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Four Thousand Christian Families Flee Syrian Town After ISIS Capture

Last week, ISIS continued its campaign to establish an Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East, this time forcing 4,000 Christian families to flee their homes as they overran the city of Hassakeh. According to reports, at least 120,000 were part of the mass exodus. Most of the Christian families are seeking refuge in the nearby city of Qamishli.

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ISIS Threatens to Take Gaza from Rival Terror Group Hamas

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) on Tuesday threatened to take over the Gaza Strip from one of its rival Sunni terror groups, Hamas, which rules the Palestinian territory. In a video message released from Raqqa, Syria, ISIS complained that Hamas had not enforced Sharia law to a sufficient degree.

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Strange Bedfellows: Turkey Offers Greece Aid to Remedy Financial Crisis

Multiple factions within the Turkish government have expressed a willingness to help the Greek government repay its debts to the European Union, from a general statement by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that Turkey will do “whatever we can” to help Greece to the nation’s leftist party suggesting a massive loan to the Greek government in solidarity.

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Rubio Vows to Block Confirmation of U.S. Ambassador to Cuba

President Barack Obama’s administration has aggressively pushed for normalizing relations with the island nation. In April the State Department removed Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, despite ongoing concerns about its support for terrorism and human rights violations. This decision was heavily criticized by both Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rubio’s fellow Republican in the Senate and competitor for the GOP presidential nomination.

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Yazidi Artist Paints Real-Life Scenes of ISIS Massacres

Yazidi artist Ammar Salim, 31, uses his talent to show the world what the Yazidis suffer under the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh). His paintings tell the story of the Yazidi massacres. “I want to connect all that happened, to explain about the Yazidi genocide,” he explained to Rudaw.

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Armenian Families Refuse to Return to Kobane After Second ISIS Assault

Armenian families who fled Kobane, Syria, do not plan to return home even though the Kurdish army successfully defeated the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL). “There were only eight families left before the ISIL attack [in October 2014],” explained Agop Tomasyon. “All of these families left Kobane after the attack.”

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Obama is Iran’s Best Negotiator

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes–who lacks any prior qualifications for the post–has explained to the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Monday that the administration believes that a bad Iran deal is worth doing because political reform inside the Iranian regime is more likely with the deal than without. Or, to use Rhodes’s own words: “We believe that the kiss of the nuke deal will turn the Iranian frog into a handsome prince.”

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Jihadists Kill 50 in Attack in Army Checkpoint in Egypt’s Sinai

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said.

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