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ISIS Declares Caliphate In Iraq And Syria

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK

Radical jihadists ISIS have declared a new Islamic caliphate on territory it own across Iraq and Syria, as the splinter groups eclipses the goal of it...

Radical Saudi Preacher Banned From The UK After 'Jihadi Recruitment' Claim

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK

Controversial Saudi preacher Mohammad al-Arefe, who has been banned from Britain after allegedly urging young British men to fight in the Middle East,...

Unearthed: Syrian Artist Responds to War in His Homeland

Veronique Mistiaen | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Veronique Mistiaen

Over the last three years, Issam Kourbaj, a Syrian artist living in the UK, has been watching from a painful distance the war eviscerating his homeland: its people, its cities and villages, its past and present, and its memory.

Jordan: The Jewel in the ISIS Crown

Nikita Malik | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikita Malik

A boy in Syria, no more than ten-or eleven-years old, faces the camera clutching a passport emblazoned with the words "Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan."..

Jessica Elgot

Rape, Rockets And Child Soldiers: Pictures Reveal Grim Tales Of Kids At War

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK

When a group of ISIS militia knocked on the door of one Iraqi family in the captured city of Mosul, the father knew he did not have the cash to pay th...

Jihadist Recruitment Videos Raise Important Questions About Counter-Extremist Policy

Dave Rich | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Dave Rich

Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan from Cardiff, and Abdul Rakib Amin from Aberdeen, are just another example of British Muslims who have left behind their conventional British lives to seek martyrdom and jihad in a foreign land.

Mosque Denies Fostering Extremism After ISIS Fighters Visit Revealed

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK

A mosque attended by two British jihadis fighting with Islamist rebels in Syria has denied teaching extremist ideologies. The Al-Manar Centre repor...

After Iraq, ISIS Now Threatens Lebanon and Jordan

Luke McManus | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK
Luke McManus

Much like the Iraqi sectarianism of past and present, the powerful Lebanese Shia group, Hezbollah, may soon be drawn into a conflict that is already reaching beyond the conventions of international borders. All eyes are on ISIS now, and this is probably just what they had hoped for.

'He Was More Interested In Football Than Jihad'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

The third British man, now identified in an ISIS recruitment video, was a normal lad more interested in football than mosque, his shocked community ha...

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.