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US Sees Islamic State Group Spreading its Tentacles

US Sees Islamic State Group Spreading its Tentacles

IS remains the greatest threat globally, with a “formidable force” in Syria and Iraq

02 June 2016

Fear For Civilians As Islamic State Halts Iraqi Army At Gates Of Fallujah

Fear For Civilians As Islamic State Halts Iraqi Army At Gates Of Fallujah

Although most of Fallujah’s population is believed to have fled, 50,000 people are still thought to be trapped inside with limited access to food, water or healthcare

31 May 2016

Kurds: Peshmerga target Mosul in advance on ISIS territory

Kurds: Peshmerga target Mosul in advance on ISIS territory

"I am very happy to help liberate these villages today, because they are Kurds like us. After we liberate the village they can return and we will guard them too"

30 May 2016

Opinion: 1

Concerns Over Civilian Suffering as Iraqi Forces Surround Fallujah

Concerns Over Civilian Suffering as Iraqi Forces Surround Fallujah

"They are brainwashed by now… They should be placed in a special camp"

30 May 2016

50,000 civilians reportedly trapped inside Fallujah as Iraqi forces surround ISIS stronghold

50,000 civilians reportedly trapped inside Fallujah as Iraqi forces surround ISIS stronghold

"Saving innocent people from harm's way is the most important thing, even more so than targeting the enemy"

29 May 2016

Opinion: 1

US-backed Syrian Forces Advance Toward IS Capital

US-backed Syrian Forces Advance Toward IS Capital

“In some areas they just retreat, and in other areas they stay to fight… But we have killed dozens of them so far”

28 May 2016

Opinion: 1

US dropping calls for Assad to go because Syrian regime is better than ISIS

US dropping calls for Assad to go because Syrian regime is better than ISIS

In Syria and Lebanon, there are no plans for a future, but the Syrian army is going to have a role in any New Syria

26 May 2016

Opinion: 1

ISIS on Europe's doorstep

ISIS on Europe's doorstep

How terror is infiltrating the migrant route

26 May 2016

The Lieberman Appointment: Is Israel Turning the Tables on the West?

The Lieberman Appointment: Is Israel Turning the Tables on the West?

Despite the current impasse in negotiations between the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party (Israel is Our Home, a party supported largely by émigrés from the former Soviet Union) Avigdor Lieberman, an agreement is likely to be reached and Lieberman is likely to become Israel’s next minister of defense.

26 May 2016

by Joshua Tartakovsky

US Allied Forces Launch Operation to Liberate Raqqa

US Allied Forces Launch Operation to Liberate Raqqa

“We’re launching this campaign with the help of coalition forces in northern Raqqa”

24 May 2016

Egypt Air Flight 804: What happened and what it means

Egypt Air Flight 804: What happened and what it means

Security has always been a “people, process, and technology” business, and it appears more than ever that advanced technology needs to be applied uniformly across the entire global aviation sector, as well as other vulnerable sectors to detect evolving threats.

23 May 2016

by Ioannis Mantzikos

Iraq Launches Western Operation Against Islamic State

Iraq Launches Western Operation Against Islamic State

Iraq's security forces have announced the start of an operation to retake control of Ar-Rutbah, a town in western Anbar province that links Islamic State-controlled areas there with the Jordanian and Syrian borders.

17 May 2016

Fearing Western Agents, Islamic State Enhances Vetting For New Recruits

Fearing Western Agents, Islamic State Enhances Vetting For New Recruits

The Islamic State has toughened its until now largely open recruitment policy, subjecting candidates to vetting, profiling, and interviews, an IS-supporting Palestinian jihadi source told

16 May 2016

Libya: US backs arming of government for IS fight

Libya: US backs arming of government for IS fight

The US and other world powers have said they are ready to arm Libya's UN-backed unity government to help it fight the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group.

16 May 2016

ISIS declares state of emergency in self-declared capital

ISIS declares state of emergency in self-declared capital

U.S. military officials are closely watching social media and news reports that say ISIS believes it may soon come under siege in Raqqa, Syria, its self-declared capital

14 May 2016

Islamic State Produces Smartphone App for Children

Islamic State Produces Smartphone App for Children

The Islamic State has launched a mobile phone app for children, in which they are taught the Arabic alphabet, Islamist ideology, and a useful vocabulary of words such as “tank,” “gun,” and “rocket.”

13 May 2016

Nigeria: Suicide Bomb at State Offices Kills 5 in Northeast

Nigeria: Suicide Bomb at State Offices Kills 5 in Northeast

The two bombings this week are the first attacks in two months, indicating the success of heightened vigilance by soldiers and self-defense groups that have reported intercepting several suicide bombers recently.

12 May 2016

Three car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad

Three car bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital Baghdad

At least 93 people have been killed, police and medics say.

11 May 2016

Iraq says Islamic State control shrinks to 14 percent of its territory

Iraq says Islamic State control shrinks to 14 percent of its territory

U.S.-backed military campaign against Islamic State had retaken around two-thirds of the territory seized by the militants in their lightning sweep across the country's north and west in 2014

11 May 2016

Iraq: All the King's Horses and All the King's Men

Iraq: All the King's Horses and All the King's Men

Regardless of whether they failed in their goals with regards to Iraq, or if chaos and instability is the goal in and of itself as many others would argue, the bottom line is that Iraq still has a chance

10 May 2016

by Navid Nasr

Turkey kills dozens of Isis fighters in a revenge attack

Turkey kills dozens of Isis fighters in a revenge attack

Artillery bombardments said to have been partly in response to rocket attacks on Turkish border town

08 May 2016

American killed in Iraq after ISIS broke through Peshmerga lines

American killed in Iraq after ISIS broke through Peshmerga lines

An American service member was killed in Iraq as a result of enemy fire about thirty kilometers north of Mosul, Pentagon officials confirmed

03 May 2016

ISIS struck deal with Assad to withdraw its weapons from Palmyra, leaked documents reveal

ISIS struck deal with Assad to withdraw its weapons from Palmyra, leaked documents reveal

The Islamic State group had struck a deal with the Syrian regime to withdraw its fighters from the ancient city of Palmyra

03 May 2016

Iraq protests: Demonstrators begin to leave Green Zone

Iraq protests: Demonstrators begin to leave Green Zone

“We need new faces not the old ones”

01 May 2016

The Kurdish Phoenix

The Kurdish Phoenix

It remains to be seen whether the Kurds will maintain their internal unity and cooperation with other Iraqi and international participants, and will continue to enjoy their friendly and secular image in the eyes of Western audiences.

28 April 2016

by Danny Orbach

Iraq Army Renews Offensive Toward Mosul Under Heavy Coalition Airstrikes

Iraq Army Renews Offensive Toward Mosul Under Heavy Coalition Airstrikes

The advance was brought to a halt, when the Iraqi soldiers have encountered heavy resistance after managing to retake three out of eight villages from ISIS fighters.

27 April 2016

The Day After A Mosul Dam Collapse

The Day After A Mosul Dam Collapse

The Mosul Dam is the key hydro-project that provides electricity and irrigation for millions of Iraqis. The good news ends there.

25 April 2016

by Theodore Karasik

ISIS revenue down 30 percent as its territory shrinks, report claims

ISIS revenue down 30 percent as its territory shrinks, report claims

"You can be fined for driving on the wrong side of the road and for not being able to answer questions correctly on the Koran"

18 April 2016

Belgium minister quits in Brussels airport security row

Belgium minister quits in Brussels airport security row

"The orchestrated and theatrical confusion of the last 48 hours prevents me from continuing in the performance of my duties."

15 April 2016

Five held by anti-terror police in Birmingham and at Gatwick

Five held by anti-terror police in Birmingham and at Gatwick

An operation "to address any associated threat to the UK following the attacks in Europe."

15 April 2016

Isis fighters’ numbers hit two-year low, Obama says

Isis fighters’ numbers hit two-year low, Obama says

"In other words, the Isis core in Syria and Iraq continues to shrink.”

14 April 2016

President Obama: Libya aftermath 'worst mistake' of presidency

President Obama: Libya aftermath 'worst mistake' of presidency

“Probably failing to plan for the day after, what I think was the right thing to do, in intervening in Libya”

11 April 2016

Marine Le Pen and the distortion of reality in France

Marine Le Pen and the distortion of reality in France

Marine Le Pen is apparently of the idea that the world is currently under threat from two evil types of global imperialism trying to subjugate France

10 April 2016

by Ioannis Mantzikos

Brussels group 'initially planned to hit France'

Brussels group 'initially planned to hit France'

The third man on the photo reveals the truth

10 April 2016

Top U.S. intel official: European countries ignoring terrorist tracking tools

Top U.S. intel official: European countries ignoring terrorist tracking tools

"We make sure that we know as much as we can… But we can't know everything all the time."

07 April 2016

Mass Grave Found in Syria's Palmyra

Mass Grave Found in Syria's Palmyra

Palmyra, coined as the "bride of the desert," used to attract tens of thousands of tourists every year.

03 April 2016

Trump We Can Believe In: New York Times makes clear why anti-imperialists MUST support Donald Trump

Trump We Can Believe In: New York Times makes clear why anti-imperialists MUST support Donald Trump

Trump doesn’t want the immense US military industrial complex to continue to decide the fate of nations. If countries want US bases there, let them pay for it. Why should the US pay for it?

02 April 2016

by Joshua Tartakovsky

Cameron warns about ISIS nuclear threat

Cameron warns about ISIS nuclear threat

“So many summits are about dealing with things that have already gone wrong. This is a summit about something we are trying to prevent”

02 April 2016

FBI Probing 17 Armed Middle Eastern Men ‘Chanting ‘Allahu-Akbar Type Stuff’ in CA Desert

FBI Probing 17 Armed Middle Eastern Men ‘Chanting ‘Allahu-Akbar Type Stuff’ in CA Desert

They were up all night chanting ‘Allah akbar’-type stuff”

30 March 2016

Families of US military, government workers ordered home from southern Turkey

Families of US military, government workers ordered home from southern Turkey

"We understand this is disruptive to our military families, but we must keep them safe and ensure the combat effectiveness of our forces to support our strong Ally Turkey in the fight against terrorism."

30 March 2016

Opinion: 1

FBI-Apple case: Investigators break into dead San Bernardino gunman's iPhone

FBI-Apple case: Investigators break into dead San Bernardino gunman's iPhone

A way of unlocking the iPhone through "an outside party" that had demonstrated such possibility without resorting to Apple's help was revealed

29 March 2016

Opinion: 1

Egyptair aircraft hijacked, lands in Cyprus: Cyprus radio

Egyptair aircraft hijacked, lands in Cyprus: Cyprus radio

“Hijacked aircraft of Egypt Air with 82 passengers landed at Larnaca airport”

29 March 2016

Opinion: 1

Brussels: The Wheel of Life... and Death

Brussels: The Wheel of Life... and Death

The questions to be asked now: who are the guilty culprits, aside from the actual perpetrators? ; what should be done, and needs to be done, in response?; and finally, what will be done?

26 March 2016

by Navid Nasr

Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam interrogated by Belgian police

Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam interrogated by Belgian police

“I told him I couldn’t blow myself. He consoled me and said he would hide me until I could be sent to a safer place...”

26 March 2016

Officials reportedly have concerns over security at Belgian nuclear plants

Officials reportedly have concerns over security at Belgian nuclear plants

Concerns of terrorists infiltrating nuclear power plants have sprung up after Brussels explosions

26 March 2016

Isis second-in-command Haji Imam killed by US forces

Isis second-in-command Haji Imam killed by US forces

The US has killed the Isis deputy leader in an operation inside Syria, the Pentagon is reportedly set to announce.

25 March 2016

Brussels attacks: New European reality, old tired response

Brussels attacks: New European reality, old tired response

Once again, terror has struck a European city, and once again, the reaction has been the same: Dismay, anger, confusion, fear. The stages of grief are adjusted to the reality of knowing that it will happen again.

25 March 2016

by Danielle Ryan

Two Americans Confirmed Dead in Brussels

Two Americans Confirmed Dead in Brussels

Among 31 dead in Brussels attacks 2 have been confirmed to be U.S. citizens

25 March 2016

Belgian police arrest seven suspects; France prevents another act of terrorism

Belgian police arrest seven suspects; France prevents another act of terrorism

"At this stage, there is no tangible evidence that links this plot to the attacks in Paris and Brussels"

25 March 2016

Brussels suicide bombers 'were known to US security officials' ahead of attack

Brussels suicide bombers 'were known to US security officials' ahead of attack

The latest reports confirmed at least 31 people dead and over 200 injured in Brussels attacks on Tuesday

25 March 2016

Brussels: Chickens come home to roost?

Brussels: Chickens come home to roost?

Europe refuses to look the threat in the eye and recognize that what took centuries of violence and bloodletting to stop has emerged with terrorist  passion and endangers the very fabric of Western democracies

24 March 2016

by Ioannis Mantzikos

Victims and witnesses of Brussels attacks provide commentary

Victims and witnesses of Brussels attacks provide commentary

"It was atrocious. The ceilings collapsed. There was blood everywhere, injured people, bags everywhere"

22 March 2016

Explosion at Maalbeek Metro station in Brussels follows two at the Zaventem airport

Explosion at Maalbeek Metro station in Brussels follows two at the Zaventem airport

An explosion has been heard at a Metro station in Brussels close to EU institutions and smoke has been sighted coming out of the building

22 March 2016

Brussels Zaventem airport rocked by two explosions with a possible connection to ISIS

Brussels Zaventem airport rocked by two explosions with a possible connection to ISIS

Two explosions destroyed inner sections of the departures area of Zaventem airport in Brussels

22 March 2016

Young Le-Pen: ‘Front National Would Have Prevented Paris Terror Attacks’

Young Le-Pen: ‘Front National Would Have Prevented Paris Terror Attacks’

“If Front National measures had been in place at the time of the attacks on November 13, we probably wouldn’t have had a November 13”

21 March 2016

Paris terror suspect Abdeslam planned more attacks, official says

Paris terror suspect Abdeslam planned more attacks, official says

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Abdeslam, 26, told Belgian officials he had "wanted to blow himself up at the Stade de France" as a suicide bomber, but that he backed out at the last minute.

21 March 2016

Impressions from Istanbul: Terror shatters Istiklal Street

Impressions from Istanbul: Terror shatters Istiklal Street

Istanbul is tense but it seems that more difficult days are to come. 

20 March 2016

by Joshua Tartakovsky

Saudi Arabia's 'Islamic' Coalition: Spin Or Substance?

Saudi Arabia's 'Islamic' Coalition: Spin Or Substance?

The notion that Saudi Arabia -- a country that has been widely accused of exporting Islamic radicalism around the world -- could lead a fight against extremism strikes some analysts as deeply ironic

20 March 2016

Kurdish Federal Autonomy in Northern Syria: A Triple Challenge

Kurdish Federal Autonomy in Northern Syria: A Triple Challenge

With Russia pulling out of Syria in Putin’s latest chess move, things are expected not to calm down but to intensify

19 March 2016

by Joshua Tartakovsky

Brussels raids: Paris attack suspect Abdeslam 'surrounded'

Brussels raids: Paris attack suspect Abdeslam 'surrounded'

Police is not letting go of the terrorists’ trail and is about to bust those who killed the innocent.

18 March 2016

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and the relationship crisis

Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and the relationship crisis

“It’s an open secret for us that demonizing Russia and whatever is linked to Russia is unfortunately a mandatory hallmark of America’s election campaign.”

17 March 2016

Kerry determines ISIS committing genocide in Iraq, Syria

Kerry determines ISIS committing genocide in Iraq, Syria

The second time U.S. has acknowledged the atrocities that are a part of another war in the Middle East.

17 March 2016

Obama points finger at Britain, France over Libya chaos

Obama points finger at Britain, France over Libya chaos

In the interview, Obama calls the situation in Libya a "mess", all thanks to the leaders of Great Britain and France

11 March 2016

Opinion: 1

War for Syria: Foresight on Future Security Architecture

War for Syria: Foresight on Future Security Architecture

Let’s face it: NATO is not able to support its ally in what is coming in the War for Syria.

04 March 2016

by Theodore Karasik

Will the Ceasefire hold? Kerry’s Plan B for Syria

Will the Ceasefire hold? Kerry’s Plan B for Syria

Syria would be wise to focus on ISIS and Nusra rather than attack the other rebel groups, so as to show them that peace pays more than war.

28 February 2016

by Joshua Tartakovsky

Syria: Peace and Victory

Syria: Peace and Victory

Whether it is Sudan, Yugoslavia, Serbia itself, Macedonia, Ukraine, Russia, China, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen or Iran, the methods, and the eventual (or hoped for) outcome of partition vary only slightly.

28 February 2016

by Navid Nasr

Libya: The Re-Intervention

Libya: The Re-Intervention

What is the main mission of the UN? To bless NATO bombs?

26 February 2016

by Navid Nasr

Beware of NATO bearing gifts

Beware of NATO bearing gifts

Greece, Turkey, the Aegean, and NATO never mixed in a positive, fruitful manner.

25 February 2016

by Ioannis Mantzikos

Syria before the War

Syria before the War

Western support for terrorism turned Syria from heaven into hell

24 February 2016

by Tobias Nase

Weaponising the Refugee Crisis

Weaponising the Refugee Crisis

NATO and its accomplices are benefitting from the refugee crisis, either economically or militarily.

23 February 2016

by Maram Susli

WHO IS BEHIND THE ANKARA EXPLOSION?

WHO IS BEHIND THE ANKARA EXPLOSION?

The suicide bomber from Ankara was just a 24 years old young boy. Did he know who was he dying for?

20 February 2016

Opinion: 1

by Miray Aslan

THE ROASTED "TURKEY" SANDWICH

THE ROASTED "TURKEY" SANDWICH

Turkey's Syrian strategy based on ousting Assad and the fall of Kobane had failed. Turkey got stuck between Russia and US/Russian-supported YPG

16 February 2016

by Miray Aslan

Nearly 60% of Republicans Support Candidates Who Say Assad Should Stay

Nearly 60% of Republicans Support Candidates Who Say Assad Should Stay

The Russian air campaign in Syria is netting some impressive gains for Russia, Syria, and, although many of us are loath to admit it, the West...

11 January 2016

Opinion: 1

by Anthony Salvia

The Execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and the Decline of the House of Saud

The Execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and the Decline of the House of Saud

On July 8, 2012, Saudi police arrested a Shi'ite religious leader in the town of Al-Awamiyah in that country's Eastern Province, wounding him and killing two others...

10 January 2016

by Navid Nasr

Al-Shabaab recruit video with Trump excerpt: U.S. is racist

Al-Shabaab recruit video with Trump excerpt: U.S. is racist

Presidential candidate prefers not to mind his P's and Q's

04 January 2016

European Court stops Ireland deporting Islamic State-linked man, even if he threatens national security

European Court stops Ireland deporting Islamic State-linked man, even if he threatens national security

Apparently, known terrorists have more legal rights than citizens of European countries

04 January 2016

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