Behind The News

September 22, 2014

Turkish presidential press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyio Erdogan  and his wife Ermine receiving freed Turkish consulate hostages at the Cankaya presidential Palace in Ankara. [AFP]
07:28 GMT

With President Erdogan refusing to explain why Isis decided to release 49 of the country’s diplomats, suspicions are growing about Ankara’s murky relationship with the self-styled caliphate.

September 21, 2014

"Sherko Omer" is a pseudonym. His real identity has been kept secret for security reasons. The views expressed are his own. [Aran News]
07:03 GMT

Islamic State (IS) member "Sherko Omer" would now be a dead jihadist hadn’t he surrendered to the pro-Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northeast Syria earlier this year. Journalist Rozh Ahmad met him to learn more about the experience.

September 19, 2014

Gaddafi may be gone, but Libya's path to democratic, stable leadership is far from over (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

Despite the revolutionary toppling of Libya's Moammar Gaddafi three years ago, Libya's remains deeply divided and unstable, as embattled militia groups compete for control from the eastern city of Tobruk, to the western capital of Tripoli.

After seven MB leaders were asked to leave Qatar, experts disagree on whether the move is the first of more to come or just an attempt by Qatar to remove itself from media scrutiny over Islamist alliance. (AFP/File)
08:52 GMT

Seven leading members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood were asked to leave Qatar last week, arrest warrants awaiting them in Egypt. Now many wonder what's next for the organization as its once-strongest ally has sent them packing.

September 18, 2014

Palestinian Muslim worshipers attend Friday noon prayer beneath the fallen minaret of the al-Susi mosque in Gaza City on September 12,2014 which was hit by Israeli strikes during the latest round of deadly fighting with Hamas militants. [AFP]
11:26 GMT

The dead were buried and the wounded are trying to heal while the rubble of the war on Gaza remains in place. Hundreds of thousands of tons worth of rubble, not to mention the environmental and health hazard they pose, remind the survivors of death every morning. Removing the rubble means finally beginning the process of reconstruction and a return to normal life.

September 17, 2014

An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 11, 2014 by jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
07:56 GMT

Islamic State militants are better resourced than any other terrorist group, according to intelligence officials.

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.