A great challenge

THE terror organisation Islamic State yesterday claimed responsibility for suicide bomb attacks on two mosques in Yemen, killing at least 87 people and wounding 260 more.

Earlier this week, they accepted responsibility for the Tunis attack that left more than 20 dead. Two new rounds of beheadings were publicised yesterday, one against the Christian Yazidi minority in Iraq, the other against peshmerga soldiers. IS threatened to kill “dozens” more captive troops. There are also claims, from Kurdish authorities in Iraq, that IS used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters. Ancient cultural relics are destroyed and people are flogged for keeping “unclean” dogs. Meanwhile, the EU and Balkan countries have moved to stem the ever-growing flow of fighters from southeastern Europe to join jihadists. IS may wish to destroy their own world and ours too. They may wish to provoke a response from the West that would make them more attractive to extremists. How to stop IS without making them martyrs is the great challenge.

More on this topic

Rebels fire rockets into Saudi ArabiaRebels fire rockets into Saudi Arabia

Al Qaida kills 20 soldiers in attack on Yemen baseAl Qaida kills 20 soldiers in attack on Yemen base

Yemeni militants fire rocket at British embassy carYemeni militants fire rocket at British embassy car

British embassy car hit by rocket


Much has been said about the perils of being stuck in the house 24/7, like family pets interrupting your important conference calls, your partner leaving their dirty dishes everywhere and the lack of respite from the kids.Silver lining: Seven enforced money-saving habits you might want to continue after lockdown

Put you and your loved ones' pop-culture knowledge to the test with Arts Editor Des O'Driscoll's three fiendishly fun quiz rounds.Scene and Heard: the Arts Ed's family entertainment quiz

A passion for heritage and the discovery of some nifty new software has resulted in an Irish architect putting colour on thousands of old photographs, writes Marjorie BrennanBringing the past to life

Richard Hogan, family psychotherapist, addresses a reader's question about life during lockdownHolding on: how to help your child through the crisis

More From The Irish Examiner