The Islamic State has the potential to affect the entire Levant, though only few states in the region are contributing to the effort to fight this threat, the CEO at Country Risk Solutions, Daniel Wagner told RT.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will meet leaders and foreign ministers from over 30 countries in Paris to discuss plans to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The summit comes two days after the beheading of a British aid worker.
Islamic State radicals gain more than $3 million per day just from oil sales, while also earning huge sums from human trafficking and extortion, report US intelligence officials and experts. They are wealthier than any other terror group in history.
The parents of murdered journalist Steven Sotloff, who was killed by Islamic State extremists, were warned by the White House that they could face criminal prosecution if they paid a ransom to free their son, the family spokesperson told Yahoo News.
About 930 France’s residents and citizens, including 60 women, are either already fighting in Iraq and Syria or are planning to go there, the country’s interior minister said. Dozens of women and children were stopped on their way there.
Imams and leaders of Muslim societies in Britain have urged journalists and politicians to find an “alternative way” to refer to the jihadist group Islamic State. They say “UnIslamic State” would be a more “accurate and fair” description.
The US has, for the first time, declared that it is “at war” with the Islamic State. So far top leaders, Barack Obama and John Kerry among them, have been carefully dodging the term after the not-so-successful campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The US Air Force and Navy had carried out over 2,700 missions against the Islamic State in Iraq, including more actual airstrikes than previously stated by the US administration, even before Obama’s expanded military campaign against the group had begun.
The family of US journalist James Foley – who was kidnapped and killed by the Islamic State – had been “threatened” by the US government with charges of aiding terrorists if they tried to raise funds to pay ransom for him, Foley’s mother told the media.
Following Pres. Barack Obama’s announcement this week of a strategy to target Islamic State militants with airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, his potential successors have scrambled to judge the plan, jockeying for position in the 2016 presidential race.