Islamic State of Iraq and Sham

Ar-Raqqa under the shadow of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

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Tahrir Souri – Exclusive According to Abu Ibarhim Ar-Raqqawi, Tahrir Souri’s reporter in Ar-Raqqa city, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant runs a prison in the basement of the governorate building in the city. The cells are similar to regime prison cells, eighteen meters long and three meters wide. The prison is filled

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Examining the Causes of the Islamic State’s Resurgence in Iraq

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Tahrir Souri – Hasan Shafqat You can also download the report here.   Note: ISF = Iraqi Security Forces ISI = Islamic State of Iraq ISIS = Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham JAN = Jabhat al-Nusra JRTN = Jaish Rijal al-Tariq Naqshbandi (Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Way) JSOC = Joint Special

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From Najaf to Tahrir Souri: “ISIS fighters are few, but the tribes are those who are supporting ISIS…”

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     A source close to Tahrir Souri from Najaf, nicknamed Ali for the purposes of this article, spoke of the ongoing ISIS offensive, saying: “ISIS fighters are few, but the tribes are those who are supporting ISIS, because as you know, they’re against Nouri Al-Maliki. They’re going off of ‘I’ll work with the devil

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Is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant expanding?

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     The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the largest defecting member organization of Al-Qaida, recently overran vast swathes of northwestern Iraq. Among the towns the ISIL overran was Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. The city fell to the ISIL in 5 days, starting the 7th of July. Residents fled

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The fall of Mosul

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     An Iraqi source close to Tahrir Souri explained to Tahrir Souri the fall of Mosul to the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The source will be nicknamed, “Mohammad.”      According to Mohammad, the state of Mosul, prior to the attack by the ISIL, was brittle. The

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The Islamic State or Iraq and the Levant besieges Deir Ezzor and demands the Islamic Front and Jabhat Al-Nusra leave

صورة تظهر نفاذ الخضار من المحال التجارية بسبب الحصار. تنسيقية دير الزور.

     After the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s capture of the Halbiyya roundabout, the only armed opposition held pass to the North of the city, ISIS announced that the city will be besieged (Announced 4 June 2014). The ISIS announcement said the city will be besieged until the Islamic Front and Jabhat

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A Day in the Life of Ar-Raqqa: Abu Ibrahim Ar-Raqqawi’s question and answer session

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Tahrir Souri will be holding weekly question and answer sessions with various activists and residents from different parts of Syria.      Our first guest, on the 7th of January 2014 2300 GMT, was Abu Ibrahim Ar-Raqqawi a resident and activist of Ar-Raqqa.      Below are some select questions and answers from the session held.

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Father Paolo’s execution in July 2013 in the hands of the ISIS

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Tahrir Souri – Special Investigation      The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published news of the execution of Father Paolo in the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, a mere two hours after his reported detainment by the group on July 29th 2013. The activist Abu Ibrahim Al-Raqqawi, one of the

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ISIS advances on the rebels of Ar-Raqqa while the regime attempts to carve a path to the Tabqa airbase

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     13 members of Liwa Thouwar Ar-Raqqa, and 5 members of ISIS were killed in clashes between the two in the town of Tal Abyad in Western Raqqa. A number of ISIS vehicles were seen transporting corpses and six prisoners belonging to Liwa Thouwar Ar-Raqqa. The vehicles passed through the Kfeifeh checkpoint on their

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Child recruitment in Syria increases… and all sides are implicated

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     The United Nations Security Council released a detailed report on the situation of Syrian children, and the human rights violations inflicted upon those children. The report spans 3 years of conflict beginning in March 2011, and ending on November 2013. The report covers the killing, torture, maiming, and recruitment of children by all belligerents.

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