Islamic State Beckons Allies Into Disastrous Guerrilla War

US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that he erred in assessing the threat posed by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq; in an interview with CBC he said that the jihadist fighters who chased US troops out of Iraq into Syria had gathered to form a more powerful organization under the umbrella of the Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and his State.

This recognition of mistakes, by the leader of the alliance which has tasked itself with eliminating Islamic State, will certainly not be the


America’s Real Aims In Syria

America denies having requested permission from the Syrian regime to strike Islamic State, al-Nusra and Khorisan veterans’ group targets on its territory. The Syrian regime says it was ‘informed’ of the strikes slightly ahead of them. The point is it doesn’t really matter because the US is intent on proving its dominance over the region and does not, in reality, recognize the sovereignty of any Arab country, only its usefulness. And is the target


Uphill Struggle For ‘Coalition Of The Scared’ [Gulf News]

Problems the coalition faces against Isil

The US-led global initiative appears to lack not only a clear plan and strategy 
but also any real commitment to military action

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 20:00 September 19, 2014

  • Gulf News

Rather belatedly, the White House is banging the drums of war and calling for a newly assembled international coalition to ‘degrade and destroy’ the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Only seven months ago, President


Dangers and Hidden Motives In The Coming War On Islamic State

Abdel Bari Atwan

US Secretary of State John Kerry presided over a conference in Jeddah yesterday aimed at garnering support from, and delegating tasks to, Middle Eastern nations recruited to the US plan to destroy Islamic State. Ten Arab countries – Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and six Gulf states including rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar – as well as Turkey joined John Kerry at the meeting. Morocco was not invited, neither were Iran (due to Saudi antipathy) or


Uncertain Outcomes for the West’s New War on Islamic State

 Abdel Bari Atwan

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama delivered a speech setting out his strategy for dealing with the Islamic State; he declared war on the entity, saying he would eliminate it and the danger it poses to American interests and its allies in the region. His foreign and defence ministers  will now embark on Middle Easter tour to drum up support for an intervention.

Details of the US strategy are still unknown, but leaks suggest it will aim to stop the flow of foreign


Jordan’s Islamic State Worries

By Abdel Bari Atwan

I spent some time in Jordan lately and, wherever you go in Amman these days, the only topic of conversation is the ‘Islamic State’. In restaurants, in newspaper offices, at Ministerial conferences, even in taxis, all people want to talk about is Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s ‘Caliphate’ and what the West – led by President Barack Obama – will do about it. Will they manage to keep their regional supremacy; will they


Islamic State Is A Direct Result of ‘War On Terror’

  • By Abdel Bari Atwan | Special to Gulf News

  • Published: 20:00 August 30, 2014

  • Gulf News

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 agenda — alongside oil.

It was only when the IS threatened to overrun Arbil that the US took the decision to intervene militarily. To date, this has consisted of just short


Saudi Arabia’s Panicked Response to GCC Split

 

by Abd-al-Bari Atwan

What lies behind Saudi Arabia’s three-member delegation to Doha and other recent visits and ultimatums?

Now that Israel’s war on Gaza has ended with an Egyptian-mediated cease-fire agreement, another diplomatic war that is perhaps no less vicious is expected to erupt between the Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain axis, and the camp that stood and still stands in the other trench; namely, the Turkish-Qatari axis.

The


Isil a creation of the war on terror

 

 

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

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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


Gaza triumphed and has every right to celebrate

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,