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The rule of law triumphs, sort of, in the U.S.

by Rami G. Khouri, The Daily Star, Lebanon Summary The conviction in a Washington court Wednesday of four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards for their roles in a 2007 shooting…

IS now ‘richest terror group’

WASHINGTON: The Islamic State has become the world’s wealthiest terror group, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said Thursday.…

Kurdish women who have given up everything to fight ISIS militants

‘We want everyone to know that a woman is no different to a man when it comes to defending her country.’ That is the message from a group of incredibly…

Half-Million Iraqis Died in the War, New Study Says

By Dan Vergano National Geographic PUBLISHED OCTOBER 15, 2013 War and occupation directly and indirectly claimed the lives of about a half-million Iraqis from 2003 to 2011, according to a…

Kobane: US drops arms and aid to Kurds battling IS

US military aircraft have dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane. US Central Command said C-130…

Analysis & Opinion | The Great Debate: Joining Islamic State is about ‘sex and aggression,’ not religion

By Arie W. Kruglanski October 16, 2014 REUTERS It is easy to look to religion for an explanation of why young men — and some women — become radicalized. But…

What if IS didn’t exist?

It is not only Western agendas that benefit by groups like the Islamic State; Arab and regional agendas are equally served, writes Ramzy Baroud What if the so-called Islamic State…

Vatican envoys assess IS’ threat to Mideast Christians — ambassador

by Rula Samain | Oct 15, 2014 | JORDAN TIMES AMMAN — The military intervention against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, although lawful and necessary, will not stem the…

Islamic State militants on Baghdad doorstep

WASHINGTON: US-led aircraft hammered Islamic State militants with 21 bombing raids near Kobani on Monday and Tuesday amid signs the strikes had “slowed” the group’s advance on the Syrian border…

Robert Fisk on Isis: Beware of the role of the laptop in our addiction to politics and war. – It is the internet not Isis that radicalises. The ‘virtual’ has dropped out of ‘virtual reality’

Ever since the Pentagon started talking about Isis as apocalyptic, I’ve suspected that websites and blogs and YouTube are taking over from reality. I’m even wondering whether “Isis” – or…

Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’

BY PATRICK COCKBURN Saturday 24 July 2010 Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed…

What if Your name is ISIS –

Miami, USA Isis Martinez starts petition to stop calling jihadists ‘ISIS’ This image posted on a militant website, which is consistent with AP reporting, shows a convoy of vehicles and…

Kobane: Civilians flee IS street-to-street fighting

Islamic State (IS) militants are reported to have entered the key Syria-Turkey border town of Kobane and are engaged in street-to-street fighting with Syrian Kurd defenders. IS fighters entered eastern…

Robert Fisk: Cameron talked the talk at conference. But after the bombing, what then? He knows very well that our four – or is it two? – clapped-out Tornadoes are not going to make the slightest difference to any assault on jihadi forces

Is there a “Plan B” in Barack Obama’s brain? Or in David Cameron’s, for that matter? I mean, we’re vaguely told that air strikes against the ferocious “Islamic State” may…

In order to defeat ISIS, the world must discredit its ideology

Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum| The Daily Star The global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today’s crisis of extremism, we must recognize that…

RAF jets strike first IS targets in Iraq

RAF jets have carried out their first strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, attacking a “heavy weapon position” and an armed pick-up truck. The Ministry of Defence said the…

IS insurgents hide behind civilian homes to avoid airstrikes

 • Locals say strikes have reduced checkpoints • Militants travel on two wheels instead of four • Hide in trenches in backyards of civilian houses RAHEEM SALMAN AND YARA…

Iraq’s Christians start taking security into own hands

AFP | Sep 27, 2014 | 23:18 Updated: Sep 27, 2014 | JORDAN TIMES AL QOSH, Iraq — When jihadists raided their ancient heartland last month, Iraq’s Christian Assyrians were…

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