Why is it taking so long to solve the Syria crisis?

Millions of refugees, a whole host of rebel movements, constant ‘negotiations’ and regular flights to Geneva. And despite a universally recognised humanitarian crisis, the Syrian conflict appears no closer to a solution. Why? The answer is actually quite complex and requires apportioning the blame to a number of parties, including the opposition. Let’s begin there: The opposition The Syrian opposition …

In-Depth: how the response to the Paris attacks made ISIS stronger

Painting a picture with a bloodstained brush intended to cloud and distort all inkling of mutual understanding is the business of information manipulation. The self-described Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are not only masters of disseminating distorted messages through turning vulnerable participants into electronic proxies, but also by using human suffering to paint a particular narrative. The …

Now that the vote is over, how will UK air strikes alter the Syria scene?

As UK warplanes bombard ISIS positions, the aim is to place greater pressure on the terrorist organisation and limit their capabilities within Syria and abroad. With the UK joining the US, Russia, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, Australia and others in the fight against ISIS, how has it changed the dynamics in Syria? Here we assess what UK …

UK air strikes, Syrian rivers of blood, and no dam in sight

The government has passed the motion permitting air strikes on ISIS positions in Syria by 397 to 223. The UK will join the US, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other nations already involved in Syria. The Prime Minister David Cameron delivered his argument as one of two choices; attack or wait to be attacked, a far cry from …

Chair of Defence Committee says no to airstrikes

The Chair of the Defence Committee and Conservative MP Julian Lewis declared in today’s discussions over extending British airstrikes to Syria, that going ahead with Cameron’s motion would be ‘ineffective and potentially dangerous’. This scathing criticism of the Prime Minister’s plans for military action comes off the back of increasing concern over future implications if airstrikes over Syria were to …

Egypt bombs militants loyal to ISIL in Libya following beheadings video

Egypt has announced that it has bombed militants who have pledged loyalty to ISIL following a video that was posted on the twitter feed of a website that supports ISIL purporting to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressed the nation on state television hours after the release of the video condemning the killings and …