Middle East

ISIS and America

ISIS is a weekend festival for some

Jul 01, 2014
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Predictably, the U.S. mainstream media has figured out a way to put the country in the middle of the ISIS conflict. It’s always just a matter of time before the American media feels left out of conflicts a world away. In this case, CBS has found its willing contributor to frame the conflict in a way viewers can relate in Juan

ISIS declares Islamic State

ISIS declares a new Islamic State

Jul 01, 2014
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On Sunday, the Islamic State in Iraq and Iraq (ISIS, sometimes called ISIL) declared a new caliphate simply called the Islamic State. This area includes the territory gained in northeastern Syria and parts of Iraq. With the heaviest fighting coming in only the past two weeks, the extremist group seems ready to announce that is has achieved its primary goal: the

Syrian airstrikes on Iraq and ISIS

Iraq declares Syrian airstrikes a win for everyone

Jun 29, 2014
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After another wave of airstrikes by Syria on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraq’s prime minister Nouri al-Maliki considered the action good for both countries. “There was no coordination involved, but we welcome this action. We welcome any Syrian strike against Isis because this group targets both Iraq and Syria … But we didn’t make any request from

Syria strikes back at ISIS

Syria strikes back at ISIS

Jun 27, 2014
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Syria has launched a series of airstrikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa, currently being held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS). This action comes after an alleged airstrike in Iraq on the insurgents from the Syrian military. Washington however, suggested that Syria can’t be a solution to Iraq’s problems: “The solution to the threat confronting Iraq is

Syria hands over chemical weapons

Syria hands over last of chemical weapons, maybe

Jun 26, 2014
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The director general for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed that Syria has handed over the last of its chemical weapons stockpile. That is, the ones they admitted to having. “I can’t say … that Syria doesn’t have any chemical weapons anymore,” [director general Ahmet] Uzumcu said, while acknowledging that that was true of any country that his

U.S. and Iran work together on ISIS

The U.S. and Iran: together at last over ISIS

Jun 24, 2014
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With the growing conflict in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the United States and Iran have suddenly found common ground. But as with all things involving the U.S. and the middle east, nothing is as easy. Despite the mutual interest in a resolution in Iraq, 35 years of continued conflict has left many

ISIS capturing territory in Iraq and Syria

ISIS captures more territory seemingly at will

Jun 24, 2014
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Only two weeks into their offensive to establish a new caliphate out of parts of Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has captured even more territory. The gains of four towns and three border crossings across the north and west of Iraq puts greater pressure on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down. Perhaps the most surprising aspect

Canadian man a member of ISIS

Canadian man a member of ISIS

Jun 22, 2014
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A Calgary man, identified as Farah Mohamed Shirdon has joined the extremist group Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) fighting in Iraq and Syria. Shirdon is the third man from Calgary known to have joined ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria. While it may seem strange that a Canadian would join these terrorist groups overseas, Shaikh said these individuals don’t typically

Iraq and ISIS

Cheat Sheet: A quick history of Iraq and ISIS

Jun 21, 2014
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Zack Beacuahmp at Vox has a terrific interview with Fanar Haddad, research fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute. In it, Haddad explains many of the current issues and adds context to the growing conflict between the Iraqi group Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS): I’d say this point is crucial to pre- and post-2003 Iraq: the idea

Iraq and ISIS

Many Iraqis feel better with ISIS in control

Jun 21, 2014
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Among the Sunni population in Iraq, many are finding life under ISIS preferable to what they had with the Iraqi government. As the state is mostly run by a Shia majority, Sunnis are now finding a voice through the extremist group. For the most part, in a city like Mosul whose population is predominantly Sunni, people there have welcomed ISIS.