Pakistan witnesses the largest political crisis in recent years.
Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in August 2011 to April 2013, the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front were a single organization that chose the banner of “Jabhat al-Nusra.” Although the current al-Nusra Front has been led by Abu Mohammad a
The most likely successor of al-Baghdadi would be al-Obaidi. Both al-Jumaili and al-Obaidi had previously served as security officers in Iraq’s Baathist army under Saddam Hussein, and al-Obaidi is known to be the de facto deputy of al-Baghdadi.
Last Sunday, the Philippine military said that the United States is helping them in confronting the militants of a terrorist group that swore allegiance to the ISIS. The military operation has already lasted several weeks in the city of Marawi in the south of the country. An important detail - the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte said that he knew nothing about the appeal of the Philippine military to his American colleagues for help. He explained the arrogance of the Ministry of Defense with strong pro-American sentiments among the Philippine military.
When faced with Islamist terror, two very different explanations seem to be the most common. One is the line pushed by the liberal political and media elite. Every new attack prompts renewed squawks that “this has nothing to do with Islam” and that the terrorists are “a tiny minority with no connection to real Muslims.”
The Russian capital has already hosted three rounds of negotiations on this topic in the past couple of months, signaling that Moscow is very serious about getting more actively involved in resolving this issue.