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Category Archives: Middle East

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December 8, 2016

Will Boris Johnson’s Saudi comments hurt the UK’s Gulf trade charm offensive?

Originally published by City A.M
Foreign secretary Boris Johnson‘s attack on Saudi Arabia runs the risk of harming UK efforts to build trading relations with Gulf states, experts say.
In remarks reported earlier this week, Johnson accused the Saudi regime of “twisting” …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom
December 3, 2016

Syria rebels vow to adopt guerrilla tactics as Assad forces seize two thirds of east Aleppo

Originally published by the Telegraph.
Faced with almost certain defeat in the city of Aleppo, Syrian rebel groups have promised to continue their war by adopting the guerrilla tactics of assassinations, armed raids and roadside bombs.
The four-year battle for control of …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Syria, Terrorism & Security
November 29, 2016

What can we expect after the fall of Aleppo?

Originally posted by TRT World
The pro-Assad coalition in Syria has conquered more than a third of the rebel-held enclave in eastern Aleppo City, the last urban stronghold of the mainstream armed opposition. Without significant external assistance, it is difficult to …

Posted in Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Russia, Syria
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
November 12, 2016

Russian warships arrive off Syrian coast ahead of ‘final’ assault on Aleppo

ORIGINALLY POSTED BY THE TELEGRAPH:
A flotilla of Russian warships arrived off the coast of Syria on Saturday, readying for a large-scale land and sea assault on the city of Aleppo.

“Moscow clearly intends this as a message to the West – …

Posted in Middle East, News Coverage, Russia, Syria
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

Douglas Murray Discussing Migrant Crisis on BBC Radio Ulster

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Extremism, Human Rights, ISIS, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom

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

Dr Alan Mendoza speaks to Wall Street Journal about no-fly zone over Syria

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Democracy & Development, Extremism, ISIS, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Russia, Syria, Terrorism & Security

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 17, 2016

Kyle Orton on Symbolic Importance of Dabiq to Islaimc State on BBC World Service

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, CRT News Coverage, Extremism, ISIS, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, Turkey
October 3, 2016

Isil prepares for ‘apocalyptic showdown of Muslim and Christian armies’ in Syrian town of Dabiq

Originally published in The Telegraph
US-backed Syrian rebels say they are within 48 hours of reaching the Isil-held town of Dabiq, which is regarded by the jihadists as the preordained site of the final apocalyptic battle between Muslims and Christians.

But analysts believe a …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Extremism, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria, Terrorism & Security, Turkey, United States
September 28, 2016

Regime troops begin massive Aleppo ground offensive as children are operated on without anaesthetic

Originally posted in New Zealand Herald
Syrian government forces have begun an all-out ground assault on besieged rebel-held east Aleppo, as they attempt to retake the whole of the city.

“The regime plan for Aleppo looks to be: besiege, starve, bombard, terrify, and …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Extremism, Middle East, Russia, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United States

Regime troops begin massive Aleppo ground offensive as children are operated on without anaesthetic

Orginally published in New Zealand Herald
Syrian government forces have begun an all-out ground assault on besieged rebel-held east Aleppo, as they attempt to retake the whole of the city.

“The regime plan for Aleppo looks to be: besiege, starve, bombard, terrify, and shrink …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Extremism, Middle East, News Coverage, Russia, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United States
September 27, 2016

Syrian troops begin ground offensive to retake Aleppo

Originally published in The Telegraph
Syrian government forces have begun an all-out ground assault on besieged rebel-held east Aleppo, as they attempt to retake the whole of the city.

“The regime plan for Aleppo looks to be: besiege, starve, bombard, terrify, and shrink the pocket down,” …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Extremism, Middle East, News Coverage, Russia, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United States
September 15, 2016

Event: ‘Report Launch: An Enduring Threat: Europe’s Islamist Terror Networks Then and Now’

TIME: 13:00 – 14:00, Thursday 15th September 2016
VENUE: Committee Room 11, House of Commons, Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA
SPEAKERS: Emma Webb, Research Fellow, Henry Jackson Society;
Rupert Sutton, Research Fellow, Henry Jackson Society
To see a summary of this event click here

With over a hundred …

Posted in Belgium, CRT Event, Europe, Event, Extremism, France, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, Upcoming Event, Upcoming Events
September 14, 2016

Event Transcript: ‘Europe in Crisis – a Shattered Haven’

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Posted in CRT Event, Europe, European Union, Event Transcript, Extremism, Far-Right, France, ISIS, Islamism, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
September 12, 2016

Britain To Build Border Wall To Fight Illegal Immigration

The UK. government is set to construct and pay for a wall along a roadside barrier in the port of Calais, France. The roadside wall has been blasted by critics for closely resembling the U.S.-Mexico border wall proposed by Republican …

Posted in Europe, European Union, France, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, United Kingdom

Assad vows to retake whole of Syria hours before start of ceasefire

A defiant President Bashar al-Assad on Monday vowed to retake the whole of Syria, hours before a ceasefire aimed at bringing an end to the bloodshed took effect.
In a rare public appearance at a mosque in the Damascus suburb of …

Posted in Human Rights, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria, Terrorism & Security
September 9, 2016

Lieberman urges British Jews to take lead in ‘battle of public opinion’

Israel’s defence minister was in London this week, urging British Jews to take a lead role in the “battle of public opinion” on Israel and the Middle East.
Speaking in front of a 100-strong audience at the Pillar Hotel on Thursday …

Posted in Israel, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, News Coverage, Palestine, United Kingdom
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
September 7, 2016

BBC News at 10 featuring Hannah Stuart on Anjem Choudary

Posted in Broadcast Appearances, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom

2 dead, scores wounded in alleged Syrian gas attack

Syrian government forces carried out a chlorine attack Wednesday that killed two civilians, including a 13-year-old girl, and caused respiratory injuries in scores of others in a rebel-held area near the besieged city of Aleppo, anti-government activists alleged.
Mohammed Abu Jaafar, head of forensics in the war-torn …

Posted in Human Rights, ISIS, Middle East, News Coverage, Syria

Preacher Choudary brainwashed up to 600 Brits into going to Syria for ISIS

ANJEM Choudary brainwashed up to 600 Brits into going to Syria to join Islamic State, security experts revealed yesterday.
And nearly a quarter of Islamic terror offenders in the UK since 1999 were inspired by the jailed hate preacher or his …

Posted in CRT News Coverage, Extremism, ISIS, Islamism, Middle East, News Coverage, Religious Fundamentalism, Syria, Terrorism & Security, United Kingdom
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