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ISIS, Slavery, and Islamic Abolitionism

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Usaama al-Azami

Does Islam sanction slavery? Until recently, this question would have been seen as somewhat outlandish or else academic. Aside from the odd right-wing talk show host in the US, the latter question does not generally arise these days except in academic and theological discussions.

Will Lebanon Fall to ISIS Next?

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Paul Heroux

ISIS took advantage of the failure of the central governments to keep control of civil society in Syria and Iraq. If Lebanon's government collapses it is possible that ISIS may try to fill the vacuum in the absence of effective leadership.

Lindsey Graham: 'The Whole World Is A Battlefield And Radical Islam Is Everywhere'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics

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Trump Excels at Business, But He Has No Business in International Politics

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Shammas

Business isn't simple; foreign policy isn't either. If Trump wants to be taken seriously by the general electorate, he should demonstrate the nuanced understanding of foreign policy exemplified by candidates ranging from Jeb Bush to Hillary Clinton.

The Second ISIS War (2015-2024): A Historical Perspective

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 08.21.2015 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

The willingness of the West to stand by while ISIS spread and grew stronger has never, to this day, been satisfactorily explained. In retrospect, it is obvious that by failing to destroy ISIS in its early years, the West defeated itself.

Islamic State Claims Cairo Courthouse Bomb Which Wounded 30

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.20.2015 | World

CAIRO, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt affiliate said it was behind a car bombing that wounded 30 people, including 8 policemen, near a stat...

Turkey's Fight With ISIL and PKK: A Return to the 1990s?

Aylin Unver Noi | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Aylin Unver Noi

Return to a peaceful solution for all parties is needed and urgent but quite difficult and complicated in the emerging picture in the region, which has similarities with the picture of the 1990s.

What Happened To The Bethnal Green Girls

New York Times | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics

The night before Khadiza Sultana left for Syria she was dancing in her teenage bedroom. It was a Monday during the February school vacation. Her niec...

ISIS Enshrines A Theology Of Rape

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 08.13.2015 | World

QADIYA, Iraq — In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about t...

How to Speak With Young Muslims About ISIS

Imam Sohaib Sultan | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion
Imam Sohaib Sultan

It does not help much, for those few individuals who are attracted to an ISIS type of extremism, to completely and summarily dismiss or condemn ISIS. In fact, the more that ISIS is condemned the more appealing it can be for some who are precisely seeking a movement or cause that will stick it to the status quo.

Dozens Dead After Truck Bomb Explodes In Baghdad Market

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 08.13.2015 | World

At least 76 people were killed and 212 wounded on Thursday in a blast claimed by Islamic State in Baghdad's Sadr City, police and medical so...

Islamic State Fighters Reportedly Behead Croatian Hostage

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 08.13.2015 | World

Supporters of the Islamic State group circulated an image on social media on Wednesday appearing to show the beheaded body of a Croatian ho...

U.S. Charges Sixth Man In Alleged New York-New Jersey Islamic State Plot

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, Aug 10 (Reuters) - A New Jersey man was arrested on Monday on charges of conspiring to support the militant group Islamic State, becoming th...

Abadi's Momentous Gambit Against Political Corruption in Iraq

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 08.09.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

It seems that the 12 years' crescendo of politicization, sectarianism and mismanagement has finally reached its climax. The mid boiling temperature of Iraq's sweltering summer and daily terrorist attacks did not stop the masses from coming out and saying enough is enough.

Sen. Tim Kaine Calls Fight Against ISIS An 'Illegal War'

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.06.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

As the United States nears the one-year anniversary of its fight against the Islamic State, the military efforts in Syria appear t...

One Year In, Congress Still Hasn't Authorized The War Against ISIS

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Saturday will mark one year since the U.S. began bombing the Islamic State militant group. In that time, the U.S. has led more than 5,0...

U.S. Plans To Conduct Airstrikes In Syria

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 08.02.2015 | World

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Erdogan Is Pursuing Turkish Self-Interests, Under the Guise of Fighting ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

The Turkish President's self-serving fake war against terrorism could have the tragic consequence of escalating the violence throughout Turkey and neighboring countries. If Ankara is truly interested in countering the Jihadists, it should have done that long ago, instead of arming and abetting ISIS and other terror groups.

Zarif's Comments on Iran's Deal at the Iraqi MoFA Press Conference

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Luay Al Khatteeb

The following is the English translation of statements made by the Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Jawad Zarif at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affa...

NATO Meets To Gauge The Threat ISIS Poses To Turkey

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 07.28.2015 | World

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Iraq Ambassador to U.S.: 'We Cannot Coexist With ISIS'

Aspen Institute | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Aspen Institute

Sen. John McCain said, "ISIS is winning," and a spokesperson for the US Secretary of Defense said it would be one to eight weeks before Iraqi forces could begin an offensive against ISIS. Despite this, the panel was optimistic about the future of the region and its ability to take on ISIS.

Helping Turkey Create a Safe Zone Is Not a Good Idea

Ivan Eland | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

If Turkey feels more insulated from ISIS and the Syrian civil war--as the safe zone created by Turkish and coalition bombing will ensure--it is even more unlikely to use its army to battle ISIS.

Kasich Wouldn't Cancel Iran Deal, Would Send Troops To Fight ISIS

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

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Iraq's Rule of Law

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The Arab Spring and the crisis facing Iraq resulting from ISIS's epidemic, serve to demonstrate that political stability and economic prosperity can only be effectively brought together by virtue of a depoliticized Rule of Law and for such Rule of Law to gradually become a common underlying feature of Iraqi culture.

Turkey Is Finally Doing Something Useful in the Fight Against ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Before the United States dispatched its F-15's and F-16's over the skies of Iraq and Syria last fall, the administration worked furiously behind the scenes to assemble an anti-ISIL coalition that would prove durable.