Iraq

Turkey wants anti-Assad rebels to control Kobane: PM

Turkey wants anti-Assad rebels to control Kobane: PM

Turkey has been reluctant to support Kurds defending Kobane. Now the admission of captured IS fighters raises more questions about Turkey’s reluctance to join the fray

Islamic State: Battle of Tripoli is won but hearts and minds are lost

The Lebanese Army recaptured Tripoli on Monday but pockets of sympathy for the Islamic State aligned militants remain, particularly among the young

US to take airport in Iraq’s Kurdistan as military airbase: Officials

ISIS have provided the pretext for U.S. to establish an airbase at a strategically vital location, 60 kilometers from the Iranian border and close to Syria

ISIS fighters withdraw from Syria’s embattled Kobani – RT sources

It should be emphasised however, that U.S. air strikes in no way contributed to the militants withdrawal. We explain why

US soldier in chemical weapons gear. Click to enlarge

Iraq’s ‘hidden’ chemical weapons: US ‘covered up’ discovery of chemical weapons – and many are now in Isis’s hands

If at first you don’t succeed then lie, lie, lie again

Iran’s Special Forces Commander Qassam Suleimani Takes Center Stage In Fight Against ISIS

“Iran is showing how seriously they are taking the threat to Iraq,” said Fawaz Gerges, a political scientist

Iranian official: Turkey involved in the expansion of ISIS in region

More evidence emerges that the West and its allies are actively assisting the terror group’s advances, as Iran’s Ayatollah denounces the U.S. and ‘wicked Britain’

ISIS rallies ‘10,000 militants’ at gates of Baghdad

ISIS surrounds the Iraqi capitol in preparation for attack

War against Isis: US strategy in tatters as militants march on

U.S. strategy fails as Islamic militants continue their march, seizing large swathes of Iraq and Syria

Alarmist headlines and dramatic pictures help stir up feelings of anger from the Western world.

ISIS : A CIA Creation to Justify War Abroad and Repression at Home

The name itself is symbolic and revealing: ISIS. Why is an “Islamic” group named after an Ancient Egyptian goddess?

Islamic State Commander Omar al-Shishani. Click to enlarge

Islamic State Grooms Chechen Fighters Against Putin

An added bonus for Islamic State’s covert Western backers. The terror groups Chechen contingent vows to return to Russia to wage jihad against Putin

Air strike against Isis near Kobani. Click to enlarge

Syria air strikes: Why can’t the US-led coalition stop the march of Isis?

Stupid question really. But just in case you’ve forgotten we post a little reminder

German police used water cannon during clashes in Hamburg between Kurdush portesters and IS supporters. Click to enlarge

Now ISIS clashes spread across Europe

Riot police separate hundreds of Kurds and Islamist supporters in Germany after at least nine are killed in protests in Turkey

Hezbollah and their supportersd carry the coffins of fallen comrades through Baalbek. Click to enlarge

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

Casualty figures moved between 14 jihadis and three Hezbollah dead, and 16 jihadis with eight Hezbollah dead. But the figures are less important than the implications

Cameron talked the talk at conference. But after the bombing, what then?

What happens if our Kurdish allies and non-existent “moderate” Syrian fighters – described by Vice-President Joe Biden last week as largely “shopkeepers” – don’t overthrow the monstrous “Islamic State”?

Those who favour this action claim to care about massacres and persecution. But in fact they want to be seen to care, writes Hitchens. Click to enlarge

Dragged into a war by clowns who can’t even run a railway

Wars cause far more atrocities than they prevent. In fact, wars make atrocities normal and easy. If you don’t like atrocities, don’t start wars. It is a simple rule

Biden’s remarks on Syria about allies are ‘disingenuous’: Rickard

Part of the problem, says the former U.S. intelligence official Scott Rickard, is that “the US public is completely misled by their politicians and their news media”

Islamic State beheads British hostage Henning in new video

The timing alone should rouse suspicion. Just as Britain contemplates striking terrorists in Syria, they post a video of their beheading the charity worker. Almost goading a strike

John's father, Paul Cantlie reads his appeal from his hospital bed. Click to enlarge

John Cantlie: Father of British Isis hostage appeals for his release

It may sound like a contradiction but we explain why this appeal could be an example of heartless cynicism.

Turkish soldiers face Islamic State positions near Kobani. Click to enlarge

Turkey approves military incursions against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

Opening the way for NATO’s ‘intervention’ in both nations