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War with Isis: Islamic militants have army of 200,000, claims senior Kurdish leader

Exclusive: CIA has hugely underestimated the number of jihadis, who now rule an area the size of Britain PATRICK COCKBURN IRBIL Sunday 16 November 2014 The Islamic State (Isis) has…

Isis in Syria: The militia that has transcended tribal divisions to fight Islamic State

BY ROBERT FISK Sunday 16 November 2014 Militias worry me. No rules, no guidelines, no punishments. The Israelis used an undisciplined mob called the South Lebanon Army. The Americans used…

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…

Archaeologists dig at ancient site next door to Islamic State

By Mohammed Rasool and Deb Riechmann The Associated Press GAZIANTEP, Turkey —Archaeology and war don’t usually mix, yet that has been the case for years at Karkemish, an ancient city…

War with Isis: The forgotten, plucky Kurds under siege in their enclave on Syria’s border with Turkey

Robert Fisk visits Rumeilan, where its people strive to extract oil, produce asphalt and continue the struggle against the Islamist militants The skies are grey-black from the oilfields and refineries…

Isis in Syria: In the shadow of death, a few thousand Christians remain to defy militants

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT Just 15 miles from the frontline of Isis, which persecutes their faith, the Christians of Qamishli gathered in the Church of the Holy Virgin for…

Isis in Syria: The story of the martyred soldiers who fought ‘to the last bullet’ to avoid the fate of captured comrades beheaded by militants

By Robert Fisk, The Independent No one knows who Haj Badr was, but his white-painted tomb lies in a small sanctuary atop an ancient “tel” where potsherds thousands of years…

Unwitting accomplice

The Daily Star Monday’s announcement that President Bashar Assad will study a proposal by the U.N. envoy to Syria to “freeze” fighting in Aleppo should generate skepticism rather than optimism.…

What does Isis look like from the air? I buckled up my seat belt and found out From the air, the Isis heartland stretches out in a grey-black desert while smoke plumes from the sky

by Robert Fisk, The Independent Syrian Arab Airlines flight RB131 took off from Damascus International Airport to far-away Qamishli at 8.35am for its journey over Isis country, flying at an…

The Lost Children: France Takes Stock of Growing Jihadist Problem By Julia Amalia Heyer

Sometimes Séverine Mehault climbs the stairs to the second floor for no reason at all. She walks along the hallway, past her son’s room and into her daughter’s bedroom. Then…

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…

After shipwreck, refugee finds despair in Europe

Summary After shipwreck, refugee finds despair in Europe It has been a year since the ship went down, and still the memories torment the Syrian refugee:The father flailing in choppy…

Syrian Hajis eye Kingdom asylum

Haj pilgrims from Syria have refused to return home after completing the pilgrimage citing the ongoing political unrest and have appealed for asylum in the Kingdom. With the deadline for…

In Assad’s Syria, death notices litter the walls – and life goes on Driving along roads that cost many lives to capture, Robert Fisk sees hasty monuments to dead soldiers of a state that was once a pariah

Abdul Qadir al-Djezairi’s palace is on the right, noble in spirit as well as architecture. He is the one who brought the Christians and Jews of Damascus to his home…

How did Islamists receive American weapons? See the evidence from guided missile that exploded near Syrian front line

by Robert Fisk, The Independent Syria’s special forces troops are strung out across a pinnacle of hills here just north east of Lattakia on one of the country’s most dangerous…

Lessons from Versailles for today’s imploding Middle East

Summar As the Middle East and North Africa implode, perhaps focus should be directed on the end of World War I – and specifically the settlement fashioned by U.S. President…

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