Tag: Islam

Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urges fight to death in Iraq, audio claims

The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has expressed confidence in victory as Iraqi forces entered the city of Mosul where he declared a “caliphate” two years ago. “This … total war and the great jihad that the Islamic State is fighting today only increases our firm belief, God willing, and our conviction that […]

Retaking Mosul From ISIS May Pale to What Comes Next

ERBIL, Iraq — The Iraqi military’s operation to retake the northern city of Mosul after more than two years of Islamic State occupation could require months, even with American help. But the recapture may turn out to be the easy part.   If history is a guide, vast parts of Mosul, once Iraq’s No. 2 […]

Why Mosul Is Critical in the Battle Against ISIS

Iraqi security forces and Kurdish pesh merga fighters have begun an assault to dislodge Islamic State militants from the city of Mosul. Here are some reasons the city is strategically and symbolically vital.   POPULATION Mosul, once home to more than two million residents, was the biggest prize captured by the Islamic State. It gave […]

Mosul battle: EU ‘should prepare for returning jihadists’

The EU should be prepared for returning jihadists if the so-called Islamic State (IS) is driven out of its Iraqi stronghold, Mosul, an official warns. Security Commissioner Julian King said even a small number of militants would pose “a serious threat that we must prepare ourselves for”. Iraqi forces say they have captured 10 villages […]

Iran claims to have intel on Israeli-Saudi plot to stir unrest in country

A senior Iranian military official  on Tuesday accused Israel and Saudi Arabia of collaborating on a plot to stir insurrection inside the Islamic Republic.   “We have thorough intelligence that Al Saud, in collusion with the Zionist regime, is hatching plots against our country,” Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari was quoted by Iran’s Press TV […]

Syrian rebels seize ‘doomsday’ village where Islamic State promised final ba…

Syrian rebels said they captured the village of Dabiq from Islamic State on Sunday, forcing the jihadist group from a stronghold where it had promised to fight a final, apocalyptic battle with the West.   Its defeat at Dabiq, long a mainstay of Islamic State’s propaganda, underscores the group’s declining fortunes this year as it […]

Mosul assault – a military Tower of Babel

Sunday night, Oct. 16, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, supported by a bevy of generals, announced that the military operation to recapture Mosul from its two-year occupation by the Islamic State had begun. Three formally approved participants are taking part in the operation, DEBKAfile’s military sources report: 1. American special operations, artillery and engineering units […]

How will new fighting in Iraq affect Trump v Clinton? Probably not much

In any other election year, a massive battle involving US force to seize a city of hundreds of thousands from the Islamic State might affect how voters choose their next president. But 2016, defense analysts and political advisers observing the mid-October campaign for Mosul point out, is no normal election year.   Two years after […]

Analysis: A new crack in the Sunni bloc?

There seems to be a growing rift between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the twin mainstays of the Sunni front against the major threats of Iran’s terrorist operations and nuclear building on the one hand, and against the rogue Sunni Islamic State on the other. The two countries no longer see eye to eye on a […]

François Hollande: France has ‘a problem with Islam’

The French president, François Hollande, has said his country has “a problem with Islam” and that there are too many illegal migrants arriving in France.   He also suggested that today’s “veiled woman” could become a Marianne, the female symbol of the French republic, and attacked his rival Nicolas Sarkozy as “the little De Gaulle”. […]