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Obama has a “Strategy” now!

STRANGER THAN FICTION

Obama has a “Strategy” now!

ONE may not subscribe to the conspiracy theories that imaginative Muslims have been circulating since 9/11 attacks, the latest being the portrayal of the ISIS “Caliph” as a Jewish, planted by Israel to further destabilize the region. One may, however, consider the formation of Obama's “Coalition of the Willing” of more than 30...

As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming. Western hostages beheaded on camera. School girls abducted by gunmen in the night. Families fleeing their homes in fear they might be killed because of their religion. The news from much of the Middle East and Africa is relentlessly brutal. The Islamic...

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War against the phenomenon of IS

US president Barack Obama in his 15-minute speech on September 10 outlined his strategy of expanding the ongoing US campaign against the phenomenon of Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), or in short, Islamic State (IS), assuring, in particular, his home audience that the US will meet the enemy  "with strength and resolve."    Evidently, Obama's latest announcement marks a significant departure from his earlier policy of disengaging the US militarily from Iraq as he had promised in his...

Another Caliphate

AS the focus of the West is riveted on the Caliphate declared by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a not dissimilar development has happened almost unnoticed in Nigeria. The Islamist outfit, Boko Haram,  has reinforced its fanatical fury with Monday's declaration of a Caliphate or religious fiefdom in the territories under its control. More towns have been seized along Nigeria's border with Cameroon, and the group, given to kidnappings and killings, appears to have graduated from...

The new war against terrorism and the so called Islamic State

PRESIDENT Obama's declaration to degrade and destroy the emerging threat posed by the group that calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) could not have come sooner. Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria and later spawning of the Islamic militants in the war torn region his critics on both sides of the spectrum have either accused him either of inaction and indecisiveness, or warned him against involving the US in another war in...

IS recruiter in Dhaka?

Four Hyderabad youths have been prevented from entering Bangladesh to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), reports an Indian newspaper. The Times of India broke the news on Thursday, four days after the youths, all in their twenties, allegedly attempted to meet an ISIS contact in Dhaka.   They were detained and then handed over to their families after counselling by Hyderabad police, the report quoted police sources as saying. During interrogations, the four Hyderabad detainees had revealed that...

4 Indians held while entering Bangladesh 'to meet ISIS recruiter'

4 Indians held while entering Bangladesh 'to meet ISIS recruiter'

A day after it came to light that intelligence agencies in Kolkata had prevented four Hyderabad youths from crossing over to Bangladesh to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Indian police yesterday said more youngsters from the city could be in touch with recruiters from the terror outfit, an Indian...

Inside the mind of an ISIS fighter

Inside the mind of an ISIS fighter

To the outside world, they're a force of ruthless yet mysterious insurgents bent on terrorizing civilians and expanding Islamic rule. But as one former ISIS fighter tells CNN, the mentality goes much deeper. "The main and principal goal of the Islamic State that they tell their new members is to establish an Islamic state that...

ISIL's soft economic underbelly

ISIL's soft economic underbelly

THERE is no end to the “hype” around the military successes by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The less spoken topic of course is now that ISIL controls substantial landmass in Iraq, precisely how it intends to run it economically? While landmass can be calculated, it is much more difficult...

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',...

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