News and Analysis (8/29/14)

Steve Sotloff’s mother pleads with al-Baghdadi to follow the sunnah of Muhammad (pbuh), saying that she has “learned that Islam teaches that no individual should be held responsible for the sins of others…. Steven has no control over the actions of the U.S. government. He’s an innocent journalist” …

… but IS seems to prefer other teachers than the Prophet, such as the Khawarij (with the beheadings) and Dick Cheney (with his waterboarding) …

… “[I]t is not fear that forced the Peshmerga to fall back in the first weeks of combat with IS – it was the superior firepower provided IS by America, courtesy of the disintegrating Iraqi Army. Let the Muslim world see the crimes that these men commit, and then decide which side they are on”:

“Ten survivors write open letter to president and say disclosure of report is ‘necessary part of correcting America’s own history’”:

The leaders of IS “believe fighting ‘apostates’ is more important than fighting non-Muslims for now…. Their caliphate, say its fighters, will never be truly powerful unless apostates and ‘fake’ Muslims are first weeded out – and their definition of ‘apostate’ expands to include anyone who stands against them”:

“Muhbeen Hussain, founder of a British Muslim youth group in Rotherham, said the police and the town’s social services ‘totally failed us’ by not taking action against gang members. ‘We want the investigations to go back to 1997, cases reopened and prosecutions made'”:

“Jim Roth, the lone council member to back the center, predicted then that the council’s rejection would spawn a lawsuit. Roth said he was ’embarrassed’ and ‘stunned’ by some of the remarks made” by its opponents:

“What prevents Muslims from uniting is the inability to discuss the history of early Islam calmly and in a civilized manner…. We need to understand that the bloody early schism, which still is an open wound in the Muslim world, was indeed earthly and sinful”:

“Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s first directly elected president, faces civil wars on his borders, a possible economic slowing, and accusations of authoritarianism”:

“The cabinet said it was resigning to enable the elected parliament to choose a new, inclusive government. The Islamist-linked militia which seized the capital, Tripoli, last week has called for the elected MPs to be replaced by the previous body, the General National Congress (GNC)”:

“Its moniker might stand for ‘Islamic State’, but it seems there are more than a few of its supporters who don’t understand much of their adopted religion”:

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