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The Campaign to Rehabilitate Tony Blair

John Wight | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

The truth is that for any good Tony Blair did whilst in office it will never come close to eclipsing his decision to unleash a war on Iraq in 2003, a decision he took in defiance of the biggest mass movement the world has seen and on the basis not of faulty intelligence so much as a messianic and God-given sense of mission.

British Police: Sitting Ducks For Jihadist Fanatics?

Chris Hobbs | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
Chris Hobbs

As counter terrorism awareness week commences front line police officers in London and elsewhere are becoming increasingly fearful that they are likely to become victims of savage targeted attacks on the streets of the UK by fanatical Islamist jihadists.

The African Islamic State

Olaiya Phillips | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK
Olaiya Phillips

This year I have watched from close quarters as a country has been torn apart. A militant Islamic group has successfully exploited an opportunity to carve out a sphere of influence in a riven nation. In a society divided by ethnic and - more prominently - religious loyalties, decades of tension between communities has manifested as sectarian violence.

Jack Sommers

How The Vicar Of Baghdad Finds Peace In A Warzone

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK

Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on...

This Facebook Page Is Recruiting Volunteer Fighters To Take On Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK

At first glance, the Facebook page 'The Lions of Rojava' seems to be just one of thousands that has sprung up to support the Kurdish efforts against I...

Killed By Islamic State For Being 'Selfless And Caring'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Paul Vale | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK

The widow of murdered British aid worker Alan Henning has told a memorial service he was killed "for being what we should be, selfless and caring". Th...

Islamic State Release Fresh Propaganda Video Featuring John Cantlie

PA | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK

A seventh propaganda video featuring British hostage John Cantlie has been released by Islamic State (IS). The photojournalist delivers an apparently-...

Women Don't Have 'Warrior Ethos' To Serve On Frontline, Says (Male) Ex-Commander

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK

Many women lack the "killer instinct" needed to fight in wars and allowing them to serve on the frontline would harm the Army's "warrior ethos", a for...

Islamic State's 'Progressive Potential' Debated At British Party Conference

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

The "progressive potential" of Islamic State (IS) had been discussed by a British political party, which also claimed a caliphate created by the bruta...

Did Peter Kassig Refuse To Speak Islamic State Propaganda Before Murder?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

Peter Kassig may have refused to make a propaganda statement condemning the West before he was murdered by an Islamic State jihadist, friends have spe...

Islamic State Claim To Have Executed Another Hostage

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jack Sommers | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

The family of an aid worker whose death is apparently shown in a new graphic video by Islamic State (IS) have appealed for people not to "play into th...

Islamic State's Al-Baghdadi Promises To 'Erupt Volcanoes Of Jihad Everywhere'

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK

The head of the extremist Islamic State group has said it will fight to the last man. The comments by the militant group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Bagh...

'Briton Killed In Iraq Suicide Bombing'

PA | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK

The Foreign Office is looking into reports of the death of a Briton in a suicide bombing in northern Iraq. The man, named in reports as Kabir Ahmed...

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi May Have Been Injured In US Airstrike

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-appointed leader of the Islamic State (IS), may have been injured in a US airstrike, according to reports. American...

Fashion, Solidarity and Reform in the Anglo-Kurdish Relationship

Gary Kent | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

MPs, many of whom once struggled to place Kurdistan on a map, are better informed and understand that Kurds are efficient allies in the common fight against Daish. This is eroding the deep resistance to involvement in Iraq, which came to be defined as a disaster of the first magnitude, and maybe Syria.

Loyalty and Disavowal: Al-Wala Wal-Bara

Ian Linden | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK
Ian Linden

Half the foreign jihadists in Syria and Iraq come from Islamic cultures: Tunisia, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Morocco. The governments that they reject face a big problem. But the lure of the so-called Caliphate in Syria and Iraq for some young people in Europe is rightly considered a security problem for us...

ISIS, Its Victims, Our Obligation to Intervene

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

We can't intervene everywhere. We have challenges at home. Our resources are limited; so, too, our ability to affect outcomes. Good intentions do not suffice. Sometimes trying to do the right thing can make things worse. So when an atrocity unfolds, how do we decide when to intervene?

Overcoming the Past and Accepting Realities - The Necessary Evils to Defeat ISIS are Boots On The Ground in Iraq and a Diplomatic Channel With Assad

Daniel Marriott | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Marriott

Western foreign policy vis-à-vis Iraq & Syria is an incoherent and ineffective mess. It is becoming painfully obvious that the lazily sporadic Western/coalition air strikes in the two countries, particularly in Iraq, are proving ineffective at pushing back ISIS, let alone defeating it.

Another Islamic State Atrocity Is Revealed

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK

Islamic State (IS) have committed a third public, mass killing against one tribe just days after the previous two, when they lined up and shot dead at...

The People Of London Send Islamic State A Powerful Message

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK

Hundreds of people have gathered in central London in a powerful display of support for the Western Kurdistan city of Kobane which is under siege from...

Sickening GRAPHIC Image Shows Islamic State Have Sunk To A New Low

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK

WARNING VERY GRAPHIC CONTENT A horrifying photo has emerged showing a smiling father encouraging his baby to kick the severed head of a dead soldie...

Position Vacant: Oilman Wanted, Salary £140k, Reporting To Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK

Daniel Day Lewis' Oscar-winning turn in There Will Be Blood was as an oilman who would do just about anything for a good profit from the black gold. B...

Poppy Hijab - Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Dilly Hussain | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

The poppy hijab is a counterproductive and patronising campaign, which singles out Muslims as being a suspect community whose allegiance lies elsewhere. Many British Muslims do put their religion before their nationality but that doesn't make them any less integrated.

Portsmouth's ISIS Crisis: Full Story of IS Fighter Mehdi Hassan

Tam Hussein | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

"What is wrong with just praying, fasting, reading Quran, doing a bit of charity and being a good person?" said a member from Portsmouth's Bengali community when news of Mehdi Hassan's demise became known. Clearly for Mehdi Hassan and the others who left for Syria in October 2013, it was not enough.

Arming the Kurds and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Oggy Boytchev

Contrary to the desires and interests of regional governments, arming and helping the Kurds to fight ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in Kobane may be the trigger for the birth of a new nation - Kurdistan. No country in the region wants that but this will be one of the unintended consequences of the break up of Syria and the emergence of ISIL.