The year 2016 may go down as the greatest nadir in American and world history since perhaps the Cold War: there was the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, an affront both to democracy and humanity itself; continued humanitarian crises around the world, including deliberate bombing of civilians in Syria, and less-publicized crises in […]Read more "So What Good Things Happened in 2016?"
Given all the media coverage of Islamic State, the terrorist group Al Qaeda has become increasingly marginalized in public discourse, seeming almost passé. Indeed, Al Qaeda has lagged far behind IS in attempting to gain territory in Syria, possibly explaining why its Syria branch officially spun off in July and became Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. However, […]Read more "Al Qaeda Says ISIS Is Too Violent"
Terrorist organizations in the Middle East are well aware of American politics, including the 2016 presidential campaign. Numerous experts believed that Republican candidate Donald Trump’s anti-Islam rhetoric, particularly his call for a Muslim entry ban into the United States, would create a wealth of material for Islamic State to use in its propaganda. (However, initially […]Read more "The Terrorists Are Rooting for Trump"
As Thought Front has discussed before, there can often be unintended consequences of strategic bombing. Facilities or infrastructure that may bolster the Islamic State may also provide vital services to ordinary civilians suffering under its hegemony. That includes bombing oil fields resulting in higher food and heating oil prices for civilians, and the loss of […]Read more "More Consequences of Bombing ISIS"
As Thought Front has discussed before, the Islamic State has been losing substantial amounts of territory in Iraq and Syria, and the increase in terrorist attacks outside of their territory is likely an attempt on its part to give the impression it is strong – a tactic that appears to be working given the public […]Read more "ISIS Admits It Is Losing"
Donald Trump, the man whose daily output of bold remarks rivals that of the sun’s rising each morning in reliability, made yet another one of his salacious and factually incorrect claims. Namely, that President Obama not only created Islamic State, but that the group honors him: “ISIS is honoring President Obama. He’s the founder of […]Read more "No, Donald Trump, Islamic State Does Not Honor Obama"
There is a saying in the news industry: “When your mother tells you she loves you, check your sources.” And although this directive is frequently disregarded, often with embarrassing consequences, nevertheless it is an important guiding principle for journalists. The rule came to mind when BuzzFeed news correspondent Mike Giglio reported that Iraqis are fleeing […]Read more "BuzzFeed Reported People Are Fleeing the Area Outside Mosul: Here’s More Information"