UK Syria

Like Father, (Not Quite) Like Son: Bashar Al-Assad's Terrible 15 Years

Gareth Bayley | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Gareth Bayley

There is a great Arabic proverb: 'farkh al-bat awwam'. In English, 'the son of a duck, floats', or, 'like father, like son'. In Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's case, Mr al-Assad doesn't so much float as sink like a stone... Fifteen years ago today, Bashar 'inherited' the rule of Syria from his father, who, to be clear, wasn't much of a floater himself. Fifteen years on, Bashar has practically destroyed the country.

The Common Struggle With the Kurds Against Isis

Gary Kent | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The tenth anniversary of the 7/7 Al Qaeda bombings, in which 52 people were slaughtered in London, coincided last week with the Kurdistan Regional Gov...

Are We Helping ISIS By Broadcasting Their Atrocities?

Nadeem Shad | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nadeem Shad

A few weeks ago ISIS or at least ISIS inspired individuals reached a new stage in their development as an extreme radical Islamist group. They have cr...

Bombing Isis Won't Stop It

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is as easy to insist on a political settlement in Syria or in Libya as it is to talk of crushing ISIS. In Syria and Iraq, ISIS gives every indication of denying the legitimacy of compromise, so the concept of settlement would be out of bounds. In Libya, where ISIS is present but far from dominant, there could (and, for their own self-interest, should) be more possibility of arriving at an initial settlement between the Dawn and Dignity rivals.

Sousse, Cameron's 'Back the Police' and Embittered UK Law Enforcement

Chris Hobbs | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

Doubtless when the worst happens, be it in weeks, months or years, we'll again have to suffer crocodile tears and bold statements from a government that will nevertheless be held responsible by the front line law enforcement community for its failures, as set out above.

Where Do We Go to Now?

Dom Joly | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK
Dom Joly

With the latest terrorist tragedy in Tunisia however, ordinary Brits are looking at their holiday itineraries and realising that totally "safe" destinations are becoming increasingly scarce. So I thought I might use my vast experience in these things to help out. I'll go through some options and have a look at a couple of places that you might be considering for your next break. I'll be like the Foreign Office but... better.

The Waugh Zone July 3, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday July 3, 2015... 1) REMEMBRANCE DAY The minute’s silence at noon today will allow ...

Labour Tells Government It Can Be Persuaded Over Syria Strikes

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics

British airstrikes in Syria moved a step closer today after Labour called for a “considered assessment” of how to defeat ISIL. Shadow Defence S...

BBC Should Not Be Impartial Over ISIL, Says Cabinet Minister

Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics

The BBC should not be impartial when it comes to reporting ISIL, Cabinet Minister Chris Grayling said today. The former Justice Secretary, who is n...

The Waugh Zone July 2, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday July 2, 2015... 1) ILLOGICAL, CAPTAIN The big news today is Michael Fallon’s omin...

Defence Secretary To Update MPs On Isis, Amid Speculation UK Will Expand Bombing To Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett, Paul Waugh & Ned Simons | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Politics

Defence secretary Michael Fallon will make a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday on the threat posed by Isis, amid expectations that MPs wil...

Britain Could Bomb Syria After Tunisia Attack, Warns Defence Secretary

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics

Britain could launch airstrikes against Isil in Syria the Defence Secretary warned today as he hit out against the “illogicality” of just targetin...

Education Cannot Wait When Conflict Hits

Aaron Benavot | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Aaron Benavot

It's complicated, and we face a huge challenge to attract greater funds for schooling and teaching in conflict. But that shouldn't scare us off. The needs are huge, and we must use that as inspiration, rather than as a barrier, to our ambitions. Education cannot wait in times of an emergency. We have no time to lose.

US Dithering Will Turn Iraq Into a Failed State

Struan Stevenson | Posted 20.12.2015 | UK Politics
Struan Stevenson

Following the major offensive of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq last year, the country's key cities fell like dominos, increasing the Jihadist's con...

Cameron's Speech Feeds Anti-Muslim Prejudice

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Ajmal Masroor

Cameron blames the Islamic value system for extremism in the world today - I find such a statement totally ignorant and unenlightened.

The Fathers' Of Missing Children Feared Fled To Syria Is Heartbreaking

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK

The husbands of two of the three British sisters feared to have taken their nine children to Syria wept on Tuesday as they begged their families to co...

Mystery Over Two Children From Bradford Family Missing From Turkey Flight

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK

Two children from the family of 12 who are believed to have travelled to Syria to join extremists are not recorded as having boarded the flight to the...

Fears For Bradford Family Of 12 Missing After Flying To Turkey

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK

West Yorkshire Police are "extremely concerned" for the safety of 12 members of a Bradford family who are missing after travelling to Turkey following...

Religion: From Bridges to Checkpoints?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

Over the past couple of weeks, a small number of events made me realise that religion - some call it religiosity too - is playing once more an active ...

This Former Al-Qaeda Trainee Is On A Mission To Take The 'Glamour' Out Of Jihad

AP | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK

He learned warfare in an al-Qaeda training camp, then spent over two years in a small cage at Guantanamo, and more time in a French prison. With s...

ISIL Making Millions From Looted Antiquities

Katy Gregory | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Katy Gregory

In recent months, propaganda films showing extremists using sledgehammers and automatic gunfire to destroy remains of ancient civilisations have commanded swathes of media attention.

Unsung Hero Killed in the Line of Duty

Razan Rashidi | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK
Razan Rashidi

Nineteen year old Isra'a Yasser Al-Habash was another Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) volunteer working with Ayman in Douma that day. Tragically, she was killed by the mortar fire.

Mass Vaccination Campaign Reaches More Than 1.6million Children Across War-Torn Syria

Razan Rashidi | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK
Razan Rashidi

"Everyone is coming to get their children vaccinated and I like to be one of the first," said Samira at a primary health centre in Damascus where she brought her five year old daughter to be vaccinated.

This Is What Britain First Supporters Think Of Migrants Fleeing Islamic State

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK

The most popular nationalist Facebook page in the UK has voiced its anger in response to a Daily Mail article highlighting the plight of migrants flee...

This Daily Mail Article On Refugees Is Too Much Even For Its Own Readers

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK

A Daily Mail article on the plight of asylum seekers fleeing to the Greek island of Kos and causing discomfort to disgruntled British holiday-makers h...