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Russia Is Exploiting Syria's Kurds And U.S. Frustrations To Complicate The Fight Against ISIS

WASHINGTON -- As Syria peace talks begin in Geneva, America's key partners on the ground feel neglected, excluded and increasingly receptive to a man who says the U.S has the war-torn country all wrong -- Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>Putin's government this week used the process of deciding who …

Middle East

Making money out of the migrant crisis

<b>Last year a record 1.1 million people sought asylum in Germany - and while politicians have been busy arguing over how best to deal with the influx of migrants, others have been making money out of it.</b><p>Raphael Hock is one of life's optimists.<p>He has reason to be. At 22, he is fit, highly qualified, …

Bayern Munich

Partition of the Ottoman Empire

The <b>partition of the Ottoman Empire</b> (Armistice of Mudros, 30 October 1918 – Abolition of the Ottoman Sultanate, 1 November 1922) was a political event …

Middle East
Middle East

Israeli defense minister says ISIS funded with ‘Turkish money’

Israel’s defense minister has alleged that the Islamic State terror group has long been funded with “Turkish money.”<p><i>"As you know, Daesh (Islamic</i> …

3% tax rate? Google accused of playing UK taxpayers for ‘fools’

MPs have launched an inquiry into Britain’s tax arrangements amid allegations that governments have allowed Google to miniscule amounts of corporation tax since 1996. Critics say the internet giant has taken Britons for fools and sullied the name of capitalism in the process.<p>In the face of mounting …

The iceberg that could sink David Cameron's plans to keep Britain in Europe

Have we all been too fixated on benefits and immigration?<p>My young daughter recently learned how to make a decent cup of tea, but the other morning as I watched her delivering a steaming cuppa to the patriarchal bedside I was suddenly struck by the hidden flaw in David Cameron’s much-trailed EU …

Europe

Brussels Briefing: The Left also rises?

<b>This is the Monday edition of our new Brussels Briefing. To receive it every morning in your email in-box, sign up here.</b><p>At the height of the eurozone …

Europe

Experts warn that the US is underestimating a greater jihadist threat than ISIS

The Institute for the Study of War and the American Enterprise Institute released its report last week. A group of experts, some of whom were involved in planning the 2007 surge of US troops in Iraq, met over multiple weeks to create the report.<p>The report said Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, Jabhat …

Middle East

Iran-Saudi Rift Complicates Geopolitics of the Mideast

As if there isn't already enough turmoil across the Middle East, fragile diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia have now been dashed. Perhaps more than anywhere else in this troubled region, these two nations represent the almost eternal divide between Shia and Sunni parts of the Muslim …

Middle East
Afghanistan

Saudi Arabia's Declaration of Independence

UAE Air Force F-16E departing on mission over Yemen<p>On December 15, Prince Mohammed bin Salman al Saud, Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia, announced the formation of a new, 34 member, Islamic military alliance to combat "any terrorist organization that appears in front of us," …

Middle East

Afghanistan 2015: The Future of the Taliban

Taliban militants in Afghanistan<p>On November 30, 2015, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul Afghanistan issued a warning that it had received reliable information that an attack on Kabul was imminent within the next 48 hours. Exactly what the nature of that "attack" was going to be, however, was not specified. …

Afghanistan

Here's where terrorist groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda get their money

A report assessing the UK's risk of money laundering and terrorist financing released by the government earlier this year spells out clearly just how groups like ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab, and Boko Haram raise the money needed to operate a terrorist group.<p>We've rounded up the ways terrorists …

Al-Qaeda

Saudi Arabia is playing an increasingly destabilising role in the Middle East, German intelligence warns

German intelligence has warned that Saudi Arabia is playing an increasingly destabilising role in the Middle East.<p>The country's foreign intelligence …

Middle East

Denmark holds referendum on relationship with EU

<b>Danes are going to the polls in a referendum on whether to adopt EU justice and policing laws, in a vote overshadowed by the Paris attacks.</b><p>The result is expected to be evenly poised between the Yes and No camps.<p>Denmark's centre-right government, backed by the opposition, wants to abandon some …

Europe
Economics
Urbanism

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT -- The dramatic arrival of Da'ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed -- and horrified -- by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia's ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both …

Islam

led air campaign in Syria intensifies after shift in ISIS strategy

<b>HARI SREENIVASAN:</b><p>We begin with the United States’ escalating military role in Syria’s civil war.<p>Last week, President Obama announced the deployment …

Muslim Brotherhood

Investigatory Powers Bill: what's in it, and what does it mean?

Internet service providers will have to store the details of every website people visited for 12 months if the new draft Investigatory Powers Bill is …

Surveillance

If Isis did target Russian plane, what does it mean for 'war on terror'?

Likely motivation for any Islamic State role would be Moscow’s action in Syria rather than move towards global terror strategy<p>If Islamic State did bring down a packed passenger jet over the Sinai desert, as many US and UK officials believe is a “significant possibility”, then the act would mark a …

Middle East

Actually Mr Cameron, we Norwegians are happy, rich and free outside the EU

If anything, Norway would like to move further away from the European and its common policies<p>David Cameron this week said that Britain should not seek to emulate Norway by putting itself outside the European Union. In fact, Norway is happy and free outside. If anything, we would like an even looser …