Must read: Who is Islamic State?
They are led by former officers in Saddam's regime. They aren't very Islamic. And their spying techniques would put George Orwell's 1984 protagonists to shame.
Those are some of the tidbits I gleaned from this article
about the inner workings of Islamic State.
Especially if you, like me, feel like you need a scorecard to understand what's going on in Iraq and Syria, read the whole thing
Labels: Bashar al-Assad, Free Syrian Army, Iraq, Islamic State, Islamic terrorism, Nusra Front, Saddam Hussein, Syria