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File photo dated 01/12/11 of a fly-past by two RAF Tornado GR4 jets, as Downing Street denied David Cameron has changed his policy on Syria, following reports he has dumped plans for a Commons vote to approve air strikes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. A vote had been widely expected to take place in the autumn, after Mr Cameron made clear that he wants to extend RAF missions against the Islamic State terror group from Iraq into Syria, but will do so only if he can secure a "consensus" among MPs. See PA story POLITICS Syria. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire

Syria air strikes debates: Whether we should go to war | Ahmadi Muslims Advice Diplomacy

Dr Irfan Malik, secretary of Nottingham branch of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, said diplomacy was the only way forward. “There are so many different countries involved so I think the better way would be a diplomatic solution rather than further air strikes,” he said. “Air strikes risk innocent people being killed. “We are against everything IS […]

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President Obama Met With Young Muslim Refugees And It Was Absolutely Heartwarming

They represent “the opposite of terror,” he said. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pushing back against efforts to bar Syrian refugees from resettling in the U.S., President Barack Obama vowed Saturday that his country will be a welcoming place for millions fleeing violence around the world “as long as I’m president.” Obama commented Saturday at […]


After the UN security council vote, the west must heed the lessons of Iraq

Source: The Guardian By Rosemary Hollis; A professor of Middle East policy studies at City University The UN security council’s unanimous adoption of resolution 2249 signals a new level of international resolve to deal with the self-styled Islamic State. What it does not do, however, is offer a viable plan for what comes after it in Syria and […]

‘Punching in the Dark’: Why Islamic State Is Winning the Online War

Islamistisches Propagandavideo In the wake of the Paris attacks, authorities are becoming increasingly concerned about Islamic State’s skillful use of the Internet. So far, however, European countermeasures have been frustratingly ineffective.By SPIEGEL Staff It sounded like jihadi megalomania. “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women.” Every Muslim is to kill a “Crusader,” […]

Cameron edges closer to Syria airstrikes as support grows on both sides of Commons

PM will not set date until he is sure he can win vote, but UN’s Isis declaration has swayed influential MPs Children in Douma, a rebel-held town near Damascus. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters Toby Helm Sunday 22 November 2015 After the Iraq conflict and British intervention in Afghanistan, it was never going to be easy. But […]


Why the question of Christian vs. Muslim refugees has become so incredibly divisive

Source: The Washington Post By Michelle Boorstein, is the Post’s religion reporter, where she reports on the busy marketplace of American religion. Christians make up a tiny percentage of the Syrian refugees the United States has resettled. Is that wrong? The topic is raging this week, with multiple governors and GOP presidential candidates saying Syrian refugees should […]

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Don’t ‘scapegoat’ Syrian refugees, Catholic bishops and evangelicals say

Source: CNN CNN)Two of the country’s largest and most influential religious groups, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals, are urging the United States not to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees after the deadly terrorist attack in Paris last Friday. “Of course we want to keep terrorists out of […]

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said on Sunday. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state, the statement said. REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3WBPT

What I Discovered From Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters : They’re drawn to the movement for reasons that have little to do with belief in extremist Islam.

By Lydia Wilson OCTOBER 21, 2015 No sooner am I settled in an interviewing room in the police station of Kirkuk, Iraq, than the first prisoner I am there to see is brought in, flanked by two policemen and in handcuffs. I awkwardly rise, unsure of the etiquette involved in interviewing an ISIS fighter who […]

World should not take Jordan’s generosity for granted — officials, relief workers

World should not take Jordan’s generosity for granted — officials, relief workers By Khetam Malkawi – Nov 15,2015 – JORDAN TIMES AMMAN — Economists and UN officials feel that the international community is taking Jordan’s generosity for granted and not supporting the Kingdom enough in sharing the unprecedented burden of hosting thousands of Syrian refugees. […]


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