Category - Islamic state

  • January 11, 2018

    Almost exactly one year after South African freelance photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed was abducted by gunmen in northwestern Syria, his colleagues have obtained proof that he is still alive.

  • December 28, 2017

    Yezidi fighters in Iraq allegedly forcibly disappeared and killed 52 civilians from the Imteywit tribe in June 2017, Human Rights Watch has said.

  • December 8, 2017

    The UK Defence Secretary, Gavin Willamson, has been widely criticised after apparently threatening to have citizens who fought for Isil/Daesh killed.

  • December 7, 2017

    The Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has said that Britons who go abroad to fight for Islamic State should be hunted down and killed. He suggested that armed forces fighting IS in Iraq and Syria may now be targeting British jihadis.

  • August 30, 2017

    The Syrian government and armed groups involved in the country's conflict must disclose the fate and whereabouts of tens of thousands of people who have been forcibly disappeared or abducted since the onset of the crisis, said Amnesty International on the International Day of the Disappeared.

  • December 1, 2014

    Karen Armstrong, whose new book Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence invites far more subtle understanding of the relationship between faith and fratricide globally, has written a characteristically thoughtful piece on IS/ISIS for The New Statesman magazine: 'Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism'.

  • October 5, 2014

    The West has a lot to answer for in terms of its colonial past, influence over the region and propping up of dictators. But this also means that it should have learned much over the years. So can it exercise some humility and apply those lessons intelligently? Ekklesia associate and MENA region expert Dr Harry Hagopian looks behind the horrific killing of Alan Hennings to ask what sustains IS/ISIL and what can be done to marginalise them.

  • October 5, 2014

    The WCC General Secretary has welcomed publication of an open letter by a group of 126 Muslim scholars to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, leader of IS.

  • October 4, 2014

    Muslim leaders in Britain and across the world have condemned as 'despicable' the apparent murder of aid worker Alan Hemmings.

  • October 3, 2014

    The ever-productive Martin Marty Centre at the Divinity School in the University of Chicago has offered a powerful article in its 'Sightings' series on what can and cannot be known and understood about IS/ISIS at present.