Behind The News

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?

August 12, 2014

The British exile is expected to improve relations with Iraq's Sunnis and Kurds (File/AFP)
09:47 GMT

The potential successor to Nouri al-Maliki has created an even bigger political turmoil for Iraq's future, seeing as the current leader won't resign. For better or worse, who is Haider al-Abadi?

August 11, 2014

President Obama says ‘problem’ will not be solved in weeks. So how long will it take, asks Robert Fisk.
06:40 GMT

Iraq crisis: West’s ‘mandate’ is limited by national borders – and don’t dare mention oil.

August 10, 2014

Protesters against ISIS stand outside the White House during a Kurdish demonstration, Aug 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:06 GMT

Life in Iraq isn't good between Sunnis, Shia and the Kurds. It was already tense post American invasion but now, ISIS came and added salt to the wound.

August 7, 2014

Palestinian women stand in the rubble following a series of air strikes in Gaza, July 26, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:32 GMT

Israel's war of words was lost across social media platforms. But, it didn't stop violent sexual threats against Palestinian women, sexualizing the IDF, or even some politicians calling for Gazan women to be raped.

August 6, 2014

Palestinian children walk through the rubble as they return home after a 72-hour "humanitarian" ceasefire was announced, Aug 5, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:00 GMT

Will there ever be normality in the Gaza Strip? Along with the high death toll, Israeli forces destroyed infrastructure, including the largest water treatment plant, resulting in raw sewage flowing through the tattered land. How will Gaza recover?

August 5, 2014

In her letter to James Cameron, Baroness Warsi wrote, "I can no longer support Government policy on Gaza." (AFP)
19:29 GMT

The senior Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi has resigned over David Cameron's stance on the Gaza conflict, reminding us of the era of Clare Short and Robin Cook's departures in the time of the allied invasion of Iraq, 2003.

A Palestinian man carries the body of his five-year-old daughter following an Israeli air strike on his house, Aug 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:46 GMT

Israeli authorities implemented a ceasefire… Then violated it by killing five civilians, including two children. Hundreds more were killed following the alleged abduction of an IDF soldier by Hamas who then revealed it was in fact, Israeli bombs that killed him. Will this revenge backfire?

August 4, 2014

Lebanese security forces stand on the outskirts of Arsal, close to the Syrian border, Aug 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT

Violence continues to erupt in the border town of Arsal. Since the Syrian war began, it spilled into Lebanon and had detrimental consequences for the entire region.

July 27, 2014

Every one of the 112 pages in the booklet is marked "not for distribution or publication" and it is easy to see why. The Luntz report, officially entitled "The Israel project's 2009 Global Language Dictionary, was leaked almost immediately to Newsweek Online, but its true importance has seldom been appreciated. [AFP]
08:28 GMT

The playbook is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those "who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel".