This Site Sells Replica ISIS Suicide Vests and Pressure-Cooker Bombs
Islamic State’s weaponized drones are now so ubiquitous that you can even buy, for training purposes, replicas of the bombs they drop. They look just like the real thing and even feature removable fuzes and safety pins. Of course, they won’t explode — and they’re made of solid urethane. Welcome... Read more
Belgian Counterterror Cop Warned of Terrorists on the Loose
Suicide bombers struck an airport and a subway train in Brussels on March 22, killing no fewer than 30 people and wounding potentially hundreds. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated assault, which came just four days after police in Brussels arrested the surviving suspected planner behind Islamic State’s... Read more
Ted Cruz Just Gave Islamic State Exactly What It Wants
Authorities hadn’t finished counting the dead and wounded in Brussels when U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a Texas senator, uttered his latest vitriol against America’s millions of Muslims. “We need to empower law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized,” reads a statement the Cruz... Read more
Will the Ceasefire in Syria Hold?
After five years of brutal civil war in Syria, is there finally light at the end of the tunnel? A new ceasefire deal brokered by the United States and Russia in late February offers some hope. The terms of the deal require the Americans and Russians to bring their... Read more
Here’s How Islamic State Gets Its Bombs
Islamic State builds its improvised explosive devices using components from 51 different companies in 20 countries. That’s the startling conclusion of a new report from Conflict Armament Research. “These findings support growing international awareness that forces in Iraq and Syria are very much self-sustaining — acquiring weapons... Read more
Gunfire, Blood, Panic — A Bataclan Survivor Recalls Paris Nightmare
Guillaume Maurice, a 40-year-old school teacher from Rouen, in northern France, is a self-described “metal head.” So when Eagles of Death Metal, an American rock band, came to the Bataclan theater in north-central Paris, Guillaume and his wife made plans to attend. A few hours later, Guillaume and his... Read more
With Heavy Air Support, Kurdish Troops Go on the Offensive
This is the second part of a two-part series. Read part one. Before dawn, the peshmerga prepare for fighting. A group of soldiers gather below the outpost, pointing down with the lights on their mobile phones and cracking open Soviet-style ammunition boxes, distributing the bullets. Armed vehicles laiden with... Read more
To the Edge of Kurdistan
This is part one of a two-part series. Read part two. A cool night breeze drifts across the roof of the building, wafting away mosquitoes seeking their meals from any exposed skin. Illuminated by an almost full moon, Kurdish peshmerga fighters rest on mattresses or crude metal beds with cruelly... Read more
We Watched Kurdish Fighters Clash With Islamic State
The dull roar of circling coalition aircraft fills the night sky over the town of Bashiqa. Below, perched on a dusty mountain that takes its name from the same town, Kurdish peshmerga fighters alternate between scanning enemy territory in front of them and peering up to catch a glimpse... Read more
Islamic State Hates World History
Syrian archaeologist Khaled Asaad made the study, preservation and excavation of the ancient sites in his hometown of Palmyra his life’s work. He spent years as the city’s antiquities director, and was highly regarded internationally for his research. Seated in the deserts east of Damascus, the ancient city thrived for... Read more

Kevin Knodell

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