June 12th, 2014
10:04 PM ET

Who are the militants battling for control of Iraq?

Over the last few days, the militant group ISIS has taken control of Iraqi cities, including Mosul .There are fears Baghdad could also fall into their hands. ISIS is fighting to establish an Islamic state across the region where they can impose Sharia law. Anderson takes a look at how ISIS quickly became such a dangerous organization.

Anderson discusses the ISIS threat with Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent and Philip Mudd, who is a former CIA and FBI senior official.

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  1. tropicsilk

    "How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

    A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

    Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.

    No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step, and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."

    July 7, 2014 at 6:48 am |

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