video 26 September 2014 UK, Iraq

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Does US need UK to intervene in Iraq? - video

George Galloway MP says that west should strengthen Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria, but not take direct action. US Ambassador Matthew Barzun says it is a world fight.

article 24 September 2014 World, Syria
Pentagon speech
Air strikes in Syria hit Khorasan group - but who are they?

When President Obama announced that US and Arab warplanes had begun strikes against IS in Syria, he also said the US strikes had targeted the little-known Khorasan group. But who are they?

article 20 September 2014 UK, Iraq
Muslim leaders condemn Islamic State's Alan Henning threats

The kidnap and threatened murder of British aid worker Alan Henning by Islamic State (IS) militants is not permissible under sharia law, prominent Muslim clerics have warned.

post 11 September 2014
Read more from Jon on Snowblog Our obligation to the memory of the victims of 9/11

Have we learned from 9/11? From my own experience reporting sporadically across the region for over three decades, my fear is that we have not.

post 26 August 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Neither dawn nor dignity in Libya

Libya's rival factions are called Dawn and Dignity. But fighting means it has little chance of achieving the new dawn or the life of dignity the 2011 revolution promised.

article 26 August 2014 World, United States
by Is US more resistant to radicalisation than UK?

At least 500 Britons are thought to have taken up arms in Syria and Iraq, while only a dozen American-born nationals have been identified as Islamic State fighters. What is behind the difference?

post 20 August 2014
Read more from Krishnan Guru-Murthy on Gurublog Why we shouldn't share - or view - the video of James Foley's murder

We don't need to see the brutal footage of the murder of journalist James Foley to know that his death was wrong. But by refusing to share it, we can diminish its propaganda value.

article 08 July 2014 UK, Syria
Darshna Soni by Two Birmingham men plead guilty to Syria jihad

Two men plead guilty to travelling to Syria to join al-Qaeda militants, after they were turned in to police by their worried parents. Home Affairs Correspondent Darshna Soni reports.

article 06 July 2014 World, United States
US bans uncharged mobiles and other devices on planes

The US Transportation Security Administration will not allow mobile phones or other electronic devices on US-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged.