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  1. Story of the Week: Islamic State Sends Clear Messages

    As Joe Biden promises to follow Islamic State “to the gates of hell” and Iraqi warplanes put munitions behind that threat, the world is struggling to understand the murderous “caliphate” that beheaded a second American journalist — Steven Sotloff — this week. Look at their hands, observers say, and you will see a gesture similar to the Western “we’re number one” sign. For militants, it’s a powerful symbol for the oneness of Allah, used to represent the wide-reaching, fundamentalist goals of ISIS.

    Foreign AffairsBBCWashington Post

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