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Islamic State has become an existential threat to the West

November 18, 2015

Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. The fighters held the parade to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic "caliphate" after the group captured territory in neighbouring Iraq, a monitoring service said. The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot previously known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said. Picture taken June 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT) - RTR3WKNM

Militant Islamist fighters wave flags as they take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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When it comes to Vladimir Putin and Islamic State, trust but verify

November 18, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a session of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi, Russia, October 22, 2015. Putin said on Thursday he had asked his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad how he would view an armed opposition force that was genuinely ready to combat Islamic State militants. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. - RTS5OQ8

Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a session of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi, Russia, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

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Eternal Paris lives on

November 17, 2015

The Eiffel Tower is lit with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag in Paris, France, November 16, 2015, to pay tribute to the victims of a series of deadly attacks on Friday in the French capital.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau       - RTS7EWR

The Eiffel Tower is lit with the blue, white and red colors of the French flag in Paris, November 16, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Islamic State and the ‘management of savagery’

November 17, 2015

Islamic State militants lead what are said to be Ethiopian Christians along a beach in Wilayat Barqa, in this still image from an undated video made available on a social media website on April 19, 2015. The video purportedly made by Islamic State and posted on social media sites on Sunday appeared to show militants shooting and beheading about 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya. Reuters was not able to verify the authenticity of the video but the killings resemble past violence carried out by Islamic State, an ultra-hardline group which has expanded its reach from strongholds in Iraq and Syria to conflict-ridden Libya. Libyan officials were not immediately available for comment. Ethiopia said it had not been able to verify whether the people shown in the video were its citizens. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY VIDEO. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.  - RTR4XX9A

Islamic State militants lead what are said to be Ethiopian Christians along a beach in Wilayat Barqa, in this still from an undated video, released April 19, 2015. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

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The clues Islamic State left behind in the Paris attacks will cost it dearly

November 17, 2015

Belgian police use an extended camera to look into an apartment as they stage a raid, in search of suspected muslim fundamentalists linked to the deadly attacks in Paris, in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek, November 16. 2015.    REUTERS/Yves Herman - RTS7BPP

Belgian police use an extended camera to look into an apartment in a raid linked to the deadly Paris attacks, in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek, November 16. 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman

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After Paris attacks, a new focus for world leaders at G20 summit

November 15, 2015

Children light candles near the site of the attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, November 15, 2015.    REUTERS/Christian Hartmann - RTS74S8

Children light candles near the site of the attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, November 15, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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Paris attacks: The West’s fatal misunderstanding of Islamic State

November 15, 2015

ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATHGeneral view of the scene with rescue service personnel working near covered bodies outside a restaurant following shooting incidents in Paris, France, November 13, 2015.   REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTS6W3I

A general view of the scene outside a restaurant following shooting incidents in Paris, France, November 13, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

from Breakingviews:

Paris attacks can both unify and cleave Europe

November 14, 2015

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The state of play in the Syria talks (round 58692)

November 13, 2015

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) listen while UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) speaks during a news conference at the Grand Hotel in Vienna, October 30, 2015. U.S. Secretary of State Kerry said on Friday he hoped progress could be made at international talks in Vienna aimed at finding a political solution to Syria's four-year-old civil war but it would be very difficult. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool - RTX1U17Z

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Secretary of State John Kerry (R) listen as UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) speaks during a news conference at the Grand Hotel in Vienna, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

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Cybersecurity treaties may be nice, but it’s really every country for itself

November 11, 2015

U.S. Marine Sergeant Michael Kidd works on a computer at ECPI University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, February 7, 2012. Cyberspace was a hobby for Kidd before he joined the Marines in 2003, but he hopes to make it his new battlefield after suffering debilitating injuries in Iraq. At the naval air station in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the 26-year-old from Williamsburg is retraining to fight cyber threats, one of a number of wounded warriors transitioning to non-traditional combat fields in order to continue serving the United States' defense needs. Picture taken February 7, 2012.  REUTERS/Samantha Sais (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY EDUCATION) - RTR2XOOE

U.S. Marine Sergeant Michael Kidd works on a computer at ECPI University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, February 7, 2012. REUTERS/Samantha Sais