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Why Sri Lanka Was Probably Not Retaliation for Christchurch

Even if the retribution argument were consistent with prior ISIS doctrine, which it is not, the timing is off.
Source: Chamila Karunarathne / AP

I have seen this before. Eight guys form a circle, hands in the center, in the configuration known to players of team sports as a huddle. ISIS calls this huddle a ceremony of a term dating to the earliest days of Islam, and likely beforethat historically has involved the physical laying on of hands, to swear allegiance to a commander. Past recipients of the have included the Prophet Muhammad, the king of Saudi Arabia, and Saddam Hussein; it is not a ritual invented by ISIS. The most recent video of it out of

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