1. IS spokesman killed in Syria in major blow to militant group
    BEIRUT – The Islamic State group’s spokesman and chief strategist, who laid out the blueprint for the extremist group’s attacks against the West, has been killed while overseeing operations in northern Syria, the group has announced.
  2. IS Fighters Fleeing Iraq Leave Carnage Behind
    QAYYARAH, IRAQ/WASHINGTON — As Islamic State fighters are being routed from cities and towns across Syria and Iraq, they increasingly leave behind carnage, causing major damage to local economies and devastating people they already have traumatized.
  3. Is Saudi Arabia Pivoting Toward Iranian Radicals?
    Saudi Arabia’s Prince Turki al-Faisal is used to being the point man in a difficult situation.
  4. ISIS is a bigger threat to Muslims
    The Islamic State claims to be the defender of the Muslim world, but the Islamic State is a far greater menace to Muslims than to any other group.
  5. Here are the disturbing reasons ISIS marketing is so effective
    While many experts say the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria is on the decline, you wouldn’t know it from the organization’s public narrative.
  6. A Kingdom In Turmoil: Saudi Societal Discontent Grows | Peak Oil News and Message Boards
    Last October we spoke about the socio-political situation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (“KSA”), a hugely important country, and implications for the wider region.
  7. Biden’s diplomatic triage in Turkey
    It is no secret that the Aug. 24 Turkish military incursion into Jarablus, which sits less than 30 kilometers (roughly 19 miles) from the Turkish-Syrian border, was secondarily about the Islamic State (IS) and primarily about checking the advances of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria, as Cengiz Candar recounts this week.