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الجمهورية العربية السورية

Is Islamic State the Best Possible Enemy?

Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail

How Britain Became Yemen of the West

Andrew Gilligan, Daily Telegraph

Stopping the Worst People on Earth

Charles Krauthammer, Wash Post

Don't BS the American People About ISIS

Brian Fishman, War on the Rocks

Sarwar and Ahmed, both of whom pleaded guilty to terrorism offences last month, purchased Islam for Dummies and The Koran for Dummies. You could not ask for better evidence to bols...(full article)

It has become popular, in some circles, to refer to them as “the Orcs.” And not just because it’s easier than using their frequently changing English titles &ndas...(full article)

Britain’s role as a chief exporter of terror was made horrifically clear this week. We examine the key failings of government and security forces that allowed home-grown jiha...(full article)

Stopping the Islamic State’s momentum creates a major shift in psychology. Guerrilla armies thrive on a sense of inevitability. The Islamic State has grown in size, demoralized i...(full article)

The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a stark reminder of the group’s terrible brutality and the serious...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Obama v. ISIS: This Time It's Personal - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

When ISIS beheaded an American journalist, it meant to intimidate—and provoke—the United States. It should be careful what it wishes for. The gloves just came off....

An Emirate Made Up of Thugs - Toronto Star

The Islamic State “caliphate” on the Syria/Iraq border, carved out of the power vacuums and chaos that have engulfed the region in recent years, is an emirate of thugs....

Britain's Jihad Problem - Financial Times

Although the sight of a British national belonging to the group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or Isis) claiming responsibility for beheading a bound victim is calculated to...

Were the Russians Right About Syria? - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

Oh the fickleness of humanity and history! This time last year, the British parliament was recalled by the prime minister, who appeared confident that he would receive a mandate to...

Assad Is Big Winner of U.S. War on ISIS - Joshua Keating, Slate

Assuming that the U.S. does reluctantly take on the project of defeating ISIS, or at least substantially degrading it, that decision will inevitably deepen America’s even-more-...

Hillary's 'Mission Impossible' Doctrine - Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

Inaction guarantees that the U.S. won't spend blood and treasure in a way that does not help or inadvertently harms us–though inaction has costs and risks too.  Another way fo...

What Turns British Muslims into Jihadists? - Daniel Hannan, Telegraph

"The experience of many ages proves that men may be ready to fight to the death, and to persecute without pity, for a religion whose creed they do not understand, and whose prece...

I Was Gassed by Assad - Qusai Zakarya, Foreign Policy

Every time I see President Barack Obama speak on television, I have horrible flashbacks. My eyes are burning, I struggle to breathe, and when I inhale, the air stabs my lungs like ...

The Hard Hand of the Middle East - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Reality can be harsh. In order for the United States to weaken and eventually defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it could use help from both the Iranian regime and that of...

If We Target the Islamic State, They Will Target Us - The Guardian

There is no action without reaction in the Middle East. At least since the Lebanese civil war, one way some of those in conflict with the United States and its allies have expresse...

When the Sword Is Mightier than the Pen - Colin Freeman, Daily Telegraph

Being a foreign correspondent in the post 9/11 world can be a very dangerous job. The word “sahafa” is one that every Western journalist in the Arab-speaking world lear...

ISIS Will Soon Be at Our Front Door - James Bloodworth, The Independent

The reported murder of the American journalist James Foley is further proof that Western countries must not be squeamish when it comes to helping the Iraqis and the Kurds to defeat...

Wake Up, America, the War Has Hit Home - Benny Avni, New York Post

Will the videotaped execution of James Foley shock America out of our dangerous flirtation with isolationism? The gruesome beheading of the 40-year-old photojournalist should screa...

Note to West: There Is No Avoiding ISIS - Shiraz Maher, The Guardian

For those of who have followed the conflict in Syria and Iraq closely, it came as no surprise – shocking though it was – to discover that a seemingly British jihadist had beh...

Welcome to Extremistan - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

Anyone with a brain or a heart cannot help but be deeply disturbed by the unending and seemingly accelerating torrent of grim -- sometimes horrifying -- stories emanating from the ...

Questions from the Syria Blame Game - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

Hillary Clinton recently reignited the who-lost-Syria debate when she suggested that President Obama made a mistake in not intervening more forcefully early in the Syrian civil war...

The Middle East Cold War and U.S. - Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?...

Time to Bomb ISIS - New York Post

ISIS has now sent what it called “A Message to America.” It’s time for America to send a more pointed message back....

Will James Foley's Murder Wake Up the West? - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

There is something disturbing about the fact that the murder of a single Westerner should elicit greater shock and garner more attention than the torture and killing of hundreds up...

A Turning Point Against the Islamic State? - Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

Arab states should have a vested interest in following through to the demise of the most fanatical and dangerous movement in modern Middle Eastern history....

James Foley & the End of Journalism in Syria - Uri Friedman, The Atlantic

This century's worst humanitarian crisis is grinding on as a dwindling number of journalists bear witness to its destruction....

How Britain Became a Jihadist Exporter - Douglas Murray, The Spectator

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form of I...

How to Annihilate the Islamic State - Max Boot, Commentary

What is needed now is not strongly worded condemnation of Foley’s murder, much less a hashtag campaign. What is needed is a politico-military strategy to annihilate ISIS rath...

Is ISIS Really a Threat to the United States? - Peter Bergen, CNN

U.S. officials are claiming that the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is "now a credible alternative to al Qaeda." But what does that really mean in terms...

Britain's Multicultural Foreign Policy - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

Britain is a multicultural nation and its minority communities are having an increasing influence on its voice in the world....

Sham U.S. 'Concern' over Syria and Iraq - The Daily Star

American officials periodically speak of their “concern” over events in Iraq and Syria, whether the horrific human toll in lives, or the threats to regional and international s...

'Syria' No Longer Exists - C. Choksy & J. Choksy, World Affairs Journal

It’s time to accept that the Syrian Arab Republic established in 1946 is no more. In its place totter small regions with constantly fluctuating communal and geographical boundari...

Why Britain Created Mideast Monarchies - James Dawson, New Republic

Back in 1921 two brothers, Faisal and Abdullah (the sons of Hussein ibn Ali who lead the Arab Revolt), were rewarded by the British and made rulers of Mesopotamia and Transjordan r...

Cameron Must Get over Syria and Act on Iraq - Chris Huhne, The Guardian

Losing last year’s vote on military intervention cast a long shadow over government policy, but the situation in the Middle East requires action....

Obama Should Have Listened to Hillary - Charles Krauthammer, Nat'l Post

Leave it to Barack Obama’s own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking. Mind you, Obama does deploy ...

The Fantasy of Mideast Moderates - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

For decades, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has been to support “moderates.” The problem is that there are actually very few of them. The Arab world is going through a ...

Why Is the Islamic State Beheading People? - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

There’s little new in this approach, particularly the massacre of captives and the method of beheading for the purposes of terrorisation. The American journalist Daniel Pearl was...

All the President's Men and Women - Michael Weiss, NOW Lebanon

When Obama hasn’t been doing battle with the Islamic State (IS) in and around Iraqi Kurdistan, he’s been ranged against former members of his own administration who, ei...

War Is Upon Us -- Do We Want to Win? - Max Boot, The Spectator

Iraq is a bloody mess. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has extended its hold from eastern Syria into western and northern Iraq, massacring Shi’ites, Christians and Yazidi...

Ignoring Syria Has Unleashed a Deadly Virus - David Blair, Telegraph

War spreads deadly viruses of the ideological as well as disease-bearing variety. Just as the First World War created the opportunity for Bolshevism to capture Russia, so today&rsq...

Bin Laden's Warning & Obama's Opportunity - David Ignatius, Wash Post

When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his terrorist Islamic State, he ignored a warning from Osama bin Laden that jihadists should be cautious about establishing a caliphate too quick...

The War Within Islam and the Threat to Secular States - The Australian

We should be under no illusions about the road ahead, given regimes such as Iran’s are funding and fanning these conflicts. We will need to prepare for the kind of long war Gener...

How America Lost the Middle East - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

The United States can't stop the Syrian civil war any more than it can end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, halt the Egyptian military's brutal repression of political dissidents,...

Obama Needs an ISIS Strategy - Michael Rubin, The National Interest

Obama’s willingness to reengage in Iraq is admirable, but until he crafts a coherent strategy, he will be doing little more than using American pilots to kick the can down th...

What if the U.S. Had a Mideast Strategy? - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

Washington's lack of a plan to confront the spread of radical Islam -- from Africa to Iraq to China -- looms as an epoch-defining failure....

No, Arming Syria Rebels Wouldn't Have Stopped ISIS - Marc Lynch, WaPo

It’s easy to understand why desperate Syrians facing the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad hoped for Western support, especially by early 2012 as the conflict shifted inexorably f...

Publish the ISIS Terror Selfies - Ian Tuttle, National Review

When your enemy is in the process of destroying himself,” Napoleon famously advised, “stay out of his way.” That wisdom ought to be applied to the media campaign being wage...

Hillary: Syria 'Failure' Led to Rise of ISIS - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil war, could have shaped the forces fighting the Assad regime, thereby stopping al Qaeda-inspir...

Why We're Bombing Iraq and Not Syria - Michael Totten, World Affairs

Cable news reporters have spent all weekend asking one US government official after another why we’re bombing Iraq and not Syria if we’re motivated by humanitarian concerns a...

Barack Obama on the World - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

President Obama’s hair is definitely grayer these days, and no doubt trying to manage foreign policy in a world of increasing disorder accounts for at least half of those gray ha...

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