World powers moving towards alliance with Taliban in the battle against ISIS

By Kim Sengupta The Russians want them on their side; so do the Chinese and the Iranians. The Taliban, whom the Americans and British have spent 15 years trying to … Read More

Rivalry of Saudi Iran threatens to expand in the region

On Sunday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned that “divine vengeance will befall Saudi politicians” for “the unjustly spilled blood” of prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, executed by the … Read More

Saudi Arabia feels force of Shia anger

By Simeon Kerr in Dubai and Heba Saleh in Cairo Saudi Arabia’s shock decision to execute the dissident Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr along with 46 others convicted of terrorism … Read More

ISIS members arrested in Pakistan Sialkot region

By Farhan Bokhari  and Victor Mallet Pakistan has arrested eight alleged members of Isis near Sialkot in Punjab province, in the latest move by a south Asian government to counter … Read More

Western troops can’t stop ISIS. And Saudi Arabia’s won’t stop ISIS

By  Shikha Dalmia Some problems don’t get solved because those who have the will don’t have the way — and those who have the way don’t have the will. Defeating … Read More

Why Saudi Arabia’s anti-terror coalition won’t work

By Salman Rafi      The formation of the Saudi Arabia-led “anti-terror” ‘Muslim’ coalition last week has come as a surprise. But its underlying logic is hardly surprising. Far from … Read More

United Nations set to adopt resolution to disrupt Islamic State funds

Finance ministers from the 15 nations on the U.N. Security Council will meet Thursday to adopt a resolution aimed at disrupting the outside revenue that the Islamic State extremist group … Read More