UK Iraq

No Mention of Yemen From Those Hoping to Win Your Vote

Mark Flanagan | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Mark Flanagan

Don't worry. In three weeks it will be all over and we will just have a few more days of the media speculating on the make up of the coalition. You can certainly respond to the knock on your door knowing it won't be a politician.

Horrifying Report Details Systematic Rape And Abuse Carried Out By Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK

Systematic rape, sexual and physical abuse, slavery and forced marriage are being carried out against Yazidi girls and women - some as young as 12 - b...

Islam Has a History of Protecting Civilisation, Not Destroying It

Adam Walker | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK
Adam Walker

Over the past weeks and months, the world has been witness to the tragic destruction of historical sites across Iraq - both secular and religious. The most recent attacks on humankind's shared civilisation saw ISIS destroy the ancient cities of Nimrod and Hatra.

Hundreds Of Foreign Students Banned From UK Study Over Fears They Might Learn How To Make WMDs

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

More than 700 foreign students have been banned from studying in the UK over fears they may use the knowledge they learn to build weapons of mass dest...

The Revolution Betrayed

James Snell | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
James Snell

After the rejection by the British Parliament of intervention against Assad, he has been given free rein to destroy Syria and its people, creating devastation, chaos and a power vacuum. Into that gap stepped Islamic State, Iran and the Shia militias which have committed brutal and widespread crimes of their own.

'ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror' - Review

Tam Hussein | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

It is a rich and nuanced piece touching on all the points that the arrival of ISIS has raised in Syria and Iraq. Typos aside, this is an important contribution to the emerging literature on ISIS and will surely be on any academic reading list for years to come.

British Medical Students In ISIS Territory 'Want To Help, Not Fight'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK

Nine British medical students have travelled to Syria to help wounded people, they have told their families. Some of the parents of the five men an...

Decades Of 'Unintended Consequences': USA Fuelling Its Own Enemies

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

You would expect that thousands of American citizens would demonstrate against this act of self-destruction, with a leading role for veterans and their families, but we hardly see any signs of protest.

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 19.04.2015 | 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 12.04.2015 | 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 08.04.2015 | 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 07.04.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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 30.03.2015 | 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 28.03.2015 | 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.