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Years after IS, Syrian Kurds rebuild Kobane alone

AFP | After giving up on getting help from Syrian Kurdish authorities, Ahmed Saleh relied on relatives abroad to repair his home in Kobane after...

Iraq sentences 19 Russian women to life for joining IS

AFP | Iraq on Sunday sentenced 19 Russian women to life in prison for joining the Islamic State group, the latest in a series of...

Iraq women with alleged links to IS sexually abused: Amnesty

AFP | Iraq is using collective punishment including sexual exploitation against women and children with alleged ties to Islamic State jihadists, Amnesty International said Tuesday....

How Bashar al-Assad won the Syrian war? Part-I

  Zeeshan Munir | In summer of 2012, rebel forces were knocking on the doors of Damascus, half of Aleppo was lost to anti-regime forces and...

Taliban claims deadly car bomb attack in Kabul

AFP | A suicide attacker blew up a bomb-laden vehicle in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least two civilians and wounding several others, an Afghan...

US urges UN to investigate chemical weapons in Syria

AFP | The United States is asking the UN Security Council to set up a new inquiry of chemical weapons attacks in Syria following reports...

Moscow and Islamabad unite against Indo-US nexus

News Analysis | Pakistan and Russia have agreed to explore new ways for bilateral cooperation to expand their relationship. Pakistan’s Foreign Office stated, “both sides...

Battle to free Mosul of IS ‘intellectual terrorism’

AFP | In a classroom of the University of Mosul, in the Islamic State group's former Iraqi capital, around 50 volunteers have undergone a week's...

Thai cops nab Pakistani passport forger with IS links

AFP | A Pakistani passport forger whose fakes may have been sold to Islamic State operatives has been arrested in Thailand, police said Friday, ending...

IS operating in Kabul under noses of US forces

AFP | Middle-class Afghans turned jihadists have assisted the Islamic State group's expansion from its stronghold in Afghanistan's restive east to Kabul, analysts say, helping...

Syrians survive war but battle against harsh winter

AFP | Khadija Alloush made it out alive from Syria's battle-ravaged Raqa with her five children, but she lost her seven-year-old son to the biting...

IS in Syria to be defeated by February: French President

AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday predicted the Islamic State group would be crushed in Syria by February, pushing for the Syrian government...

Is Middle East witnessing an end of civil wars and sectarian...

James M. Dorsey | Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and...

Desert Kingdom in transition: Will Muhammad Bin Salman be the real...

News Analysis | In an interview with the Guardian, Saudi crown prince Muhammad Bin Salman said that he will return Saudi Arabia toward moderate Islam,...

Philippines must prepare for a long war against ISIS

Jumel G. Estrañero | Terrorism cannot be tackled overnight. On October 22 during the 38th MassKara Festival on Sunday night celebration, President Rodrigo Duterte urged the nation...

Why Russia suspects that US is helping ISIS in Syria &...

Muhammad Ali Ehsan | Russia has accused the US of ‘reducing air strikes against Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq to allow the militants passage...

Quetta carnage continues, will there be a respite?

News Analysis | On Monday, five persons including three belonging to the Hazara community have again been targeted and killed and one injured. Police stated...

Rohingya Plight: Feeding Instability across Muslim World & jeopardizing China’s One...

James M. Dorsey | The plight of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority is becoming the Muslim world’s latest rallying call emulating the emotional appeal of the...

Bashar al-Assad has won the Syrian war

M K Bhadrakumar | The Syrian government forces have broken through the ISIS’ 3-year long siege of the air base in the eastern city of Dier...

“Plight of Myanmars Rohingya’s: Destabilizing Muslim Governments?”

JAMES M. DORSEY | Calls for jihad in defense of the Muslim minority prompt fears of a second front against Islamic State-linked fighters in Southeast Asia,...

‘IS-Khurasan Province’ might drag Russia into the Afghan quagmire

Shahid Raza | The U.S. has clearly and squarely lost the war in Afghanistan after 16 years, thousands of casualties, hundreds of billions of dollars...

Trump’s Afghan War & his “New Strategy”- Gen. Jehangir Karamat

General Jehangir Karamat | The long awaited US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia was announced in a clearly articulated and carefully delivered speech by...

Trump ‘New’ Afghanistan strategy is neither new, nor a strategy

Rupert Stone | It is a common feature of democratic politics that more a leader promises change, the more things will stay the same. Professions...

Iraqi forces ‘completely surround ISIL’ in Tal Afar

News Analysis | According to Iraqi and US officials, Iraqi forces backed by Shiite militias have "completely surrounded" fighters affiliated with the Islamic State group in...

Spain attacks: Huge manhunt after 14 die in 12 hours of...

News Analysis | A wide-ranging anti-terror operation was under way in Spain on Friday after police killed five men wearing fake suicide belts in a...

A tough choice to make

News Analysis | The recent conflict in the Middle East has created a real possibility for the creation of an independent Kurdish state. Kurds are...

Ideological foundations and organizational structure of Islamic State

Nauman Sadiq | The fight against the much-dreaded ISIS is on with varying degrees of resolving and success.It becomes important to trace the ideological antecedents...

Destruction of Al-Nuri mosque and the death of history

News Analysis | Members of the militant Islamic State (IS) group on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning...

The three-way tug of war in Syria: Who are the important...

Nauman Sadiq | In order to simplify the Syrian theater of proxy wars, it can be divided into three separate and distinct zones: the Syrian...

The key to peace in Afghanistan: Bringing all the regional players...

Imtiaz Gul | The Trump administration plans to beef up its nearly 9000 troops with another 4,000 with the stated objective of training and assisting...

Gulf crisis: A new tale or a recap of the Southeast...

James M. Dorsey | Two competing visions of ensuring regime survival are battling it out in the Gulf. To Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,...

Will the fall of Mosul make Iraq safer?

News Analysis | Iraqi forces began storming the Islamic State-held Old City of Mosul on18 June, in yet another assault they hope will be the...

Iran sits pretty as the Qatar crisis continues to loom

News Analysis | The Qatar saga continues to frustrate peaceniks. For many, this rift between Arab countries is Iran’s hit. As the crisis remains unresolved,...

Increased intervention in Syria: How many targets is the US eyeing?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The shooting down of a Syrian SU-22 warplane by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet to the south of the city of...

Syria’s Al-Qaeda not on US’ terror watch-lists: Who is supporting terrorism?

Nauman Sadiq | According to a recent report by CBC Canada, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, which was formerly known as Al-Nusra Front and then Jabhat...

Escalation of the Syrian conflict: Is the US hurting Syria more...

News Analysis | An American fighter jet on Sunday shot down a Syrian warplane that the US-led coalition said attacked its allies in the fight...

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