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What ISIS Really Wants (Besides Your Head)

President Obama continues to take heat for his comment Thursday, “We don’t have a strategy yet” for dealing with ISIS, the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq. There’s another controversy brewing that may be just as key – and it has to do with how Obama, other world leaders and the press refer to the extremist offshoot of al-Qaeda. The terror group currently occupying portions of Syria and Iraq changed its name this summer to the Islamic State, or IS. Rather than use that name or ISIS, however, Obama and some administration members have been calling the group ISIL, which stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.


By Stefano Rellandini REDIPUGLIA Italy (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Saturday the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a “piecemeal” Third World War, condemning the arms trade and “plotters of terrorism” sowing death and destruction. “Humanity needs to weep and this is the time to weep,” Francis said in the homily of a Mass during a visit to Italy’s largest war memorial, a large, Fascist-era monument where more than 100,000 soldiers who died in World War One are buried. …

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