MPs have voted to back Britain joining US-led airstrikes on Islamic State in Iraq in a vote on Friday. Attacks could begin within days, as ministers admit that UK military intervention could last two or three years.
The Iraqi city of Tikrit saw ISIS blow up the Green Church, one of the oldest Christian churches in the Middle East, and the shrine and historical mosque of Al Arbain, both located in the city center, security sources said on Thursday.
The FBI believes it has identified the masked Islamic State militant responsible for beheading Westerners in ISIS videos, but law enforcement will not reveal the identity of the man known only as “Jihadi John,” agency director James Comey told reporters.
Financially stable British-born Muslims who take their security for granted are most at risk of radicalization by terror groups, according to new research. Socially isolated and depressed Muslims are also identified.
The so-called “moderate” rebel forces in Syria that the US relies on aren’t that moderate, as many of them have ties with Al-Nusra. They are also weak, don’t have modern weapons and aren’t good at fighting, foreign affairs expert Max Abrahams told RT.
Anti-war activists have staged an emergency protest outside Downing Street on Thursday evening, after Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK is ready to “play its part” in airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq.
President Barack Obama presented a four-pronged approach to battling violent extremism from the likes of the Islamic State on Wednesday and pleaded with the international community for assistance during an address at the United Nations.
The West should look deeper into environmental and cultural issues in the Middle East instead of simply considering it to be a place where terrorists operate, Dr. Akl Kairouz, a political science professor at Notre Dame University, told RT.
The Western powers that fostered Islamic extremists to incite them against Middle Eastern regimes should stop dividing terrorists into good and bad, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said in a TV interview.