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Verdict of Syrian journalist jailed since 2012 postponed
By  • 12 November 2014
A court in the Syrian capital Damascus has postponed the verdict in the trial of a Syrian journalist arrested in 2012 as the country spiraled deeper into civil war. Mazen Darwish, head of the Syrian…
Islamic State executes Iraqi cameraman
By  • 21 October 2014
The Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) executed a captured Iraqi cameraman Oct. 10 after he refused to work for the militant Islamist group. Raad Mohamed Al-Azaoui, 37, was working as a cameraman for Sama…
Retweeting the Islamic State
By  • 9 October 2014
Social media helps the Islamic State push its own message, and find recruits. You are a jihadist fighter wandering around the desert with your sniper rifle as convoys of trucks explode around you. You pull…
Spreading the message of terror online
By  • 9 October 2014
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Islamic State threatens to behead Iraqi cameraman
By  • 16 September 2014
Militants from the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) have threatened to behead an Iraqi cameraman kidnapped on Sept. 7. ISIL abducted Raad Mohamed al-Azaoui of Sama Alah Aldeen TV and 20 other Iraqis in…
Obama vows ISIL response after second US journalist slain
By  • 8 September 2014
President Barack Obama vowed to "degrade and ultimately defeat" the Islamist militant group that has executed two U.S. journalists and posted videos of their beheadings online. Speaking with reporters during a NATO summit in the…
U.S. journalist executed by Islamist radical group
By , • 20 August 2014
The video that emerged on the Internet Aug. 19 was titled: “A Message to America (from the Islamic State).” A man on his knees dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit was identified as “James Wright…
Syria's 'Twitter jihad'
By  • 28 July 2014
Social media is hardly immune from the fog of war. For the first time in history, a full-blown conflict is playing out on social media. Citizens on the scene and combatants themselves are the driving…
Regional players key to Iraq crisis
By  • 19 June 2014
The U.S. may be upping its military support to Iraq, but other players are key to resolving the conflict. As Iraq hurtles toward civil war, U.S. politicians trade blame over which party is responsible for…
Amid criticism, U.S. hints at larger Syrian role
By  • 5 June 2014
Obama's call for more support for Syrian rebels may not be enough, analysts say. The Obama administration’s Syria policy has been panned by both members of Congress and U.S. allies. Recently, the man who was…
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