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Broad alliance against IS

Around 40 states have joined forces under the US's leadership to fight the IS. Airstrikes and support for moderate Syrian rebels are to put an end to the advance of the terrorist militia. Is this the start of a new war on terror?

La Vanguardia - Spain | Monday, 13. October 2014

Erdoğan wants more recognition from West

Despite mass protests within the country and outside it Turkey did not intervene in the battle over Kobane on the weekend. The Sunni terrorist militia Islamic State is still trying to gain complete control of the Syrian border city. The Turkish government is waiting because it wants due acknowledgement from the West before joining the fight against the Islamists, the conservative daily La Vanguardia speculates: » more

Iltalehti - Finland | Friday, 10. October 2014

Cut IS off from oil trade

The US continued its airstrikes on positions held by the IS terrorist militants around Kobane in northern Syria on Friday. While the attacks are necessary, the jihadists can only be stopped by cutting them off from their money supplies, the tabloid Iltalehti points out: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Tuesday, 7. October 2014

Jacques Schuster bemoans lack of counter-ideology to jihadism

The fact that the conflict with Islamism is still seen as a political confrontation annoys Jacques Schuster, chief commentator of the conservative daily Die Welt. He notes that the fall of the Iron Curtain was the result of "the idea that shone into the dark from the light. Strange that in the fight against jihadism and the Islamist campaign to rule the world, hardly anyone points this out. One of the reasons for this is that in this age of political correctness and the tendency to tread lightly, few in the West have the courage to equate Islamism with the totalitarian ideas of the 20th century. Yet countless words and deeds prove that this is where it belongs. ... And to be clear here: » more

T24 - Turkey | Monday, 6. October 2014

War mandate shows Ankara's dreams of conquest

The Turkish parliament on Thursday approved the government's plans for military action against the terrorist IS militia in Syria and Iraq. The AKP government has forced Turkey to join the war to suit its own interests, the liberal daily T24 believes: » more

The Sunday Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 5. October 2014

IS atrocities should repulse young Muslims

British Prime Minister David Cameron and representatives of the Muslim community harshly condemned the beheading of British hostage Alan Henning by IS extremists  on the weekend. If this deed moves young Muslims to turn their back on the IS, Henning's death won't have been in vain, the conservative daily The Sunday Times writes: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 2. October 2014

Turkey prepares for action against IS

The Turkish government is waiting to receive the go ahead from parliament today to take military action against the IS in Syria and Iraq. Ankara ... » more

Yeni Şafak - Turkey | Thursday, 2. October 2014

Ankara faces difficult decision

Turkey is right to consider military intervention against the IS, the pro-government daily Yeni Şafak comments: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Thursday, 2. October 2014

Turkish safe zone in Syria controversial

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's proposal for setting up a "safe zone" in Northern Syria is controversial in the Arab World, the left-liberal daily Der Standard explains: » more

Main focus of Wednesday, 1. October 2014

British airstrikes against IS in Iraq

Following the airstrikes by US fighter jets in the fight against the Islamic State, Britain's Royal Air Force carried out its first attacks against IS ... » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Wednesday, 1. October 2014

The war against IS is a just cause

The use of military force against the IS is the necessary and right course, the liberal weekly Die Zeit comments: » more

The Irish Independent - Ireland | Tuesday, 30. September 2014

Alliance should attack IS only

The US and its allies should attack the IS only, otherwise they will lose all support among the Syrian people, the conservative daily the Irish Independent warns: » more

T24 - Turkey | Sunday, 28. September 2014

Turkey pursuing its own goals in Syria

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has for the first time adopted a harsh tone in the fight against the IS. Without ground troops the terrorist militia can't be fought, he said on Friday, and called for the creation of a no-fly zone over Syria. But the latter in particular also serves Turkey's own interests, the liberal Internet paper T24 believes: » more

Main focus of Friday, 26. September 2014

Obama calls on world to fight IS

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama called on the international community to join the alliance against the Islamic ... » more

NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Friday, 26. September 2014

A haphazard war of emotions

President Obama's arguments are unconvincing, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad criticises: » more

Agos - Turkey | Friday, 26. September 2014

Moscow has no part in new alliances

Over the past three days the US military and its Arab allies have bombarded oil refineries, command headquarters and weapons stockpiles under the IS's control in Syria. But the alliance with Arab states does not just weaken the IS, the weekly paper of the Armenian minority, Agos, comments: » more

The Economist - United Kingdom | Thursday, 25. September 2014

Obama must demonstrate staying power

US President Obama's decision to form a broad alliance to fight the IS terrorists militarily and with diplomacy is right, writes the liberal business weekly The Economist, but the question is whether the US president can stick it out until the end: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 25. September 2014

Frenchman killed by jihadists

A Frenchman kidnapped by Islamist terrorists in Algeria has been killed. Video footage of his beheading was published on the Internet on Wednesday. Before killing ... » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Thursday, 25. September 2014

West facing a lengthy and intensive war

The West must prepare itself mentally for a prolonged war in the Middle East which will also involve the deployment of ground troops, the conservative daily La Vanguardia fears: » more

Sydsvenskan - Sweden | Thursday, 25. September 2014

No help against IS from UN

The UN Security Council passed a resolution on Wednesday obliging countries to prevent terrorist fighters from travelling to the conflict areas. For the liberal daily Sydsvenskan the resolution is just further proof of the UN's powerlessness: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 25. September 2014

Obama right to ignore international law

US President Barack Obama announced further attacks against IS units in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday at the UN General Assembly, and called on the international community to join in the effort. Even if Obama's airstrikes are hardly compatible with international law, they are the right thing to do, the liberal weekly Die Zeit comments: » more

Libération - France | Thursday, 25. September 2014

France must not let itself be blackmailed

France must not buckle after the beheading of French tourist Hervé Gourdel, the liberal daily Libération urges: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 24. September 2014

For Roula Khalaf Sunnis are the forgotten victims in Mid East

The IS militias' acts of aggression against Kurds, Yazidis and Christians in Syria and Iraq have led to US airstrikes, but it's the Sunnis living in the region who suffer the most, writes columnist Roula Khalaf in the conservative daily Financial Times: » more

Main focus of Tuesday, 23. September 2014

US launch airstrikes against IS in Syria

The US started carrying out airstrikes on IS locations in Northern Syria on Monday night. According to US media, five Arab states are also taking ... » more

Yeni Şafak - Turkey | Tuesday, 23. September 2014

Turkey left on its own with refugees

In view of the roughly 100,000 refugees that have flooded into Turkey in recent days, the pro-government daily Yeni Şafak finds the accusations that Ankara is doing nothing and too close to the IS absurd: » more - Bulgaria | Monday, 22. September 2014

Defeat IS through religious tolerance

The terrorist IS can't be beaten with bombs alone, the news portal warns: » more

Göteborgs-Posten - Sweden | Tuesday, 23. September 2014

The world is finally taking action

Military force is imperative now to put a stop to the IS militias, the liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten contends: » more

The Independent - United Kingdom | Monday, 22. September 2014

Offer asylum instead of bombing IS

The terrorist IS militia is now being bombarded but no one has a plan for what to do with the refugees from Syria, Kate Allen, director of Amnesty International, criticises in the left-liberal daily The Independent: » more

Main focus of Monday, 22. September 2014

IS causes mass exodus into Turkey

Around 100,000 Syrian Kurds fled over the border into Turkey on the weekend to escape fighting between IS terrorist militias and Kurdish troops, according to ... » more

T24 - Turkey | Monday, 22. September 2014

AKP government must finally act

The flight of more than 100,000 Syrian refugees to Turkey within two days and the IS's seizure of a number of  Kurdish villages near the Turkish border will finally force the Turkish government to act, the liberal internet paper T24 comments: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Monday, 22. September 2014

Peace process with Kurds jeopardised

Turkey must clearly define its position vis-à-vis the IS - and vis-à-vis the Kurds, the liberal-conservative daily Der Tagesspiegel comments: » more

Večernji list - Croatia | Monday, 22. September 2014

Moving closer to a Kurdish state

The growing importance of the Kurds for the West in the fight against the IS brings many Kurds' dream of having their own state closer, ... » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 22. September 2014

Turkey between a rock and a hard place

After the release of the Turkish hostages by the IS on Saturday, the question of Turkey's joining the anti-IS alliance is all the more pressing. The country faces the choice between a rock and a hard place, the daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: » more

Agos - Turkey | Friday, 19. September 2014

US leaves Mid East Christians in the lurch

US President Barack Obama met last week with Christian patriarchs from Syria, Iraq and Lebanon to discuss the threat the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) poses to Christians. But the latter can hardly expect help from the US, the weekly paper of the Armenian minority Agos complains: » more

Handelsblatt - Germany | Tuesday, 16. September 2014

Anti-IS alliance can win only with Islamic world

In the battle against the IS terrorist militia just under 30 states pledged comprehensive support for Iraq in Paris on Monday. However concrete promises were not made at the meeting. Those participating in the conference face a deep dilemma, the liberal business daily Handelsblatt observes: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 16. September 2014

Arab states are high-risk allies

The Arab states in the coalition against the Islamic State pose a threat in the medium term, Middle East expert Rami Khouri warns in the left-liberal daily El País: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 15. September 2014

Assad's role must be clarified

Representatives of around 20 countries will meet in Paris today Monday to discuss what action to take against the IS. The participants must finally decide how to behave vis-à-vis Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica urges: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Sunday, 14. September 2014

Cameron didn't fall into IS trap

In announcing that there would be no immediate military retaliation the British prime minister reacted coolheadedly to the killing of aid worker David Haines, the left-liberal daily The Guardian writes in praise: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Monday, 15. September 2014

Think through reactions to atrocities

The West must not let itself be caught in the trap of retaliating too swiftly, the liberal daily Le Soir warns: » more

Die Presse - Austria | Monday, 15. September 2014

Muslim voices against IS lacking

After the murder of a third hostage by the IS the conservative daily Die Presse berates the lack of critical voices from representatives of Islam: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Friday, 12. September 2014

US president pays a high price for hesitating

Barack Obama has put himself in a very awkward situation, the liberal daily Sme observes: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 12. September 2014

Obama must sugar-coat his partners

Obama's speech was badly needed to justify the US's dramatic change of paradigms in the Middle East, the left-liberal daily Der Standard believes: » more

Le Figaro - France | Thursday, 11. September 2014

Anti-terror strategy comes far too late

Obama's new anti-terror strategy comes far too late, the conservative daily Le Figaro complains: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 12. September 2014

Support for Syrian rebels is right approach

Obama's strategy of training moderate rebels in Syria and stepping up attacks from the air against the IS militias strikes the right balance, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes approvingly: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Thursday, 11. September 2014

Arab world to blame for Mid East chaos

In his address to the nation on Wednesday night US President Barack Obama announced plans to extend the airstrikes against the IS terrorist militia and called for the states of the region to join a broad-based anti-terror coalition. The Arab world only has itself to blame for the chaos in the Middle East, the liberal business paper Il Sole 24 Ore argues: » more

Radikal - Turkey | Wednesday, 10. September 2014

Turkey only taking symbolic action against IS

The US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, met the Turkish government to discuss a joint approach against the IS terrorist militia on Monday. Turkey will stay in the background as far as the alliance against the IS is concerned, the liberal online paper Radikal believes: » more


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