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Isis in Syria: General reveals the lack of communication with the US – and his country’s awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities ROBERT FISK DAMASCUS…

Humanitarian crisis: Swiss pledge more funds for refugee crises and Ebola

The government has pledged an additional CHF40 million ($42.2 million) for the victims of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq as well as for efforts to contain the spread of…

Isis attack on Idlib: Assad’s army leaders ‘slaughtered’ as jihadists nearly take Syrian provincial capital

by Robert Fisk, The Independent Syria almost lost its second city to the jihadists of Isis and Jabhat al-Nusra last night when hundreds of fighters stormed into the provincial capital,…

Syria’s 3 ½-year conflict roiling the economy

DAMASCUS, Syria — The middle-aged salesman sat glumly among an array of shorts, khaki leisure suits bedecked with gold belts and dresses with plunging necklines in the ancient Damascus bazaar…

Pentagon: IS battle now costing $8.3m per day

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon said in updated figures on Monday the average daily cost of the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants has risen to $8.3 million, or a total of…

Robert Fisk: The 200,000 Syrian child refugees forced into slave labour in Lebanon

While the world obsesses over the atrocities committed by Isis, the plight of those forced to flee the country has been largely forgotten. Robert Fisk takes a heartbreaking tour of…

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…

Lebanon: Cash aid for refugees succeeds despite donors’ doubts

BEIRUT: For decades, aid groups have assumed they know what’s best for refugees and the poor; a growing body of evidence suggests they’re wrong. Both academic research and practical experience,…

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…

With the US led strikes on Isis intensifying, it is a good time to be a shareholder in the merchants of death. Last month American warships fired $65.8m worth of Tomahawk missiles within just 24 hours of each other

by Robert Fisk, The Independent So who is winning the war? Isis? Us? The Kurds (remember them?) The Syrians? The Iraqis? Do we even remember the war? Not at all.…

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…

Too little too late …

The international coalition that was assembled to confront ISIS has certainly made its mark, but as an example of tragi-comedy. Following weeks of airstrikes and related anti-jihadist efforts in Iraq…

Anti-IS war being led by a woman

BEIRUT: A Kurdish woman fighter is leading the battle against Islamic State militants in the Syrian battleground town of Kobani, a monitoring group and activists said Sunday. “Mayssa Abdo, known…

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…

How Not to Run a War Coalition: The (US) Administration blames Turkey for the catastrophe in Syria.

President Obama likes to list “our friends and partners” who have signed up for his military campaign in Iraq and Syria. If only he knew how to lead such a…

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