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June 30th, 2014
06:32 PM ET

ISIS declares 'Islamic Caliphate'

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports that the terror group ISIS will change its name to the "Islamic State."

Filed under: Mohammed Jamjoom • National security • Situation Room • Terror
June 24th, 2014
08:32 PM ET

Will ISIS target Jordan next?

As they continue their rampage through Iraq in pursuit of an Islamic caliphate, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria may be targeting a key American ally next. CNN's Brian Todd looks at whether there are any clues in ISIS's recent success to where they may head next.

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Filed under: International affairs • Terror
June 20th, 2014
09:22 PM ET

Secret video of ISIS smuggled out by wanted man

A man who fled from Mosul, Iraq, shows CNN Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon video that provides a rare glimpse into how ISIS is winning - and then ruling - over people in the cities they seize.

Filed under: Arwa Damon • Iraq • Terror
June 19th, 2014
07:01 PM ET

Will ISIS and al-Qaeda join forces?

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports on the possibility of ISIS and AQAP joining forces in the Middle East.

June 16th, 2014
07:16 PM ET

Will ISIS attempt to attack America?

Their goal is a transnational Islamic caliphate, and they've already taken huge swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria. But will the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria turn its eye towards the West? CNN's Brian Todd reports on the growing concern among American officials that the group is positioning itself to attack the U.S.

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Filed under: Iraq • National security • Terror
June 16th, 2014
07:07 PM ET

Gruesome video shows executions by ISIS

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has stepped up their brutal propaganda campaign. The deadly terror group, on a rampage across Iraq, just released a gruesome new video that shows members interrogating and killing prisoners. CNN's Arwa Damon reports from inside Iraq.

Filed under: Arwa Damon • International affairs • Iraq • Terror
June 12th, 2014
07:14 PM ET

The new Osama bin Laden?

As ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, continues its bloody rampage across Iraq, many wonder who is the man at the head of an organization so brutally skilled and universally feared. He's been called the most dangerous terrorist in the world and the next Osama bin Laden. CNN's Brian Todd profiles Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Filed under: International affairs • Terror
June 12th, 2014
07:11 PM ET

Will the U.S. military intervene in Iraq?

As the world's most brutal terror group rampages across Iraq, seizing more cities along the way, the U.S. weighs what options it has to stop the violent spree and prevent the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from establishing its own territory. CNN's Barbara Starr looks at the options.

Filed under: Barbara Starr • International affairs • Terror
June 10th, 2014
07:37 PM ET

Iraq under a "state of emergency"

Iraq's second largest city and a major cultural center, Mosul has fallen into the hands of the world's most brutal terrorist organization - a former al Qaeda affiliate called ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. CNN's Arwa Damon reports on the bloodshed in Iraq as the country is torn apart.

MORE: Iraqi soldiers, police drop weapons, flee posts

Filed under: Arwa Damon • International affairs • Terror
May 23rd, 2014
07:25 PM ET

Brutal terrorist group showcases their violence in glossy new video

By: CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom

(CNN) - A shocking and frightening new video produced and released by a terrorist group formerly associated with al Qaeda is showcasing horrific killing sprees in Iraq deliberately recorded on camera.

"The Clanging of the Swords” is a graphic and disturbing film made by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Running over an hour, it displays bombings, executions, kidnappings, beheadings and more.

Analysts say the video proves ISIS - a group so extreme that al Qaeda has disowned it - is becoming an even deadlier threat, and they wonder who is providing it with weapons, and the equipment needed to produce the videos.

"This is funded," says Nadia Oweidat, a Middle East Analyst. "This is geopolitics. There is money behind it. It's not just idiots; these idiots have somebody controlling them and providing them with equipment that is very expensive. You can't just get it in a cave."

A far cry from the grainy out-of-focus terrorism videos that have proliferated in the past decade, this one has glossy camerawork and high-level production techniques – as if these terrorists had taken cues from Hollywood movies like "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty" in order to maximize the terror for viewers.

The opening shots are filmed using an aerial camera flying over Fallujah. Later, you see a brazen daytime raid on a small Iraqi Army base. Once the militants have taken it over, cameras enter the base and show the gruesome aftermath – numerous dead soldiers.

One frightening sequence shows ISIS fighters disguised as Iraqi soldiers setting up fake checkpoints, and looking for members of Iraq's military. One man, accused of just that, is hauled off and executed.

Another horrifying sequence shows a man literally being hunted down, chased by a car as he is shot at. Once shot and on the ground, he pleads for his life.

"I'm just a driver," he says repeatedly, "just a driver."

Then, the frame freezes and what appears to be the man's Iraqi Military ID is shown. It is an attempt by ISIS to prove to viewers the man is lying about being a civilian.

Right after that, sheer brutality, as a hail of bullets is shot into his back.

That's not the worst of it.

At one point, you see a raid on the home of a man accused of having worked with the United States to combat al Qaeda as a member of the Awakening Councils. He and his two sons are made to dig their own graves. A title card announces later they were all beheaded.

To judge from the video, ISIS's reign of terror is far from over – but experts say that's exactly the reason the group is producing such propaganda.

Oweidat, for one, is convinced the tactics will backfire in the long run.

"ISIS can only be beaten at their own game by showing their brutality – their propaganda is the only tool that can defeat them."

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