Kurdish offensive in Syria has Ankara on its toes

Kurdish offensive in Syria

Kurdish offensive in Syria has Ankara on its toes

The Syrian border town of Jarablous could soon become a battleground and that battle could change the front-lines and the balance of power in territories outside the control of the government in northern Syria. Jarablous is controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Its flag is hoisted just a few metres from… [Read more…]

ISIS in Egypt: More Than Meets the Eye

Deadly attacks hit Egypt's Sinai

ISIS in Egypt: More Than Meets the Eye

ISIS’s escalating campaign against the Egyptian government – culminating in the assassination of the country’s chief prosecutor and yesterday’s bloody attacks in the Sinai Peninsula – have raised a great deal of questions vis-a-vis the extent and nature of the jihadist group’s presence in the Arab world’s most populous country. Is ISIS’s Egyptian branch – the… [Read more…]

Exiled Iraqi Christians train for retaking of Mosul

Archbishop of Mosul Amel Nona
Archbishop of Mosul, “all Christians have left Mosul”

Exiled Iraqi Christians train for retaking of Mosul

 

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AFP) — With wooden crosses around their necks and others tattooed on their arms, several dozen Iraqi Christians are training to recapture their homes overrun by the Islamic State jihadist group. A year ago, IS launched a fierce offensive in northern Iraq, quickly capturing second city Mosul, with its large Christian minority, and Christian-populated… [Read more…]

Israel: Islamic State threatens to ‘uproot’ Israel, topple Hamas

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Israel: Islamic State threatens to ‘uproot’ Israel, topple Hamas

The Islamic State terror group has threatened to “uproot the state of the Jews” and pursue “Hamas dictators” in Gaza. In a new video published Tuesday, IS accused the Islamist Hamas of being soft in enforcing religious law in the Palestinian enclave it controls. “We will uproot the state of the Jews [Israel] and you [Hamas]… [Read more…]

OPEC crude production surges as Iraq pumps at record pace

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OPEC crude production surges as Iraq pumps at record pace

 

Iraqi crude production climbed to a record this month, helping send OPEC output to the highest level since August 2012. Output by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries climbed 744,000 barrels to 32.134 million a day this month, according to a Bloomberg survey of oil companies, producers and analysts. Last month’s total was revised 189,000 barrels… [Read more…]

Deadly attacks hit Egypt’s Sinai

Deadly attacks hit Egypt's Sinai

Deadly attacks hit Egypt’s Sinai

At least 35 people have been killed in ongoing attacks on several military checkpoints and police stations in Egypt’s northern Sinai, security sources and witnesses have told Al Jazeera. About 70 fighters, reportedly belonging to an ISIL-affiliated group, simultaneously attacked several targets in the area on Wednesday, the sources said. At least 22 of the fighters… [Read more…]

IRAQ – SYRIA – Islamic State in Middle East a year after caliphate declaration

ISIS in Syria

IRAQ – SYRIA – Islamic State in Middle East a year after caliphate declaration

Monday marked one year since the Islamic State armed group declared itself a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State armed group currently controls about half the surface of Syria and a third of Iraq, where it emerged and continues to thrive on sectarian tensions and the lack of strong central governments in the region.… [Read more…]

Tested: Russian, Iranian loyalty to Syria’s Bashar Assad

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Tested: Russian, Iranian loyalty to Syria’s Bashar Assad

The regime of longtime Syrian strongman Bashar Assad is struggling at levels unseen during the nation’s 4-year-old civil war, ramping up pressure on allies Iran and Russia to either abandon or double down on their support for the Syrian leader, U.S. intelligence officials say. While world headlines focus on the push for a nuclear accord between… [Read more…]

The YPG: America’s new best friend?

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The YPG: America’s new best friend?

The recent capture of the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad held by the fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), by Syrian Kurdish forces (known as the YPG) is a major development in the course of the war in Syria. The result is that Kurdish forces are now poised to control… [Read more…]

IS-linked group said to issue leaflets threatening Christians in Jerusalem

Members of the Living Bread Church in East Jerusalem
Members of the Living Bread Church in East Jerusalem

IS-linked group said to issue leaflets threatening Christians in Jerusalem

Leaflets threatening Christians and signed by an organization referring to itself as the “Islamic State in Palestine” were distributed in East Jerusalem Thursday, Israel’s Channel 10 news reported. The flyers, which displayed an image of the black flag associated with the Islamic State terrorist group, warned Christian residents of the city that “vengeance” will be exacted… [Read more…]