GUEST: Reese Erlich, veteran freelance foreign correspondent who has traveled widely across the Middle East. He has written a number of books including, Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire. His latest book is called ‘Inside Syria: The Back Story of the Civil War and What the World Can Expect’.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is celebrating its one-year anniversary today. On June 29 2014, the group declared itself a caliphate with Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi as its leader.
In the lead up to this grim moment, ISIS carried out a horrific massacre in the Syrian border town of Kobane last Thursday. The Kurdish town saw 145 of its residents killed in what is likely the second worst massacre ever carried out by ISIS. There were many children, women, and elderly among the killings, which were the result of at least two suicide bomb attacks.
Meanwhile, three other incidents around the world are being attributed to ISIS late last week. In Tunisia an armed attack on a beach resulted in at least 38 deaths. At least half of the deaths were of British nationals and UK Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a “full spectrum” response to ISIS calling it a “poisonous death cult.”
In France, a US-run chemical plant was attacked with one person being beheaded and an unsuccessful attempt to blow up the entire plant. And in Kuwait, a mosque was attacked with 27 people killed and hundreds injured. The US and its allies launched 21 air strikes aimed at ISIS over the weekend in Syria and Iraq.
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