Former British PM Tony Blair, who is currently the subject of a public inquiry into the Iraq war, claims “radical Islam” is the “key challenge” the West faces today. He said terrorism is inextricably linked to this “dangerous” variant of Islam.
The weapons used in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Chechnya came from abroad. The terrorists are linked to radical groups in the Middle East and are creating an extremely dangerous situation in the region, Alexander Nekrassov, political analyst, told RT.
As news comes through intimating that ISIS leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi’s wife and children have been arrested by Lebanese security forces, the only surprise is that anyone remains surprised at the sheer hypocrisy of the self-styled caliph.
Iran has launched airstrikes against Islamic State militants in eastern Iraq in recent days, the Pentagon confirms. According to spokesperson Rear Adm. John Kirby, the strikes were not co-ordinated with the US military and may be the first of their kind.
The United States understands that Iran is also bombing areas of Iraq where extremist group Islamic State is operating, a defense official has confirmed, but it will not respond to Tehran’s presence unless there is an immediate threat to US forces.
So-called Islamic State militants claim to have developed a crude nuclear weapon using materials seized from Mosul University, Iraq. A British extremist boasted of the damage the dirty bomb would do if detonated in Iraq, UK media reports.
Hitting Islamic State buildings, vehicles, tanks, and fighting units, the US Central Command said its latest bombing campaign against militants in Iraq and Syria took place over four days and involved 55 airstrikes.
While Iraq is a bloodbath, the Kurdish capital of Erbil promotes itself as an island of stability and prosperity, with many foreigners coming for oil. But underneath the stability there is anger, despair and fear among the local population.
A headcount during the latest Iraq military payroll period revealed 50,000 ‘ghost soldiers’, who don’t work - or don’t even exist - but are paid, the PM told the parliament. The US has spent billions of dollars arming and training the Iraqi army.