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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…

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…

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