Sunday

There was blanket coverage of the events in Paris, and ISIS, all weekend on the cable news networks here in the USA.  Yes, ISIS* is waging war in Iraq and Syria, but is involved in many, many more countries and places in the world.    ISIS is at the same time an idea-state, a state of mind, a territory, and a terrorist organization.

*ISIS stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria because the group’s territory straddles the border between the two counties. The acronym ISIL is sometimes used, and stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The Levant is the historic name given to the entire region east of the Mediterranean from Egypt, east to Iran and to Turkey.

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This Shi’ite mosque in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa has been completely destroyed. (Photo by Lazhar Neftien and on the Wikipedia entry for Awis al-Qarni mosque).

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