Behind The News

June 29, 2014

Most violent attacks in Iraq are motivated by sectarianism. (AFP/File)
09:59 GMT

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are fanning the flames of deeply rooted sectarian tensions that have existed in Iraq for years.

June 26, 2014

In recent weeks, radical Sunni militants from ISIS attempted to control Iraq's largest oil refinery (File/AFP)
09:43 GMT

The constant juggle between ISIS and Iraqi forces for the Baiji oil refinery has been confusing as it remains unclear who has full control. But, there is more to it.

June 25, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently visited Iraqi Kurdistan and met with Kurdish President Masoud Barzani. (AFP/File)
11:57 GMT

With Kurdish forces successfully fending off ISIL militants and establishing their own boundaries, the time is ripe for the Kurdish people to establish an independent state.

June 24, 2014

Lebanon heavily relies on its tourism industry as a vital part of the economy (File/AFP)
13:59 GMT

Suicide bombs are not enough of a reason to scare away the tourists of Lebanon. As embassies warn against traveling to the country, some tourists say it's just an exaggeration.

June 22, 2014

Millions have fled the violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
13:59 GMT

As the international community commemorates World Refugee Day, one refugee tells his complicated story.

June 21, 2014

"GCC's reliance on U.S. protection has transformed into a policy of 'importing' security," according to analyst Saleh Al Saidi (File Archive)
14:32 GMT

Is the Middle East facing an unprecedented stability threat?

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.