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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...

Iraq forces push against Jihadists

Iraq forces push against Jihadists

Iraqi Shia militias and Kurdish forces are continuing their advance against Islamic State militants after breaking the siege of Amerli in northern Iraq. A BBC team entered the town on Monday, finding residents who had endured more than two months under siege. The joint forces have also seized the militant stronghold of Suleiman Beg. Meanwhile Amnesty...

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US urges global 'coalition'

US urges global 'coalition'

Gulf Arab monarchies yesterday said they were ready to help counter advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, after the US called for a global coalition to fight the militants. The foreign ministers of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- the six GCC states -- also pledged a...

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',...

Mosque suicide bomber kills 13 in Baghdad

Mosque suicide bomber kills 13 in Baghdad

Shortly after Iraq’s new prime minister-designate called for national unity at his first official news conference on Monday, a man wearing an explosive vest detonated himself inside a Shiite mosque here, killing 13 people and underscoring the great challenges the country’s leaders face in trying to hold the country together, reports The New...

Iran 'sent soldiers to fight in Iraq'

Iran 'sent soldiers to fight in Iraq'

Hundreds of Iranian soldiers have taken part in a joint operation inside Iraq with Kurdish forces to retake a town held by the Islamic State group, Al Jazeera reports quoting security sources. It is believed to be the first time that Iranian troops have been directly involved in the fighting against the Sunni rebel...

UK close to identifying Foley killer

UK close to identifying Foley killer

The UK is close to identifying a suspected jihadist who is believed to have beheaded a journalist, ambassador to the US Peter Westmacott has said. The UK has been trying to identify the Islamic State militant with an English accent who appears in footage of the killing of US journalist James Foley. "We are very...

Suicide bomber kills 11 in Baghdad

Suicide bomber kills 11 in Baghdad

A suicide bomber hit an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 11 people, as an investigation was underway into a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque that has heightened sectarian tension amid a fragile political transition. The suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden car into the gate of the intelligence...

IS militants 'biggest threat' to US

IS militants 'biggest threat' to US

Islamic State militants are the most dangerous threat the US has faced in recent years, Washington has warned. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said US air strikes had helped to break the Islamist advance in Iraq, but the militants could be expected to regroup. America's top general Martin Dempsey stressed that IS could not be defeated...

US tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria

US tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria

A US secret military mission had "recently" tried but failed "to free a number of American hostages held in Syria", the Pentagon has revealed. It did not say whether the US troops had also tried to rescue US journalist James Foley, a video of whose beheading by Islamic State appeared on Tuesday. However, senior US...

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