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Lebanon – June 18th, 2014

The presence of Salafist clerics and armed groups, as well as violent social media commentary by Lebanese jihadist Salafists, had abated since the new security plan went into effect in Lebanon, but ISIS actions in Iraq have rebooted their efforts online; Social media posts have indicated increased support for ISIS, with some online Salafists indicating […]

Israel – June 21st, 2014

Reports show that Israel has detained 370 Palestinians in the past week alone in its search for the three teens kidnapped in the West Bank, though the IDF is disputing that number; This is the largest deployment of Israeli troops in the West Bank since the Second Intifada, and the article reports that events are […]

Iraq – June 14th, 2014

Khouri asserts that the ISIS takeover of Mosul and other key areas in Iraq is due to long-simmering internal underlying trends, that have been augmented, but not caused by, external factors like the U.S. war; He considers many of the causes of war to be “Arab-made structural problems,” including government corruption and incompetence, brittle statehood, […]

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