Reports that Iraqi Baathists, Iranian elements, and others have played a role in the workings of ISIS do not appear to be in keeping with the principle of ideological purity on which the Islamic State says it is based.
In this year of mostly misfiring big budget genre films, the rather belated return of star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to the 'Jason Bourne' espionage franchise is a rare solid success.
After boasting again via twitter that he had foreseen another jihadist terrorist attack -- Does the man's genius know no bounds? Heh -- Trump has had remarkably little to say. Which is just as well, as these are complex matters and Trump has no knowledge about or facility for them.
The inspiration of many of today's terrorists is to achieve name recognition or even re-branding from loser to terrorist.
If Libyans can set aside their differences to eliminate the terror of the Islamic State and liberate Sirte, they will be one step closer to fulfilling the promise of the 2011 revolution.
Mullah Mansour's assassination is a great setback for Pakistan's army and a major vindication for the Afghan government, which has claimed all along that Pakistan, through its Taliban and HQN proxies, is waging an undeclared war against Afghanistan.