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Cameron's Confused Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Alistair Burnett | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

This complexity doesn't brook simple solutions. It also requires greater honesty and self-awareness from western politicians, like David Cameron and Manuel Valls, of the impact of past and present policy on Muslims - both at home and abroad.

Nigeria's Leader Can Change World's Approach to Insurgencies and What Drives Them

General Sir Nick Parker | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK
General Sir Nick Parker

The measure of success in Northern Nigeria is whether civilians feel free from fear. Nigeria's sovereign government, with international partners lending their expertise, should be able not simply to clear the battlefield, but to satisfy the reasonable aspirations of the people to a secure and prosperous future. That could be a lesson for the rest of the world to learn.

Jihadist Youth: Look to UK Parents

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK
Dan Ehrlich

The job the PM has is to convince the Muslim community, especially parents, that integration into UK society is the best way to protect their children. Does the UK now need a US style pledge? It couldn't hurt.

MPs 'In The Dark' Over British Pilots In Syria Attacks

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has been forced to confirm five British pilots have been involved in carrying out air strikes in Syria amid "anger" f...

Preaching to Stop the Converted

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Emma Nicholson

The great hope is that they will return to their classes and spread the word. Hopefully those messages from Noor, Munira and Bushra, will eventually reach the very children preparing themselves to flee their loving, comfortable homes in Britain and head for a new life with Daesh. These Yazidi girls know the horrible truth of the fate that will befall anyone considering that move.

The Common Struggle With the Kurds Against Isis

Gary Kent | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The tenth anniversary of the 7/7 Al Qaeda bombings, in which 52 people were slaughtered in London, coincided last week with the Kurdistan Regional Gov...

The Yazidi Women - A Vulnerable Community in Desperate Need of Our Help

Baroness Mary Goudie | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Baroness Mary Goudie

It is very clear that rape is being used as a weapon of war here and more needs to be done to protect these vulnerable women. Global leaders need to step in and take more of a stand against ISIL before it is too late and a whole culture has been wiped out and many lives ruined.

Climate Change on the Frontline With Isis

Hannah Griffiths | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Hannah Griffiths

The world faces numerous problems but climate change is unmatched in its scope and how indiscriminately it affects people regardless of faith, creed or colour. If even those living on the edge of war in the Middle East can see the need for serious action then maybe it's time for us to use our voice and help them.

Bombing Isis Won't Stop It

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is as easy to insist on a political settlement in Syria or in Libya as it is to talk of crushing ISIS. In Syria and Iraq, ISIS gives every indication of denying the legitimacy of compromise, so the concept of settlement would be out of bounds. In Libya, where ISIS is present but far from dominant, there could (and, for their own self-interest, should) be more possibility of arriving at an initial settlement between the Dawn and Dignity rivals.

The Waugh Zone July 2, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday July 2, 2015... 1) ILLOGICAL, CAPTAIN The big news today is Michael Fallon’s omin...

Britain Could Bomb Syria After Tunisia Attack, Warns Defence Secretary

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics

Britain could launch airstrikes against Isil in Syria the Defence Secretary warned today as he hit out against the “illogicality” of just targetin...

US Dithering Will Turn Iraq Into a Failed State

Struan Stevenson | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson

Following the major offensive of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq last year, the country's key cities fell like dominos, increasing the Jihadist's con...

Cameron's Speech Feeds Anti-Muslim Prejudice

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Ajmal Masroor

Cameron blames the Islamic value system for extremism in the world today - I find such a statement totally ignorant and unenlightened.

The Waugh Zone June 18 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday June 18, 2015... LUXEMBOURG COMPROMISE? It’s D-Day again for Greece as yet another ...

Four Years On. And The Iraq Inquiry Is STILL Far From Ready

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has warned the Chilcot Inquiry that he and the families of those killed in Iraq are 'fast losing patience' at its failure to publish its...

Religion: From Bridges to Checkpoints?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

Over the past couple of weeks, a small number of events made me realise that religion - some call it religiosity too - is playing once more an active ...

Teenager 'Becomes Britain's Youngest Ever Suicide Bomber'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK

The family of a 17-year-old, who has reportedly become the youngest ever British suicide bomber while fighting for Islamic State (IS), have said they ...

This Former Al-Qaeda Trainee Is On A Mission To Take The 'Glamour' Out Of Jihad

AP | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK

He learned warfare in an al-Qaeda training camp, then spent over two years in a small cage at Guantanamo, and more time in a French prison. With s...

After a Year of Brutal Conflict, Iraq Is on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster

David Bull | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK
David Bull

The UN is predicting that by the end of this year almost 10million people in Iraq will be in urgent need of help... Already, 1.3million children have been torn from their homes and more than three million do not have access to quality education. Children face danger on a daily basis and have witnessed unspeakable cruelties. Girls have fallen victim to enslavement and sexual violence. Children have been used as suicide bombers and as human shields. Most are living without physical protection, psychosocial support, and basic services.

ISIL Making Millions From Looted Antiquities

Katy Gregory | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Katy Gregory

In recent months, propaganda films showing extremists using sledgehammers and automatic gunfire to destroy remains of ancient civilisations have commanded swathes of media attention.

The Time Charles Kennedy Stood Up Against The Iraq War In Iconic 2003 Speech

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK

Charles Kennedy, a man who has been remembered as being one of the most principled members of British politics, made an iconic speech at an anti-Iraq ...

David Miliband Reminds Everyone He Knows 'How To Win Elections'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics

With words likely to exacerbate family strains as well as fuel speculation, David Miliband quipped on Wednesday that he was part of a Labour team that...

Don't Cry For Me, Palmyra

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Lukas Mikelionis

In all seriousness, don't cry for me, Palmyra. If it had been my decision, you would be free of jihadists. Cry for those who supported the policies that enabled your current conquers to become as powerful as they are now.

Ex-Army Chief Says We Must 'Think The Unthinkable' In Fight With IS

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK

A former head of the army has said we must "think the previously unthinkable" and consider sending soldiers to fight Islamic State (IS) on the ground ...

Palmyra: A Lament

Robin Lustig | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

We mourn what we can identify with, more than with what we can't. Part of me knows that the ruins are merely stone, and that they have already been partially destroyed or mutilated many times in their 2,000-year history. And yet if they are bulldozed to the ground in the coming days, I shall shed a tear for their loss.