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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…

U.S. diffidence in Syria means failure

by Michael Young, The Daily Star, Lebanon Summary President Barack Obama’s attitude toward the Syrian conflict is the equivalent of wanting to win the lottery without buying a ticket. Obama…

UN: Kobani massacre looms

GENEVA: Thousands of people “will most likely be massacred” if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a UN envoy said on Friday, as militants fought deeper into the besieged Syrian…

Law and order: The Swiss Government has decided to outlaw the militant Islamic State group and similar organisations.

OCT 8, 2014 – SWISSINFO.CH Defence Minister Ueli Maurer has performed a U-turn regarding the Islamic State The Swiss government has decided to outlaw the militant Islamic State group and…

Turkey’s Syria game

The Daily Star Turkey appears to be playing a game on its border with Syria, but it does not appear to have figured out how to win it, nor what…

U.S. Air Strikes Can’t Stop ISIS in the Fight for Kobani

Rebecca Collard / Beirut @rebeccacollard Oct. 7, 2014 Smoke rises from the city centre of the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, as seen from…

Lebanon faces Isis and Nusra incursions – and an influx of refugees

Arab compatriots show little sympathy for Syrian families fleeing violence ROBERT FISK Author Biography BEIRUT Monday 06 October 2014 The shooting went on for hours, heard even in the centre…

Kobane: Civilians flee IS street-to-street fighting

Islamic State (IS) militants are reported to have entered the key Syria-Turkey border town of Kobane and are engaged in street-to-street fighting with Syrian Kurd defenders. IS fighters entered eastern…

Robert Fisk: Cameron talked the talk at conference. But after the bombing, what then? He knows very well that our four – or is it two? – clapped-out Tornadoes are not going to make the slightest difference to any assault on jihadi forces

Is there a “Plan B” in Barack Obama’s brain? Or in David Cameron’s, for that matter? I mean, we’re vaguely told that air strikes against the ferocious “Islamic State” may…

The Caliphate Next Door: Turkey Faces Up to its Islamic State Problem

By Katrin Elger, Hasnain Kazim, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark spiegel.de Islim Ali is dragging a torn trash bag behind her, clothes spilling out of the growing holes. Twenty-two years…

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