Dina Temple-Raston http://kalw.org en For Militants, Founding Of Caliphate Is Win In Rhetoric, Not Reality http://kalw.org/post/militants-founding-caliphate-win-rhetoric-not-reality Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The head of a terrorist group controlling large parts of Syria and Iraq has declared himself the leader of a new caliphate, or Muslim state. But does saying it make it so? Counterterrorism officials say they haven't seen much happening on the ground that suggests major political changes. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 46091 at http://kalw.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call http://kalw.org/post/western-fighters-answer-mideast-extremists-clarion-call This week a young man in Texas became the first American to plead guilty to terrorism charges related to the recent fighting in Iraq.<p>Michael Wolfe, 23, was arrested just before he boarded a plane. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 45868 at http://kalw.org Western Fighters Answer Mideast Extremists' Clarion Call Insurgents Draw Westerners To Battle In Iraq And Syria http://kalw.org/post/insurgents-draw-westerners-battle-iraq-and-syria Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Over years of conflict in Syria, it's estimated that thousands of Westerners have turned up to join the fight. And now some are crossing into Iraq, as well. Last week, an English-language recruitment video from the Sunni extremist group ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, went viral. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 45841 at http://kalw.org Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists http://kalw.org/post/behind-isis-battle-iraq-clash-between-two-arch-terrorists While eyes have been focused on Sunni extremists and their lightning campaign across Iraq, there is a much more fundamental war raging behind the scenes.<p>It is a clash between two arch-terrorists: the head of al-Qaida's central operation, Ayman al-Zawahri, and the man leading the Sunni extremist charge in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.<p>The outcome of the battle between the two men could fundamentally change the face of terrorism.<p>The dust-up between Zawahri and Baghdadi broke out in the open earlier this year, and it centered on territory.<p>Zawahri wanted Baghdadi to limit his ISIS operati Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:15:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 45757 at http://kalw.org Behind ISIS Battle In Iraq, A Clash Between Two Arch-Terrorists ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad http://kalw.org/post/isis-brings-business-acumen-violent-jihad The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is proving to be both militant and disciplined, borrowing organizational tools from the corporate world to professionalize its operations.<p>For the past two years, for example, ISIS has issued an <a href="http://www.vox.com/2014/6/24/5834068/the-iraqi-rebels-make-annual-reports-with-infographics-we-translated">annual report</a> that lays out precisely where it has attacked and the methods it used. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 45741 at http://kalw.org ISIS Brings Business Acumen To Violent Jihad