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Summary The Daily Star, Lebanon In fact, Washington had already taken firm action, by launching airstrikes in northern Iraq to stem military advances by ISIS that came uncomfortably close to…

Isis’s undoubted skill in exploiting social media is no reason for US leaders to start talking about the apocalypse – Power without responsibility has provided al-Baghdadi and his men with their most

by Robert Fisk, The Independent We keep banging on about British citizens turning into Jihadists – that tired old public relations man Dave Cameron does this all the time, with…

Who is Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi? From Al-Zarqawi to Al-Bagdahdi: “The Islamic State” is a CIA-Mossad-MI6 “Intelligence Asset”

the following article first published ten years in June 2004 pertains to Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, the legendary leader and founder of Al Qaeda in Iraq. The name of this mysterious…

Why defeating the Islamic State is necessary

Summary by Charles Krauthammer, The Daily Star Baghdad called President Barack Obama’s bluff and he came through. With the support of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have retaken the…

James Foley beheading: UK close to identifying jihadist

BBC News: The UK is close to identifying a suspected jihadist who is believed to have beheaded a journalist, ambassador to the US Peter Westmacott has said. READ MORE…  …

The Middle East really has very few moderates

Fareed Zakaria| The Daily Star Hillary Clinton was expressing what has become Washington’s new conventional wisdom when she implied, in her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic, “moderates” might…

All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish – Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise

“Apocalyptic.” “End-of-days strategic vision.” “Beyond anything we have ever seen.” “An imminent threat to every interest we have.” “Beyond just a terrorist group.” “We must prepare for everything.” So are…

Air strikes? Talk of God? Barack Obama is following the jihadists’ script after James Foley beheading

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 by Robert Fisk, The Indepedent The “caliphate” has some pretty tough theatrical…

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT Now President Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink? For centuries, governments told their soldiers and their…

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…

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