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PARADE: Raqqa is the stronghold and the operational centre of IS in Syria. Here an IS parade in Raqqa in June 2014. PHOTO: Raqqa Media Center (IS controlled entity)

Hunt for America’s spies

Islamic State (IS) security patrols have repeatedly raided Internet cafes in Raqqa and Deir Ezzour in Syria, hunting for America’s local spies and informants. Hate Speech International (HSI) reporters in the Syrian cities of […]

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CHILD CAMPS: The Islamic State (IS) has several training camps designated for child soldiers. The extremist organization is now building an army of children.

New IS child army

The Islamic State (IS) is reportedly building an army of 11- to 16-year-olds, under the command of a French 15-year-old, sources tell HSI. The extremist group may be considering deploying the child army to the […]

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Belgian, Dutch jihadist link

Jihadists from Belgium and the Netherlands appear to have held American journalist James Foley during a period of his captivity in Syria. The leader of the captors, reportedly a Dutch-Moroccan, may himself have been executed […]

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Moved before rescue attempt

ISIL moved several western hostages from Raqqa to a holding facility east of Aleppo only weeks before the failed US attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and others, according to credible information obtained […]

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HOT SPOTS: Jordan remains, for the time being, a quiet island surrounded by ongoing conflicts in the neighboring countries. They key question for king Abdullah II and his key advisers is how to best protect the Hashemite kingdom. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

Region explores taking on ISIL

Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are secretly trying to negotiate a coordinated air and ground campaign targeting ISIL in Syria and Iraq. Kjetil Stormark /Twitter: @kjetilstormark Intelligence and security officials from Jordan, Saudi […]

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