World in Words

14-9-14| Isis vs Isil vs Islamic State: What do they mean – and why does it matter?

Sunday, 14 September 2014 18:36
Amman – Al-Israa News - The beheading of British aid worker David Haines has highlighted once again the brutality of the extremists operating in the Middle East for a jihadist group that claims to have set up a caliphate called the “Islamic State”. In the aftermath of the killing, the British Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain must “drive back, dismantle and ultimately destroy Isil and what it stands for”. Similarly, President Obama has said the US is preparing to “deal with a threat from Isil”. Others still refer to the group as “Isis” - posing an issue for the various companies...

12-9-14| The end of Islamic State must be the only goal

Friday, 12 September 2014 12:47
Amman – Al-Israa News - The essential components of a coherent foreign policy strategy include not merely the identification of a problem but also some idea of what the consequences of dealing with it might be. Barack Obama, in outlining his plans for confronting the threat posed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), was convincing on the former but less persuasive on the latter. America intends to head what it hopes will be an international coalition against the jihadis, but is unclear about the endgame. In his speech on Wednesday night, President Obama said the aim was to...

12-9-14| The impossible war: Isis 'cannot be beaten' as long as there is civil war in Syria

Friday, 12 September 2014 12:44
Amman – Al-Israa News - A letter printed at the bottom of this article was emailed by a friend soon after her neighbourhood in Mosul was hit by Iraqi airforce bombers. This was some hours before President Barack Obama explained his plan to weaken and ultimately destroy Isis, which calls itself Islamic State, by a series of measures including air attacks. The letter illustrates graphically one of the most important reasons why American air power may be less effective than many imagine. The reasons for this are political as well as military. The five or six million Sunni Arabs who live...