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War Against Islamic State: Sowing Seeds of More Extremist Groups

James Dorsey | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

The US-led international response to the Islamic State's advances in Iraq and Syria is more extensive and fraught with danger than the war on terror declared by former President George W. Bush in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Michael Calderone

Syrian Activists Report From ISIS-Controlled City News Outlets Can't Reach

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 09.26.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi fled Raqqa, a city in north-central Syria, a few weeks ago, yet he remains a go-to source for news coming out of the d...

The Rise of the Islamic State: Who Is to Blame?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Behind the façade of a united front against the Islamic State the United States and its Gulf allies blame each other for the spectacular rise of the jihadist group that has overrun a swathe of Syria and Iraq.

Hundreds Of Kurds From Turkey Cross Into Syria To Fight ISIS

AP | DIAA HADID and SUZAN FRASER | Posted 09.20.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters raced from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria on Saturday to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Is...

Syrian Airstrikes Kill 50 In Opposition-Held City

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 09.18.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government airstrikes killed some 50 people in an opposition-held city this week in bombing that apparently sought to target a r...

UN Panel: ISIS Not The Sole Agent Of Death And Destruction In Syria

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 09.16.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights...

A No-Fly Zone Would Hurt Both Assad and ISIS

Veton Surroi | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Veton Surroi

The Free Syrian Army, caught between the al-Assad air forces and the Islamic State group's territorial expansion, will benefit directly from an air campaign that is simultaneously against ISIS but does not allow any other air military activity.

Obama Strategy Stumbles Over Conflicting Interests of Allies

Akbar Ganji | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

President Obama has announced a strategy for fighting ISIS that, in many respects, is at odds with the interests of the allies in the Middle East whose support he is seeking. Trying to keep his allies happy and in line with the new ISIS battle has trapped the U.S. in a policy full of contradictions.

Fighting the Islamic State: What About the Day After?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Decades of entrenched autocratic mismanagement and abusive rule in the Middle East and North Africa cannot be erased overnight. Similarly, they cannot be reversed by foreign intervention.

The Islamic State and Christian Security

Leona Foxx | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Leona Foxx

King Carl XVI Gustaf walked down the aisle with the Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelen, Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. We opened the prayer service for peac...

Responding to the Islamic State's Foreign Fighters: Retribution or Rehabilitation?

James Dorsey | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Prime Minister David Cameron's plans to criminalise British fighters in Iraq and Syria and bar them from returning to Britain has come in for sharp criticism from the former head of counter-terrorism in its intelligence services MI5 and MI6.

French Ex-Hostage Says Tortured In Syria By Jewish Museum Murder Suspect

AP | SYLVIE CORBET and LORI HINNANT | Posted 09.06.2014 | World

PARIS (AP) — A French journalist held hostage for months by extremists in Syria identified one of his captors Saturday as a Frenchman suspected of l...

Activists: Syrian Warplanes Bomb ISIS Training Camp

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Syrian warplanes bombed a bakery run by Islamic State in the city of Raqqa, killing 25 people, in air raids...

How ISIS Is Filling A Government Vacuum In Syria With An 'Islamic State'

Reuters | Posted 09.04.2014 | World

By Mariam Karouny BEIRUT, Sept 4 (Reuters) - In the cities and towns across the desert plains of northeast Syria, the ul...

Islamic State: Ideological Challenge to Saudi Arabia

James Dorsey | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
James Dorsey

If the threat to Israel and Jordan is primarily security, to Saudi Arabia it is also ideological, with IS tracing its roots to the philosophy of the 18th-century warrior-jurist Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab and other Islamic sources on which the kingdom was built, and constituting a reference point that Salafists cannot ignore.

Syrian Militants Issue Demands For Captive UN Troops

AP | RYAN LUCAS and NICK PERRY | Posted 09.02.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the ext...

Charlotte Alfred

Weapons Expert Warns About ISIS Militants' Supply Of Guns, Ammunition

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.01.2014 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we turn to Syria and the danger of the Is...

Syria Rebels Attack UN Peacekeepers In Golan Heights

AP | DIAA HADID and OLIVER TEVES | Posted 08.30.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Clashes erupted between al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels and U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights on Saturday after the militants surro...

3 Million and Counting

Gregory Beals | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Gregory Beals

With Syria's war well into its third year, another depressing marker has been crossed - now more than 3 million men, women and children live as refu...

High School Buddies Followed Similar Path To Jihad

AP | AMY FORLITI | Posted 08.29.2014 | World

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulth...

Islamic State Militants Attack Major Syrian Government Air Base

AP | ZEINA KARAM | Posted 08.20.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated o...

Obama Says All Syria's Declared Chemical Weapons Eliminated

AP | Posted 08.19.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday said the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile is an important achievement a...

Group: Islamic State Militants Executed 700 Tribe Members In Syria

Reuters | Posted 08.16.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 16 (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the pas...

Islamic State Militants Close In On Syria Rebel Stronghold

AP | BASSEM MROUE | Posted 08.16.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists ca...

While Their Own Country Is Torn Apart By War, Syrians Are Giving Aid To Yazidis

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.14.2014 | World

Fleeing approaching Islamic State militants, tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi community in Iraq have found refuge in an unlikely place -- wa...