. policies strengthened ISIL

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Special to “Irresponsible U.S. politics” in the Middle East helped lead to the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. Medvedev said the Obama administration was so focused on ousting Syrian […]

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Reports: ISIL bomb placed in passengers’ cabin brought down Russian plane

Photo posted by ISIL of improvised bomb.  /Islamic Social Media

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) showed how it made an improvised bomb that the terror group said brought down a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. In its English language Dabiq online […]

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U.S. air strikes against ISIL limited by strict rules of engagement; French, Russians turn up heat

France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier.

Special to France was set to deploy its lone aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf on Nov. 18 while Russia stepped up its attacks on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) stronghold in Raqqa, Syria. The escalation of […]

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