They reject modern political states and their institutions. They want to return to an imagined earlier era of religious order. They are extreme, fundamentalist, and violent. What separates so-called Hilltop Youth from young Jihadis?
It helps to look at this map
Elliott Abrams, Paul Berman, Robert Blecher, Hanin Ghaddar, Edward Luttwak, Lee Smith, Nathan Thrall, and Robert F. Worth on Syria and Iran, Hezbollah and the Islamic State, France and Russia, Obama and Netanyahu, Jihad and Cold War, and the future of the West
After the latest tragedy in Paris, here’s a look into Tablet’s coverage of the network’s beginnings and their sectarian ideologies, as well as the xenophobic, far-right face of France
What happened in Paris is war, and the only way to fight it is with firearms
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ISIS affiliate claims responsibility; Netanyahu vows to fight Islamist terror ‘guided by Iran’
A reporter’s friends use Facebook to try and save his life: Driven by a growing sense that the U.S. government could not or would not save Sotloff from captivity, a group of family members, colleagues, and Jewish communal leaders coalesced into a ragtag—and tragically unsuccessful—rescue effort.
How a freelancer’s Heaven turned into Hell: Inspired by a blend of bravery, wanderlust, and humanism, a budding journalist ventured—without the kind of institutional structure and support that would have been common a decade ago—into an inflamed Middle East.
Was his comment really worse than American politicians’ electioneering?
Journalists murdered by ISIS recognized posthumously by ADL
Who else can step up and rescue the faith from the fanatics who’ve hijacked it?
France’s capital is a key battleground for Middle East political warfare