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Abdul Moneim Said
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on : Sunday, 26 Oct, 2014

Opinion: ISIS cannot be ‘contained’

By the time this article goes to print, the battle for the Syrian border town of Kobani, or Ain Al-Arab as it is known in Arabic, may have reached its logical conclusion with the collapse of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) campaign to seize it. The fate of Kobani has clung between two possible outcomes; the fall of the city to ISIS terrorists or the city's defenders successfully repelling this attack. Airstrikes by the US and its allies have tipped the scales in favor of the defen...

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Mshari Al-Zaydi
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on : Saturday, 25 Oct, 2014

Opinion: The Zombies of ISIS

A Canadian national named Michael Zahaf-Bibeau, aged 32, made the headlines this week when he carried out a terrorist attack in Ottawa, killing one soldier standing guard at a war memorial before storming the nearby parliament. He was killed in the subsequent firefight with security officers. Is there more to this story? According to local media, Michael Zahaf-Bibeau’s mother is Canadian while his father is Libyan. He did not speak Arabic. In his youth, he had wanted to travel to Libya...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Saturday, 25 Oct, 2014

Opinion: ISIS scores another propaganda win

Why was the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) eager to promote a video showing its fighters stoning a girl to death as her father stands by, unwilling to forgive her alleged a...

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Amir Taheri
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on : Friday, 24 Oct, 2014

Opinion: To Defeat ISIS, Save Syria

Given the media’s focus on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), some “experts” claim that the crisis in Syria, now heading into its fourth year, has become a sideshow....

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Osman Mirghani
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on : Friday, 24 Oct, 2014

Opinion: Will ISIS prolong Assad’s rule?

The welcome extended by Syrian state media to the US airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its subsequent remarks about Washington being in one trench with t...

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Eyad Abu Shakra
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on : Thursday, 23 Oct, 2014

Opinion: Re-drawing the Map of the Levant

The little town of Ain Al-Arab, called Kobani by the Turks and Kurds, is becoming a more important place in the Middle East political map than the great city of Aleppo. The plight ...

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Ali Ibrahim
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on : Wednesday, 22 Oct, 2014

Opinion: New media is a double-edged sword

During a news conference following his meeting in Cairo on Sunday with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir—who appears to have some sor...

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Diana Moukalled
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on : Wednesday, 22 Oct, 2014

Opinion: Kobani’s women are on the front line of more than one battle

Amid the worry accompanying the siege imposed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters on the Syrian–Kurdish city of Kobani, Arab criticism and discontent surfa...

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Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
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on : Tuesday, 21 Oct, 2014

Opinion: ISIS is real, not a nightmare

Prior to June 6, Iraq’s former prime minister, Nuri Al-Maliki, treated warnings about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with disdain, claiming reports about the group we...

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Salman Aldossary
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on : Monday, 20 Oct, 2014

Opinion: When the Terrorists Become “Activists”

Saudi Arabia has issued a death sentence for a Saudi Shi’ite religious figure, Nimr Al-Nimr. The charges that have been proven against him are numerous and quite varied. The most...

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