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Category Archives: Iraq

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November 25, 2016

Foreign fighters for statelets: From Kurdistan to the ‘Caliphate’

Originally posted by the New Arab
Much is made of the foreign fighters who flock to join the “caliphate” Islamic State (IS) claims to have established in Iraq and Syria.
Although many foreign fighters are from Middle Eastern and North African countries, …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
October 30, 2016

Saddam and the Islamic State: family connections

Originally posted by The New Arab
Earlier this week on Tuesday, the Kirkuk police department announced that a cousin of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had been arrested south of the city on charges of participating in recent attacks launched in the province …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, News Coverage
October 27, 2016

Islamic State Attempts to Accentuate Coalition Disunity by Protracting Battle for Mosul

As Coalition forces advance on Mosul Islamic State launch counterattacks in an attempt to prolong the fighting so that the factions within the Coalition turn on one another.
Despite the gains made by Coalition forces in their advance on Mosul, Islamic …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Press Release
October 19, 2016

What happens if Islamic State flees Iraq?

Originally published by The Week
The EU’s security commissioner has warned of the threat to Europe posed by Islamic State militants fleeing Mosul.

Kyle Orton, a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, believes the group is deliberately giving up its caliphate.

Read full …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Defence, Europe, European Union, Extremism, Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, Turkey

Early Gains in Assault on Mosul Should Not be Seen as Foreshadowing an Easy Victory

The preliminary part of the assault on Mosul has proceeded well, which is to be welcomed. Nevertheless Islamic State are likely to have concentrated their defensive capacity on the city itself. We may not be in a position to gage …

Posted in Iraq, Middle East, Press Release | Tagged , ,

Kyle Orton Speaks to BBC World Service on Battle for Mosul and Aftermath

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Extremism, Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, Turkey

Kyle Orton Speaking to LBC about battle for Mosul

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, CRT News Coverage, Extremism, Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, Terrorism & Security
October 18, 2016

After losses in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State moves goal posts

Orginally published by Boston Globe
BEIRUT — Islamic State leaders had long promised their followers an apocalyptic battle — foretold, some believe, by the Prophet Mohammed — in an otherwise nondescript village they controlled in northern Syria.

Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the senior Islamic …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Extremism, Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
October 11, 2016

Event: ‘Report Launch – Governing the Caliphate: Profiles of Islamic State Leaders’

TIME: 17:00-18:00, Tuesday 11th October 2016
VENUE: Committee Room 6, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKER: Kyle Orton, Research Fellow, The Henry Jackson Society;
Author, ‘Governing the Caliphate: Profiles of Islamic State Leaders’
To attend please visit: http://bit.ly/2dHllgH
#HJSevents
The Islamic State has been …

Posted in CRT Event, Event, Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Syria
September 8, 2016

After suffering military defeats and the loss of several leaders, is this the beginning of the end for Islamic State?

Isis’s statelet is faltering. But unfortunately, the way Isis is losing its urban strongholds is legitimising it, laying the groundwork for a military recovery.
Isis is waging a revolutionary war that prioritises politics and focuses on the long term, exhausting its …

Posted in Extremism, Iran, Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 31, 2016

Death of Isil propaganda chief ‘could see decline in attacks on West’

Islamic State’s ability to carry out terrorist attacks in Europe will be damaged by the death of the group’s deputy leader, experts say.
Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, killed this week in a US air strike near al-Bab in Aleppo province, was the …

Posted in Europe, Extremism, Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, News Coverage, North America, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 29, 2016

Kim’s missile supermarket: North Korea will sell nukes to anyone – even ISIS

Multiple missile tests have been ordered by Kim Jong-un in recent months in a bid to boost the range of his rockets.
The defiant North Korean also detonated a hydrogen bomb in January and restarted the Yongbyon nuclear reactor.

Kyle Orton, a …

Posted in Defence, Iraq, ISIS, News Coverage, North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 27, 2016

Inside the ‘Caliphate Cubs’: ISIS grooming kid suicide bombers to wreak havoc in Europe

Only yesterday, ISIS released a vile propaganda clip of child executioners, one reported to be British, shooting prisoners in the back of the head.
Meanwhile, disturbing pictures emerged last week of a 15-year-old boy desperately trying to detonate his explosive belt …

Posted in Extremism, Human Rights, Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 15, 2016

The Intellectual Roots of ISIS

Originally published in the Wall Street Journal.
Why did Prohibition in America fail? The Pakistani Islamic scholar Abul Ala Mawdudi argued that it was because the law “required people to accept human rather divine reasoning.” What was needed was a harsh …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Libya, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
August 1, 2016

Why do Europeans join ISIS?

Why do Europeans join ISIS or ISIL? That’s a question that keeps coming up and bewilders governments, intelligence agencies, and counter-terrorism experts alike.
One of the most common theories out there suggests that Muslim immigrants in Europe often face discrimination when …

Posted in Europe, Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security
July 29, 2016

Profiles of Islamic State Leaders

The Henry Jackson Society has released a report which provides the most comprehensive compilation yet of what is known about the Islamic State’s leadership. The report provides detailed profiles and biographical details of the key figures within the caliphate’s government, …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Publication, Syria
July 20, 2016

The Sense Behind the Nonsense From Iraq’s Foreign Minister

On the eve of a major donor’s conference in Washington, Iraq’s foreign minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, would like Americans to know a few things about his country.
First, Iraqis are not a sectarian people: “Coexistence is a culture that lives in Iraq.” …

Posted in Iraq, Middle East, News Coverage
July 11, 2016

UK-trained navy officer who joined Isil turns supergrass after arrest by Kuwaiti authorities

A British-trained navy officer who joined Islamic State has turned supergrass after being arrested by Kuwaiti authorities, becoming one of the most senior figures to hand over intelligence on the terrorist group.

Kyle Orton, a Middle East analyst at the Henry Jackson …

Posted in Iraq, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria
July 7, 2016

The Future Implications of The Chilcot Report

Rather than solely considering the culpability of former politicians, Chilcot’s implications for the future of British foreign policy ought to be a focus.
The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) – a London international affairs and security thinktank originally conceptualised as a response …

Posted in Iraq, Press Release, United Kingdom, War in Iraq

Douglas Murray on This Week in response to Chilcot Report

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Iraq, War in Iraq
July 6, 2016

Dr Alan Mendoza on Daily Politics after Chilcot Report release

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Iraq, United Kingdom, War in Iraq

Alan Mendoza discussing Chilcot Report on BBC Radio London

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Iraq, United Kingdom, War in Iraq

Iraq war casts long shadow over UK foreign policy

Britain’s war in Iraq, to be examined in a major report due out Wednesday, instilled a deep sense of distrust towards military intervention that still casts a shadow over foreign policy, analysts say.
The decision to join the US-led invasion in …

Posted in Iraq, Middle East, News Coverage, War in Iraq

Chilcot Damning, but not a “Hanging Jury”

LONDON – 6th July 2016

Policymakers must not allow conclusions to distort fact it was an acceptable political decision to go to war and that we must be free to do so again if in the national interest
 
The Henry Jackson Society …

Posted in Iraq, Press Release, United Kingdom, War in Iraq

Chilcot Inquiry’s Future Impact as Important to UK National Interests as its Past Conclusions

LONDON – 6th July 2016
Report must not be used to score political points or to stop UK exercising hard power in event of a future conflict that requires our intervention
The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) – a London international affairs and …

Posted in Defence, Iraq, Press Release, War in Iraq
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