The conflict is not getting anything like the media attention it deserves.
Pretending that the danger comes only from the devout could cost lives.
History provides a sobering lesson about western involvement in the Middle East. It is that, when superpowers drift away, peace, progress, moderation and stability do not necessarily follow in their stead.
Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column.
Philip Hammond says the UK is “very much aware” of Brits becoming involved in the Islamic State militant group.
Late last night, the militant jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS) released a video purporting to show the beheading of James Foley, a US journalist who went missing in Syria in 2012. Foley was a fearless, generous and committed reporter, who had also been detained while reporting in Libya.
The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon says that Britain’s role in Iraq has extended beyond humanitarian assistance.
When was the most stable time in recent Iraqi history? Most likely it was during the British-sponsored Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq from 1921 to 1958.
Attempts to understand the success of Isis in Iraq would benefit from Marxist analysis, since social and economic factors are the key to explaining Sunni Arab support for, and complicity with, the group.
The government would supply weapons to the Kurds fighting extremists in Iraq, if they request arms.
The options offered to the Yazidis are far fewer than to Christians because they are not a monotheistic faith. To the jihadists, Yazidis must either embrace Islam or be killed.