Islamic State

August 19, 2017

Barcelona attacks: The impact of spin in depicting human tragedy

Three separate vehicle attacks took place in and near Barcelona, Spain, between Thursday afternoon and early Friday morning, killing 14 people and injuring more than 100. Police said they have arrested four people – three Moroccan citizens and one Spaniard – of ages ranging between 21 and 34. A search is underway for another suspect. […]

July 9, 2017

The Syrian ceasefire: Seeking balance in the news

A ceasefire, or “de-escalation agreement” for areas in southwest Syria went into effect Sunday at noon local time (0900 GMT). The agreement, which was negotiated by the U.S., Russia and Jordan, applies to Deraa province, which borders Jordan and Lebanon, and Sweida and Quneitra provinces. The U.K.-based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported […]

June 16, 2017

Slant in the news of Russia’s reported killing of IS’ leader

The Russian Defense Ministry said Friday it is investigating whether Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a May 28 airstrike in Raqqa, Syria. The ministry said information that is “being verified via different channels” suggests al-Baghdadi was among those killed. A spokesman for the United States-led coalition said, “We cannot confirm […]

May 24, 2017

Fighting in the Philippines: The problem with imprecise reporting

On Tuesday night, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared 60 days of martial law on the southern island of Mindanao. Duterte also said at a press briefing that martial law could be extended to the entire country, if required, or be extended for as long as a year. The declaration came after fighters took control of […]