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Jordan govt. is choosing 'the least bad option'

January 28th, 2015
02:16 PM ET

Negotiating with terrorists is "not in Jordan's usual policy," Former Deputy Jordanian Prime Minister Marwan Muasher tells Christiane Amanpour.

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Nearly killed for satire, Syrian cartoonist stands proud

January 14th, 2015
02:59 PM ET

Ali Ferzat was severely beaten by the Assad Regime for his cartoons in 2011. After the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, he says the pen is clearly mightier than any weapon.

“They grabbed my fingers and they started breaking them one by one so to teach me a lesson for insulting the president.”

“Those cartoonists did not carry a gun or a weapon. They only carried a pen. Just like I did. It appears that the pen is mightier than any weapon.”

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • France • Imagine a World • Latest Episode • Syria

International migration watchdog urges sea-change in narrative, policies

January 6th, 2015
01:24 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

The international community must change its attitude on migration and outdated policies, the Director General of the International Organization for Migration told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“We need to change the migration narrative so that people understand that migration is inevitable; it is necessary if economies are to flourish and it is desirable if we have the right policies. But our policies are out of date,” Ambassador William Swing said.

Swing’s comments followed last week’s two “ghost ship” incidents, where hundreds of migrants were set on autopilot towards Italy’s coastline, only to be rescued by authorities.

When Amanpour asked Swing if he thinks these smugglers can be stopped, the Ambassador brought up “the example of the piracy off the coast of Somalia.”

“This was a disruption of international trade and they've put together an international task force and there is no longer any piracy on the Somali coast.”

“Now surely if you can do that there, you can put together a task force that could go after these smuggling gangs and do something to put them into jail and make them pay a price.”


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EXCLUSIVE: Rare access to ISIS territory in Syria and Iraq

December 22nd, 2014
10:39 PM ET

CNN's Frederick Pleitgen talks with German author Jürgen Todenhöfer who traveled to ISIS-controlled Syria and Iraq. Click above to watch part one

You can read about Todenhöfer's trip and discoveries here.

PART TWO: Al Qaeda "nothing" compared to ISIS

PART THREE: Todenhöfer: "ISIS were not kind to me"

Filed under:  Iraq • Latest Episode • Syria

Sunni cleric: ISIS chief al-Baghdadi ‘is going to hell’

November 17th, 2014
03:30 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

A prominent Syrian Sunni cleric on Monday condemned the ISIS killing of the American Peter Kassig and said that ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “is going to hell.”

“We have to speak loud and very clear that Muslims and Islam have nothing to do with this,” Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“ISIS has no nationality. Its nationality is terror, savagery, and hatred.”

He expressed his “deepest condolences” to Kassig’s family, as well as to the families of the “many Syrians” who have been killed. (Kassig converted to Islam in captivity; his parents now refer to him as Abdul-Rahman.)


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Not all foreign fighters in Syria are the same, pleads father whose sons are waging jihad

November 11th, 2014
10:16 AM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

The British government should differentiate between the different types of Western men and women who decide to take up arms and join extremist groups, the father of two British jihadists killed fighting in Syria and terror expert Peter Neumann told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

Abubaker Deghayes, whose two teenage sons were killed while fighting for the Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, wants “to try to talk to our government and tell them that don't put everybody in one basket” as “there are different types of people who go there.”

A third son of his is still fighting in Syria.

Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, agreed with Deghayes.


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U.S. senior envoy for Iraq: every time we've engaged with local forces we’ve succeeded in defeating ISIS

November 4th, 2014
04:00 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS has succeeded in defeating the terrorist organization every time it has worked with local forces on the ground, Brett McGurk, the U.S. Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

"What I can say is that every single time we have worked with a local force on the ground and we have coordinated with them with our special forces who are in the field, and we have coordinated with them with our air coalition above, we have succeeded in defeating ISIL, not only defeating ISIL, but actually routing them in some major battles,” he said.

McGurk described the operation against the terrorist group, which has recently seized vast swathes of Iraq and Syria and executed hundreds of religious minorities, as “very much a fight to the death.”


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New documentary explores perfect storm that allowed ISIS to grow

October 29th, 2014
01:18 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

A new documentary from producer and journalist Martin Smith gives insight into the series of failures and unheeded warning signs that allowed ISIS to grow into one of most brutal terrorist groups in the world.

The Rise of ISIS, by PBS’s FRONTLINE, draws on numerous interviews with both Iraqi politicians and U.S. decision makers. It points to Syria’s bloody civil war as the organization’s main breeding ground.

“Maliki's crackdown [on Sunnis] was a factor. But without Syria, I don't think ISIS would have become ISIS,” Smith told CNN’s Michael Holmes, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Tuesday.

Smith added that it was around 2011 that “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of then Al Qaeda in Iraq, the precursor to ISIS, sent a few men over into Syria and guerrilla movements need sanctuary and they need open spaces where they can exploit, grow.”

Some former Obama administration officials have criticized the President for not supporting moderate rebels earlier, so that extreme jihadi militants would not gain strength.


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Saudi Arabia could aid talks with ISIS in hostage situations, says veteran negotiator

October 22nd, 2014
02:22 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

Saudi Arabia could have a role in hostage negotiations with ISIS militants, former U.N. hostage negotiator Giandomenico Picco told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

Picco conducted many high-profile negotiations in Lebanon that led to the release of several Western hostages in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He told Amanpour that if asked to engage in open talks with the terrorist group, he would have a “conversation… with somebody in Saudi Arabia”.

The veteran diplomat also stressed that it was equally important to open a channel of communication with “a military arm in ISIS which is actually led by the deputy of President Saddam.”

He said he would attempt to focus negotiating efforts on that wing of the group rather than on the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who “may have been able to catch the hostages, but may be unable to negotiate their release.”

Governments tend to ask desperate families to stay quiet and trust them to get their loved ones back, but John Foley, whose son U.S. journalist James Foley was brutally murdered by ISIS in August, told Amanpour that he and his wife Diane Foley regret having remained silent.


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Confronting religious extremism

October 21st, 2014
10:06 AM ET

As ISIS commits terrible crimes in the name of Islam, Christiane Amanpour speaks with two experts on the religion.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Iraq • Islam • Latest Episode • Syria
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