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Caliph Country: Under The Black Flag

Why ISIS Fights is another phenomenal long read from the Journal in The Guardian which is a must read article for all PIIA members. The veteran Martin Chulov narrates the accounts of jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria, he reveals “the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East.” As Chulov explains: It was around this time that I met an Iraqi jihadi named Abu Ismael, who was not shy about his own past. “I was a member of the al-Qaida organisation from 2005-11,” he said, his black eyes set in an unflinching stare. “I joined them with my father when I was 16, and apart from one and a half months in prison, I was very active in every way.” Now 23, he had made his way to al-Bab in Aleppo province in the second half of 2012 and been accepted as an auxiliary fighter by a local opposition unit, Liwa al-Tawheed. “We don’t trust al-Qaida,” the group’s leader, Sheikh Omar Othman, said at the time. “They don’t want what we want, but as Muslims we must accept wayfarers, especially if they come to help.” Chulov explains further that: By April 2013, the number of Iraqis fighting in Syria Continue reading