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Iraqi Law Would Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Old Girls

Photo by ssoosay (CC BY 2.0) It’s nearly incomprehensible for people living in a modern, civilized society to fathom there are still countries where it’s perfectly acceptable for a 40-year-old man to marry a 10-year-old girl. Yet, it’s happening in India, Ethiopia, Nepal and dozens of developing countries. Iraq has recently put forth a controversial … Continue reading

ISIS Shifts Tactics in Fallujah

By Mushreq Abbas AL Monitor Posted 2014-03-26 20:08 GMT   ISIS fighters celebrate on vehicles taken from Iraqi security forces on a main street in Fallujah, March 20, 2014 (photo by REUTERS). Three months after the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) decided to avoid public appearances and maintain a low profile in Fallujah, … Continue reading

Iraq May Legalize Child-Marriage

By SAMEER N. YACOUB and SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — A contentious draft law being considered in Iraq could open the door to girls as young as nine getting married and would require wives to submit to sex on their husband’s whim, provoking outrage from rights activists and many Iraqis who see it … Continue reading

Al Qaeda splinter group executes 13 in Syria

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Jan. 4, 2014, shows Shakir Waheib, a leader in the Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), center, searching a government office in Ramadi, in Iraq’s Anbar Province. ISIL has taken over swaths of territory in Syria, particularly in the east. (AP) Reuters … Continue reading

Do Syria, Iraq and Lebanon Still Exist?

Jonathan Spyer For almost a century, the Middle East has been defined by the nation-states that emerged following the Allied victory in World War I and the end of the colonial era. Since then, strategic analyses of the region have concentrated on the relations between these states, and diplomatic efforts have generally attempted to maintain … Continue reading

Iraq army prepares to storm militant-held Falluja

By Suadad al-Salhy Iraqi SWAT troopers take part in an intensive security deployment on the outskirts the city of Ramadi, 100 km (62 miles) west of Baghdad, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces are preparing to storm Falluja and break a month-long standoff with militants who control the city, senior security officials and … Continue reading

After Syria, al Qaeda expanding in Lebanon

by mariam karouny Fighters of al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant parade at the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the border with Turkey January 2, 2014. REUTERS/Yaser Al-Khodor BEIRUT (Reuters) – Faced with recent setbacks in Iraq and Syria, al Qaeda is slowly but firmly gaining influence in Lebanon, helped by … Continue reading

Obama’s war on America

  Farid Ghadry During the State of the Union address, Mr. Obama patted himself on the back for striking an agreement on the removal of Assad’s CW’s that, according to Reuters, only 15 tons of the first batch of 500 tons have been removed so far. Another 700 Tons of the deadliest kind await removal. Next … Continue reading

ISIL outshines al-Qaeda’s cruelty

Jamal Khashoggi   Between the al-Nusra front, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Anbar province, Aleppo, al-Qaeda and the clans, everything has become confused; a surreal mix of rebels, extremists and terrorists. Al-Qaeda’s supporters believe that ISIL went off track. When you ask them if al-Qaeda is on the right track, some … Continue reading

Jihadist militancy is on the rise across the globe

The Australian IN a landmark speech that recalibrated a central tenet of US foreign policy, President Barack Obama in May declared the global war on terror over. What seemed optimistic then appears misguided now, a New Year revealing the extent of al-Qa’ida’s resurgence in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Jihadist extremists have effectively hijacked what … Continue reading

The rise of al-Qaeda 2.0

By Frud Bezhan Early on, al-Qaeda was a close-knit band of extremists with common cause, with a centralized leadership, and a base from which to launch global operations. With the death of Osama bin Laden, the loss of a host of top commanders, and its retreat from Afghanistan, al-Qaeda has become a diffuse group with … Continue reading