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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.

What's the Exit Strategy?

Mike Smith | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Mike Smith

What's the Exit Strategy?

Arresting Video Imagines Pushing Rewind On Devastation In Syria

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 09.24.2014 | World

Children run backward in slow motion as a bomb retreats into the sky. Demolished houses rebuild. A burning teddy bear is resurrected. This striking...

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.

Syrian Refugee Barber Provides Haircuts To Iraqis Displaced By Violence

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact

Nawan remembers how powerful a simple gesture can be. As a barber forced to leave his home country of Syria due to civil war and benefiting from the g...

Obama Has Right Strategy on ISIS, But Harder Questions Coming

Ruben Gallego | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Ruben Gallego

Those of us who have served in the military know the best-outlined plans can quickly be torn up by the realities of combat. The question facing the Obama administration is what happens next if things don't go according to plan?

What We Don't Know About Syrian Rebels Dwarfs What We Do

Jon Soltz | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Well, we can all relax now. Senator John McCain, who was wrong about Iraq, wrong about the surge in Iraq, wrong about the surge in Afghanistan, wrong about Libya, and wrong about most everything else pertaining to US security, has "vetted" the Syrian rebels he now wants to send arms to.

Get Out! - The Only Sane Response to the Islamic State

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
David J. Dunn, PhD

The Islamic State (ISIS) proves the law of unintended consequences. Congratulations America! We killed Christianity in the Middle East and unleashed a terror organization with far greater reach and power than Al Qaeda ever possessed.

Aid Worker Killed By ISIS Is A 'British Hero' Says Prime Minister

AP | GREGORY KATZ | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) -- British aid worker David Haines devoted his life to helping civilians in war zones and that is how he should be remembered, his family ...

U.S. Pledges Significant Aid Package To Syrians Affected By War

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

(Adds background) ANKARA, Sept 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday nearly $500 million in humanitari...

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.

Taking Stock: Investors Seem as Interested in Reality as Willy Wonka

David Fagin | Posted 09.11.2014 | Business
David Fagin

Is it just me, or does the stock market seem to be tiptoeing through the tulips while all hell's breaking loose around us?

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.

New UN Human Rights Chief Warns Of A 'House Of Blood' In Iraq And Syria

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The new U.N. human rights chief urged world powers to protect women and minorities tar...

In Syria, Uncovering the Truth Behind a Number

Matt Easton | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Matt Easton

Citing the precise and shocking figure of 191,369 known killings over three years, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay condemned the Security Council's inaction in unusually strong language.

Rape in Conflict Continues

Serra Sippel | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Serra Sippel

Violence against women and rape in conflict is an ongoing problem. It is not isolated, it is not anecdotal, it is far from rare.

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...

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...

Death Toll From Syrian Civil War Soars

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. The f...

Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed

Patrick Cockburn | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Patrick Cockburn

The U.S. has ensured that ISIS can reinforce its fighters in Iraq from Syria and vice versa. So far, Washington has been successful in escaping blame for the rise of ISIS by putting all the blame on the Iraqi government. In fact, it has created a situation in which ISIS can survive and may well flourish.

Assaults On Aid Workers Have Spiked 66 Percent Since 2012: Survey

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

A survey released on the eve of World Humanitarian Day shows a dramatic increase in the number of attacks on civilian aid workers around the globe. ...

REPORT: Anti-Aircraft Weapons In Syria Could Threaten Commercial Aviation

AP | STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 08.19.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial a...

Syrian Airstrikes Target Islamic State Militants

AP | RYAN LUCAS | Posted 08.17.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting ...

Syria Has Become a Humanitarian Catastrophe of Epic Proportions

Nigel Pont | Posted 08.14.2014 | Impact
Nigel Pont

A political solution is needed to bring an end to the fighting, but in the meantime, we can and must do more to help the region withstand the far-reaching effects of the conflict -- and we must do it better, faster and smarter.