Behind The News

June 19, 2014

The rise of Salafism in the Middle East may be the ultimate end to the democratic mobilization and movements that emerged in the region in 2011 (File Archive)
14:49 GMT

As the world watches the escalating violence in Iraq and the growth of the jihadist ISIS, it is important to recognize that the rise of such extremism is part of a regional trend that has been growing rapidly over the past two decades in particular.

June 17, 2014

ISIS is set on capturing Baghdad. (AFP/File)
13:39 GMT

Now one of the biggest jihadi threats, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaeda inspired group, is proving to be startling efficient at taking over large swathes of territory in the Middle East.

June 15, 2014

Many members of the Iraqi army fled when confronted by ISIL. (AFP/File)
12:47 GMT

The corrupt nature of the Iraqi army and the revenge politics of Maliki's administration enabled the ISIL's takeover.

June 13, 2014

ISIS spokesman Abu Mohamed al-Adnani, called Iraq's Shia population "a disgraced people".
11:32 GMT

The Shia dominated government of Iraq looks like it's on its last legs. If ISIS overrun Baghdad, it's game over.

June 12, 2014

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has failed to ensure the safety of his people. (AFP/File)
10:12 GMT

The recent takeover of Mosul by ISIL raises many questions about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and the future of Iraq.

June 11, 2014

Al-Baghdadi heads the deadly ISIS, an al-Qaeda linked group that recently took over the city of Mosul in Iraq. (AFP/File)
08:28 GMT

Little is known about the terrifying leader of The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

June 9, 2014

Breaking the Silence has given voice to over 900 Israeli troops that depict an intimate portrayal of the difficult ethical dilemmas soldiers face (AFP/File).
12:43 GMT

With the help of Israeli organization Breaking the Silence, Israeli soldiers give shocking testimonies about their roles in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

June 6, 2014

An old Syrian man walks through the besieged city of Homs in a former rebel held neighborhood (File/AFP)
14:52 GMT

The silence in Syria's Homs is deadly, quite literally. Even as rebels evacuated the city, Robert Fisk argues, peace has yet to come to the besieged city.

June 5, 2014

A man waits to cross Rafah into Egypt, which can sometimes take more than several hours (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Life is hard enough in Gaza, but for the terminally ill, it doesn't get easier when the Rafah crossing won't open for Palestinian's requiring life saving treatments in Egypt.

June 2, 2014

An image grab taken from a video released by jihadist group Al-Nusra Front shows a portrait of American citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, who is believed to have been involved in the suicide bombing against regime forces in Idlib. (AFP)
11:30 GMT

How America's first suicide bomber in Syria raises concerns for a second 9/11.

May 30, 2014

Iran's growing power in the Middle East is making other Arab states very nervous (File/AFP)
13:55 GMT

While news cameras are focused on the chaos in the Middle East, Iran is quietly becoming more influential in the region. On closer inspection however, it is not just the Sunni v Shia debate.

May 28, 2014

Particularly in the weeks leading up to the Pope’s visit, the price tag attacks have also increasingly targeted Christian temples. (Al Bawaba file photo)
09:41 GMT

According to a recent report, Jewish settler violence is increasingly targeting Christians in Israel.

May 27, 2014

Since the military came to power, six journalists have been killed and more than 65 journalists have been arrested. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT

Since Egypt's military took over in 2013, numerous journalists have been arrested and killed.

May 26, 2014

Pope Francis did not blame Israel for the peace process impasse, but rather called on everyone to take up the responsibility to achieve peace (Taufiq Khalil/AFP)
11:31 GMT

Pope Francis' unexpected stop at the separation wall during his Holy Land visit may play a critical role in regional politics and transforming the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

May 24, 2014

Security forces stand outside a polling station in Alexandria (File/AFP)
14:49 GMT

El-Sisi's presidential campaign may be quieter in Alexandria, but locals are beginning to take notice as the taste of optimism lingers for Egypt's future.