While the physical edifice of the “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria has been all but pounded into dust, with hundreds of fighters either killed or in detention camps along the Turkish border, the influence of returned Southeast Asian cadres continues to be felt well beyond the five-month Marawi siege in the Philippines last year.
Understandably, 15 years after Saddam’s departure, many Iraqis are frustrated that their lot has not improved. This is the backdrop against which Shi’ite cleric and militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr has been inciting the Iraqi masses to oust the Iranian-backed government.
One person in that [usenet] group, had confected an identity so as to gather personal data and email addresses. That individual then sent messages to group members that there had never been a Holocaust and that people who claimed to be survivors were part of a conspiracy to extort money, guilt and political advantage from others.
The use of the tunnels is part of Hamas’ goal of seeking the destruction of the State of Israel, and its strategy of murdering Jewish people wherever and whenever possible in service of that goal. Its tunnels are equipped with electricity, food, and military capabilities...
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is a member of the Jordanian royal family and a former Jordanian diplomat who is the current United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He just provided a perfect example of the blatant hypocrisy and double standards which permeate the UN
The Israeli defence establishment is assuming that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ response to the American peace initiative, which is still largely shrouded in mystery, will be based on what he, personally, will be able to gain from it.
On July 22, the IDF beamed images around the world of more than 400 Syrian men, women and children – all affiliated with the White Helmets humanitarian group – travelling by bus through Israeli territory and out of danger to Jordan
Iran is in the middle of an economic crisis, although the US has not truly ratcheted up the pressure. In less than a year, the Iranian currency, the Rial, has lost half its value. There have been broad-based demonstrations around the country.
Israel’s new Jewish Nation-State law, passed on July 19, is not the game-changer many of its champions and detractors have claimed it to be. It is instead an almost entirely symbolic reaction to those who object to the continued existence of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
It seems that Israel opted to agree to imperfect understandings with Russia – which were probably subsequently enshrined in the US-Russia summit – regarding the Syrian regime’s return to the south