Iraq’s political crisis is turning into a nightmare for the US

Just as the Iraqi government announced the beginning of the operations to liberate Mosul, the country’s second largest city, Iraq’s internal political turmoil threatens to reverse what has been achieved against ISIS.   The Iraqi army launched an offensive 12 days ago to capture a group of villages south of Mosul. The battle of Mosul […]

The Brussels attacks show that Islamic State is still growing in ambition and capability

BELGIUM’S satisfaction at finding Salah Abdeslam, the man believed to have been the Islamic State (IS) logistics chief behind the Paris terror attacks, which took the lives of 130 people four months ago, was always likely to be fleeting. That it had taken so long to track Mr Abdeslam down was worrying. That he was […]

Blair Calls for West to Send Ground Troops Against ISIS

Writing in Britain’s Sunday Times for March 27, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair (shown) said, “Where [Arab allies] need active on-the-ground military support from us, we should give it. They [ISIS] have to be crushed.”He continued:We must build military capability able to confront and defeat the terrorists wherever they try to hold territory. This […]

Assad’s Palmyra ‘victory’ leaves Syria jihadists as big winners

Pro-regime forces recaptured the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra from ISIS over the weekend, dealing a blow to one of the terrorist group’s most strategically and symbolically valuable strongholds in Syria.   But analysts say that the victory, while significant, serves the dual purpose of buying time and legitimacy for embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad […]

Isis using drones to record suicide missions to recruit fighters

Call them social network jihadist drones. Isis has begun to use the mini aircraft to videotape its suicide missions and then distribute the film on social network sites not only to terrorise but to recruit more militants.   In one video, a suicide bomber first appears next to his explosives-packed truck. He hugs his fellow […]

Report: ISIS planning attack on Turkish Jews

According to the network, information on what intelligence officials are describing as “an imminent” attack against Jewish targets in Turkey was obtained from six ISIS operatives who were arrested in the southern city of Gaziantep over the last week.   The most likely target of an attack is Istanbul’s synagogue in Beyoglu, which also has […]

Assad Hails Army’s Recapture Of Palmyra From IS

Syria’s president has hailed his forces’ recapture of the famed ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State. Bashar al Assad said it was an “important achievement” and showed his army and his allies’ success in combating terrorism, while the military claimed IS was beginning to retreat and collapse.   Government troops and militiamen, backed by Russian […]

House condemns Brussels attacks

The House passed a resolution on Wednesday condemning the terrorist attacks in Brussels that have reignited the debate over combating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).   The measure, passed by a vote of 409-0, expresses condemnation of Tuesday’s attacks for which ISIS has claimed responsibility and offers condolences for the more than […]

Barack Obama says destroying Isis is his ‘top priority’ in wake of Brussels attacks

Barack Obama has declared wiping out Islamic State his “top priority” as his secretary of state, John Kerry, prepared to visit Brussels in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that killed 31 people and wounded 270.   Speaking during a visit to Argentina, the US president called for countries around the world to unite against […]

Strikes Claimed by ISIS Shut Brussels and Shake European Security

BRUSSELS TERROR ATTACK By YOUSUR AL-HLOU, DEBORAH ACOSTA and NEIL COLLIER 2:35 A breakdown of the locations in Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. By YOUSUR AL-HLOU, DEBORAH ACOSTA and NEIL COLLIER on Publish Date March 22, 2016. Photo by Belgian Federal Police, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. Watch in Times Video » BRUSSELS — […]