The Unique SVBIEDs Used in the 2013 Capture of Menagh Airbase

Background On August 5, 2013, two suicide bombers belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) detonated their vehicles inside Menagh Airbase in the Northern Aleppo countryside. By the next day, the remaining loyalist holdout located in and around the base command centre had been overrun, ending the…

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Media is half the battle – An overview of the Islamic State’s media apparatus

Note: I finished writing this article in early January, 2016 The rapid emergence of the Islamic State in Syria & Iraq has brought with it a greater focus on the organization’s brutality. Widely circulated videos displaying extremely graphic violence, like the beheadings of American and British hostages, provoked massive outcry…

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