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Can the IS be bombed out of existence?

In reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris, more and more countries are joining the fight against the IS terrorist organisation in Syria. But is a military campaign the right strategy?

Star - Turkey | Thursday, 17. December 2015

Saudi Arabia's anti-terror fight not neutral

The anti-terror alliance initiated by Saudi Arabia and which Turkey is also supposed to be part of will not be a success, the pro-government daily Star believes: » more

Sydsvenskan - Sweden | Thursday, 17. December 2015

Sweden must get more active against IS

Sweden won't deploy Gripen fighter jets against the terrorist IS in Syria but military transport craft instead, Foreign Minister Margot Wallström announced on Wednesday. The liberal daily Sydsvenskan is disappointed: » more

Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Wednesday, 16. December 2015

Peace in Syria only with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has founded an Islamic military alliance against terrorism together with more than 30 other states, the country announced on Tuesday. Even if the ... » more

Sözcü - Turkey | Friday, 11. December 2015

Take back oil fields from IS

The IS earns up to 1.5 million US dollars a day from oil trading, according to the US government. Only by retaking the oil fields in Iraq and Syria will the anti-IS coalition have any chance of success, the Kemalist daily Sözcü writes: » more

Il Giornale - Italy | Wednesday, 9. December 2015

Italy avoiding joining the fight against the IS

Germany has decided to deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets to help the fight against the IS while the UK, France and other nations are carrying out airstrikes. Only Italy is burying its head in the sand, the national-conservative daily Il Giornale complains: » more

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Tuesday, 8. December 2015

Operations in Syria a haphazard act of revenge

In view of the French and Russian airstrikes in Syria, Johannes Kert, former commander of the Estonian air force, warns in the liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht of the dangers of emotionally driven military decisions: » more

Hürriyet - Turkey | Tuesday, 8. December 2015

Ankara's Kurdish problem blocking Syria solution

The Syria policies of Russia and the US are converging in the fight against the IS terrorist organisation, the conservative daily Hürriyet observes: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Monday, 7. December 2015

No rash decisions on Dutch Syria mission

At the request of the US the Dutch government is considering joining the international coalition in the fight against the IS in Syria. While the conservative liberal ruling party VVD backs the idea its social democratic junior partner in government rejects intervention. The Christian-social daily Trouw warns against premature decisions: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Monday, 7. December 2015

Bombs haven't helped Hollande

Neither the state of emergency in France nor the bombs in Syria can prevent a debacle for the ruling Socialists in the regional elections, comments the conservative daily La Vanguardia: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Saturday, 5. December 2015

Too many players profit from IS's rise

All the players in Syria right now have benefited from the creation and expansion of the IS organisation, the centre-left daily Delo is convinced: » more

Jutarnji list - Croatia | Friday, 4. December 2015

Doing nothing goes against the genetic makeup of the Brits, Ana Muhar believes

Although less than half the British support a UK mission in Syria, the Royal Air Force began bombarding IS targets on Thursday. Ana Muhar, London correspondent for the liberal daily Jutarnji list, offers an explanation for the phenomenon: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Friday, 4. December 2015

Syria mission exposes Britain's self-centredness, writes Philip Collins

The heated debate that preceded the vote in the House of Commons on whether Britain should deploy fighter jets in Syria revealed how self-centred British political decision-making is, writes Philip Collins, columnist for the conservative daily The Times: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 2. December 2015

London does have a strategy for Syria

After a heated debate on Wednesday the British House of Commons voted in favour of airstrikes against IS positions in Syria. The conservative paper the Daily Telegraph approves: » more

Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 2. December 2015

Negotiating table instead of bombs for Syria

As in Libya and Iraq, the conflict in Syria cannot be solved with weapons alone, political scientist Guillaume Devin writes in the daily Le Monde, and calls for renewed diplomatic efforts: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 1. December 2015

Pacifist Corbyn destroying Labour

The British oppositional Labour Party is deeply divided in the run-up to today's vote in the British House of Commons over whether Britain should participate in airstrikes against the IS in Syria. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is against British involvement while the majority of his MPs are in favour. Corbyn's course is making the party increasingly unelectable, the conservative daily Financial Times criticises: » more

Club Z - Bulgaria | Tuesday, 1. December 2015

Moscow's mission increasing Syria's suffering

Moscow's mission in Syria will become even more resolute after Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet, the news website Club Z predicts: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 2. December 2015

Anti-IS alliance has failed

US President Barack Obama has urged Russia and Turkey to seek a diplomatic solution to the conflict that broke out between them after the downing of a Russian plane. The appeal is pointless given that the anti-IS coalition has already failed, writes the liberal business daily Il Sole 24 Ore: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, 2. December 2015

Syria mission: Merkel in the solidarity trap

The German government on Tuesday voted in favour of German troops participating in a military mission against the IS militants in Syria. The resolution marks a watershed in German foreign policy, the left-liberal daily Der Standard comments: » more

Právo - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 1. December 2015

Hollande following in George W. Bush's footsteps

With his resolute stance after the terror attacks in Paris French President François Hollande is reminiscent of former US president George W. Bush after 9/11, the left-leaning daily Právo writes: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Tuesday, 1. December 2015

Germany's Syria mission lacks clear mandate

The German cabinet approved a military mission with German troops in Syria on Tuesday. The Bundestag will start discussing the mandate on Wednesday. The government's mandate seeks support not only for France, but also for Iraq and the international alliance. The plan is faulty, the conservative daily Die Welt believes: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Monday, 30. November 2015

British bombs over Syria will only help IS

British Prime Minister David Cameron is putting UK participation in airstrikes against the IS militants in Syria to the vote in the House of Commons today. The MPs are widely expected to vote in favour but the centre-left daily The Guardian opposes the move, arguing that there is still no agreement on what should be done about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: » more - Spain | Friday, 27. November 2015

Syria operation won't solve real problems

When Spain faced the decision of whether to support the US in the Iraq war in 2003 there were massive demonstrations against the move. The leftist website explains why the country should oppose military action in Syria today: » more

Kansan Uutiset - Finland | Friday, 27. November 2015

Syria war also destroying the environment

The ongoing war in Syria is also having a disastrous impact on the environment and public health, according to a report put out by the Dutch peace organisation Pax. The online edition of the left-leaning weekly paper Kansan Uutiset is alarmed: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Thursday, 26. November 2015

Putin and Hollande united in fear of attacks

The fear of concrete terrorist acts will unite Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart François Hollande at their meeting today, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, 25. November 2015

Putin will stick with anti-terror coalition

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not risk breaking with the West despite Nato member Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger is convinced: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 24. November 2015

Anti-IS alliance could pull Nato apart

The collaboration between Paris and Moscow in the fight against the IS in Syria could pose major problems for the Nato alliance, the conservative-liberal daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: » more


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