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(listed in chronological order by date)


August 11, 2016. "This is how the Islamic State was founded", Vice News. Benjamin Gilbert traces the history of ISIS.

April 12, 2016. "What's in a Name: A Strategic Analysis of the Islamic State", by Dean Shumate, Small Wars Journal.

January 2016, Competing Visions for Syria and Iraq: The Myth of an Anti-ISIS Grand Coalition, Institute for the Study of War.

January 2016, Al Qaeda and ISIS: Existential Threats to the U.S. and Europe, Institute for the Study of War. This report evalues the potential courses of action that the United States could pursue to defeat the threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) and al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria.


October 22, 2014. The "Islamic State" Crisis and U.S. Policy, Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report R43612.

October 21, 2014. A New Authorization for Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State: Comparison of Current Proposals in Brief, by Mattew C. Weed, Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report R43760.

October 21, 2014. Turkey-U.S. Cooperation Against the "Islamic State": a Unique Dynamic?, By Jim Zanotti, Congressional Research Service (CRS) Insights IN10164.

October 17, 2014. U.S. Citizens Kidnapped by the Islamic State, Congressional Research Service (CRS) Insight, posted on website of Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

October 10, 2014. Al Qaeda-Affiliated Groups: Middle East and Africa, Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report R43756.

September 17, 2014. Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response, by Christopher M. Blanchard, Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report RL33487.

July 30, 2014. The Islamic State: A Counter-Strategy for a Counter-State, Institute for the Study of War (ISW), by Jessica D. Lewis. Accessed here on 31 July 2014.

July 28, 2014. Life Under ISIS in Mosul, by Jenna Lefler, Institute for the Study of War. A read on what life in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, is like under the rule of the Islamic State (ISIS) can be accessed at this link.

July 25, 2014. From Theory to Action: The Rationale behind the Re-establishment of the Caliphate, by Michael W. S. Ryan, The Jamestown Foundation. Read here.


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