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Meanwhile, In Syria, The Country Has Its Bloodiest Week

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK

As Israeli missiles lay waste to Gaza, Hamas rockets fly and innocents die in civilian planes downed in eastern Ukraine, Syria has slipped even furthe...

ISIS 'Orders Genital Mutilation Of 4 Million Iraqi Women And Girls'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK

Radical jihadists ISIS have apparently ordered the genital mutilation of up to four million women and girls in its occupied city of Mosul in northern ...

Three Reasons I Won't Be Pledging Allegiance to the New 'Caliphate'

Abdul-Azim Ahmed | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Abdul-Azim Ahmed

If ISIS want Muslims to take their call to allegiance seriously, they should begin by protecting the rights of the weakest in their societies - the religious minorities... Despite ISIS' grand claims, almost every Islamic religious authority has dismissed their legitimacy to the Caliphate.

Let Us Not Overlook the Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq

Mike Adamson | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Mike Adamson

It is not our role to discuss how best to bring peace, but it is up to us to address the impact of the conflict on civilians and their humanitarian needs. The need to scale up assistance is great and urgent. Access will become increasingly difficult in some areas - already aid agencies have to negotiate to reach people in need on a daily basis. More supplies are desperately needed in order to support ever-growing numbers of displaced people. Iraqi Red Crescent and ICRC volunteers and staff must be able to deliver assistance safely. Let there be no doubt that the crisis in Iraq has developed into a humanitarian one - and that addressing it is what the term humanitarian means.

British Perceptions of Iraqi Kurdistan

Gary Kent | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The dynamic speed and scale of the unfolding crisis in Iraq have left many opinion-formers and policy-makers keen to catch up with events. British friends of Kurdistan have also been quick to rally to the cause.

The Threat of Isis Cannot Be Overstated

James Snell | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Conventional wisdom, steeped as it is in years of de facto political homogeneity, would have you know that the 'War on Terror', as that nasty man George Bush grandly called it, was either misguided, pointless or actively detrimental towards the end it was claimed to champion.

Cheney Is STILL Trying To Find A Link Between Saddam And Al-Qaeda

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK

NEW YORK -- A couple of weeks ago, Dick Cheney, along with his daughter (rumoured to be the only willing collaborator), published an opinion piece in ...

Isis - Time Bandits

Neil Durkin | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

They're trying to take the region back to a mythical past that never existed in the first place. They remind me of the Year Zero fanatics of the Khmer Rouge. Erase the present. Start again. ISIS, you might say, are time bandits. Or at least... definitely bandits.

Is Iraq a Cold House for the Kurds

Gary Kent | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

It is becoming increasingly feasible that the Kurds will no longer remain in the cold house that Iraq again became and parts of which are now ablaze. The response to the yes or no question on independence is becoming a definite maybe.

As the Islamic State's Threat Grows, Israel and Jordan Seek Security Ties

Nikita Malik | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

In the long term, both Jordan and Israel will structure their partnership to be one that is devoid of any possible peril... Living apart together, Israel and Jordan are two partners that won't welcome the conflict coming closer to home.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Open Up Your 'Dirt' Books!

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 9 July 2014... 1) OPEN UP YOUR 'DIRT BOOKS'! Will we see full disclosure? From the Times: "West...

Terrorists' 'Devilish Technical Skill' Gets Them Around Airport Security

PA | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK

A tightening of airport security is "unavoidable" because of how sophisticated terrorists have become, the head of the parliamentary committee which o...

ISIS Leader Appears In Chilling First Video

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK
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The leader of ISIS, the fanatical Islamists who behead and crucify their enemies, has appeared in his first video, telling Muslims around the world th...

The Hand-Choppers of Isis Are Deluded: There Is Nothing Islamic About Their Caliphate

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Let me make a prediction. The so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria will be totalitarian, won't be Islamic and, in the words of the former US state department spokesman Philip Crowley, "has as much chance of survival as an ice cream cone in the desert". By declaring statehood, Isis may have sown the seeds of its own destruction.

Imams Urge British Muslims Not To Travel To Syria And Iraq

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

Religious leaders have called on British Muslims not to travel to Syria and Iraq, amid ongoing fears of jihadis fleeing the country to take part in te...

Saudi Arabia Has Just Deployed 30,000 Troops To Its Border With Iraq

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq after a video emerged showing 2,500 Iraqi soldiers deserting the area. The military...

A Snapshot of Life in Erbil and Kirkuk

Gary Kent | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Kurds need help with refugees, medical supplies and defending themselves. The Kurds are our allies in the moment of their greatest need. That should become a key theme in Westminster.

The Head Of ISIS Has Just Given A Terrifying Warning To Europe

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK

Terror group ISIS will march on Rome in its quest to establish an Islamic state from the Middle East across Europe, its self-proclaimed 'caliph' has a...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Ed Vs The 'Baying Mob'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday 1 July 2014... 1) ED VS THE 'BAYING MOB' From the Guardian: "David Cameron is edging Britain towa...

The End Of Iraq As We Know It? 4 Maps That Show Just How Messed Up The Region Is

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK

Pick up any map of the Middle East over in the past 100 years and it's unlikely to really tell you the story of its people or its geography. It tells ...

Mehdi Hasan

Bomb Isis Or We'll Ask Iran To, Top Iraqi Politician Warns United States

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics

One of Iraq's most senior politicians has warned that the country could ask Iran to carry out air strikes against the jihadist group, Isis - if the Un...

A Tale of Two Doctors and the Kurdish Struggle

Gary Kent | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Kurdish Doctor Najmaldin Karim once helped save the life of President Reagan when he was shot. Now his urgent job as its elected Governor is to help save the Kurdish province of Kirkuk.

ISIS: From Egyptian Goddess to Iraqi Devil

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Andy Langenkamp

What's in a name? Isis used to be an Egyptian goddess. The ideal mother and wife; patroness of nature and magic. Now ISIS refers to brutal violence, extremism, and war. Will the Islamist movement cause oil prices to explode?

End Times Brewing: An Apocalyptic View on al-Baghdadi's Declaration of a Caliphate in Iraq and the Flow of Foreign Fighters Coming from the West

Anne Speckhard | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK
Anne Speckhard

Al-Baghdadi and his group of extremists--ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham)--have declared the establishment of a Caliphate, renaming their o...

ISIS Declares Caliphate In Iraq And Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK

Radical jihadists ISIS have declared a new Islamic caliphate on territory it own across Iraq and Syria, as the splinter groups eclipses the goal of it...