Tag Archives: Islamic State

The forgotten betrayal – USA’s malicious role in Middle East

The forgotten betrayal - USA's malicious role in Middle East

In part because my father was murdered by an Arab, I’ve made an effort to understand the impact of U.S. policy in the Mideast and particularly the factors that sometimes motivate bloodthirsty responses from the Islamic world against our country. As we focus on the rise of the Islamic State and search for the source of the savagery that took …

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Pakistan’s Syrian Complex

Pakistan's Syrian Complex

Apart from global and regional divisions, Pakistan has its own domestic concerns vis-à-vis the sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria A country’s foreign policy or foreign relations’ policy consists of self-interest strategies adopted by the state to safeguard its national interests and to achieve goals within its international relations milieu. But due to the dependency syndrome, Pakistan has to …

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Islamic State looks towards Jerusalem

Islamic State looks toward the Jerusalem

FROM the military observation points overlooking the spot where Israel’s frontiers meet those of Syria and Jordan, Israelis can clearly see the positions of Liwa Shuhada al-Yarmouk—the Yarmouk Martyrs’ Brigade. It is only one of many dozens of Syrian rebel groups, yet Israeli officers half-jokingly describe the fighters, mainly Syrians from nearby villages, as “Daesh lite”. The brigade, which may …

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IS may emerge as a connected global threat

IS may emerge as a connected global threat

Synopsis Global terrorism will continue to pose the pre-eminent national security threat to the world in 2016. The most severe and imminent will come from Al Qaeda led by Dr Ayman Al Zawahiri, and Islamic State (IS) led by Dr Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Its ideological and operational dimensions present a formidable challenge to both social stability and security of states. …

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US Muslim haters beat up Sikhs

US Muslim haters beat up Sikhs

The bearded man in the blue turban was attacked before dawn on 26 December, while waiting for a ride to work. Two white males in their 20s pulled up and began to curse at Amrik Singh Bal, according to police in Fresno, California. Fearing for his safety, police said, the 68-year-old Sikh man attempted to cross the street — but …

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Saudi Mufti declares IS militants as Israeli soldiers

Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz has claimed that the Islamic State (Daesh) militants are Israeli soldiers and the Saudi-led 34-nation military alliance of Islamic countries will defeat it. The statement came after Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the secretive leader of the terror group, called for an uprising in Saudi Arabia and pledged to attack Israel, in an audio recording …

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Latest Republican debate was a show of… stupidity

Latest Republican debate was a show of... stupidity

Had last Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate taken place in a school room where fact, objectivity and real understanding of national security were grading criteria instead of a school yard where bullying and bragging dominate, none of the debaters would have passed. For those who understand national security, following this debate was painful. How aspirants for the nation’s highest office can …

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Hassan Aboud, ISIS killer’s messed up mind

Hassan Aboud, ISIS killer’s messed up mind

Hassan Aboud’s practiced baritone belied the malevolence in his words. “Oh Darraji!” he sang. “Our state provided us ammunition and sent us to assassinate you.” That state is the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, the terror group that controls territory in Syria and Iraq and has recently projected violence to Ankara, Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino, …

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Iraq gets more US fire power to combat ISIS

Iraq gets more US fire power to combat ISIS

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter offered Iraqi leaders increased U.S. support and firepower Wednesday in hopes of bolstering the battle against Islamic State, which still controls some of Iraq’s largest cities. In a meeting with Prime Minister Haider Abadi, Carter offered to send U.S. military advisers to assist Iraqi army commanders at the brigade level, rather than at headquarters, and to …

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ISIS is not global… yet!

ISIS is not global... yet!

Recent terror attacks in the West have stoked fears of ISIS’ influence around the world. But we should put the group’s global presence in context. While the degrees of association with ISIS vary, recent attacks in Western countries have ignited fears over the group’s influence and presence spreading around the globe. The coordinated attacks in Paris, the San Bernardino shooting, …

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