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Further fracturing Arab countries

Jun 17,2015 – JORDAN TIMES   by Michael Jansen The battle between Kurdish militiamen and Daesh over the strategic Syrian border town of Tel Abyan has been a crucial test for…

Anbar: A Tale of Two Offensives

BY PAUL IDDON Jul 22, 2015 U.S.-made Humvees being used by Shia militias against Daesh in Tikrit. When the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) lost control of Anbar’s provincial capital Ramadi…

‘I’m Not a Butcher': An Interview with Islamic State’s Architect of Death

By Christoph Reuter         SPIEGEL.DE Ali Arkady/VII/DER SPIEGEL For one and a half years, Abu Abdullah was responsible for organizing Islamic State’s suicide bombings in Baghdad. He…

The seven wars in seven Muslim countries that are fuelling Isis

  by Patrick Cockburn The aftermath of an Isis suicide bomb attack during the battle for Kobani On June 30 last year, Isis said it was establishing a caliphate in…

To Many Iraqis, U.S. Isn’t Really Seeking to Defeat Islamic State. American military response is criticized as too weak

ENLARGE U.S. army trainers instruct Iraqi army recruits at a military base in Taji, Iraq, in April. PHOTO: JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES By YAROSLAV TROFIMOV Updated June 25, 2015 8:11 a.m.…

State of fear: Survivors tell of life under Daesh rule

JORDAN TIMES ESKI MOSUL, Iraq — When Daesh burst into the Iraqi village of Eski Mosul, Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim knew his wife was in trouble. Buthaina Ibrahim was an outspoken…

Sunni tribes, abandoned by Iraq, key to Daesh fight

By AP – Jun 20,2015 – Last updated at Jun 20,2015 Sunni tribal leaders attend the graduation ceremony of Sunni tribal volunteers in Habaniyah, 80km west of Baghdad, on Wednesday…

You can’t defeat ISIS with Facebook

Summary    BY RAMI G. KHOURI, THE DAILY STAR, LEBANON Rarely has amateurism in American foreign policy in the Middle East been as glaring and shocking as it has been…

Iraq’s Tariq Aziz laid to rest in Madaba (Jordan)

by Muath Freij, Jordan Times AMMAN — Former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz was buried in Madaba city, southwest of the capital, on Saturday. The body of Aziz arrived in…

Al Qaeda’s Syria chief says Daesh caliphate ‘illegitimate’

By AFP – Jun 04,2015 – JORDAN TIMES BEIRUT — The chief of Al Qaeda’s Syria affiliate described the rival Daesh group’s self-proclaimed caliphate as “illegitimate”, in a wide-ranging television…

Daesh reduces water supply to gov’t areas in Anbar

By AP – Jun 04,2015 -JORDAN TIMES Iraq’s Badr Brigades Shiite militia detain four men that they suspect of being Daesh militants outside the oil refinery in Beiji, 250 kilometres…

How Islamic State Victories Shape the Syrian Civil War

 analysis June 2, 2015 | 09:15 GMT Militants allegedly belonging to the Islamic State guard a checkpoint near Azaz, Syria, on May 31. (Reuters) Analysis Forecast The Islamic State will…

There’s method in the madness of Isis’s cultural vandalism

There’s method in the madness of Isis’s cultural vandalism The more antiquities appear to be threatened, the more the mafias can charge for their booty by Robert Fisk, The Independent…

I am optimistic on Iraq’s future — King of Jordan

by Jordan Times | May 28, 2015 | 23:23 His Majesty King Abdullah is seen with John Defterios, CNN’s emerging markets editor, ahead of an interview on May 21 (Photo…

Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Source: The Independent by Robert Fisk, The Independent For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – Blair’s appointment was an…

Why Are the Islamic State’s Commanders so Much Better than the Iraqi Army’s?

BY PAUL MCLEARY MAY 26, 2015 – 4:03 PM Shiite militias and Iraqi government forces have started to move into place around the Islamic State-held city of Ramadi in preparation…

If Joe Biden calls, head for the hills

RSS FOLLOW EMAIL PRINT SHARE Rami G. Khouri| The Daily Star If I were Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, I’d be slightly worried that I received a telephone call from…

US defence chief’s criticism of Iraqis raises questions

AP | May 25, 2015 | JORDAN TIMES A displaced Sunni man fleeing the violence in Ramadi carries a crying child on his shoulders, on the outskirts of Baghdad, on…

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