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ISIS Jihadist Used To Have Ambitions To Be 'Britain's First Asian Prime Minister'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK

The British jihadist who called for more Britons to join the ISIS fight in Iraq and Syria was a moderate young man who wrote just four years ago he wa...

'They Want To Behead David Cameron' - Hundreds Of Jihadists Back In Britain

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK

Hundreds of British veterans who fought in Syria have already returned to the UK, including many radicalised jihadists who are intent on carrying out ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cuts, Cuts And More Cuts

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 22 June 2014... 1) CUTS, CUTS AND MORE CUTS You think austerity is bad now? The vast majority of the ...

Jessica Elgot

ISIS Just Turned Social Media Into A Weapon Of Mass Destruction

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK

We are living in the era of the most visceral, dangerous war photography in history, where the latest digital cameras, satellite phones and high speed...

Amira's Story

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Every night, when Amira goes to bed in the crowded room that she shares with her five young children, she lies awake, frantically worrying about what the following day has in store for them. Will she be able to find food? Will the children be safe if they venture out, into streets where gunmen, bombs and bullets are a constant threat?

In the Absence of a Communal National Identity, Iraq Finds Itself One Again Engulfed by Sectarian Politics

Noor Al-bazzaz | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Noor Al-bazzaz

In his latest speech on the 14th of June from the city of Samarra, home to one of Shiite Islam's most revered shrines, al-Maliki amended his language and stressed "We are not sectarian, we will fight as a nation" - but is this rhetoric too little too late?

There Are Worse Things Than Dictators

Justin Huggler | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Justin Huggler

Iran and Saudi Arabia are facing off across Iraq. Between them, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia control the world's largest proven oil reserves. Already, ISIS are close to the oil reserves of northern Iraq. Already, the price of oil is rising.

A Tribute to Dr Isa Abdur Rahman

Aemun Reza | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aemun Reza

Dr Isa Abdur Rahman was born and raised in London, graduated from Imperial College London in 2011 and had left his job at the Royal Free Hospital to volunteer with a Hand in Hand for Syria. He left behind a devoted wife, his family, friends and everyone whose heart he touched...

The Sudden Disintegration of the Iraqi Military

Nehad Ismail | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's sectarian policies backfired dramatically last week as, confronted with just a few thousand jihadist fighters, his army fell apart.

What US Refused to Believe: Without Saddam Iraq's Fate would be Sealed

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

With Iraq it was a case of naivety, blind stupidity or a gamble that has been first gradually and now speedily evolving the wrong way thanks to a new player the Syrian war created called ISIS. It's an extremist pan Islamic war machine determined to create a Mid East wide caliphate. And it may force NATO back into this land...this time oil is at stake...the magic phrase for military action.

Blair 'Has Finally Gone Mad,' Says Boris Johnson

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics

Tony Blair has "finally gone mad" in his "unhinged" attempt to claim the 2003 invasion of Iraq is not the reason for the chaos in the country now, Lon...

Who, Me? Tony Blair Denies Iraq Crisis Responsibility

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Politics

The looming civil war and bloody insurgency in Iraq were caused by the West's failure to intervene in Syria, not the 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hu...

Syrian Rebels Down Arms, Nairobi Bars Are Packed And Nails Bitten In Mexico

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK

Some are crouched around an ancient TV set while war rages around them, some are in the most dangerous places on Earth, and some are settled on luxury...

'Monster' Myth Hides Complexity of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Henri Myrttinen | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK
Henri Myrttinen

This week has seen a flurry of activity around an issue that for far too long has been forgotten, silenced or viewed as an inevitable consequence of war: sexual violence in conflict. All of this is extremely important - but in the rush to 'do something' about the horrific crimes being committed in Syria, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and other conflict zones, we should not forget some basic premises.

Clinton: British Parliamentary Vote Against Syrian Intervention Influenced US Policy

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK

Barack Obama’s decision not to launch air strikes against Syria last year was influenced by the shock vote in the British parliament against militar...

D-Day Anniversary: We Need to Make the Case for Good Wars

James Snell | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

As someone who has an instinctive aversion to over-praising members of the military (indeed, as someone who cannot help but shudder inwardly every time 'our brave boys' are invoked), I was more than a little surprised that the commemoration of the D-Day landings, which took place last week, brought a tear to my eye.

Field Diary: Severe Destruction and Starvation Overwhelm Formerly Besieged Syrian City

Kumar Tiku | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

UNICEF is providing humanitarian assistance to millions of conflict-affected children and families in Syria, including through support for safe drinking water and to the on-going polio campaign. It is essential that life-saving assistance reaches all those affected by the conflict, particularly children and women, no matter where they are in the country.

Is It Possible to be Objective Covering Massacres?

Nehad Ismail | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK
Nehad Ismail

The historian Howard Zinn observed: "You can't be neutral on a moving train". If we listen to two different reporters covering the same story, we will hear two different versions. Each will have his own unique approach and interpretation.

What Really Caused the Chaos in Today's Middle East?

Endeavour Press | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Politics
Endeavour Press

One of the greatest myths of our time is also, today in 2014, one of the most dangerous. This is the idea that today's Middle East was created by an Anglo-French secret pact in 1916, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, signed by Sir Mark Sykes for Britain and M. Georges-Picot for France.

Syria's Sham Election, Tin-Pot Dictators and Arab Destiny

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Arab world's near-100% vote for a Presidential candidate With over 220,000 people dead since 2011 and the country literally reduced to rubble, Syria'...

5 Political Leaders Who Can Give Assad A Run For His Money In Sham Elections

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Politics

Bashar al-Assad won an election this week with a rather impressive 88.7% of the vote. Impressive - his powers of persuasion must be pretty spot on....

The Rite of Spring - Two Kidnapped Christian Bishops; Pictures of Pagan Russia, in the Country of Syria

Francis John Hogan | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK
Francis John Hogan

May 29th marked the 101st anniversary of the premier of The Rite of Spring, the brilliant musical composition attributed to Igor Stravinsky, and performed by Sergei Diaghilev's - The Ballet Russes Dance Company, in the City of Paris, France of the year 1913.

When the Sun Comes Out, Syria's War Does Not Stop

Katie Welsford | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Katie Welsford

Standing in the shade of olive trees on a hill in north-west Jordan, the peaceful spring afternoon was suddenly shattered. From across the valley came the heavy thud of shelling from Syria's border villages.

Syria And 7 Other Totally Sham Elections

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK

Syrians are deciding today whether the man whose regime has killed its opponents in a brutal civil war should continue as president. Here at The Hu...

Chemical Weapons: Why Isn't Anyone Being Held Accountable?

Sheryn Omeri | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Sheryn Omeri

In a recent press release, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) referred to Tuesday's attack upon its experts and UN inspectors in Syria as a "blatant attempt to prevent the facts being brought to light." ...