After Paris, Will ISIL Now Become a Global Priority?

The appalling terrorist attacks in Paris by ISIL that killed at least 120 people have drawn strong condemnation from the international community as a whole, including the Arab Gulf states and their leaders.

After Paris, Will ISIL Now Become a Global Priority?
Peshmerga forces belonging to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) celebrate the victory as they fully gained the control of the Sinjar town of Mosul, Iraq after an operation carried out to clear the region from Daesh terrorists on November 13, 2015. (Photo by Yunus Keles/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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Saudi Arabia Hikes Its VAT, But for How Long?

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