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ISIS

The European Union and the Twin Civil Wars in Syria/Iraq

IS this one of those rare occasions where policymakers self-critically correct a gigantic blunder? Or is it a cold turn-about guided by pure self-interest? On August the 15th, the Foreign Ministers of EU-countries gathered in Brussels and decided that each would henceforth be free to supply arms to Kurdish rebels fighting Sunni extremists of ISIS in the North of Iraq. Even Germany which in the past had been unwilling to furnish military supplies to warring parties  in 'conflict zones',...

THE BEHEADING OF JAMES FOLEY

Are we not savages too?

WITHOUT question, the beheading of US journalist James Foley was an inexcusable and savage act of violence by the ISIS. The killing of non-combatants should always be condemned. But there is a clear discrepancy in the response of both the Western media and the general public with regard to the killing of Western civilians compared to Islamic civilians. The number of Western civilians killed by Islamic militants pales in comparison to the number of non-combatants that have died at...

KALEIDOSCOPE

Why this double-standard?

Why this double-standard?

THE Obama administra-tion's quick humanitarian response to the plight of the members of the Yazidi sect is remarkable. After the fall of Sinjar town in northern Iraq to the advancing jihadist fighters belonging to the IS (Islamic State), formerly called ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham), about a week back, the Yazidi...

America back in Iraq

BARACK Obama has stunned and confused America and the world. Three years after the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, America has sent aircraft to bomb fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in a desperate attempt to stop their advance on the Kurdish capital, Arbil. Ostensibly, the president is anxious to forestall what he imagines could be a “genocide” by protecting the minority Christians and the Yazidis of northern Iraq, a segment that practises a...

Obama authorises air strikes on Iraq

Obama authorises air strikes on Iraq

US President Barack Obama says he has authorised air strikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, if they threaten US interests or to prevent the slaughter of religious minorities. However, the president said US troops would be not be sent back to Iraq. The US has already made humanitarian air drops to Iraqis under threat...

Political economy of ISIS's advance

WHICH story line sounds the more credible, - that linking the rebel movement ISIS to policies pursued by Iran, - or rather that linking the Sunni extremist force to Iran's adversary Saudi Arabia? In June last, fighters belonging to ISIS - a rebel movement that had previously established its foothold in the oil-rich areas of North-Eastern Syria - succeeded in capturing Mosul, a city surrounded by oil fields in Northern Iraq. Ever since, commentators in the world's press media...

A new Caliphate?

THE recent declaration of a caliphate by the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is an unprecedented event in modern times. Regardless of how it turns out, one thing is clear: violent jihadism is now an entrenched feature of the Arab political landscape. Not since the Turkish Republic abolished the Ottoman caliphate in 1924 has any Muslim group in control of territory made such a bid. Even al-Qaeda and the Taliban have limited their demands to...

Isis chief appears in first video

Isis chief appears in first video

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamist militant group Isis, has called on Muslims to obey him, in his first video sermon. Baghdadi has been appointed caliph by the jihadist group, which has seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria. The video appears to have been filmed on Friday during a sermon at the al-Nouri...

ISIS: A DECEPTIVE TOOL OF US-ISRAEL FOR “THE NEW MIDDLE EAST

The Yinon Plan and the role of the ISIS

The Yinon Plan and the role of the ISIS

LIVE messages and pictures of Sunni ISIS fighters dressed in Islamic attire circulated through social media network such as You Tube ostensibly authenticate the hostile agenda of the ISIS fighters to dismember Iraq by carving out a Sunni Islamic Caliphate stretching from Syria to the western Sunni heartlands in Anbar Province in Iraq....

'Iran aiding Iraq' with fighter jets

'Iran aiding Iraq' with fighter jets

Strong evidence has emerged to suggest that Iran has supplied Iraq with Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot" aircraft to help it try to halt the Isis offensive. Russia supplied an initial delivery of the aircraft just a few days ago. But analysts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London say that a further delivery,...

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