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ISIS keeps getting better at avoiding US surveillance. Last week American officials had yet another meeting to discuss about the difficulties to track the ISIS militants, emblematic is the case of the alleged death of its leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi disproved by himself in a recent recorded message.

ISIS keeps getting better at avoiding US surveillance

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi had survived a US airstrike and promised revenge anticipating the eruption of the volcanos of jihad. ISIS members have proven exceptionally difficult to track due a proper use of technology tools, like application for encryption, social media platforms and encrypted instant messaging platforms. Recently the media announced that ISIS has released a manual for its militants, titled “How to Tweet Safely Without Giving out Your Location to NSA”, that explain how avoid surveillance. According to US officials, ISIS members are encrypting their communications and taking steps to avoid the US surveillance.

“These guys have a level of discipline. Pierluigi Paganini (Security Affairs – ISIS, Intelligence) BBC News Syria conflict UN says more than 3m have fled war. BBC News Islamic State militants 'behead Kurdish man' in Iraq#sa ns mchannel rss&ns source PublicRSS20 sa. BBC News Syria conflict UN peacekeepers held in Golan Heights. ISIS Said to Kill 150 Syrian Captives in 2 Days, Videotaping the Horror NYTimes com. Looking Squarely at What War in Syria Would Mean The Atlantic. Iraq crisis: Kurdish Peshmerga forces push to retake Mosul Dam from Islamic State. Updated Kurdish officials say they are in near complete control of Iraq's largest dam after ousting Islamic State militants.

Iraq crisis: Kurdish Peshmerga forces push to retake Mosul Dam from Islamic State

Iraq offers air support to Kurdish fighters. 4 August 2014Last updated at 12:24 ET Kurdish forces have suffered a series of setbacks in their campaign against the Islamic State Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has ordered the air force to provide support to Kurdish forces fighting Sunni militants in the north.

Iraq offers air support to Kurdish fighters

It comes after the Islamic State (formerly known as Isis) seized two towns and two nearby oilfields from Kurdish troops over the weekend. Kurdish forces, known as the Peshmerga, say they are planning a counter-attack. Kurdish forces 'break IS hold on Mosul dam' Iraq crisis: Embattled PM Nouri Maliki in show of force. Genocide watch: the Iraqi communities most endangered by the rise of ISIL. “In one day, they killed more than two thousand Yazidi in Sinjar, and the whole world says, ‘Save Gaza, save Gaza.'” The poignant lament of an Iraqi named Karim, quoted in this short newyorker.com story, captures the helpless frustration of many minorities facing existential danger in areas controlled by ISIL, the terrorist group, while much of the world has been transfixed by the war between Israel and Hamas.

Genocide watch: the Iraqi communities most endangered by the rise of ISIL

While both Israelis and Palestinians have carelessly bandied about the word “genocide,” it is a real threat for the communities in ISIL’s crosshairs. A quick recap: Before the latest conflict started in Gaza in early July, ISIL had attacked parts of northern Iraq and was threatening Baghdad. Since then it has consolidated its hold on large swathes of northern Iraq and eastern Syria.

Islamic State Now Resembles the Taliban With Oil Fields. With its reign of terror over a large population and ability to self-finance on a staggering scale, the extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley resembles the Taliban with oil wells.

Islamic State Now Resembles the Taliban With Oil Fields

The Islamic State, which now controls an area of Iraq and Syria larger than the U.K., may be raising more than $2 million a day in revenue from oil sales, extortion, taxes and smuggling, according to U.S. intelligence officials and anti-terrorism finance experts. Unlike other extremist groups’ reliance on foreign donations that can be squeezed by sanctions, diplomacy and law enforcement, the Islamic State’s predominantly local revenue stream poses a unique challenge to governments seeking to halt its advance and undermine its ability to launch terrorist attacks that in time might be aimed at the U.S. and Europe.

Related: Islamic State Militants Seize Air Base in Syria, Group Says. Iraqi Christians, Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamic State for Australia may miss out on visas. Updated As hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidi refugees flee Islamic State (IS) militants, family members living in Australia are hoping to secure special humanitarian visas for their loved ones.

Iraqi Christians, Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamic State for Australia may miss out on visas

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Obama says Sinjar siege broken, some personnel to leave Iraq. Business Obama says Sinjar siege broken, some personnel to leave Iraq Fri, Aug 15 04:11 AM IST EDGARTOWN Mass.

Obama says Sinjar siege broken, some personnel to leave Iraq

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday the Islamist militant siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar had been broken and most U.S. military personnel sent to assess the situation would be pulled out of Iraq in coming days. Iraq crisis: US troops land on Mount Sinjar to consider rescue options. Islamic State releases video which it claims shows beheading of American journalist James Foley. By North America correspondent Ben Knight and staff Updated A video showing the beheading of an American journalist has been posted online, purporting to be a message to America from the terrorist group Islamic State (IS).

Islamic State releases video which it claims shows beheading of American journalist James Foley

The high-resolution video shows a man believed to be James Foley, a freelance American journalist who has been missing since being kidnapped in Syria in 2012. The video, titled "A message to America", shows the captive on his knees, dressed in an orange jumpsuit, next to a militant clad completely in black with his face covered. In what appears to be a prepared statement, Foley calls on his family to rise up against the United States, who he calls his "real killers". US sends more military advisors to Iraq. 12 August 2014Last updated at 19:44 ET Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said the advisors would assess the situation in northern Iraq The US has sent 130 more military advisors to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says.

US sends more military advisors to Iraq

The marines and special operations forces will assess the humanitarian situation and will not be engaged in combat, a US defence official said. President Obama's Impossible Choices in Iraq. Desperately needed humanitarian aid, a fraught authorization to conduct airstrikes, and the neoconservative critics who make Obama look good Larry Downing/Reuters As a frequent critic of President Obama's foreign-policy record, particularly his unlawful decision to wage war in Libya without congressional approval and his shortsighted, immoral over-reliance on drone strikes in several countries, I applaud his decision to order food and water dropped on refugees in Northern Iraq.

President Obama's Impossible Choices in Iraq

America's Moral Obligations in Iraq. "An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the earth," one Iraqi lawmaker warns. Displaced Yazidi families from the Iraqi town of Sinjar (Ari Jalal/Reuters) Which politician uttered the following words: “Do we sit on the sidelines and watch an entire people be slaughtered or do we marshal military forces and move in quietly to put an end to it?” John McCain? The Mystery of ISIS by Anonymous. ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan Regan Arts, 270 pp., $14.00 (paper) ISIS: The State of Terror by Jessica Stern and J.M.

Berger Ecco, 385 pp., $27.99. Is Islamic State now equipped with a NATO air force? — RT Op-Edge. John Wight has written for newspapers and websites across the world, including the Independent, Morning Star, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, London Progressive Journal, and Foreign Policy Journal. He is also a regular commentator on RT and BBC Radio. He wrote a memoir of the five years he spent in Hollywood, where he worked in the movie industry prior to becoming a full time and activist and organizer with the US antiwar movement post-9/11. The book is titled Dreams That Die and is published by Zero Books. John is currently working on a book exploring the role of the West in the Arab Spring.