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ISIS

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,...

Fighting in Tikrit after 'caliphate' declared

Fighting in Tikrit after 'caliphate' declared

There are reported to have been fresh clashes between jihadist-led Sunni rebels and government forces around the Iraqi city of Tikrit. Witnesses said there had been a wave of air strikes and that former President Saddam Hussein's palace had been hit. DOES ANYONE CARE? http://t.co/TavBsfbtpC — Aphorism (@HumanPluralist) June 30, 2014 A local source told the BBC...

Armed drones guard US interests in Iraq: Pentagon

Armed drones guard US interests in Iraq: Pentagon

The US has armed drones flying over Baghdad to protect US troops that recently arrived to assess Iraq's deteriorating security, the Pentagon said. The military for more than a week has been flying manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq, averaging a few dozen sorties daily for reconnaissance. US begins drone flights over Iraq. 4pET: http://t.co/1y6ik1hZVb...

Key oil refinery 'seized by rebels' in Iraq

Key oil refinery 'seized by rebels' in Iraq

Sunni rebels in Iraq say they have fully captured the country's main oil refinery at Baiji, north of Baghdad. The refinery had been under siege for 10 days with the militant offensive being repulsed several times. The complex supplies a third of Iraq's refined fuel and the battle has already led to petrol rationing. Insurgents, led...

Kerry visits Baghdad as Isis continues seizure

Kerry visits Baghdad as Isis continues seizure

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Iraq's capital, Baghdad as Sunni insurgents expand their control of towns across north-western Iraq. In Egypt on Sunday, Kerry warned that Sunni militants Isis' "ideology of violence and repression is a threat not only to Iraq but to the entire region". On Sunday rebels - spearheaded...

Militants seize Iraqi city Tal Afar

Militants seize Iraqi city Tal Afar

Sunni militants have seized the northern Iraqi buffer city of Tal Afar, officials and residents say. Militants led by ISIS - the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant - captured key cities including Mosul and Tikrit last week, but some towns were retaken. Fighting in Tal Afar began on Sunday, with mortar shelling of...

Half a million flee Iraq's Mosul

Half a million flee Iraq's Mosul

As many as 500,000 people have been forced to flee Iraq's second city of Mosul after Islamist militants effectively took control of it. Troops were among those fleeing as hundreds of jihadists from the ISIS group overran the city and much of the surrounding province of Nineveh. Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki responded by asking parliament...

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