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Terrorism as theater

THE beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley was dressed in an orange jumpsuit reminiscent of the Muslim prisoners held by the United States at Guantánamo Bay. He made his confession forcefully, as if well rehearsed. His executioner, masked and clad in black, made an equally long statement in a calm, British accent, again, as if rehearsed. It was as if the killing was secondary to the message being sent.

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Islamic State video depicts beheading of Kurdish Iraqi soldier, warns against US alliance

IRBIL, Iraq—Kurdish Iraqi officials on Friday condemned a video depicting the beheading of one of their soldiers by Islamic State extremists, who said it was retribution for the Kurds’ alliance with the United States.

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Britain raises security threat from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’

RESPONDING to recent events in Syria in Iraq, Britain has upgraded its security threat level to “severe,” the government announced on Friday, meaning a terrorist attack there is “highly likely.”

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