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'Cameron - What Are You Doing?!' Jon Stewart Is Amazed By The UK Debate On Iraq Air Strikes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Comedy

The House of Commons recently voted to support air strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq - much to Jon Stewart's amazement. Not that he was surprised th...

How Did IS Come Into Existence, and Why Is It Able to Recruit Europeans in the 1000s?

Kevin Godlington | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Kevin Godlington

Problems start back home, in poverty, with bad parents and poor role models, the children given no mentors or guidance as they're ignored by society at large. The only available guidance they receive - the dirty words from religious clerics and violent lyrics from music. It's all about becoming indoctrinated with vile bile.

UK Air Strikes in Iraq Means 'Terror Threat' is Now Real

Dilly Hussain | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

Western states, namely the US and the UK, have known for years that military aggression in the Middle East fuels anti-Western extremism, and that's exactly what they persist in doing. Until they address this, there will never be an end to this bloody ideological clash between 'Western imperialism' and 'Islamism'.

The Path to Perpetual War

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

The UK Parliament vote to bomb Iraq was depressing. Crude political words about 'homeland security', threats to our shores, threats to our people, have whipped many into a panic. The persuasion to bomb was clumsy. There are alternatives.

Airstrikes 'Can't Possible Defeat' Islamic State, General Says

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK

Islamic State cannot be defeated by airstrikes alone and "boots on the ground" are needed to take them on, a former senior British general has said. ...

RAF Jets Went To Iraq But Couldn't Find Anything To Bomb

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK

RAF warplanes returned to base having found nothing suitable to bomb in their first sortie over Iraq since Parliament gave the green light for air str...

'Be Vigilant On The Tube', Boris Urges Londoners As Britain Goes To War

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK

Londoners have been urged to be “vigilant” on the Underground as Parliament gave the green light for military action against Islamic State militan...

RAF Jets Sent To Iraq After MPs Give Green Light For Action Against Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK

RAF warplanes have been sent to Iraq after Parliament gave the green light to launch Britain's first air strikes against Islamic State (IS) jihadists....

MPs Just Voted To Go Back Into Iraq

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Politics

Britain will now send the Royal Air Force to reinforce the US-led bombing campaign in Iraq, as MPs voted overwhelmingly to back air strikes on Islamic...

Iraq: War Without End?

Robin Lustig | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Six weeks ago, I wrote: "We should be in no doubt: we, the West, are back in Iraq." And so it has come to pass. It is difficult to see how it could have been otherwise, once the murderers of Islamic State (or Isis or Isil, take your pick) started killing American and British journalists and aid workers on video. ... We have entered a bizarre Alice in Wonderland world in which Washington, Tehran, Damascus, Riyadh and Doha all seem to be lining up on the same side. The Saudis, Qataris and Emiratis even seem to have deployed some of their own aircraft, which I suppose at least proves that they do know what they're for.

What Did This Tory MP Say To Make The Whole House Gasp?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Politics

A Tory MP drew outraged jeers from the House of Commons for using the debate over Iraq airstrikes to make a party political jibe about the deficit. ...

Watch Galloway Give The Most Controversial Speech Of The Iraq Debate

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Politics

George Galloway gave one of the most controversial speeches in today's parliamentary debate considering the whether the UK should take action against ...

Brit ISIS Fighter: 'I Miss Home But I Will Not Return to the UK'

Dilly Hussain | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Meet 20-year-old Hamza al-Britani who left Birmingham for Syria in June last year. The British Pakistani told me via Skype how he caught a plane to Turkey and simply "jogged" over the border to "the land of jihad." A family friend of Hamza had arranged this interview so he could clear up misconceptions about jihad and ISIS...

We Can't Do Nothing In Iraq Now, Just Because Of Past Mistakes, Says PM

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

The spectre of the 2003 Iraq War hung over the House of Commons as David Cameron sought to draw a dramatic distinction between the UK's imminent milit...

ISIS Must Be Stopped But Not By the West - Arm the Kurds

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

To save lives and protect human rights, the genocidal fundamentalists of ISIS must be stopped. But not by the West and not for the reasons often advanced by David Cameron and Barack Obama... The truth is that if the US and UK are serious about fighting ISIS they should start by aiding the people on the ground who know the region best, have local roots and who are already leading the fight against the jihadist menace - the peshmerga army of the Kurdish regional government in Iraq and guerrillas from the Kurdistan Workers Party and allied movements in Syria.

Fox News Actually Just Made Sexist Jokes About The Pilot Who Bombed IS

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

When you're a pioneering Arab female pilot undertaking one of the most dangerous and high-profile missions in decades, you might expect a decent amoun...

Brits Back Bombs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

The British public has had a change of heart - now the majority of Brits would back UK airstrikes against Islamic State targets in both Iraq and in Sy...

Watch This Brave Woman Show What Life Under Islamic State Is Really Like

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK

Heavily armed men dressed all in black; a little girl holding hands with her mother, who has an AK-47 casually slung over her shoulder and young women...

Cameron Recalls Parliament To Debate British Involvement In Iraq

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has dramatically recalled Parliament to seek MPs' approval for British involvement in air strikes on the Islamic State terror group in I...

Attacking the Islamic State in Syria Is Justified and Right

James Snell | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The Islamic State is a hideous organisation. That is well known to all but the most blinkered and casual of observers. The Syrian and Iraqi peoples have suffered under the heel of its potentates and acolytes for months, even years.

Jordan Plays a Key Intelligence Role in the Fight Against ISIS

Nehad Ismail | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

Jordanian leaders at the highest levels are alarmed. Jordanian political analysts are taking the ISIS threat very seriously. According to Middle Eastern security officials, defences have been reinforced at the borders of Iraq. The Jordanian air force has been on high alert for several days.

Gangster Theatre: The Islamic State Execution Videos

Neil Durkin | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Islamic State's blood-thirstiness has been much commented on, as has its use of modern technology. Posting videos of a man issuing threats before killing a hostage ... this is the "new normal" for Islamic State comms, but somehow it's exercised a strange power over many western commentators and politicians.

Ukip Are Really Angry That Islamic State Are Distracting From Their Conference

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip politicians have reacted with fury to the hint of a potential recall of parliament on Friday, with several even suggesting that David Cameron wil...

Radical Preacher Calls For Release Of Alan Henning, After Tape Of British Hostage Pleading For His Life

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK

Fears have intensified forBritish hostage Alan Henning with a radical preacher calling on the Islamic State to spare him, after his wife revealed she ...

Air Strikes, Hypocrisy and the Money Trail

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

Air strikes alone won't defeat ISIL. The organisation is clearly goading the West into direct confrontation. Once we get the first pictures of Muslim women and children killed by US missiles, no matter how isolated these incidents would be, that would up the ante in ISIL's propaganda war. This is when allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar will get cold feet.