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Archive for ''Islamic State''

IS sadist was Viva Palestina volunteer

A Washington Post report suggests that vetting of volunteers for George Galloway’s Viva Palestina convoys to Gaza could have been more thorough. (Oh, wait– there wasn’t any vetting.):
A member of a British cohort within the Islamic State that oversaw the brutal detention and beheading of Western hostages in Syria has been identified as Alexanda Kotey, [...]

The return of the Bunting

Long-term Harry’s Place readers will recall a period when Madeleine Bunting featured here almost as much as Jeremy Corbyn does now, when Islamism and its relationship to multi-culturalism was emerging as a topic.
Bunting is a cultural relativist plus anti-imperialist of an Edward-Said-and-water kind, which ultimately comes down to a Lonely Planet view of other cultures [...]

Marco Rubio’s last line of defense

As you watch this, remember: this guy is supposed to be the reasonable alternative for Republicans desperate to prevent Donald Trump or Ted Cruz from being the party’s candidate for president.

I have nothing in principle against Marco Rubio buying a gun to protect himself and his family if he really feels the need, as long [...]

“[Putin] is helping ISIS by shelling us”

This report makes it as clear as can be that Russian airstrikes in Syria are not intended primarily to defeat the Islamic State but rather to prop up Bashar al-Assad against his enemies– including those who are on the front lines fighting IS.

Who said it?

Stop the War or Islamic State?
I’m ashamed to say I only got six out of ten right. And I probably pay more attention to this stuff than most.

“[The] international jihad takes the form of solidarity with oppressed Muslims”

I don’t want to overly romanticize the International Brigades which fought against the forces of General Franco in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s.
The Brigades were a creation of the Soviet-sponsored Comintern (Communist International) and were used to strengthen the Stalin regime’s position in Spain as opposed to the more democratic elements fighting the [...]

Thoughts and prayers trump action in the Senate

As reports come in that San Bernardino massacre shooter Tashfeen Malik posted a pledge of allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook, another interesting event has received much less attention.
That event was the vote Thursday by the US Senate on a two proposals put forward by Democrats in the wake of the [...]

House of Commons approves strikes against IS in Syria

And so the House of Commons– including 66 Labour MPs– votes to approve airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria.
Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn spoke in favor, to Jeremy Corbyn’s obvious displeasure:

I can almost hear the demands for Benn’s head on a platter from this side of the ocean.
Update: Here is Hilary Benn’s excellent [...]

Defeating the Islamic State

This is a cross-post by James Snell
During the quieter months of the year-long aerial campaign waged against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, it might have been possible to forget of its existence, or at least to push the subject to the rear of the developed world’s many priorities. That cannot be said now. [...]

Mastermind of Paris attacks reported killed

The suspected ringleader of last Fridays atrocities in Paris was killed in a raid on an apartment building in a Paris suburb, intelligence officials reported.
Good. I’m pleased French police are permitted to shoot to kill, however much that may distress Jeremy Corbyn.
More than 100 police and soldiers stormed the building during a seven-hour siege that [...]