Behind The News

September 15, 2014

Members of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces pose in front of an Islamic State (IS) flag which they took from IS fighters at a military post. [AFP]
07:41 GMT

In Iraq the Iranian controlled Shia militias, which used to specialise in killing American troops, have relieved the Shia town of Amerli, long besieged by Isis

September 14, 2014

Up to 500 Britons are believed to be fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Image: Screenshot)
12:06 GMT

Leading groups have called on David Cameron to rename the Islamic State in order to halt the radicalisation of British Muslims. Does the "un-Islamic State" sound better?

September 11, 2014

Syria's Islamist Ahrar al-Sham rebel brigade named new chiefs on September 10, 2014 after a devastating blast that killed nearly 50 members of its leadership in northeastern Idlib province. [AFP]
08:20 GMT

As John Kerry flies in to Iraq for talks with Middle East leaders, the assassination of Hassan Aboud in Syria could drive more rebel fighters into the arms of Isis

September 10, 2014

US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, on September 5, 2014. [AFP]
06:45 GMT

The United States is reluctantly but decisively becoming engaged in the civil wars in Iraq and Syria as it seeks to combat Isis, which calls itself Islamic State.

September 9, 2014

Lebanese protesters burn an imitation of the Islamic State flag, which reads in Arabic: "We are coming to burn you" on September 1, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:17 GMT

Security sources in Lebanon's tense Bekaa Valley denied that there is any linkage between recent kidnappings and IS militants beheading two soldiers.

September 7, 2014

Female members of the PKK prepare for battle in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk (File/AFP)
08:07 GMT

In a rare moment of solidarity, female fighters from the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), joined forces with the Peshmerga to fight IS. Is it true to say, one man's terrorist is another (wo)man's freedom fighter?

September 4, 2014

What the heck is going on in Jordan's energy sector? (AFP/File)
15:30 GMT

Accusations of corruption ignited Parliamentary sessions in Jordan last week, as members accused the energy sector of shady business deals, shifty tenders and family favoritism.

US President Barack Obama. [AFP]
07:07 GMT

With a coherent response to the crises in Iraq, Syria and Eastern Europe still conspicuous by its absence, the leader of the free world is starting to look alarmingly impotent. Can he rise to the challenge?

September 3, 2014

The United States is hesitant to heavily arm the Lebanese military because of pressure from Israel. (AFP/File)
08:50 GMT

The Lebanese army not only faces two jihadist groups at its border, but also a major shortage of proper military equipment.

September 2, 2014

Who do ISIS and the Nusra Front want from Roumieh?
18:51 GMT

As negotiations with radical Syrian rebel groups intensify in the hope of freeing at least 24 security personnel kidnapped from Arsal last month, Roumieh prison’s notorious Islamist inmates have been thrust into the spotlight. But who are the people that ISIS and the Nusra Front want to be released, and what is the likelihood that it will happen?

August 28, 2014

Hamas top leader in the Gaza Strip Ismail Haniya (C) brandishes a weapon during a rally in Gaza City on August 27, 2014, following a deal hailed by Israel and the Islamist movement as 'victory' in the 50-day war. [AFP]
07:51 GMT

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there

August 25, 2014

Abu Abdullah al-Britani (left), uses social media to advise would-be militants in the UK. He is pictured here with another ISIS member, boasting on Twitter about drinking coffee in Ar-Raqqah, Syria (Image: Twitter)
04:00 GMT

Where al-Qaeda asked you to hide amongst your enemies, IS asks you to come and join your friends.

August 18, 2014

Militants from the Islamic State are threatening the stability of Iraqi Kurdistan. (AFP/File)
11:26 GMT

As the Islamic State spreads across Iraq and threatens the region, prejudice against Arabs is on the rise in Kurdistan.

August 17, 2014

Countries with tense relations, like the U.S. and Iran, are recognizing the need to work together in combatting the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT

The rise of the Islamic State and their terrifying ideology is bringing together enemies from all sides of the spectrum.

August 13, 2014

A Syrian child stands in a refugee camp which was partially burnt during clashes with militants in Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:26 GMT

Tensions remain high in the aftermath of Arsal. Lebanese nationals blame Syrian refugees for the violence, while the latter deny any involvement. But, who is right?