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Flames In The Sky About Kobani As Turkey Makes Major U-Turn

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK

Smoke and flames continued to billow throughout the night from the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani, as Turkey signalled a significant shift in how it ...

This Is What Life Is Like After Being An Islamic State Hostage

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

A former Islamic State hostage who shared a cell with four executed Westerners has revealed his struggle to overcome "brutal memories" in an emotional...

Some Truly Worrying News - Islamic State Could Be About To Get Airborne

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

The Islamic State group may in possession of up to three warplanes, with former military pilots training its fighters to use the jets in battle, it ha...

British Hostage Appears In New Propaganda Film

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

The Islamic State have released yet another propaganda film featuring the kidnapped journalist John Cantlie. Cantlie appeared in the film wearing t...

This Is What An Islamic State Sex Slave Market Would Look Like In London

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK

A controversial stunt to shock Londoners into seeing the brutality of Islamic State (IS) brought the terrorist group's horrific actions vividly to lif...

Obama's Iran Nuclear Policy of Self-Delusion

Nehad Ismail | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

According to Reuters (16 October) a senior U.S. official said some progress was made in high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran on Wednesday but much work remained to be done, adding the goal was still to reach a deal by a late November deadline.

Islamic State's Frightening New Enemies Look Like Vin Diesel's Social Conscience

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK

Fighters of Islamic State - you best be afraid. Because reinforcements are heading to the frontline in Syria, and they look like Vin Diesel's social c...

NUS Votes Against Condemning ISIS ... Because That Would Be 'Islamophobic'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The National Union of Students has been widely mocked after it voted against a motion to reject Islamic State (IS) - because it would be "Islamophobic...

'Mostly They Kidnap Sunnis': Iraq's Sectarian Abyss

Neil Durkin | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

We need a non-sectarian Iraqi government and a non-sectarian response to ISIS - so say the politicians, all singing from the same hymn sheet. But it's easier said than done of course. Not least when powerful Shi'a politicians in Iraq continue to shield their religious brethren with the AK47s and a record of using them against Sunni civilians.

What the Iraqi Jewish Experience Can Teach Us

Usman Butt | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Usman Butt

Smiling at me from across his dining table, Emile Cohen serves the most important reason for understanding the Jewish Iraqi experience. Last summer's Gaza war and the ongoing situation with ISIS in Iraq/Syria- means we are in a period of profound regional transformation, some of which, threatens the existence of minorities in the Middle East.

Shia Militias 'Executing Sunni Civilians' In Revenge For Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK

Government-backed Shia militias are executing "scores" of Sunni civilians in reprisals for attacks by Islamic State (IS), according to a new report. ...

Islamic State Have A Magazine Out, And It Justifies Sex Slavery

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK

Islamic State fighters captured, enslaved and sold Yazidi women and children, and claim the act is justified in Islam to prevent men from feeling "tem...

Louise Ridley

She Was A Guerrilla Fighter In Iran, But Now It Is Islamic State That Scares Diana Most

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK

One of the female veterans of the guerrilla Kurdish forces has warned that the advance of the Islamic State across the Middle East is threatening to t...

'Our Era's Biggest Humanitarian Emergency' - The Plight of Three Million Syrian Refugees

European Parliament Web Team | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK
European Parliament Web Team

The continuing conflict has led to an unprecedented number of people fleeing their homes in Syria and Iraq. While Europe has taken in thousands of refugees, hundreds of thousands have found temporary shelter in neighbouring countries that struggle to deal with the influx...

Furious Twitter Users Cry Injustice Over Arrest Of 'Surgeon' Terror Suspect

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

As anti-terror police continue to question four men suspected of plotting a potentially "significant" attack on the UK, #JusticeForTarik has been tren...

Mehdi Hasan

Former Top General's Ambitious Timeline To Beat Isis

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Politics

The West's war against IS could be "over in six months" if the US and UK governments were to put "boots on the ground", the former head of the British...

Mehdi Hasan

'As A General, I Could Literally Change The Fortunes Of A Nation'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Politics

"If western boots were on the ground," David Richards, the former head of the British armed forces tells me, "if western armies were to be app...

The Islamic State, Ebola, and the Appeal of Conspiracy

James Snell | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Finding them isn't hard. Reading their litanies of untruth, so concocted as to spread the maximum terror and mistrust and discontent, is not an arduous undertaking.  I would advise against it.

Baghdad Should Love Bomb the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Kurds face the world's wealthiest and best armed terrorist organisation in Daish (Isil) and are struggling to cope with a 20% increase in its population through a massive influx of desperate refugees and internally displaced people in just a few months...

From Gaza to Iraq, the Media Must Report on Counter-Terrorism Consistently

Joseph Weissman | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Weissman

Listening to Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu speak about Islamist terror threats in Middle East, it is clear that the international community's determination to fight Islamic State (commonly known by its Arabic acronym "Daesh") essentially parallels Israel's determination to fight the Islamic Resistance Movement (commonly known by its Arabic acronym "Hamas").

Identifying the Real Cause of Terrorism

Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK
Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi

nstead of identifying the true root of extremist ideology, one that pushes a tiny fringe toward violence, the Western mindset chose to stare the problem in the eye and then look the other way. The real problem only needs a little deduction...

A Crisis of Confidence - Can Our Government Be Trusted?

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

There have been a rash of outrageous breaches of the public trust relating to national and international security including: Failure of the US Secret Service to protect the President and the First Family. Failure of the Dallas Hospital and federal, state and local officials to initially detect the first person in the US infected with ebola...

Islamic State Is On Turkey's Doorstep, As It Besieges Kurdish Town

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK

Islamic State fighters are close to taking a town just a few miles from the Turkish border, a fight which would be a symbolic victory over the Kurds w...

Bombing Iraq Ignores The Real Problem

Scott Dickson | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Scott Dickson

As one "War on Terror," draws to an end, so starts another. The upcoming withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan should force our politicians to reflect, largely on the utter futility of combating societal and religious problems with bombs. Old habits die hard. Not having learnt that virtually every Western intrusion into the Middle East ends in disaster, parliament's acquiescence to David Cameron's demand that Britain join the fight against ISIS proves our foreign policy is created in a historical vacuum.

Iraq and Syria: A Better Way

Robin Lustig | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Peace, like democracy, cannot be imposed from above, or from outside. But if the two sides in Syria's civil war can agree to at least a few temporary local truces, they may be better able to turn their attention to IS. That's certainly what would be in their best interests, and in the interests of their foreign backers, whether Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Turkey.