UK Iraq

Britain's Problem With Islam

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Carter-Esdale

Modern Britain has a problem with Islam. This may not come as much of a surprise to some readers. For many in Britain, Islam is considered an isolating force, and its followers are somehow externalised from British identity, regardless of their birthplace or what passport they hold...

The Miseries of the Yazidis Six Months On

Frances Guy | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK
Frances Guy

While there has been deliberate targeting of minorities, including Christians and Yazidis, it is clear that acute need exists among people from all religious backgrounds. An estimated 2.2 million people have been displaced across Iraq in the last year and 5.2 million require humanitarian assistance.

Islamic State Video Shows Militants Gleefully Destroying Ancient Iraqi Relics

AP | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK

Islamic State (IS) has released a video showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artifacts in Iraq's northern city of Mosul. The gro...

British Soldier Left Base To Help Peshmerga Fight Islamic State

PA | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK

A serving British soldier is believed to have travelled to the Middle East to fight against Islamic State. The man, understood to be 19, reportedly le...

Intervention in the Middle East and North Africa: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't?

Wassim Cornet | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK
Wassim Cornet

The absence of intervention following alleged crimes against humanity was seen as a complete disregard for civilian lives, leading thousands to join extremist groups which have now morphed into ISIS.

Man Who Wants To Be President Says US Military Should Not Be Constrained By 'Rules'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- There should be no "rules" constraining the US military in warfare. That’s the position of a man who wants to be America's next commande...

ISIS 'Plans More Burnings' As 17 Orange-Clad Captives Seen In Cages

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.02.2015 | UK

Harrowing pictures have emerged which appear to show captured Kurdish fighters paraded in cages by Islamic State militants through the streets of Kirk...

Dead Islamic State Hostage Kayla Mueller 'Forced To Marry Jihadist Leader'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK

A 26-year-old aid worker held hostage by Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS or ISIL, may have been forced to marry a senior jihadist commander bef...

Six Months After War Started, Obama Asks 'Can We Go To War, Please?'

AP/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama asked the US Congress on Wednesday to authorise the use of military force against members of the Islamic State - si...

King Abdullah's Message to Al-Qaeda and ISIS: Don't Mess with Jordan

Nehad Ismail | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The otherwise taciturn King has emerged suddenly as a terrifying foe to organized terror.

In the Name of Morality

Robin Lustig | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

After the brutal murder of its captured pilot, Jordan says it intends to step up its air strikes against IS targets and to defeat "this terrorist organisation [that] is not only fighting us, but also fighting Islam and its pure values." The most useful role for the UK and other foreign powers would be to assist, with logistical, training and intelligence support, the efforts of Jordanian, Iraqi and Kurdish forces to defeat IS... Not only because it is a brutal, murderous sect threatening vital UK interests by infecting British-born fighters and others with the virus of its perverted ideology but equally because it is bringing misery to tens of thousands of people in both Iraq and Syria who now live in areas controlled by the sect.

Own The Rope That Hanged Saddam

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK

The rope that tightened around the neck of Saddam Hussein, ending the life of the former Iraqi tyrant in 2006, has attracted bidders from a raft of po...

Blunt Parliamentary Report Sharpens Debate on Defeating Daish

Gary Kent | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

A blunt and bleak report from the Defence select committee, headed by Rory Stewart MP, has thrown an intellectual hand grenade into British discussion about the dangers of Daish, whose innovative barbarity has been amplified by the immolation of a Jordanian pilot.

IS Show No Mercy To 'Gay' Man Who Survived When Thrown Off A Building

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK

WARNING: This report contains graphic content Barbaric images have emerged from Syria showing a blindfolded man being thrown from a tower block and...

Non American Critic Sniper

William Shield | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
William Shield

American Sniper is factually based, you can compare real life to anything. Why compare it to a badly made film by (a fictional) Hitler's propaganda ministry?

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.