Posts Tagged ‘ Shia ’

Massacre And Media: ISIS And The Case Of The Sunni Arab Shaitat Tribe

Jun 24th, 2015 | By

Since it burst on the scene as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, the organization now known as the Islamic State, or ISIS, has cut a wide and bloody swath through the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq. Many of its most notorious, high-profile actions involve ethnic and religious groups that ISIS has declared fair game: numerous massacres of every type against Iraq’s Shi’a population, culminating in the 2014 Camp Speicher massacre; targeting Iraq’s Yazidi population for extinction, including the August 2007 Qahtaniya bombings; and multiple attacks against Christians, including the October 2010 attack on the Syrian Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad and the total expulsion of historic Christian communities in Mosul and Nineveh Plains in 2014.



Why The Western Diagnosis Of The Syrian Conflict Is Wrong

Feb 26th, 2015 | By

The dominant Western narrative that has framed the Syrian conflict as that of a “tyrant killing his people” suffers from a fatal misunderstanding of the sectarian and political structure of Syrian society. That diagnostic failure has led to recurrent false predictions of an imminent collapse of the Syrian government, which in turn has emboldened the armed groups fighting it and thus prolonged the conflict.



Islamists Capture Iraq’s Largest Christian Town As Thousands Flee Genocide

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

Jihadists seized Iraq’s largest Christian town and surrounding areas Thursday, sending tens of thousands of panicked residents fleeing in what is being called a humanitarian disaster, officials and witnesses said. The onslaught saw the Sunni extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) extend its writ over northern Iraq and move within striking distance of autonomous Kurdistan, in one of the most dramatic developments of the two month-old conflict.



Faith, Freedom, and Fanaticism in the Middle East

Jul 28th, 2014 | By
William J Murray

Millions of Muslims “are looking for a way out of their misery,” Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (CDHR) President Executive Director Ali Alyami stated at a July 17 Washington, DC, panel.  Yet the Saudi dissent Alyami’s discussed with his fellow panelists including William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition only emphasized how difficult an escape from this misery for Muslims and non-Muslims alike would be.



The Boy Jihadis: Gun-toting Children Watch ISIS Execution

Jun 17th, 2014 | By

Shocking video emerged today showing armed militant children – some no older than eight – proudly overseeing the execution of a prisoner in cold blood as jihadi fighters continue their ruthless drive to topple Iraq.

Footage shows a man surrounded by a baying mob of masked insurgents reportedly in the city of Mosul which was taken by ISIS militants last week.