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Many uncertainties remain in the anti-ISIS campaign

Summary by David Ignatius, Daily Star, Lebanon Gen. John Allen must sometimes feel that he’s navigating a maze as he organizes the coalition to defeat ISIS: Iran is a silent…

ISIS & Slavery

ISIS: Enslaving, having sex with ‘unbelieving’ women, girls is OK By Greg Botelho, CNN.com updated 11:20 AM EST, Sat December 13, 2014  source: CNN  STORY HIGHLIGHTS ISIS produces a document,…

Iraqi Kurd urges regional rule for Iraqi Sunnis

Summary Iraq’s central government in Baghdad must give up much of its authority to local power centers — and potentially permit the creation of an autonomous Sunni Muslim region —…

Jordan’s King Says Fight Against ISIS Is ‘a Third World War, a Muslim Problem’

Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who is in Washington to meet with President Barack Obama, described the battle against the Islamic State, or ISIS, terror group in Iraq and Syria as…

A Sunni governor offers advice to defeat ISIS

A Sunni governor offers advice to defeat ISIS David Ignatius| The Daily Star The Obama administration’s slow campaign against ISIS takes a small step forward this week as a leading…

Lebanon holding IS chief’s daughter, ex-wife: Minister

 BEIRUT: Lebanese authorities are holding a daughter and an ex-wife of the head of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the interior minister said. It was initially reported that…

Capture of Isis leader’s wife is another murky tale from the pit of marital scandals. Can the Lebanese offer Saja in exchange for their captured soldiers?

We love the wives of our favourite monsters. And the rumours which surround them. Fresh from spitting out our hatred of Madame Asma al-Assad and making fun of the late…

With incentives and brute force, IS subdues tribes

BEIRUT — The Islamic State (IS) group is employing multiple tactics to subdue the Sunni Muslim tribes in Syria and Iraq under its rule, wooing some with gifts — everything…

Islamic State Lacks Funds to Keep Control of Iraqi, Syrian Territory: Experts

LONDON: Islamic State (IS) militants may ultimately lose the war in Iraq and Syria because they do not have enough money to run the territory under their control, despite holding…

The Floating Basket Homes of Iraq: A Paradise almost Lost to Saddam

Messynessychic.com It was Iraq’s ‘Garden of Eden’; unique wetlands in southern Iraq where a people known as the Ma’dan, or ‘Arabs of the marsh’, lived in a Mesopotamian Venice, characterised by…

Abdul-Rahman Kassig killing is pure evil, says Obama

BBC News: US President Barack Obama has condemned the killing of US aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig as “an act of pure evil”. The Islamic State (IS) militant group released a…

Islamic State to Mint Gold Coins

By Erik Holm and Siobhan Gorman The Islamic State is getting into the gold-coin business. The “Treasury Department” of the jihadist group that is now occupying large portions of Syria…

King orders relief assistance to Iraq’s Anbar

by Jordan Times | Nov 10, 2014 AMMAN — Upon the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces, the army on Monday dispatched…

Obama signals ‘new phase’ against Islamic State in Iraq

BBC News: President Barack Obama has said the deployment of 1,500 more US troops to Iraq marks a “new phase” against Islamic State militants. He told CBS TV that the…

Why Can’t the Pentagon Kill the Islamic State’s Top Commanders? The U.S. military takes out terrorist leaders around the world, but it’s been unable to cut the head off of the Islamic State.

The United States and its coalition partners have conducted close to 800 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, hitting command-and-control facilities, training compounds, armored vehicles, oil refineries,…

Massacres ignored

The Daily Star Lebanon Events this week in Iraq and Syria offer dramatic proof of how weak the international campaign against ISIS is, as if any proof were required. When…

New Alignments: The Kurds’ Lonely Fight against Islamic State Terror

By Ralf Hoppe, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Reuter and Jonathan Stock SPIEGEL.DE The headquarters of one the world’s mightiest terrorist organization is located in the mountains northeast of Erbil, Iraq. Or…

Why Iraq’s Sunni community is surrendering to ISIS

David Ignatius| The Daily Star Jalal al-Gaood, one of the tribal leaders the U.S. has been cultivating in hopes of rolling back extremists in Iraq, grimly describes how his hometown…

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