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11-01-2015, 06:25 PM
This is a hell of a story, 19 yr old Dutch high school students project became a sought after resource for many news programs.


Islamic State fighters have conquered Rahabi in Iraq. They control the Libyan coast near Sirt. In Syria, they just lost Tall Abyad to the Kurds, but are spreading out in the center of Palmyra. Thomas van Linge is keeping an eye on their movements. The 19-year-old wears a hoodie and, although he only just graduated from high school, he already knows better than most people where the Jihadists are heading, which areas they are occupying and where they've been beaten back. That's because van Linge makes some of the world's best maps of chaotic war zones from the desk of his childhood bedroom in Amsterdam. He has never been to Syria, Iraq or Libya, and he learned Arabic on YouTube.

The Bigfella
11-01-2015, 06:30 PM
Great story. Thanks.

11-01-2015, 07:00 PM
Today's map in Iraq


11-01-2015, 07:15 PM
Is showing lad's face safe for him?