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IRAQ : Interview with German ‘Islamic State’ fighter surfaces

Journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer’s interview with the German “Islamic State” fighter Christian Emde was released on Wednesday and aired on private TV network RTL. Filmed in Mosul with masked men carrying…

The Kurds Are Quietly Annexing Kirkuk And the city’s oil riches

by VAGER SAADULLAH When Islamic State swept into Mosul in June 2014, Iraq’s army crumbled and fled. Baghdad’s troops also abandoned surrounding territories, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. But…

Swiss Right-wing MP calls for ban on Muslim refugees

Published: 09 Jan 2015 11:44 GMT+01:00    The politician behind the successful campaign to ban the construction of new minarets in Switzerland is now calling for a ban on certain…

Terror Expert Louise Shelley: ‘Islamic State Is a Diversified Criminal Operation’

interview Conducted by Markus Dettmer and Jörg Schindler REUTERS Where does Islamic State get its money? In an interview, terrorism expert Louise Shelley says it operates like a run-of-the-mill crime…

Sustained U.S. support will give the Sunnis hope

Summary SUMMARY by David Ignatius   Pleas to U.S. Central Command, or Centcom, and the Iraqi military on the night of Oct. 23 brought no aid, and the tribal fighters…

Iraq TV show makes ‘terrorists’ confront victims

  “In the Grip of the Law,” brings convicted terrorists face-to-face with victims in surreal encounters and celebrates the country’s beleaguered security forces. The show, produced by state-run Iraqiyya TV,…

Inside Isis: The first Western journalist ever given access to the ‘Islamic State’ has just returned – and this is what he discovered

The first Western journalist in the world to be allowed extensive access to Isis territories in Syria and Iraq has returned from the region with a warning: the group is…

Iraq Kurds press fightback as top rebel reported killed

NAHYAT AL-AYADHIYA, Iraq: Kurdish forces pressed their biggest offensive against the Islamic State group so far on Friday, buoyed by US reports that IS supremo, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s top aide…

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…

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