Germany Bans All ISIS related Activity

Photo: spiegel.de   ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The German government has banned all activity relating to the Islamic State (IS), and it considers illegal any use of the group’s symbols, pro-IS demonstrations, fundraising on behalf of the organization or campaigning for the group on social media. “As Minister of the Interior, I forbid the operation of the … Continue reading

Islamic State: A chronology of key developments

Beginning in 1999 as an organization intended to bring down the Jordanian government, the ‘Islamic State’ has swollen in size and violent scope in recent months. The terror group wants to restore the Islamic caliphate. As US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Egypt for talks on forming a coalition against the “Islamic State” … Continue reading

Nigeria Boko Haram Kidnappings Four Months On: Will the Chibok Girls Ever be Found?

By Ludovica Iaccino Four months ago Nigerian terror group Boko Haram kidnapped 220 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State. The mass kidnapping caught the attention of the international media, prompting prominent politicians and celebrities to publicly condemn the abduction. Hundreds of people joined the Twitter campaign #BringBackourGirls to raise awareness of the issue while countries such as the … Continue reading

Islamic State called richest terror group of all time

By Ken Dilanian WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State organization, which once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, has become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to US intelligence officials and private experts. The extremist group’s resources exceed that … Continue reading

‘Monster’ dad held for scalding son

Jazan/Abha: Sharif Taha & Nadia Al-Fawaz A Saudi man was arrested in a village in Jazan for torturing his eight-year-old son using chemicals, local media said. Local media reported that the boy, named Ali, rushed to his Yemeni mother’s house in a popular district in Sabya screaming in agony from his burning scalp. The woman, … Continue reading

Unite to defeat Islamic State and ISIS

Countries need to set aside differences to forge a strong coalition against jihadists.   Amid the international brouhaha generated by the Islamic State threat,many bilateral and multilateral alliances have been formed and broken. The international campaign against the jihadists has brought out many a rift and unity among nations given to varying forms of government … Continue reading

ISIS is everywhere

Myra Abdallah Tarek (a pseudonym), a close friend of mine, was telling me about an incident that happened on his recent hunting trip. The scene he described sounded like something out of a thriller movie: “My friend and I take this trip every year during hunting season, and we always go to the same place … Continue reading

Islamic State marketing

Doha Hassan The Islamic State’s media strategy has been a lot more effective than the one used to cover Syrian regime atrocities Beheadings are a predominant theme in the media and in social debates and discussions in these bloody times. One is astonished by the manner of the killings and the religious and intellectual beliefs … Continue reading