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Attacking the Islamic State in Syria Is Justified and Right

James Snell | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The Islamic State is a hideous organisation. That is well known to all but the most blinkered and casual of observers. The Syrian and Iraqi peoples have suffered under the heel of its potentates and acolytes for months, even years.

Jordan Plays a Key Intelligence Role in the Fight Against ISIS

Nehad Ismail | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

Jordanian leaders at the highest levels are alarmed. Jordanian political analysts are taking the ISIS threat very seriously. According to Middle Eastern security officials, defences have been reinforced at the borders of Iraq. The Jordanian air force has been on high alert for several days.

Gangster Theatre: The Islamic State Execution Videos

Neil Durkin | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Islamic State's blood-thirstiness has been much commented on, as has its use of modern technology. Posting videos of a man issuing threats before killing a hostage ... this is the "new normal" for Islamic State comms, but somehow it's exercised a strange power over many western commentators and politicians.

Ukip Are Really Angry That Islamic State Are Distracting From Their Conference

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK Politics

Ukip politicians have reacted with fury to the hint of a potential recall of parliament on Friday, with several even suggesting that David Cameron wil...

Radical Preacher Calls For Release Of Alan Henning, After Tape Of British Hostage Pleading For His Life

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK

Fears have intensified forBritish hostage Alan Henning with a radical preacher calling on the Islamic State to spare him, after his wife revealed she ...

'War By The Weekend' Parliament Expected To Be Recalled Over Airstrikes

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK

Britain could be at war by the weekend, with Parliament expected to be recalled on Friday to approve UK air strikes against the Islamic State. The ...

Air Strikes, Hypocrisy and the Money Trail

Oggy Boytchev | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Oggy Boytchev

Air strikes alone won't defeat ISIL. The organisation is clearly goading the West into direct confrontation. Once we get the first pictures of Muslim women and children killed by US missiles, no matter how isolated these incidents would be, that would up the ante in ISIL's propaganda war. This is when allies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar will get cold feet.

Ned Simons

Miliband Wants A UN Security Council Resolution Before Backing Isis Airstrikes | Ned Simons | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has indicated he would not support British military action against Isis in Syria unless there was a United Nations security council resolu...

Praying for ISIS

Canon J.John | Posted 22.11.2014 | 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...

Video Captures Moment Israel Shoots Down A Syrian Jet For First Time In 30 Years

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

A Syrian jet has been shot down by Israel for the first time in nearly 30 years after the plane strayed into its airspace, possibly by accident. Th...

'It Never Happened' - US Intervention in Syria

Ian Sinclair | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

Though it's rarely mentioned in polite company, Harold Pinter's 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature acceptance speech continues to resonate nearly ten years later... How can something not happen even while it was happening, you ask? Let me explain.

Is it a Crime to Care for Syria and Gaza?

Dilly Hussain | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Is it a crime to care for Gaza and Syria? Legally speaking, it isn't a crime to raise awareness of the human rights violations taking place, nor is it a crime to raise money and deliver humanitarian aid to those war-torn areas. Many non-Muslim human rights groups and charities engage in these actions, yet we do not hear of criminal prosecutions for their activism.

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 ...

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 ...

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 | 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 15.11.2014 | 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 15.11.2014 | 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 15.11.2014 | 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 14.11.2014 | 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 14.11.2014 | 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...