It is an immense irony that US meddling is unwittingly behind the unprecedented chaos in the Middle East and the most dangerous terrorist entity of modern times
By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf NewsPublished:
The battle to halt the rapid expansion of the Islamic State now informs both regional politics and Western foreign policy in the Middle East.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has replaced Israel at the top of Washington’s
Abdel Bari Atwan
Gaza triumphed because they deserved this victory during a time in which there have been many defeats and during which conspiracies have grown within this nation and faith. Once again, I thank Gaza, its people, its martyrs…Gaza triumphed because they deserved this victory during a time in which there have been many defeats and during which conspiracies have grown within this nation and faith. Once again, I thank Gaza, its people,
By Abdel Bari Atawn
Erdogan will be re-inaugurated as President of Turkey next Thursday… But regional developments threaten the future of Turkey and the map of alliances is changing rapidly according to the advances of the ‘Islamic State’. How will Erdogan respond?
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the former Prime Minister of Turkey, will become President on Thursday, having won the presidential ballot with a resounding victory unmatched since that of the founder of modern
By Abdel Bari Atwan
The issue of sabotaging the national reconciliation between Fatah and HAMAS movements and the resulting formation of a consensus government led by Dr Rami al-Hamdallah occupies the most prominent rank among the Israeli objective, which stands behind the current aggression against the Gaza Strip, which has resulted in the martyrdom of more than 2,000 people, one quarter of whom are children, in addition to the wounding of 10,000 others, and the destruction
By Abdel Bari Atwan
Writing about the Islamic State, Prime Minister David Cameron warned – in an article published in this week’s Sunday Telegraph – of a ‘terrorist state’ on the Mediterranean coast which represented a real and present danger to the UK.
Cameron was worried about this terrorist state’s ‘expansionist plans’ and it is true that the Islamic State already covers an area the size of the United Kingdom
At the beginning of last week, a full scale military intervention by a US-led ‘Coalition of the Willing’ looked likely. Under the banner of delivering ‘humanitarian relief’ to thousands of terrified Yazidis — who fled up Northern Iraq’s Mount Sinjar as the murderous brigades of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) entered their villages — US planes were flying 100 sorties a day
By Abdel bari Atwan
Events in Syria have been overshadowed by news from Iraq and the Islamic State’s advances there in recent weeks. The geographical expansion of the Islamic State and the threat it poses to the oil rich environs of Kurdistan has absorbed all Western attention and is at the top of its foreign policy agenda.
Recently, the Syrian Army has been making something of a comeback after suffering humiliation at the hands of the Islamic State in the provinces of Al-Raqqah