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Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

What's Wrong With This Picture? For U.S. Fight Against ISIS, Everything

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Islamic Republic of Iran would like to make one thing clear: We've got this. Up until June 10, Iranian officials had been content...

No Iraqi Training Until Congress Approves the Money

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama Syria Strategy In Tatters As U.S.-Backed Rebels Lose To Al Qaeda

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Moderate U.S.-backed Syrian rebels seemed weaker than ever on Monday after a weekend of major defeats in the northwestern region of the...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Obama Officials Pin Blame For ISIS On Iraqi Government

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States finally seems to have identified the party responsible for failing to halt the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq: the ...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

U.S-Backed Syrian Rebels' Pleas For Help Likely To Go Unanswered

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Islamic State militants inched closer to seizing control of the Kurdish town of Kobani, the international community heaped shame upon...

Breast Cancer and ISIS: Beyond Surgical Strikes and Chemical Weapons

Lisa Schirch | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

The metaphors of cancer and terrorism are easily interchangeable. Breast cancer is a terrorist organization of cells, threatening mass casualties in the rest of my body. ISIS is a cancerous growth, metastasizing at an alarming rate. But waging war on cancer and ISIS do little to address root causes or prevent the conditions that cause these terrors in the first place.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Ex-Ambassador: CIA Wrong On Not Wanting To Arm Syrian Rebels

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After months of criticism from former advisers and members of the media for not acting sooner to prevent the Islamic State's rise in Syr...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Michele Bachmann May Be Islamic State Target

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who has previously made vocal and sometimes ill-informed condemnations of radical Islam, is at risk of ...

This Is What It's Like To Be A Woman Fighting ISIS

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

The militant group known as the Islamic State has a limited view of what women can do: At best, they can support their husbands and produce new genera...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

ISIS Likely Captured Iraqi Chemical Weapons, New York Times Confirms

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A New York Times report confirms that the U.S. government knew that an Iraqi facility now controlled by the Islamic State militant orga...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

ISIS May Have Chemical Weapons

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Islamic State militant group may possess chemical weapons that it has already used to extend its self-proclaimed caliphate, accordin...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Al Qaeda-ISIS Merger A Terrifying, But Unlikely Possibility

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.10.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- In what would be a nightmare for their enemies across the United States and the rest of the West, global terror network al Qaeda and the...

On Non-Violent Islamic Extremism (1/3)

Elham Manea | Posted 10.09.2014 | World
Elham Manea

I have a problem with two arguments in this whole debate on the rise of ISIS and Islamic extremism. One says Islam is not the problem and the other says Islam is the problem. Both fail to look at the roots of extremism.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

As They Battle ISIS For Kurdish Town, U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Question Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.09.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- For three weeks, Syrian Kurdish fighters, outgunned and outnumbered, have held off an unrelenting assault from the Islamic State on the ...

Sophia Jones

Turkey's Refusal To Help Besieged Kurds Fight ISIS Is Backfiring

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 10.07.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- Kobani, a Kurdish town in northern Syria just a stone’s throw from the Turkish border, wasn't widely known until recently. But now, wit...

Ethnocentrism, Murder, Ethnic Cleansing, the End of Iraq and Syria as Entities -- Whose Boots on the Ground?

Phil Wolfson, MD | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Phil Wolfson, MD

There is no going back, cobbling together an Iraq, rescuing the boundaries of Syria. They are no more. The Middle East will be carved up again. The U.S. intervention made this probable. The Syrian holocaust made it a certainty.

Jaweed Kaleem

Here's Why These Muslims Are Refusing To Criticize ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.07.2014 | Religion

American Muslim leaders gathered at Washington's National Press Club late last month to release a scathing 17-page letter to the Islamic State that d...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Syrian Aid Workers Speak Of Help, Harm By U.S. In ISIS Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.04.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- For a group of volunteer rescue workers trying to protect civilians in the Syrian war, the recent escalation of U.S. involvement in Syri...

How to Win the Ideological War Against ISIS

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Faisal J. Abbas

Critics of the coalition may see military action as a threat and think that it will only intensify the problem. However, such critics seem to be ignoring that it was the inaction towards the atrocities in Syria and the failed state in Iraq that resulted in the swelling of ISIS's ranks from a few hundred to nearly 30,000 according to the latest estimates.

Jaweed Kaleem

Mecca On Alert As Hajj Begins

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion

Each year, as the crowds of millions of Muslims who come to Mecca for the hajj continue to grow, Saudi Arabian authorities have stepped up safety and ...

Obama Should Send John Boehner a "Thank You" Card

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

In making his off-the-cuff statement to the Times on Thursday morning, Speaker Boehner has given the administration several more months before making that decision.

France Launches Airstrikes In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

(Adds details on targets) PARIS, Sept 25 (Reuters) - French fighter jets struck four hangars belonging to Islamic State and containing...

Betrayal and Ambivalence: Syrian Activists Wrestle With ISIS, Intervention, and the Fate of Their Country

Danny Postel | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Danny Postel

The U.S. intervention in Syria (and Iraq) will kill many innocent civilians. It will also fulfill ISIS's wish to become the primary anti-American force in the region and thereby help the terrorist organization recruit more fighters.

ISIS Has Displaced More Than 1.8 Million Iraqis. Here's How You Can Help Those In Need

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact

The Islamic State militant group has upended life for hundreds of thousands of Iraqis affected by the group's expanding influence in the region. En...

John Boehner and the Republican House Votes With Obama... Wait, What!?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Professional. Bipartisan. Serious. Mature. Those are four words that you would not ordinarily associate with Washington politics. But guess what? The Republican House and the Democratic president actually came together on an issue.