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Building Up Iraq: World’s Tallest Skyscraper Planned for Basra

An ambitious proposal for a country in turmoil, this 3,780-foot building would be not only the tallest in the world but also taller than all structures...

Kurdish 'Death Squad’ Travel in Bombproof 'Mad Max' Style Machines?

Kurdish fighters are using Mad Max inspired homemade tanks to take on ISIL. The Kurdish armies currently fighting in Iraq are a military force to be reckoned with as they successfully repel jihadist forces that have taken root in the country.

France's Hollande tells Putin time for grand coalition against Islamic State

MOSCOW (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande told Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday world powers must build a "grand coalition" to combat Islamic State militants who control swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.

Syrian Church Leader: Christians Have No Support, West Has Betrayed Us

A Syrian Catholic Church leader recently condemned both U.S. foreign policy and Western media for ignoring Christian persecution and worsening the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

U.S., allies lead 27 strikes against Islamic State: U.S. military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and its allies staged 27 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement on Thursday.

The Million Dollar Question: How Is ISIL Selling Oil and Who Is Buying It?

The issue of ISIL and their sale of oil in Syria and Iraq has been a topic of hot debate recently, with both Turkish and Syrian officials accused of enabling and facilitating the group's activities, which has in a large part funded their terror campaign.

Secret Underground ISIL Lair With US Weapons and Drugs Found in Iraq

Secret underground tunnels used by ISIL militants have been discovered under the Iraqi town of Sinjar. Kurdish forces made the discovery of the hideouts strewn with US made weaponry and drugs.

"The world must find ways to intervene and protect antiquities when nation-states cannot do so"

In his latest text, James Cuno argues we should send in the Blue Helmets to Syria and Iraq to "save history" ('ISIS Rampage: A Threat to Cultural Heritage That Belongs to All' YaleGlobal, 26 November 2015) Deteriorating security in Syria...Show More Summary

Germany will step up fight against ISIS, Chancellor Merkel says

Germany currently provides weapons and training for Kurds fighting against ISIS in Iraq

ISIS Secret Tunnel Network Discovered Beneath Iraq City Of Sinjar

Under the Iraq city of Sinjar, ISIS militants constructed an elaborate network of tunnels to shelter themselves from airstrikes and artillery attacks. The tunnels allowed ISIS to move throughout the city unseen, hiding weapons and even sleeping quarters beneath the city. Show More Summary

Idiot Jihadist Accidentally Blows Up Entire Class of Terrorists-in-Training

Oh look… another Islamic workplace accident. They all went boom! An instructor in Iraq was teaching a class of 21 future Jihadists how to blow themselves up when the whole

The Bride vertical city will marry ambition and innovation

Basra, Iraq, is known as "the bride of the gulf," after its life-supporting fertile lands. Building vertically instead of outwards is one way to protect those lands and the new Bride vertical city does just that. It has its own own neighborhoods,...Show More Summary

The War on ISIS: 6 Issues to Ponder Before Escalating the Fight

Shai Feldman Security, Middle East Without addressing these six questions convincingly, escalating the fighting against ISIS may make as much sense as did the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The recent attacks in Paris have spurred a flood of demands to escalate the fight against ISIS. Show More Summary

Obama to speak Wednesday on countering the Islamic State

President Obama will speak Wednesday morning on his strategy for countering Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq, just minutes after concluding a meeting with his national security team in the Situation Room. Obama's comments, which will be delivered shortly before noon, in the Roosevelt Room to a limited group of reporters, come as many politicians are […]

ISIS claims suicide attack on Tunisian presidential guard

If claim is proven true, it is latest in series of attacks from Europe to Asia showing ISIS seeding terror well beyond Iraq and Syria

Anonymous Declared War on Daesh/IS. Has it Helped?

Last week, a new cyber front emerged in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Anonymous, the hacker collective principally known for its website defacements and account takedowns for political causes, initiated #OpParis, aimed at defeating ISIL online. Show More Summary

Berlin Advocates Creation of Anti-Terrorism Alliance With Russia

Creation of a broad alliance, including Russia, to fight international terrorism in Syria and Iraq is a goal of Germany, according to the German government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

UK Former Foreign Sec Admits Iraq 'Mistake', Calls for Syrian Intervention?

Former UK Home Secretary William Hague has admitted that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake. However, he says that the damaging legacy of the Iraq War should not deter western countries form intervening in Syria.

Inside ISIS' mind-blowing network of underground tunnels, filled with drugs and ammunition

Over the past year, ISIS has constructed an astonishing network of underground tunnels in the town of Sinjar, Iraq, which they seized in 2014. The Associated Press obtained remarkable footage of the tunnels, which were packed with US-made ammunition, prescription drugs, and copies of the Quran. Show More Summary

US-Led Coalition Against ISIL Conducts 23 Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria

US Central Command announced that US-led coalition carried out 23 airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria and Iraq.

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