New ISIS Reports: Terror Group Earning $2M/Day, Prefers Killing On Fridays

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By Joseph R. Carducci
August 28, 2014

There have been several new reports regarding ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) recently. These both dovetail well with some of my own recent reports. For starters, I argued that one of the keys to the power and growth of ISIS is the fact that they have a lot of funding and financing.

The first of these reports claims that ISIS is running a very thriving black market economy, thanks in large part to the oil fields they have seized in both Syria and Iraq. The amount of money they are thought to be earning from these sources alone is more than $2 million per day. This makes it much easier for the group to not only survive, but consolidate their position. They hold territory that is larger than the size of the UK at the moment.

Not only do they have a number of oil fields and production assets, they also occupy additional important areas and facilities. This includes border crossings, military bases, and even the largest electric generation dam in Iraq (although US air strikes seem to be putting a dent in their positions along this dam).

The bottom line to this is that ISIS has become self-financed. That places them in a very dangerous position according to the Brookings Institution:

“ISIL is no longer desperate for donors’ funding to continue and expand their operations given they now possess a loosely integrated and thriving black market economy consisting of approximately 60 percent of Syria’s oil assets and seven oil producing assets in Iraq. It has successfully achieved a thriving black market economy by developing an extensive network of middlemen in neighboring territories and countries to trade crude oil for cash and in kind….ISIL is in a position to smuggle over 30,000 barrels of crude oil a day to neighboring territories and countries at a price of between $25 to $60 per barrel depending on the number of middlemen involved.”

Of course, the terror group also raises money the old fashioned way. They kidnap others for ransom, robbery, smuggling, taxes (levied against non-Muslims for the privilege of living in ISIS occupied territory), and extortion. Given all of the above, ISIS is likely the wealthiest terrorist group the world has ever known.

It should also be noted that while recent media attention (and not enough of it at that) has been focused primarily on ISIS in northern Iraq, the group has been operating for years in Syria. The UN has also done a lot to expose some of the atrocities the terror group has been regularly committing in this country. They even discovered that Friday, the holiest day of the week for Muslims, is when the group prefers to do their maiming, torturing, and executions.

Yes, the ISIS forces are involved in the Syrian conflict. They are fighting against Assad government forces, whose regime our own Muslim in Chief, Obama, has decided would be better off removed from power. The problem is that if the US intervenes, it will alter the balance of power. All the more reason why we really must have a comprehensive strategy for dealing with ISIS.

What do YOU think? Do these revelations of the ISIS oil wealth make them more difficult to deal with? How could we potentially attack their sources of self-funding? How about the fact that a ‘religious’ group prefers torturing and killing on their holiest days? Do we need an ISIS strategy?

Marched to their deaths: Sickening ISIS slaughter continues as 250 soldiers captured at Syrian airbase are stripped then led to the desert for mass execution

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By DAN BLOOM FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 09:18 EST, 28 August 2014

Sickening footage appears to show Islamic State militants parading around 250 captured soldiers through the desert in their underwear before they are killed and their bodies piled on the bare earth.
An Islamic State fighter claimed the men were from the Syrian government’s Tabqa air base which extremists seized on Sunday, potentially handing them warplanes, tanks, artillery and ammunition.
The video, which has not been independently verified, is too graphic to be published in full.
It begins by showing dozens of men being marched through the desert wearing only their underwear. It then fades to black, resuming with a pile of bloodied bodies stacked on top of one another.
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‘Another ISIS war crime': Footage and photographs have emerged of Islamic State fighters marching more than 200 soldiers across the desert to their deaths in only their underwear after capturing Syria’s Tabqa air base
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‘Another ISIS war crime': Footage and photographs have emerged of Islamic State fighters marching more than 200 soldiers across the desert to their deaths in only their underwear after capturing Syria’s Tabqa air base
Horror: The video, too graphic to be published in full, fades to black before revealing a chain of men’s bodies
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Horror: The video, too graphic to be published in full, fades to black before revealing a chain of men’s bodies
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Horror: The video, too graphic to be published in full, fades to black before revealing a chain of men’s bodies
Slaughter: A separate image showed masked gunmen preparing to shoot seven men from the same air base. The chilling photograph was released by the Raqqa Media Center yesterday and tallies with other reporting
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Slaughter: A separate image showed masked gunmen preparing to shoot seven men from the same air base. The chilling photograph was released by the Raqqa Media Center yesterday and tallies with other reporting
As the horrific footage progresses it pans slowly across a vast line of men who appear to be dead, and whose bodies have been laid out one by one.
The line forms a slow crescent across the desert, seemingly stretching to the horizon as militants stand beside it. Eventually, after more than a minute, the cameraman reaches the end of the line.
The precise death toll is uncertain and other sources put it at lower than 250, but at least 150 bodies are visible in the shaky video.

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Its description on Youtube said it showed the execution of Army officers and Nusayri people, a significant minority of Shia Muslims in Syria.
A caption to another version of the video said: ‘The 250 shabeeha taken captive by the Islamic State from Tabqa in Raqqa have been executed.’ Shabeeha is the Islamist name for soldiers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
An Islamic State fighter in Raqqa told Reuters: ‘Yes we have executed them all’.
GRAPHIC CONTENT – ISIS executes 250 Syrian soldiers

Marched: Earlier stills from the video showed men being paraded in their underwear and ordered to chant
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Marched: Earlier stills from the video showed men being paraded in their underwear and ordered to chant
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Marched: Earlier stills from the video showed men being paraded in their underwear and ordered to chant
Before they were killed, the men’s captors chanted ‘Islamic State’ – to which they replied: ‘It will remain’.
Islamic State won a week-long battle on Sunday to capture the Tabqa base, which is 25 miles from their Syrian stronghold in Raqqa.
Syria’s authorities insisted at the time that their soldiers had ‘successfully regrouped’ – suggesting they were later hunted down by the militants and executed.
The captured men were escorted closely by Islamic State militants dressed in black and waving flags
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The captured men were escorted closely by Islamic State militants dressed in black and waving flags
Despite heavy losses on the Islamic State side, the base’s capture prompted fresh fears that the fighters have got hold of advanced military technology which will allow them to cement their self-declared regime.
Video footage has already suggested Islamic State fighters have drones which were used to shoot reconnaissance footage of an army base.
Today’s reported mass killing also underscores how the group uses images of violence as much as violence itself to terrorise its opponents, as it sweeps further into Syria and Iraq.
Nadim Houry, deputy director of Human Rights Watch for the Middle East, described the video as ‘another ISIS war crime’.
And yesterday a UN commission accused the extremist group of committing crimes against humanity in Syria, similar to those it has already committed in Iraq.
Yet the extremists are also in touch with modern ideas of PR, releasing glossy magazines in English which feature mutilated bodies to promote their cause in the West.
The Home Secretary has sounded fresh warnings over the radicalisation of young Brits, with authorities fearing around 500 have joined an array of jihadi groups in Iraq and Syria.
Extremists have declared a self-styled caliphate, a Sunni regime ordering its subjects to operate under an extreme interpretation of Sharia law.
It has opened up three fronts in the fighting in Syria, which is already home to a bloody and long-running civil war between President Assad’s forces and anti-government rebels.
Obama: US still developing strategy to deal with ISIS

Captured: A resident of Tabqa waves the Islamic State flag on Sunday after militants seized the nearby air base
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Captured: A resident of Tabqa waves the Islamic State flag on Sunday after militants seized the nearby air base
Death march: Another video appearing to show the same march through the desert was put on social media
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Death march: Another video appearing to show the same march through the desert was put on social media
There were chants of ‘Islamic State’, to which the men replied ‘It will remain’, their hands behind their backs
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There were chants of ‘Islamic State’, to which the men replied ‘It will remain’, their hands behind their backs
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There were chants of ‘Islamic State’, to which the men replied ‘It will remain’, their hands behind their backs
Tormented: At one point the men appeared to be taunted by their captors as some turned towards the camera
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Tormented: At one point the men appeared to be taunted by their captors as some turned towards the camera
Today CNN claimed the militants in Iraq have also been burning oil wells near the town of Zummar, which is crucial because it is near a road which links Mosul to the Syrian border.
The network suggested fighters are attempting to ‘cover their tracks’ as Kurdish Peshmerga fighters draw closer.
The Islamic State extremists now control roughly a third of Syria, mostly areas in the north and east of the country, as the U.S. threatens air strikes similar to those already used in Iraq.
But the situation is complicated as Washington has claimed the Syrian government – embroiled in a bloody civil war – is part of the problem despite offering itself as a force against extremism.
French President Francois Hollande added today that President Assad, whose forces used brutal force to crush what began as a peaceful uprising three years ago, was no ally in the fight against Islamic State.
Sprawling: An image of what is believed to be the air base, just south of the city of Tabqa, shows its long fence
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Sprawling: An image of what is believed to be the air base, just south of the city of Tabqa, shows its long fence
Arsenal: Campaigners say the base contained weapons and jets which may now be used by the militants
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Arsenal: Campaigners say the base contained weapons and jets which may now be used by the militants
UN PEACEKEEPERS CAPTURED
Some 43 UN peacekeepers have been detained by gunmen in the Golan Heights, near Syria’s border with Israel, where fighting has raged between rebels and government forces.
The identity of the armed group is not known. Several rebel groups operate in the Golan, but the Islamic State group has no known presence there.
The UN said another 81 peacekeepers are ‘currently being restricted to their positions’ as the Syrian government denounced the ‘kidnapping’.
In a statement issued by the Syrian Foreign Ministry, the government said it holds ‘the terrorist groups and those who support them fully responsible for the safety of the UN peacekeepers, and calls for their immediate release.’
The troops are part of UNDOF, the mission that has been monitoring a 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and Israel after their 1973 war. As of July, UNDOF had 1,223 troops.
Today Syrian warplanes hit Islamic State targets in the eastern stronghold of Deir al-Zor and killed some of the group’s commanders, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Observatory, run by a Syrian emigrant from his terraced house in Coventry, said the planes struck a building used as an Islamic State headquarters during a meeting of its commanders.
Syrian state TV reported that the army ‘eliminated more than 10 terrorists’ in an attack east of Deir al-Zor military airport, including two Islamic State leaders, and destroyed 14 armoured vehicles.
Another video posted online today appeared to show at least one Syrian soldier being interrogated before a group of other captured men in their underwear.
The soldier identifies himself as a Shia Muslim officer from the same sect as many high-ranking military officers and President Assad. Islamic State members are Sunni Muslims.
‘How many have you killed? How many have you raped?’ the interrogator shouts. The soldier replies: ‘None. I’ve been stationed here in the airport.’
The interrogator asks why the soldier had been fighting on behalf of Assad and did not defect, adding: ‘We’re going to send you right back to hell by slaughter’.

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If This Guy in Ferguson Really Believes the Message on his Shirt, Then We Have a Huge Problem in America

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August 28, 2014 By Jennifer Burke

There are people in Ferguson, Missouri who are upset over the death of Michael Brown. They have railed against the Ferguson Police Department as they accuse Officer Darren Wilson, despite the fact that a full investigation has not yet been completed, of gunning down Michael Brown in cold blood just because he’s black.

The race hustlers have added fuel to the fire in stirring up the unrest and increasing the violence. They have riled up crowds as they call for the arrest and prosecution of Wilson, again, before an investigation has been completed. Even Jay Nixon, the governor of Missouri, has participated in this circus by calling for a vigorous prosecution of Wilson – and the investigation has not been completed.

Barack Obama took sides in the issue by sending 3 officials to the funeral of Michael Brown. Attorney General Eric Holder, a self described progressive activist attorney general, took sides in the issue by telling the people of Ferguson that he stands with them, by default meaning he stands against the Ferguson police.

Many parties have worked to paint not just the Ferguson Police Department, but all police departments across America has being filled with white officers who have it in for black people and abuse their power by targeting them and shooting them dead in the streets. It is a disgusting, disturbing narrative based on lies generated by people with an agenda, not a desire to help the black community.

This shirt that was seen being worn by a man in Ferguson sums up all the strife that has been manufactured in a grammatically incorrect, ignorant, and sad way. If this individual truly believes the message on his shirt, then we have a bigger problem in America, created at the hands of the race baiters, than we thought.

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The Muslim terrorist group ISIS has been slaughtering Christians as they make their way across the Middle East to create their caliphate. They have buried women and children alive. They have raped and pillaged villages. They have sliced people in half. They even beheaded American photojournalist James Foley and put the video on social media for all the world to see as they threaten to behead another American journalist, Steven Sottloff.

But, this guy, this idiot, would rather be picked up by ISIS than the Ferguson PD.

OBAMA ON ISIS: ‘WE DON’T HAVE A STRATEGY YET’

Obama stressed the “limited” nature of any potential operation in Syria

by Matt Wilstein | 4:45 pm, August 28th, 2014 VIDEO

President Barack Obama spoke to the press from the White House Briefing Room Thursday afternoon in order to address both Russia’s “stealth invasion” of Ukraine and the possibility of military airstrikes on ISIS in Syria. The second of those issues was the subject of the first question Obama received from new Meet The Press host Chuck Todd.

When the president called on Todd first, whom he called a “big cheese” and congratulated on his new role, but said it would be the last time he would be asking him a question as a member of the White House Press Corps. “I’m glad you said ‘in the press room,’” Todd joked.

Answering Todd’s question about how he prioritizes using military action against ISIS in Syria and potentially helping President Bashar al-Assad in the process, Obama stressed the “limited” nature of any potential operation in Syria. He said in order to find success, the U.S. will need “Sunni partners,” who as of now are “not in place.”

Later, Obama said, “I have consulted with Congress throughout this process. I am confident that as commander in chief I have the authority to engage in the acts we are conducting currently. As our strategy develops, we will continue to consult with Congress, and I do think it will be important for Congress to weigh in, for our consultations with Congress to continue to develop so the american people are part of the debate.”

“But,” he added, “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.”

“There is no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done,” Obama said.

ISIS DETAINS UN PEACEKEEPERS IN GOLAN HEIGHTS

Effort aided by Israel, Jordan and the U.S.

by KURT NIMMO | INFOWARS.COM | AUGUST 28, 2014

The United Nations says 43 of its peacekeepers have been detained by “armed elements” fighting in the Golan Heights, the Associated Press reports.

An additional 81 UN soldiers are “currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah,” according to the office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The “armed elements” in Syria consist almost exclusively of jihadist groups, most notably ISIS and al-Nusra. ISIS was trained by the United States and al-Nusra was armed by the CIA, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

On Wednesday ISIS and al-Nusra took control of the Quneitra crossing point at the demarcation line on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The action puts the al-Qaeda inspired groups within 200 yards of territory captured by Israel during the Six Day War in 1967.

DEBKAfile, an Israeli intelligence asset, reports the ISIS and al-Nusra effort to wrest control of the border area away from the Syrian army was assisted by by Israel, Jordan and the United States:

Israel acted as a member, along with the US and Jordan, of a support system for rebel groups [ISIS, al-Nusra] fighting in southern Syria. Their efforts are coordinated through a war-room which the Pentagon established last year near Amman. The US, Jordanian and Israeli officers manning the facility determine in consultation which rebel factions are provided with reinforcements from the special training camps run for Syrian rebels in Jordan, and which will receive arms.
In December, it was reported by The National that a secret command center in Jordan, staffed by western and Arab military officials, provides support to jihadist groups fighting on Syria’s southern front. The intelligence center “channels vehicles, sniper rifles, mortars, heavy machine guns, small arms and ammunition to Free Syrian Army units.”

Large numbers of fighters from the Free Syrian Army have defected to al-Nusra over the last year. “Fighters are heading to al-Nusra because of its Islamic doctrine, sincerity, good funding and advanced weapons,” Abu Islam of the FSA’s al-Tawhid brigade in Aleppo told The Guardian in May, 2013.

In June, al-Nusra and ISIS joined forces.

The same month Aaron Klein of WorldNetDaily reported U.S. instructors had trained members of ISIS in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region.

‘SIGNIFICANT INCREASE’ IN TERROR CHATTER AS 9/11 NEARS; ISLAMIC STATE’S RISE COMPLICATES ANALYSIS

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Threat is two-fold because of ISIS

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By Douglas Ernst – The Washington Times – Thursday, August 28, 2014
The U.S. intelligence community has observed a “significant increase” in chatter among terrorist organizations as the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks nears.

“We’ve noticed a significant increase in chatter among Islamic terrorist organizations overseas both on the Internet and phone lines,” a U.S. government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Blaze.

SEE ALSO: ‘We are in your streets’: Chicago gets chilling Islamic State terror tweet

While the intelligence community can not pinpoint whether or not an attack is planned, the official said that agencies “did see this kind of increase in chatter before the September 11 attacks.”

Deciphering chatter is more difficult than in previous years because of the rise of the Islamic State group, which threatens to drain al Qaeda of resources as it asserts dominance Iraq and Syria. Like al Qaeda, Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, has openly declared its intent to bring terror to American interests around the globe.

“The threat is two-fold because ISIS is in war with core al Qaeda,” former CIA case officer Brian Fairchild told The Blaze. “ISIS was kicked out of al Qaeda in February and they’ve been fighting each other internally for leadership. ISIS is winning right now. They have captured the imagination of young Muslims from around the world and depriving al Qaeda of its own fighters. Al Qaeda is split down the middle and now you have 9/11 [anniversary approaching]. It would be beneficial to both camps that on 9/11, some great attack in the United States takes place,” he added.

The Islamic State executed American photojournalist James Foley on Aug. 19, and has used social media platforms to threaten terror attacks on American soil.

SEE ALSO: ISIL to U.S.: ‘We will raise the flag of Allah in the White House’

Chicago’s WGN network recently reported that a tweet from the terror group on June 20 includes a picture taken on Michigan Ave. The tweet reads “Soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon.” An Arabic message held up in the picture was translated “We are in your streets.”

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US intelligence: 300 Americans fighting alongside Islamic State

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The United States government is tracking as many as 300 Americans supposedly fighting with Islamic State, the jihadist group with a heavy presence in parts of Syria and Iraq, according to senior US officials.

Washington is worried that radicalized foreign fighters could become a risk to the US if they return to employ skills learned overseas to carry out attacks, anonymous US officials said, according to the Washington Times.

“We know that there are several hundred American passport holders running around with ISIS in Syria or Iraq,” a senior US official said. “It’s hard to tell whether or not they’re in Syria or moved to Iraq.”

Past reports have put the possible number of Americans who have flocked to the fundamentalist extremist group Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL) at around 100. IS, a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, gained strength fighting Bashar Assad’s forces in the Syrian civil war before turning to cross the border into Iraq, where they have made swift gains in western and northern sections of the volatile country.

The US State Department did not respond to the Washington Times when asked to comment on Americans fighting in Iraq or Syria.

The news of as many as 300 Americans fighting with IS comes one day after reports that a 33-year-old American, Douglas McAuthur McCain, was killed over the weekend in Syria while battling alongside Islamic State against members of a separate opposition group. Family members confirmed his passing to NBC News, and senior US officials acknowledged that they were aware of the man’s death.

McCain had expressed support for IS on his Twitter account.

Other IS supporters have taken to social media to inspire anxiety among the US government. In recent weeks, photos were posted on Twitter showing the Islamic State flag unfurled in front of the White House, and, in front of the Old Republic building on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, a message in Arabic was shown, reading, “We are in your state, we are in your cities, we are in your streets, you are our goals anywhere.”

The Secret Service is investigating the photo near the White House. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued last week a bulletin to local law enforcement agencies to be alert without identify a specific threat.

“We continue to use every tool we possess to disrupt and dissuade individuals from traveling abroad for violent jihad and to track and engage those who return,” US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.

The alleged IS killer of kidnapped American journalist James Foley, shown in a video last week before he was supposedly beheaded, said that militant Muslims are proliferating throughout the world, not just in Iraq and Syria.

“You’re no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic army and a state that has been accepted by large number of Muslims worldwide,” Foley’s executioner said. “So effectively, any aggression towards the Islamic State is aggression towards Muslims from all walks of life who has accepted the Islamic caliphate as their leadership. So any attempt by you, Obama, to deny the Muslims their rights of living in safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people.”

The Obama administration believes any potential attack by American jihadists returning to the US would likely be carried out on a small scale, such as suicide bombings, and not a time-consuming long-range plan such as the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Senior US officials said, according to the Washington Times, that intelligence agencies will put any Americans affiliated with IS on an appropriate watch list or no-fly list.

“I know that law enforcement agencies in Homeland Security are mindful of some Americans who have become radicalized, and some have taken up with [the Islamic State],” an official said.

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How the Department of Homeland Security would track such Americans was not immediately clear, according to the report.

Despite all the consternation in official Washington over such potential threats, observers note that IS has gained strength from the financial backing of United States’ allies in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar.

Elite donors of American allies in the Persian Gulf region have poured an immense amount of resources into rebel groups like IS in efforts to advance on three general goals: opposing Iran, its ally Bashar Assad and his government in Syria, and fomenting the Sunni-Shia divides in the region.

Meanwhile, the United States has also supported so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels with both lethal and non-lethal aid, lending to fears that arms sent with the help of the Gulf states were channeled to the likes of IS.

In addition, Western incursions in the region, namely the 2003 invasion of Iraq that ushered in a brutal sectarian war that still divides the country today, have led to extreme instability, creating a power vacuum for militant groups to fill.

In light of IS advances across Syria and Iraq, the US Department of Defense is considering a number of options for President Obama to consider, including airstrikes against militant positions in Syria, similar to those the US has recently carried out against IS in Iraq. The US insists, though, that there are no plans to coordinate anti-terror attacks with the Syrian government.