IS Islamic State

  • March 1, 2018

    The majority of Iraqis currently displaced in Anbar province by the war against Islamic State (IS) feel safer in camps than back home, aid agencies have warned, amid moves by Iraqi authorities to return thousands of families to their places of origin, at times with fatal consequences.

  • July 11, 2017

    In the wake of official announcement of Mosul’s liberation from the so-called ‘Islamic State’ group, World Council of Churches General Secretary, the  Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has called for a commitment to restoring the social and religious diversity of the city and region.

  • November 23, 2015

    A Sun campaign stirring up fear and hatred of British Muslims has twisted survey results to cause alarm.

  • November 23, 2015

    The UN Security Council has called on all countries that can do so to take the war on terrorism to Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq and destroy its safe havens, warning that the group intends to mount further terror attacks like those in Paris and Beirut.

  • November 20, 2015

    According to newly released data that the Pew Research Center collected in 11 countries with significant Muslim populations, people from Nigeria to Jordan to Indonesia overwhelmingly expressed negative views of ISIS.

  • November 17, 2015

    We have been here before. November 13 2015; September 11 2001. Thither the echoes come.

  • September 11, 2015

    The UK government has told the UN that striking ISIS in Iraq is legal justification for drone strikes in Syria, despite David Cameron's earlier claim of pure UK ‘self-defence’.

  • 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 6, 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.