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Isis - Time Bandits

Neil Durkin | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

They're trying to take the region back to a mythical past that never existed in the first place. They remind me of the Year Zero fanatics of the Khmer Rouge. Erase the present. Start again. ISIS, you might say, are time bandits. Or at least... definitely bandits.

A Tale of Two Doctors and the Kurdish Struggle

Gary Kent | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Kurdish Doctor Najmaldin Karim once helped save the life of President Reagan when he was shot. Now his urgent job as its elected Governor is to help save the Kurdish province of Kirkuk.

ISIS: From Egyptian Goddess to Iraqi Devil

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Andy Langenkamp

What's in a name? Isis used to be an Egyptian goddess. The ideal mother and wife; patroness of nature and magic. Now ISIS refers to brutal violence, extremism, and war. Will the Islamist movement cause oil prices to explode?

In the Absence of a Communal National Identity, Iraq Finds Itself One Again Engulfed by Sectarian Politics

Noor Al-bazzaz | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Noor Al-bazzaz

In his latest speech on the 14th of June from the city of Samarra, home to one of Shiite Islam's most revered shrines, al-Maliki amended his language and stressed "We are not sectarian, we will fight as a nation" - but is this rhetoric too little too late?

Mehdi Hasan

I Warned You About This, Tony

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics

SEE ALSO: ISIS Annual Report Reveals 7 Disturbing Statistics From Terror Group Sweeping Iraq There is "absolutely" a link between the invasion of I...

First We Took Afghanistan. Then We Gave Them Iraq

Justin Huggler | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

ISIS are right at the heart of things. And we put them there... Three years after his death, Osama bin Laden's dream is coming true after all: a great Sunni Muslim uprising in the Middle East. Only ISIS are so violent they make Al-Qaeda look like a bowling team.

The Sudden Disintegration of the Iraqi Military

Nehad Ismail | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's sectarian policies backfired dramatically last week as, confronted with just a few thousand jihadist fighters, his army fell apart.

The World's Richest Terror Group? ISIS Loots £250m From Mosul's Central Bank

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK

ISIS could very well have become the world's richest terror organisation after an injection of £250m into their coffers following a raid on Iraq's no...

Crucifixion For 'Criminals' And 10 Other Terrifying New Laws ISIS Will Impose On Iraq

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK

On Iraq's Western border, the masked jihadists of ISIS have been quite literally bulldozing the frontier of a new Islamic state, merging the Iraqi are...

'We Will Bring 'Rage' To Baghdad: Rebel Chief Vows To Hit Iraqi Capital

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

Baghdad could be the next city to fall to militants in Iraq, with the chief of the extremists who have swept the north of the country vowing to bring ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Will Baghdad Fall Too?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Thursday 12 June 2014 (apart from the fact that it's the start of the World Cup in Brazil!)... 1) WILL...

14 Statistics That Show Just How Wrong Bush Was To Say 'Mission Accomplished'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK

It was the banner turned Donald Rumsfeld's face white with fear, in bold red and blue, fluttering on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier above Pr...

Understanding the Kurdish Oil Dispute

Gary Kent | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Kurds of Iraq cannot be accused of impatience over exploiting their energy riches. Oil has been underground for millennia and as it bubbled to the surface was used in traditional medical treatments. But those who ruled Iraq neglected it, apart from the Kirkuk region which was forcibly taken from the Kurds...

Maliki Manipulating Iraqi Elections

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The events of recent weeks have once again proved that through grasping all the levers of State power, the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki is trying to influence and change the outcome of the election in his own favour.

Ringing the Changes in Anglo-Kurdish Relations

Gary Kent | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The recent civic commemoration in Westminster of the 26th anniversary of Anfal may come to be seen as a milestone in Anglo-Kurdish links thanks to the British Government's decision to send a minister to the event for the first time.

Suicide Bomb Teacher Accidentally Gives Pupils Demonstration - 22 Dead

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

Terrorism 101 - don't conduct a class demonstration with a belt packed with live explosives. In a rather cautionary tale for terrorist teachers, a ...

International Indictment Against Top Aide Points Finger of Guilt at Iraqi Prime Minister

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The strategic importance of Iraq because of its central position between Syria, Iran, Jordan Saudi Arabia and Turkey cannot be underestimated. That is why it is essential to see the election of a moderate, non sectarian government in Baghdad, which could play a pivotal role in resolving conflict in the Middle East and ending the spiral of violence in Iraq itself.

Pipeline Politics and Benefits to Europe and the UK

Gary Kent | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Last week's large Oil and Gas conference in Erbil, which I attended, marked the probably inexorable progress of the Kurdistan Region to economic independence and better and more reliable relationships with the rest of Iraq and with Turkey...

Baghdad Gets Its First British Bank Branch Since The War

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK

Standard Chartered has become the first British bank to open a branch in Iraq since the war, with Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki cutting the rib...

Ankara-Erbil Relations Rare Bright Spot in the Middle East

Gary Kent | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

When I began visiting the Kurdistan Region in 2006, one big issue was how best to deal with its awkward neighbour, Turkey. We heard stories of people finding it difficult to cross the border. One trade union delegation, delivering a fire engine to Erbil, was delayed for a day at the border without food or water. It was all pretty petty stuff but more serious dangers simmered. Just five years ago, 100,000 Turkish troops were poised on the border with the Kurdistan Region.

Ten Years After the Baghdad Bombing the UN Must Do More to Protect Its Workers From Deadly Attacks

Ian Richards | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK
Ian Richards

We're no longer the same UN. We're more and more in conflict zones. And we've taken certain decisions that mean we're no longer seen as neutral. The UN flag is now a target instead of a shield. That means we have to change how we go about things, because right now our colleagues and their families are paying too high a price.

Overcoming the Past in Iraqi Kurdistan Through Reform

Gary Kent | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The external environment for the Iraqi Kurds is better than for decades. My main fear is that if anyone can defeat the Kurds, it will be the Kurds. Th...

Iraqi Kurds: From Object to Subject of History

Gary Kent | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It sometimes seems that Iraqi Kurds have no word with the urgency of manana but it hasn't stopped Iraqi Kurdistan making tremendous strides in a few short years. The best start date for their renaissance is 2006, the first full year of the new Iraqi constitution, agreed by the people and which recognised Kurdistan as a largely autonomous region.

Iraq Car Bombs Kill At Least 57

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK

Car bombs in Baghdad have killed at least 57 people, it has been reported. The BBC said the bombs targeted mainly Shia areas in the Iraqi capital. ...

Right to Condemn, Wrong to Apologise

Areeb Ullah | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Areeb Ullah

As a Muslim, I appreciated and acknowledged the need for Muslim organisations to rightly condemn the actions that took place this week but disagreed with both organisations reaffirming the need to distance Islam's true teachings from the individual who attacked the soldier.