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Nusra Front demands an apology over burning of ISIS flag

The al Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front is reportedly demanding an apology from Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai for the burning of an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria flag in the predominately Christian Beirut’s Ashrafiyeh district. Al Nusra...Show More Summary

Confused about US/UK policy in Middle East? Follow the net energy

If you try to follow all the alliances it gets complicated. Follow the net energy. High net energy means fuel that is easy to extract. The last big reservoir of high net-energy oil is in Iraq near Kirkuk. As cheap oil declines, gas becomes more valuable. Show More Summary

Uncle Sam wants (to kill) you

War Reporters Under Threat: The United States and Media Freedom I traveled to Iraq for the first time in the winter of 2004. I was a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, and had volunteered to help out at the Baghdad bureau over Christmas. It was a three-week assignment that ended up lasting nearly three years. Throughout that time,...

Iraq and Syria situation in six maps

By: Maher Mughrabi In recent weeks the long-running Syrian civil war – which began after a brutal crackdown on protests against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – has grown into a larger conflict as Arab Sunnis in Iraq, deeply dissatisfied...Show More Summary

The Rush To War Ignores How We Got In This Mess In The First Place

The two major parties' determination to avoid a parliamentary debate on going to war in Iraq should ring a few bells.

Iraq will be a ‘grave’ for ISIS jihadists

Following a rare victory over ISIS, the outgoing Iraqi prime minister pledge Monday that his country will be a “big grave” for the Islamic jihadists.

Help vets at home rather than fight more wars

This week they pounced on President Obama for saying he had “no plan yet” on dealing with Islamic State militants. These same warmongers hammered Obama for announcing his plan for withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ron Paul: Perhaps Obama's "Lack Of Strategy Is A Glimmer Of Hope"

Submitted by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, Last week President Obama admitted that his administration has not worked out a strategy on how to deal with the emergence of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a dominant force in the Middle East. Show More Summary

Fleeing Quarakosh: The Last Christians in Iraq

(Photo credits: Flo Smith/Material Evidence). Khalid Zaki is an acting coach. A few months ago the 35-year-old Arabian Christian stage managed Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice at a local theater in Qarakosh. Today, he is one of approximately...Show More Summary

The case for stopping genocide in Iraq

Former foreign minister Gareth Evans is far too damning of the 2003 liberation of Iraq and too kind to…

Obama Sends Word to Congress About New Iraq Airstrikes

9 hours agoNews : Truthdig

whitehouse.gov President Obama carried out some official business on Labor Day, giving Congress a heads-up Monday about a new round of airstrikes in Iraq he had previously approved. More specifically, Obama’s latest War Powers Resolution...Show More Summary

UN body to probe Islamic State crimes in Iraq

Human Rights Council decides to send team to investigate abuses and crimes, including massacres and forced conversions.

BBC: UN Says Iraq Atrocities 'Acts of Inhumanity on an Unimaginable Scale'

This story originally appeared at BBC: The UN says it has received reports from Iraq that "reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale". Deputy Human Rights Commissioner Flavia Pansieri said Islamic State (IS) was believed to have committed systematic and intentional attacks on civilians. Show More Summary

U.N. to send team to investigate Islamic State crimes in Iraq

sil The United Nations agreed on Monday to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on “an unimaginable scale”, with a view to holding perpetrators to account. “We are facing a terrorist monster,” Iraq’s human rights minister, Mohammed Shia’ Al Sudani, told the U.N. Show More Summary

First Captured ISIS Foreign Fighter Reveals Threat to West

Monday, Sky News reported on 23-year-old Horr Jaffer from Chechnya, the first captured ISIS foreign suicide bomber who was caught when his car bomb partially exploded killing four people in Iraq. Jaffer joined ISIS when his family was killed in Syria. Show More Summary

What Makes One a Warmonger and a ‘Fear Monger’?

After our disastrous invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation, Iraq, and after the now-longest war in American history — the Afghanistan War — there is naturally a great reluctance on the part of Americans to get involved in any more military entanglements, especially in the Middle East. Then along comes a band of thugs [...]

U.K. Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters

14 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

Prime Minister David Cameron wants to give police the power to seize passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria. On Friday, Britain raised its threat level to "severe" from "substantial."

ANOTHER WESTERN NATION ARMING THE KURDS

Chancellor Angela Merkel has told lawmakers that it’s in Germany’s interests to arm the Kurdish fighters who are battling Islamic extremists in Iraq. The government decided Sunday to send 16,000 assault rifles, hundreds of tank-busting weapons and several armored vehicles to forces fighting the Islamic State group, breaking with Germany’s previous reluctance to send weapons […]

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