UK Syria

The Path to Perpetual War

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

The UK Parliament vote to bomb Iraq was depressing. Crude political words about 'homeland security', threats to our shores, threats to our people, have whipped many into a panic. The persuasion to bomb was clumsy. There are alternatives.

Airstrikes 'Can't Possible Defeat' Islamic State, General Says

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK

Islamic State cannot be defeated by airstrikes alone and "boots on the ground" are needed to take them on, a former senior British general has said. ...

RAF Jets Went To Iraq But Couldn't Find Anything To Bomb

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK

RAF warplanes returned to base having found nothing suitable to bomb in their first sortie over Iraq since Parliament gave the green light for air str...

What Did This Tory MP Say To Make The Whole House Gasp?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Politics

A Tory MP drew outraged jeers from the House of Commons for using the debate over Iraq airstrikes to make a party political jibe about the deficit. ...

Brit ISIS Fighter: 'I Miss Home But I Will Not Return to the UK'

Dilly Hussain | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK
Dilly Hussain

Meet 20-year-old Hamza al-Britani who left Birmingham for Syria in June last year. The British Pakistani told me via Skype how he caught a plane to Turkey and simply "jogged" over the border to "the land of jihad." A family friend of Hamza had arranged this interview so he could clear up misconceptions about jihad and ISIS...

We Can't Do Nothing In Iraq Now, Just Because Of Past Mistakes, Says PM

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

The spectre of the 2003 Iraq War hung over the House of Commons as David Cameron sought to draw a dramatic distinction between the UK's imminent milit...

ISIS Must Be Stopped But Not By the West - Arm the Kurds

Peter Tatchell | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

To save lives and protect human rights, the genocidal fundamentalists of ISIS must be stopped. But not by the West and not for the reasons often advanced by David Cameron and Barack Obama... The truth is that if the US and UK are serious about fighting ISIS they should start by aiding the people on the ground who know the region best, have local roots and who are already leading the fight against the jihadist menace - the peshmerga army of the Kurdish regional government in Iraq and guerrillas from the Kurdistan Workers Party and allied movements in Syria.

Fox News Actually Just Made Sexist Jokes About The Pilot Who Bombed IS

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

When you're a pioneering Arab female pilot undertaking one of the most dangerous and high-profile missions in decades, you might expect a decent amoun...

Brits Back Bombs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

The British public has had a change of heart - now the majority of Brits would back UK airstrikes against Islamic State targets in both Iraq and in Sy...

Jessica Elgot

The 'Boring' Syrian City Turned Caliphate Capital Now The Target Of US Bombs | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK

Raqqa is a town said to have been founded by Alexander the Great, although in reality it was probably his less glamorous deputy. But now, the city...

Brit Teen Fighting In Syria 'Killed By US Airstrike'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
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A 19-year-old from Brighton is reportedly among five British jihadis killed in the American airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria. The mother o...

Watch This Brave Woman Show What Life Under Islamic State Is Really Like

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK

Heavily armed men dressed all in black; a little girl holding hands with her mother, who has an AK-47 casually slung over her shoulder and young women...

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...