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America’s Major Challenges in Middle East Policy in 2017

The incoming Trump administration is riven by a profound division between those determined to avoid deep entanglements in the Middle East—such as the president-elect himself—and many he is putting in key positions, who want to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Islamic State Claims Responsibility for the Berlin Christmas Market Attack That Killed 12

German officials continue to investigate the incident, but they have not found any leads on the driver of a truck that crashed through a crowded marketplace at high speeds Monday night.

Posted on Dec 20, 2016 READ MORE



What’s Happening in Aleppo Isn’t as Black and White as ‘Our Political Masters’ Make It Out to Be

Robert Fisk, The Independent’s award-winning correspondent, writes that while the bloody clash in the Syrian city is horrific, many questions remain about American and British involvement and Western media’s portrayal of the conflict.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Dictator Bashar Assad Calls Donald Trump ‘a Natural Ally’

In the past, Trump has asserted that ISIS is a far bigger danger to the U.S. than the al-Assad regime.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE



Sting and Gandhian Anti-Terrorism: Your Paris Vacation Can Help Cripple Islamic State (Video)

Sting, 65, recently played at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, where Islamic State terrorists killed 90 people last year in one of the worst attacks in the West in recent years.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE



Masoud Barzani Pledges That Kurdish Forces Won’t Enter Mosul

The president of the Kurdistan Regional Government presumably made this announcement to assuage fears of Iraqi Arabs that the KRG would take advantage of the campaign against Islamic State to annex part or all of the city to Iraqi Kurdistan.

Posted on Oct 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Why Donald Trump Is Wrong to Bet Against the U.S. Military-Backed Mosul Campaign

The Republican presidential candidate’s pronouncement that the campaign is bound to fail is an affront to the Iraqi and U.S. troops risking their lives against Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE



Iraqi Kurdistan Forces Take Bashiqa on the Road to Mosul

Iraqi forces continued their advance on Mosul on Sunday despite the car bombs and sniping tactics of Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 24, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Diversionary Attack Fails in Kirkuk, but Hundreds of Civilians Die in Mosul Battle

The fundamentalist group launches fighting in two cities, amid the slow, steady advances being made by the Iraqi army and its allies.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE



The Donald’s Five-Point Plan to Defeat Islam

Kellyanne Conway (pictured), Donald Trump’s campaign manager, touted the Republican presidential candidate’s plan on MSNBC.

Posted on Oct 21, 2016 READ MORE



Seven Things You Should Know About Mosul (Video)

The Iraqi government has announced that the campaign to take the large northern city back from Islamic State has begun in earnest. What is the significance of the city?

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE



As Islamic State Loses Territory, Will Weak States Gain Strength? (Video)

Political scientist Khalid Rif says that the organization’s forced withdrawal from the town of Dabiq in northern Syria has a religious symbolism that could be fatal to its esprit de corps.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE


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Hacker Who Handed Over U.S. Government Data to Islamic State Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

International cooperation led to Ardit Ferizi’s arrest and conviction in a groundbreaking cybersecurity case.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Presidential Debate That Did Not Really Happen

Regular readers will know that in my view the 2016 presidential election did not happen. Likewise, the first debate between the two candidates did not take place.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Pounces on a Very Flustered Donald Trump in the First Debate

Donald Trump brought his tough-guy, America-first rhetoric onto the presidential debate stage on Monday, but was repeatedly flustered and upstaged by Hillary Clinton, whose focused barbs made him interrupt and pout, and whose knowledge of how the political world works reduced him to grasping outbursts.

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Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni Analyze Spread of Jihadism, Kidnapping and Refugee Trafficking

On a new episode of “On Contact,” the two writers discuss what is creating the billion-dollar trafficking industry and how the U.S. presence in the Middle East is facilitating the growth of “criminal” jihadism.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Obama’s Approach to Ending Terrorism: Destroying Islamic State in Mosul and Then Rebuilding City

President Obama met Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi and discussed the coming campaign to take the city of Mosul away from Islamic State, entirely destroying the terrorist organization’s territorial power in Iraq.

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U.S. Seeks to Prevent Islamic State From Looting, Selling or Destroying Antiquities

A meeting was convened recently in Washington, D.C., to discuss how to secure and preserve cultural artifacts in the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE


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U.S. and Russia Plan Joint Air Command to Hit Terrorists in Syria

Some officers in the U.S. military do not like the idea of coordinating with Russia, feeling that it has taken advantage of past cease-fires to advance its interests and those of Bashar Assad.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE



Nearly 500 More U.S. Troops Sent to Iraq for Mosul Attack in Advance of Election Day

If Islamic State loses Mosul before Americans go to the polls Nov. 8, it will undermine a key talking point of the Republican right: that Obama is weak on terrorism.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Lacks Sense or Sensibility

The Republican nominee may be the most dangerously ignorant major-party presidential candidate in history.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 READ MORE


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America’s Syria Snafu: Pentagon’s Militias Are Fighting Turkey and CIA’s Militias

U.S. Syrian policy is in disarray despite recent victories against Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Suicide Bombing in Yemen Kills at Least 54

The “martyrdom operation” targeting recruits at a Yemeni army training camp is the latest atrocity in the civil war that has claimed thousands of lives.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Sends Families Out of Mosul as Kurdish and Shiite Forces Advance

Iraqi military forces have taken the strategic town of al-Qayarah, near the major city of Mosul, from Islamic State. Mosul is the last major city in the hands of the apocalyptic, brutal cult that has lost almost all the territory it took in 2014.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



Top Six Reasons Turkey Is Finally Attacking Islamic State in the Syrian City of Jarabulus

Turkish forces and coalition allies launch airstrikes against the Islamic State stronghold near the border with Turkey. (Pictured, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.)

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Jets Almost Tangle With Syrian MiGs, Which Bombed an Area With Embedded U.S. Troops

A new round of fighting between Kurdish YPG fighters and the Syrian army could drag the United States into war.

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Donald Trump and the Extreme Vetting of Muslims

In an attempt at a foreign policy speech in Youngstown, Ohio, on Monday, the Republican presidential nominee got back to his fearmongering roots by focusing on the threat of Islamic State, which he depicted as a Hydra-headed menace with tentacles in a range of Western countries, including the U.S.

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 READ MORE



Residents in Syrian Town Celebrate Freedom From Islamic State (Video)

Men shaved their beards, which had been imposed on them by the fundamentalists, and women threw off their burqas and burned them in the northern town of Manbij on Saturday.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Did Not Found Islamic State, Mr. Trump—the GOP Did (Video)

In his daily free-association exercise, the Republican presidential nominee accused the president of creating the terrorist organization by withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2011. But the timetable for withdrawal was set by the Bush administration.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE



Number of Islamic State Fighters Falls to 15,000

Islamic State as a territorial power is slowly coming to an end, but as a source of terrorism it will have a long run.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State’s Important Smuggling City of Manbij, Syria, Has Fallen to the Kurd-Arab Force

The war in Syria is nowhere near to being over, but the Islamic State period may be coming to an end.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Captures Thousands in Iraq

The terrorist group is said to have executed a number of young men of fighting age who were attempting to flee territory held by Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Military Pivots to Africa, and That Continent Goes Down the Drain

Over the past six years, each incoming commander of the U.S. Africa Command has offered a more dismal and dire assessment of the situation facing the American military there than his predecessor.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 READ MORE



Are the French News Media Right to Stop Printing Photos and Names of Terrorists? (Video)

In an effort to stop Islamic State from “heroizing” attackers, a number of French newspapers and television channels have ceased printing the pictures, and sometimes even the names, of people who commit terrorist acts.

Posted on Aug 2, 2016 READ MORE



Pope and French Muslims Try Muslim-Christian Outreach Instead of ‘War on Terror’ Polarization

Pope Francis said four things about Islam in the wake of the brutal murder of an elderly priest by two teenagers of North African heritage in Normandy last Tuesday, and his remarks will be unwelcome to right-wing politicians in Europe and North America.

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE



The World After Me: Eternal ‘Wartime’ in America

In this era, everything that further militarizes American foreign policy, puts the national security state in command and assures the continued demobilization of a scared and rattled citizenry creates yet more uprooted souls, more children without childhoods, more refugees.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Troops Foil al-Qaida Riposte in Aleppo as France Warns al-Qaida Could Replace Islamic State

Even as the Syrian army defeated a counteroffensive by al-Qaida in Syria and its battlefield allies in Aleppo, French President Francois Hollande warned that al-Qaida should not be allowed to replace the declining Islamic State in Syria.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Via WhatsApp: ‘Blow Yourself Up, O Lion’

A trove of communications coming out of Islamic State plots and activity in Europe reveals a mix of direct control and improvisation.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE



It Is Time to Notice That Horrible Mass Bombings Are Targeting Muslims

It is necessary to call the brutal actions of mass murderers deviant behavior, not radical Islam.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State’s Attacks on Saudi Arabia Are Aimed at Undermining the Monarchy’s Legitimacy

Saudi Arabia was rocked Monday by three terrorist attacks, presumably the work of Islamic State, that were symbolically orchestrated to cause maximum tension in the kingdom.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE



Are Islamic State’s Attacks the Desperation of a Cornered Rat? The Kerry-McCaul Debate (Video)

Everything is so partisan in the U.S. that Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent remarks about Islamic State’s attack on Turkey drew a sharp rebuke from GOP Congressman Mike McCaul, who said it “defies reality.”

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Terrorism Strikes at Turkish Economy—Someone Tell Trump the Victims Are Muslim

The terrorist attack on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul Tuesday immediately drew a crass barb from Donald Trump implying that it supported his notion of banning Muslims from the U.S.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE


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