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Praying for ISIS

Canon J.John | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK
Canon J.John

My son asked me last week, 'How should we pray for ISIS?' A good question and one that needed pondering for a few days! It is hard not to feel very strongly about the rise of ISIS in the Middle East and the brutal and very public barbarities it has carried out...

New ISIS Propaganda Video Issues New Warnings For The West

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

As the US Air Force began bombing Syria, Islamic State (IS) released a new propaganda video of British hostage John Cantlie claiming the West is being...

US Launches Strikes On Islamic State In Syria, Along With Arab Nations

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK

The US, alongside five Arab nations, has launched airstrikes against key Islamic State targets in Syria, stepping up the offensive to stop the terror ...

Tony Blair's Advice On How To Tackle IS Probably Won't Surprise You

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK

Peace envoy Tony Blair has said The UK and other Western powers should be prepared to commit ground troops to fight against extremists like the Islami...

Islamic State Releases Turkish Hostages

AP/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK

Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago have been freed and safely returned to Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister ...

Work for the American Government? Listen In

Alastair Sloan | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

Call me a whistleblowing geek - but I keep a poster of Daniel Ellsberg on the board above my desk. I'm an independent freelance journalist, and in t...

Mehdi Hasan

ISIS Is Trying To 'Suck The West' Into A New War

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics

ISIS is deliberately trying "to suck the west" into a new war in Iraq, one of the world's leading experts on Islamist terrorism has warned. Speakin...

Now Islamic State Wants To Kill The Pope

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK

Islamic State militants have made "credible threats" against Pope Francis' life, Iraq's ambassador to the Holy See has said. The Pope may be at ris...

Joint Chiefs Would Recommend Ground Forces Return To Iraq

AP | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK

America's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama's expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails...

Now The Islamic State Have Banned Evolution

AP/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK

The extremist-held Iraqi city of Mosul is set to usher in a new school year. But unlike years past, there will be no art or music. Classes about histo...

Kurdish Questions in the Commons

Gary Kent | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

Abiding by international norms is what most governments do unless and until those norms can be amended and Abadi should understand that without a truly fresh start, pro-Kurdish voices will become louder.

ISIS and Clerical Fascism

John Sargeant | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

The need to fight fascism and prevent genocide are as close to self evident truths as humanity might wish to invent. When both present themselves in the form of ISIS the question is how, rather than why, they must be destroyed.

Fighting to Protect Failure: Another War to Mop Up After the Last Ones

Paul Reynolds | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

British journalists are wrong. Countries do not frequently go to war without strategies, with flimsy aims, bad intel, or for spurious reasons. If it appears that they are doing so, then it is usually because war aims have to be concealed. Concealment can be necessary for many reasons.

Avengers Assemble - Obama's Anti-ISIS Task Force

Dilly Hussain | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

With the Middle East's biggest players coming together under the US-led campaign against ISIS, I couldn't help but draw comparisons to Marvel's Avengers Assemble. While Obama can justifiably play the lead role of Nick Fury, is ISIS on the other hand as formidable as Loki? With the military capability of the GCC and Egypt alone, what chance does ISIS really have against a unified effort by neighbouring states?

'We Don't Know Where Islamic State Hostages Are'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK

British forces are unable to mount a rescue attempt to free the hostages held by Islamic State (IS) militants because they do not know where they are ...

ISIS' Use of Social Media Is Not Surprising; Its Sophisticated Digital Strategy Is

Alessandro Bonzio | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Tech
Alessandro Bonzio

The recent migration of many jihadist organizations to social media reflects a desire to expand their targeted audience one step further. Password-protected forums - up until recently the main virtual gathering place for al-Qaeda supporters - made content particularly difficult to access for wannabe jihadists, while also representing a common target for the security services' disruption efforts.

British Aid Worker In David Haines Execution Video Named

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK

The Foreign Office has confirmed that the second British aid worker threatened with beheading by Islamic State militants is 47-year-old Alan Henning. ...

Tributes Paid To David Haines, The British Aid Worker 'Beheaded' By ISIS

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK

The brother of British aid worker David Haines, who was beheaded by Islamic militants, has paid tribute to him after a video of his murder surfaced on...

Why Obama's Strategy Against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria Is Likely to Fail

Dr Johan Franzén | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Johan Franzén

The strategy of "degrading and destroying" ISIS this way is therefore likely to fail without a comprehensive political solution involving an equitable share of power for the Sunni population in Iraq, a withdrawal of American support for Syrian rebels, and the forcing of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Gulf states to stop sponsoring Islamist terrorist groups throughout the region.

Mehdi Hasan

Moeen Ali Interview: 'I Am A Muslim, Yes, But I Am Also Very English'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics

In an exclusive and very personal interview, the new star of England cricket, Moeen Ali, talks to Mehdi Hasan about sport, faith and being Bri...

Fighting the Urge to Overreact

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

In his speech last night, the President stated that the United States had a 'responsibility to lead', and that the values of freedom, justice, and dignity underpin American leadership in an uncertain world. Adherence to these principles has been found wanting in recent years; let's hope that policymakers remember them while they search for a comprehensive response to the Islamic State's provocations.

Obama Authorises Air Strikes In Syria To 'Destroy ISIS'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK

NEW YORK -- Addressing the nation late on Wednesday evening, President Obama detailed the US strategy for "degrading and defeating" the threat of the ...

British Female Jihadist And Her IS Husband Fall Out Over Kitten

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK

A 16-year-old schoolgirl from Chorlton, Manchester, who followed her brother to fight with Islamic State militants, has tweeted her concerns about her...

Brutal Retaliation After Brave Civilians Defiantly Burn IS Flag

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK

As Islamic State (IS) militants continue to wage their bloody war across Iraq and Syria, brave civilians used social media to show they were not afrai...

Markets Blind to Geopolitical Risks?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK
Andy Langenkamp

Monetary blinders Neither stock markets nor oil prices have responded strongly to geopolitical unrest. On the contrary, recently stock indices have b...