Daesh shifts its tactics

Submitted by Matthew on 20 November, 2015 - 11:00 Author: Simon Nelson

Daesh has since its evolution from Al Qaeda in Iraq concentrated on the “near enemy”, on sectarian killing of Shia Muslims, non-compliant Sunnis, and other minorities, and conquest of contiguous territory to form its “Islamic State”.

The “far enemy” was not a priority for Daesh. Now there is a shift in the style and type of attack that Daesh and its supporters carry out. The downing of a Russian plane, the bombing of Beirut, and the bombings and mass shootings in Paris, are more like Al Qaeda attacks such as the 2004 Madrid bombing.

Taliban consolidating gains in Afghanistan

Submitted by Gemma_S on 19 November, 2015 - 4:16 Author: Omar Raii

It has been fourteen years since United States forces invaded Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks in New York.

The ostensible reason for the invasion and subsequent toppling from power of the Taliban-controlled government was due to their links with Al-Qaeda and jihadist networks. Since then, though it is undeniable that large parts of Afghanistan have much improved, the country is still plagued by many problems such as corruption, and all the while the Taliban have shown recently that they are far from a spent force in the country.

The killings in Sinai, Beirut, and Paris

Submitted by martin on 15 November, 2015 - 3:29 Author: Martin Thomas

On 31 October, the Islamist group Daesh claimed the destruction of a Russian passenger aircraft flight 7K9268, over Sinai, Egypt, on 31 October, killing 224 people. On 12 November it claimed 43 civilians killed by bombings in Beirut. And now it has claimed 129 people killed in Paris on the evening of 13 November.

In Paris, gunmen opened fire in many crowded cafes, dance halls, and stadiums. The latest count is 352 injured, 99 critically. The suspected ringleader, a Belgian national, has been killed in a police raid.

For freedom and solidarity, against all the barbarisms!

Submitted by martin on 15 November, 2015 - 2:22 Author: Memorial 98

The French anti-racist group Memorial 98 has published this response to the Paris atrocities of 13 November, solidarising with the democrats and socialists in Syria who stand against the Assad dictatorship and against Daesh and similar groups.

An atrocious massacre

Submitted by martin on 15 November, 2015 - 12:44 Author: Nathalie Arthaud

This statement on the Paris atrocities was made by Nathalie Arthaud of the French revolutionary socialist group Lutte Ouvriere.

To massacre people in a theatre, in bars, in restaurants, around a sports stadium; those who carried several attacks yesterday [13 November] in Paris and Saint-Denis wanted to to kill as many as possible, indiscriminately. These attacks are despicable. We express our sympathy and our solidarity with the victims and their relatives.

Torn by war

Submitted by Matthew on 30 September, 2015 - 11:16 Author: Muhsin Kareem

A bit more than a year ago, ISIL [Daesh] came to Iraq. When they came to Mosul, there were only 300 Daesh fighters.

Mosul is a big city, with thousands of soldiers and police. Within hours they all left the city. Masoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, said it was a chance for the Kurds to enlarge the Kurdish state.

Daesh consolidates, Kurdish opposition divides

Submitted by Matthew on 9 September, 2015 - 9:27 Author: Simon Nelson

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates around 5,000 people from all sides and including fighters and civilians died in Syria during August.

The shocking recent death toll in Syria is just the latest reasons why hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the country. The total number of Syrian refugees displaced across the Middle East, Europe and North Africa now stands at over four million.

What's it like to be a refugee?

Submitted by AWL on 8 September, 2015 - 5:45 Author: Omar Raii

In 1996, when I was three years old, my parents and I fled our native Afghanistan. Over the course of the next three years we made our way across Europe before we arrived in Britain in 1999. This is an account from my parents about why they did what they did and how they have come to react to the current refugee crisis from their perspectives of already having been through it. I hope this gives people a small idea of what it’s like to be a refugee.

Why did you leave Afghanistan?

Student movement should find better allies than Cage

Submitted by AWL on 19 August, 2015 - 9:20 Author: Omar Raii

Following the passing of a motion at NUS conference, in April 2015, resolving to work with Cage, the student left has been discussing its view of this organisation. Omar Raii argues that Cage is not an organisation we should support students working with.

Issues of the role of the bourgeois state, freedom of speech and Islamism have never been more pressing.