Draft reports of a public inquiry into the UK's 2003 Iraq war have rattled Britain’s establishment, with senior Whitehall figures battling to sanitize its findings. Critics say the war was central to the rise of ISIS, and the fragmentation of Iraq.
UK defense officials face heated condemnation this week as the findings of a public inquiry into one of Britain’s most brutal battles in recent years surfaces. UK troops have been accused of the unlawful murder and torture of Iraqi citizens in 2004.
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.
A fugitive terror suspect from Britain who skipped bail and fled to Syria amid a string of police blunders has ridiculed the UK's security services online, stating he was able to “breeze through Europe” to join the Islamic State while under investigation.
While publicly maintaining a long-standing US policy of not negotiating with terrorists or paying ransoms, the White House has quietly ordered a review of relevant policies following a series of executions of US citizens by Islamic State militants.
Reports of the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi being wounded in an airstrike, were confirmed by Iraqi officials and state television on Sunday. At the same time, the Pentagon said it had no such information.