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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

Former commander of British ground forces, General Lord Richards

Striking ISIS is futile, says top British general

Former head of British military warns that air strikes alone will not defeat ISIS. To effectively deal with the militants troops will have to be deployed on the ground

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives?

In this part of the world exchanging captives goes back to the time of the Crusades. So what’s stopping the West?

CNN's Amanpour interviews President Rouhani. Click to enlarge

Iran’s President calls airstrikes on ISIS ‘theater,’ says broader campaign needed

Underlining Iran’s deep mistrust of its old adversary, Iran’s President Rouhani suggests that US campaign is little more than “theater”

Villepinte gathering for regime change in Tehran 27 June 2014. Click to enlarge

The March to War: Fighting ISIL is a Smokescreen for US Mobilization against Syria, Iran

The fight against ISIS is part of a long agenda to effect regime change in Tehran and the Middle East

Report: U.S. Air Strike in Syria Kills Six Children, Zero ISIS Members

The real face of the struggle against ISIS. Includes video

RAF prepares for bombing raids using Storm Shadow ‘bunker busters’

Western support for a more extensive military campaign in the Middle East gathers pace

British, Iranian leaders to discuss IS at first talks since 1979

French President Francois Hollande was also set to meet Rouhani Tuesday

Ken O’Keefe on Press TV’s The Debate – Islamic State

Press TV talks to Ken O’Keefe and former U.S. intelligence officer Bob Ayers about Islamic State militants

Turkey accused of colluding with Isis to oppose Syrian Kurds and Assad following surprise release of 49 hostages

Turkey vehemently denies any colluding with Isis over the release of 49 of its diplomats

Hezbollah: US Bombing Iraqi Army, Popular Forces’ Positions Not ISIL

It was predicted that something like this would happen. Now reports are coming in that U.S. airstrikes are intentionally hitting Iraqi government forces

Air strikes alone will not defeat Islamic State – Tony Blair

True to form, the man who sent British troops to Iraq and Afghanistan says troops will be needed on the ground to fight Islamic State militants

The Geopolitics of Gas and the Syrian Crisis

“Opposition” armed to thwart construction of Iran-Iraq-Syria gas pipeline

“Boots on the Ground” against ISIL? US Generals Challenge President Obama on Ground Troops in Iraq, Syria

Over the past several days, both White House and Pentagon spokesmen have issued “clarifying” statements in an attempt to smooth over what increasingly suggests something close to insubordination by the top uniformed brass against the president.

ISIS releases Hollywood style propaganda video in response to US plans to deploy troops in Iraq threatening the 'fighting has just begun'

ISIS releases Hollywood style propaganda video in response to US plans to deploy troops in Iraq threatening the ‘fighting has just begun’

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Iran’s Rouhani Blasts ISIS and ‘Ridiculous’ U.S.-Led Coalition

President Rouhani condemns ISIS for its savagery. But also takes issue with the alliance against it, saying included nations that helped ISIS with weapons and training

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Martin Dempsey. Click to enlarge

Dempsey: If conditions change, US ground troops could be sent to Iraq

With moves to authorise another $500 million for ‘Syrian rebels’ — to fight Islamic militants rather than overthrow Assad — Gen Dempsey admits that US troops could still be deployed

ISIL executions ordered from US, UK?

Until recently most in the West opposed military intervention in the Middle East. The beheading videos have changed that. Are they part of a political theatre that’s being used to manipulate public opinion?

Abducted aid worker Alan Henning. Click to enlarge

UK rules out trying to save Briton held by ISIS

Hostage aid workers, beheadings on camera, together with the authorities admission that they are unable to mount a rescue, like reality TV you have to wonder if there aren’t elements of a psy-op involved here?