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Islamic State explains to West: “Why We Hate You”

The leaders of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) are nothing if not accomplished advocates and propagandists for their cause. In addition to glitzy videos regularly distributed via social media, they produce an eye-catching color online magazine, Dabiq—named after a town in northern Syria where, according to Islamic writings, Muslim armies will meet and defeat… Read More »

Understanding The Role of Syria In Islamic End Time Belief

by Ryan Mauro The gruesome video released by the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) emphasizes that the beheading of Peter Kassig took place in the town of Dabiq, Syria. The town was chosen because of its significance in Islamic end-of-time prophecies about the time when the Mahdi and (the Islamic version of) Jesus will bring… Read More »