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Islamic State lies about looting

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It would appear that some but not all of the footage of destruction of priceless works of art in Iraq has been faked. A propaganda video released by the Islamic State, or ISIS, purporting to show the systematic destruction of … Continue reading

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Iraq moves against Islamic State in Tikrit

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Iraq has launched a military operation to recapture Tikrit, the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein, from Islamic State (IS) and its allies. A force of about 30,000 troops and militia were said to be attacking on different fronts, backed … Continue reading

Category: Interviews, Uncategorized

Did Obama threaten to shoot down Israeli jet?

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The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets … Continue reading

Category: Letter from The Editor, Uncategorized

Kurds accuse Gulf states of funding terror

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Islamic State is still receiving significant financial support from Arab sympathisers outside Iraq and Syria, enabling it to expand its war effort, says a senior Kurdish official. The US has being trying to stop such private donors in the Gulf … Continue reading

Category: Letter from The Editor, Uncategorized

Egyptian president says his regime is ready to protect Israel

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In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Egypt’s President Sisi noted: “We are prepared to send military forces inside a Palestinian state. They would help the local police and reassure Israelis in their role as guarantors.” The … Continue reading

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Fear spreads through UK Copt community

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Among Britain’s Coptic Christians there was a sense of stupefied horror, as film of the murder of 21 Egyptian Copts, at the hands of Isis in Libya sent shock waves throughout the community. The video of the mass beheading of … Continue reading

Category: Letter from The Editor, Uncategorized

FILM: Open Bethlehem

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Ask yourself this: what do you know about the city of Bethlehem? For many, the honest answer would be “not much”. As one young American man asks in Open Bethlehem, the new film by documentary film-maker Leila Sansour: “Bethlehem, isn’t … Continue reading

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The Significance of ISIS in Pakistan

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In light of the attack earlier this week on a Shia mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, which killed at least 20 people and injured more than 65 others, questions are bound to be raised on the state … Continue reading

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Boko Haram launch attack on Chad

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Suspected Boko Haram militants have carried out an attack on Chad overnight, the first such assault on Chadian soil, security sources say. Officials said the fighters crossed Lake Chad by motorboat and attacked a village on the shores of the … Continue reading

Category: Letter from The Editor, Uncategorized

Clueless in Iraq and Syria: the US and Britain have no strategy for defeating ISIS

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THE TRAUMATIC experience of Britain’s participation in the 2003 Iraq war led the Government to have as little to do with the country as possible , writes Patrick Cockburn By the spring of 2014, as the Islamic State of Iraq … Continue reading

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