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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are Now President Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink?

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT For centuries, governments told their soldiers and their people to “Know Your Enemy”. The problem with the Isis “Caliphate” – and it is a big…

Hairdresser from Croydon fighting ‘inhuman’ Isis militants on frontline in Iraq

IAN JOHNSTON Friday 22 August 2014 Kurdish-born Mama Kurda is fighting with the Peshmerga forces who have been pushing back Isis, also known as Islamic State, in northern Iraq with…

Islamic State Threat ‘Completely Unprecedented’

Sky News: The threat posed by Islamic State militants, who have seized control of large parts of Syria and Iraq, is “beyond anything we’ve seen”, according to US Defense Secretary…

British Muslims join MI5 in hunt for Foley executioners

Mainstream Muslim worshippers including parents of suspected British jihadists have vowed to work with police and security services to root out extremists. Rukia Khan, whose 20-year-old son is said to…

Arabs face a deep crisis of statehood

by Rami G. Khouri, Daily Star, Lebanon Summary The dramatic expansion of the territory controlled by the “Islamic State” in Syria and Iraq in the last few months has generated…

Rai appeals to world to save Iraqi Christians from extinction

Summary Visiting the Kurdish capital Irbil, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai called Wednesday on the international community to help Iraq’s minorities, asking the country’s Christians to stick to their roots and…

ISIS: Caliphate of Fear: The Curse of the Islamic State

Caliphate of Fear: The Curse of the Islamic State By SPIEGEL Staff  2014/08/19 REUTERS Images of Yazidis fleeing parts of Iraq and Syria have shocked the world and the battle…

ISIS militants threaten Mosul’s female doctors

By: Mohammed Abboud Published Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Female doctors in the Iraqi city of Mosul are witnessing the practices of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) firsthand,…

Isis militants claim to have killed US journalist James Foley

theguardian.com: A propaganda video circulated on Tuesday showed a masked Isis fighter beheading a kneeling man dressed in an orange jumpsuit who is purported to be James Wright Foley, a…

Iraq’s Last Chance

By ALI KHEDERY AUG. 15, 2014 NEW YORK TIMES “THE country is in your hands,” whispered Iraq’s president, Fuad Masum, on Aug. 11 as he charged the newly designated prime…

Europe’s Malaise: The New Normal?

TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014 Stratfor By George Friedman Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation…

MOSUL’S CHRISTIANS Churches call for ‘immediate action’ in Iraq

By Mohamed Cherif swissinfo.ch (Reuters) The World Council of Churches (WCC) says dialogue is not possible with Iraq’s Islamic extremists, who have forced about one million Iraqis – including Christians…

The U.S. Airstrikes in Northern Iraq Are All About Oil

FOREIGN POLICY AUGUST 8, 2014 By John B. Judis Last night, President Barack Obama announced that he was authorizing American airtstrikes in Iraq. He described his intervention as a “humanitarian…

Iraq is caught between glory and despair

Summary Iraq is caught between glory and despair Rarely in world history do we have a case like the state of Iraq today. Iraq is everything we could be, and…

Bombs away! US to the rescue – but only of certain minorities, not Muslims Obama’s air strikes on Isis in northern Iraq are hypocritical, and a sense of déjà vu is understandable

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT He wouldn’t bomb Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s bloody caliphate when it was butchering the majority Shia Muslims of Iraq. But Barak Obama is riding to the…

Iraq crisis: West’s ‘mandate’ limited by national borders – and don’t dare mention oil

by Robert Fisk, The Independent In the Middle East, the first shots of every war define the narrative we all dutifully follow. So too, this greatest crisis since the last…

Arab press blasts Islamic State militants for tarnishing Muslims worldwide

FoxNews.com: A growing chorus of top Muslim leaders and Arab pundits around the world are strongly condemning the “cancerous” actions of extremist Islamic State militants, saying the ruthless group’s horrific…

Terrorist Group is Fusion of a Quasi-state, Radical Islam

The group calling itself “The Islamic State” continues its drive to conquer and rule a piece of the Middle East. Its violent campaign to spread its extreme form of Islam…

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