Category Jihad

Syria: My reaction to Cameron’s vote.

So the British government tonight made the decision to extend military action to Syria after a 10+ hour debate which included: 12 requests for apologies from Mr Cameron for his ‘terrorist sympathisers’ comments regarding those who opposed his movement; and a surprise division between Hilary Benn, shadow foreign secretary and future Labour leader, and villain […]

Bombing Syria – For and Against.

As politicians, diplomats, and military officials search for a magic solution to the multi-faceted problem of Islamic State, the possibility of deepening military involvement in Syria is becoming increasingly attractive. As with all insurgencies and terror groups, particularly those with virulent ideologies and sophisticated propaganda machines, any solution is likely to be extremely complex, requiring […]


In the wake of continued demonstrations of terrorism of the worst kind by jihadist insurgents, ISIS, or Da’esh as is perhaps the more appropriate way of describing them, there has been a noticeable, and predictable, surge in anti-Muslim sentiment. This has come from the already stirring right-wing elements of European politics, as well as from […]

Why I’m not changing my profile photo to a red, white, and blue flag.

While I obviously sympathise with the victims of the Paris Attacks and their families, as everyone should, I do not feel the need to prove my feelings by making a pretty superficial show of ‘solidarity’ by uploading a filter onto my existing, smiley profile photo. Under no circumstances am I criticising those who do find […]

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi bombed again – status: unknown.

In a protracted series of bombing campaigns conducted by Western and Russian air forces, a convoy carrying the leader of Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly been hit by Iraqi forces. The news broke this morning and has resonated across various reputable news agencies such as: Reuters: The Independent: The […]

Al Qaeda Is Losing the Battle for Jihadi Hearts and Minds

Ayman al-Zawahiri’s latest audio tape shows that the group that organized 9/11 is a bunch of cranky old men compared to the Islamic State. Click here to read the Daniel Byman’s article on Foreign Policy magazine website.

Al Qaeda Boss Zawahiri Pledges Allegiance to New Taliban Leader

In the wake of the death of Mullah Omar – former Taliban leader – and Jalaluddin Haqqani – founder of the Haqqani network – and the continuing strength of the ‘Islamic State’, the leader of al-Qaeda Central has declared his allegiance to the Taliban. This is not a particularly surprising revelation as Bin Laden and […]