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British Hostage Fronts Extraordinary Islamic State Propaganda Video

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK

An extraordinary new propaganda video has been published showing a British journalist held hostage by Islamic State in Syria appearing to defend the 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...

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. ...

Disillusioned British Jihadists 'Held Prisoner By IS After Saying They Want To Go Home'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK

Disillusioned British jihadists who travelled to the Middle East to join Islamist fundamentalists are reportedly being punished after saying they want...

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...

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...

British Female Jihadist Reveals Grisly Plans For PM

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK

A female jihadist from Britain has said she wants "David Cameron's head on a spike," as she laughed off the Prime Minister's new laws to counter terro...

The Case for British Strikes Against the Islamic State

James Snell | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

We can, with our technology, our material and our enviable financial position, intervene on the right side. We can fight the aggressors, the fascists, and rescue Iraq from the scourge of Islamist violence. But this is only possible in coalition, in alliance. Leaving the Kurds to fight the Islamic State alone is immoral; abandoning Iraq is equally bad; and letting the United States shoulder the burdens of internationalism alone fails the very definition of the term.

Yazidi Teenager Reveals Horrific Ordeal As An ISIS Sex Slave

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK

A teenager taken captive by ISIS has described being forced into sexual slavery by the Islamist terrorists along with 40 other women, some as young as...

Should British Jihadists Be Given a Second Chance?

Dilly Hussain | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

If British foreign policy in the Muslim world can be seriously revised, and a genuine effort by the government not to modify Islam by funding embarrassingly unpopular 'Muslim' think-tanks and self-professed scholars, only then can Britain, as a nation, begin to work towards a practical solution in tackling extremism.

Saudi Arabia Funding the Islamic State? Unlikely

Alastair Sloan | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

It's trendy to blame the Islamic State on Saudi Arabia - either the shifty House of Saud turning a blind eye to crazed Sunni extremists wiring money up to Mosul, or directly backing the group as part of their nefarious plan for world domination. Neither theory makes much sense.

Barack Obama's Warning To IS

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Politics

Barack Obama has insisted "we're going to defeat" Islamic State (IS) and said he will sketch out a plan to do in a speech later this week. Without ...

Emotional Parents Of Glasgow Girl Turned Jihadist Speak Out

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK

The Irn-Bru loving Scottish woman who travelled to Syria and married an Islamic State (IS) fighter told her heartbroken parents she wanted to become a...

A World Without a Globo-Cop

Robin Lustig | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I can't think of anywhere that would have been less appropriate as a venue for this week's Nato summit than the UK. A United Kingdom that within the next couple of weeks may become shatteringly disunited... Inward-looking, backward-looking, suspicious of its neighbours: everything that Nato is meant not to be. And this at a time when the world is a more dangerous place than it's been in decades. So why are Western leaders - because it's not just David Cameron - so dismally unable to confront the dangers?

The ISIS Call for Women to Join Their Jihad: Love and Romance as Motivators

Anne Speckhard | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK
Anne Speckhard

"Love" and romance are often underestimated motivators for joining the militant jihad as recently witnessed in the case of Denver teen, Shannon Conl...

Burning The Islamic State Flag Is The Political Version Of The Ice Bucket Challenge

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK

Islamic State (IS) militants brought their war to Lebanon this week, and in retaliation brave young Lebanese are using social media to show they are n...