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Syria’s Nusra Front splits with al-Qaeda

A senior al-Qaeda figure has urged the group to do what is necessary to protect the “holy struggle of the Syrian people.” Washington voiced skepticism over the split, saying it could be an exercise in rebranding.

Deutsche Welle

Faia Younan’s first concert in Egypt turns into a national craze

Her black hair and captivating eyes are nothing compared to her enchanting voice. From old Arabic poems to traditional songs, Faia Younan is a Syrian talent who has managed to take the world by storm in a relatively short period of time. This charming talent spent the majority of her life in Sweden and, accordingly, …

Daily News Egypt

Jihad v soccer: the Islamic State’s convoluted love-hate relationship

If Islamic State (IS) was serious about attacking Euro 2016, its plans clearly never materialised. Leaked transcripts of the interrogation of one of the attackers of Brussels Airport in March leave little doubt however that soccer is featured prominently on the group’s target list. So does this month’s beheading of four Syrian players in Raqqa. …

James Dorsey

UNESCO meets to expand World Heritage

UN cultural agency UNESCO will gather in Istanbul on Sunday to review candidates to join its prestigious World Heritage List, ranging from 350-million-year old fossils to works by Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier.

Deutsche Welle

Why are some people attracted to Jihad?

Hundreds of young people choose to go to Syria, despite their vastly more comfortable lives in Europe. But why does “Islamic State” attract so many Europeans? Radicalization expert Maarten van de Donk explains.

Deutsche Welle

Hundreds flee besieged IS bastion in Syria

Hundreds of civilians have reportedly escaped from a besieged jihadi stronghold in northern Syria. In a blow to “Islamic State” militants, a US-backed alliance has surrounded the town and cut off a main supply route.

Deutsche Welle