News: 17-Aug-16

  1. ‘Islam for Dummies’: IS recruits have poor grasp of faith
    PARIS (AP) — The jihadi employment form asked the recruits, on a scale of 1 to 3, to rate their knowledge of Islam. And the Islamic State applicants, herded into a hangar somewhere at the Syria-Turkey border, turned out to be overwhelmingly ignorant.
  2. Iran security forces thwart ISIS cell near Iraqi border
    Iranian security forces on Tuesday thwarted a cell linked to the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), killing three members and seizing suicide belts and weapons.
  3. How Anjem Choudary’s mouth was finally shut
    For 20 years Anjem Choudary stood on street corners, in shopping precincts, outside mosques, embassies and police stations and used his megaphone to drive a wedge between Muslims and the rest of Britain.
  4. Will Iraq’s minorities return to their homelands post-IS?
    BAGHDAD — With the imminent launch of the operation to liberate Mosul, announced by Iraqi Minister of Defense Khaled al-Obaidi on Aug. 8, the Chaldean National Council — which got together on the occasion of the second anniversary of the displacement of Christians from Mosul — expressed concern about the future of minority areas after the liberation operations end. Representatives of other minority communities share this concern about their areas; the Yazidis are concerned about Sinjar, the Turkmens about Tal Afar and the Shabak community, Christians and other minorities fear for the Ninevah Plains.
  5. The Latest: Tim Kaine wails on harmonica at NC brewery
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times EDT):
  6. Present at the Creation
    Since its creation, we have learned about the Islamic State from its enemies.
  7. Amid war on IS, Iraq’s widows and orphans face neglect
    BAGHDAD — The war and the consequent void of security in Iraq have left a lasting impact on Iraqi society.
  8. Jordan Struggles With Islamic Extremism at Home
    BAQA, Jordan—A self-taught imam and Islamic State recruiter who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Otaiba takes the lectern at his local mosque when the government-approved preacher fails to show, as happens most days.
  9. Al Khalifah waging war against Shias: Pundit
    Press TV has conducted an interview with Jalal Fairooz, a former Bahraini legislator from London, about the criticism made by UN experts against the Bahraini regime’s crackdown on Shia citizens in the tiny Persian Gulf country.
  10. World View: Russia-Iran Airbase Agreement Further Isolates Saudi Arabia
    The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that it has cleared the way for Russian bombers to travel across Iraq’s airspace traveling from an Iran airbase to bomb targets in Syria.

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