Behind The News
September 28, 2014
Following anti-government protests in 2011, Bahrain's prison population has doubled, boasting at least 2,000 political prisoners and the Arab world's second highest prison population rate per 100,000 people. How did this happen?
September 25, 2014
America’s attacks on Isis may help Bashar al-Assad keep his regime alive
September 24, 2014
A media study conducted by the newly minted media monitoring site, Akeeb, reports 63 percent of the content printed in major Arabic dailies comes "ready-made" from country news wire Jordan News Agency.
September 23, 2014
Some American experts say the al-Qaeda-linked group Khorasan poses a greater threat than Islamic State itself.
September 22, 2014
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
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
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.
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
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
Islamic State militants are better resourced than any other terrorist group, according to intelligence officials.
September 15, 2014
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
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
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
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
Security sources in Lebanon's tense Bekaa Valley denied that there is any linkage between recent kidnappings and IS militants beheading two soldiers.