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Poppy Hijab - Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Dilly Hussain | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

The poppy hijab is a counterproductive and patronising campaign, which singles out Muslims as being a suspect community whose allegiance lies elsewhere. Many British Muslims do put their religion before their nationality but that doesn't make them any less integrated.

Portsmouth's ISIS Crisis: Full Story of IS Fighter Mehdi Hassan

Tam Hussein | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

"What is wrong with just praying, fasting, reading Quran, doing a bit of charity and being a good person?" said a member from Portsmouth's Bengali community when news of Mehdi Hassan's demise became known. Clearly for Mehdi Hassan and the others who left for Syria in October 2013, it was not enough.

Arming the Kurds and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Oggy Boytchev

Contrary to the desires and interests of regional governments, arming and helping the Kurds to fight ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) in Kobane may be the trigger for the birth of a new nation - Kurdistan. No country in the region wants that but this will be one of the unintended consequences of the break up of Syria and the emergence of ISIL.

Can Qatar Find a Diplomatic Solution for Isis?

Jo Simmons | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jo Simmons

With the Middle East at yet another critical juncture and with a sense of common purpose emanating from the region, this is neither the time for straw man moralising or finger pointing. The West should don its realpolitik glasses and use Qatar's status in the area to give a nudge to the consolidation process currently taking place in the Islamic world.

Islamic State Massacre 30 Near Baghdad

AP/Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK

WARNING: GRAPHIC PICTURE Islamic State group militants lined up 30 men in western Iraq and shot them dead Wednesday, an official and residents said...

Farewell Afghanistan... Where to Next, Mr Cameron?

Dilly Hussain | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

British soldiers have died, arguably in vain, as the Taliban are stronger now than ever before, and remains a de-facto government in many provinces. Furthermore, the world has become a more dangerous place as a result of Tony Blair and George Bush's war on terror.

British Father's Grief After Losing Second Son To Fighting In Syria

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK

A devastated father has revealed he has lost a second son out of three fighting in war-torn Syria, despite pleading with them to return home. Jaffa...

'Spice Girls Fan Joins Islamic State And Heads To Syria With Her Toddler'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK

A mother who loved the Spice Girls and reality-TV is said have travelled to Syria with her 14-month-old son to join Islamic State terrorists. Taree...

Extremist Terror Reaches Liberal Shores

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK
Kokulan Mahendiran

While it may be more comforting to consider these men but lone wolves acting upon their own deranged ideas, that no longer seems to be the case. In this age of social media and easily accessible information in which we live, it is no longer necessary for contact to be made for a message to be passed on.

IS 'Treats Hostages Well,' John Cantlie Says

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK

Islamic State (IS) hostage John Cantlie has described how the Islamist fundamentalists - which beheaded four hostages in recent weeks - treats its cap...

Young Woman's Arrest Linked To 'Syria Terror'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK

A 25-year-old woman was arrested today on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts in connection with Syria. Counter-terrorism officers took the ...

Father Of IS Hostage John Cantlie Dies Not Knowing Fate Of Son

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK

The father of an Islamic State (IS) hostage has died, days after making an emotional plea for his son to be released, his family have said in a heartb...

Don't Blame Radicalisation on Britain's Mosques

Shamim Chowdhury | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Shamim Chowdhury

An unfortunate but perhaps inevitable consequence of the growing numbers of young British men travelling to Syria or Iraq to join ISIS is that the communities from which they hail will at best be scrutinised for answers, and at worst be blamed for playing a part in their radicalisation.

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...