UK Iraq

Highs and Lows in the Anglo-Kurdish Relationship

Gary Kent | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The FAC report and Boris in Erbil are substantial gains for the burgeoning Anglo-Kurdish relationship, which is greatly assisted by a growing global realisation that the Kurds are a vital ally. On balance, last week in Westminster was good for the Kurds and their friends, and made much sweeter by the defeat of Daish in Kobane.

To Combat Islamic Extremism, Iran Ayatollahs Should Be Kept in Check

Ryszard Czarnecki | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Ryszard Czarnecki

Tehran must be made to feel the heat that comes from its policy; this can happen only by the West making the cost too exorbitant - and not through concessions.

Islamic State Post Chilling Hostage Video Threat

AP/The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK

An online video has been release purportedly from members of the Islamic State claiming that the remaining Japanese hostage and the Jordanian pilot cu...

British Parliamentary Committee Breaks Historic Taboo on Kurdish Independence

Gary Kent | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The stark starting point of the influential and bipartisan Foreign Affairs Committee's long-awaited report on the Kurdistan Region is that the future of Iraq as a nation state is in question as never before. It judges that the clock is ticking on whether Iraq can be stitched back into a functioning whole.

12 New Iraqi Brigades To Fight Islamic State Promised By US And UK

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics

Britain and the United States have vowed to step up efforts to combat the Islamic State, which currently occupies swathes of land across Syria and Ira...

BoJo In Iraq To Witness Fight Against Islamic State

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has visited northern Iraq to see the work being done to tackle Islamic State terrorists. The London mayor made the surprise visit to the...

Iran Fans the Flames of Genocidal Conflict in Iraq

Struan Stevenson MEP | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson MEP

The Obama administration and the European Union must end their silence and inaction regarding these crimes and should adopt concrete steps to help the new Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi in evicting the Iranian regime from Iraq. Failure to do so will turn the Middle East into a quagmire of sectarian war with no end in sight.

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.

Sickening Islamic State Video Shows Men Being Shot Dead By Young Child

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK

Islamic State have released one of their most sickening videos to date, showing what appears to be a young child shooting two suspected "Russian spies...

Today We're All Charlie Hebdo, but We Need to Understand We're Also All Neighbours Now

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Rob Owen Bell

Now I'm not siding with the 'we brought this on ourselves' lot. What I'm saying is we just haven't got to grips with the fact rapid developments in communications technology and transport have well and truly moved the goalposts.

Latest Propaganda Video Shows 'Stable' Life Under IS

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK

The British photojournalist John Cantlie has appeared in another propaganda video produced by his captors Islamic State (IS). While the videos have...

2014: Another MENA Post-mortem!

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Irrespective of those mutations, I still cling to the stubborn belief that the peoples of the MENA yearn for dignity and equal citizenship rather than cling to conditional patronage by their political and religious rulers or else control by self-obsessed Islamist groups. This is why I remain guardedly hopeful that a constructive dialogue in 2015 could help face those daunting challenges.

The Demise of OPEC Is Not Imminent

Nehad Ismail | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The recent huge drop in oil prices caused some commentators to predict the imminent collapse of OPEC. Some talked about the humbling of OPEC and others talked about the early demise of OPEC. The Financial Times warned on 10th December:

Islamic State: Can the Laughter for a Bunch of Rapists and Murderers

Neil Durkin | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

I wonder if something slightly odd has happened in the past six months or so, whereby the attention devoted to the group in the media and political spheres has dwelt unceasingly on their "barbarity" but failed to actually convey the scale of the human rights crimes involved. Has the effect been to almost trivialise the reality?

This Reporter Made It Out Of Islamic State Alive - With An Extraordinary Story To Tell

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK

Jürgen Todenhöfer spent months in covert negotiations with Islamic State fighters over Skype, until he had reassurances from the very highest levels...

The CIA Torture Scandal

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

The release of this report teaches us an important lesson; that it is easy for the rule of law and our own civility to be lost in a climate of fear, where pressing concerns are focused on finding ways to protect ourselves from dangerous and evil forces like Al Qaeda or ISIS. Behaviour that compromises such principles, however, will invariably fail to keep us safe.

IS Manual Permits Sex With Pre-Pubescent 'Slave' Girls

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK

Islamic State fighters have apparently been provided with a manual on how to buy and sell women and girls captured by the militant group, and which gi...

This ISIS Movie Is The Must-See Trailer Of The Week

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Comedy

"For too long now, the political elite have had their heads buried in the sand and take the people for granted," writes LibLabCon on its website. "...

When the Pope Met the Grand Ayatollah, History Was Made

Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi

Last week, with little fanfare and under heavy security, an historic meeting took place in Rome which marked a turning point in interfaith relations. Inside the 16th century Casina Pio IV villa, home to the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences, seven clerics representing over five billion people overcame lingering traditions of suspicion to commit to the eradication of modern day slavery by the year 2020.

Foreign Media Coverage of Kurdish Conflicts Must Change

Ruwayda Mustafah | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics
Ruwayda Mustafah

The Kurdish people have lived under different political establishments, none of which has led to independence. Modern day Kurdistan reaches across four sovereign states (Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria) yet still manages to inhibit an acknowledged ethnic community. Which is impressive, considering Kurdistan's history - suppressed acts of resistance, and betrayal by foreign entities.

The Campaign to Rehabilitate Tony Blair

John Wight | Posted 28.01.2015 | 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 24.01.2015 | 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 24.01.2015 | 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...