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Is Turkey’s Incursion Into Syria About Islamic State, or About the Kurds?

A spokesman for the Kurdish army said that attacks by the Turkish military constitute a naked act of aggression and intervention into the internal affairs of Syria.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE


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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.-Allied Kurds Advance in Northeast Syria (Video)

Clashes continued Sunday as Kurdish fighters drove the Syrian army from districts of the city of Hasaka.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



The Idea of Peace in the Quran

Like the Bible, the Muslim scripture has verses about war as well as peace, but those on peace have been insufficiently appreciated.

Posted on Aug 22, 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.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE


Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova Debate Fracking, Israel, Marijuana and More (Video)

The former head of the Democratic National Committee and her challenger in Florida’s 23rd District primary clash in an illuminating debate broadcast by a Miami TV station.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Saudis Bomb Yemen’s Capital City During ‘Million-Person March’

During a massive demonstration by members of the Houthi Ansarullah movement Saturday, Saudi Arabian fighter jets targeted downtown Sanaa—arguably a war crime.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE



Dragon Rising? China Seeks Closer Military Cooperation With Syria

A Chinese official on a visit to Damascus announced that Beijing intends to strengthen its military relationship with the Syrian government, but affirmed that China would avoid involvement in the civil war.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE



Do Russia’s First Strikes on Syria From Iranian Air Bases Change Everything? (Video)

Russian bombers for the first time took off from bases in Iran to carry out airstrikes on rebel targets in Syria—a move that is unprecedented in recent decades and raises many questions.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE



Seven Reasons the U.S. Could Not Have Forestalled the Syrian Civil War

Americans are practical people, and they incorrectly believe that all problems have relatively simple solutions. 

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



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



Looming Aleppo Battle an Indictment of Both Sides in Civil War for Breaking Cease-Fire

The only thing worse than the new hero status of Abu Mohammad al-Julani and his Army of Syrian Conquest is the news that he plans to subject all of Aleppo.

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 READ MORE


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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



Obama Not Only Did Not Pay Ransom to Iran, He Denied That Country Billions It Had Coming (Video)

Despite what you may have heard in recent days, the fact is that the Obama administration dodged a probable ruling against the U.S. by an arbitration court that could have awarded Iran as much as $10 billion, rather than $400 million.

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



Top Five Ways to Tell if a Terrorist Is Still al-Qaida Despite Name Change

The leftist Beirut newspaper al-Safir comments scathingly on the name change of the Syrian al-Qaida affiliate, the Nusra Front, to the Syria Conquest Front.

Posted on Aug 2, 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



Russian and Iranian Press Think Hillary Clinton’s a Hawk While Israel Complains She’s a Dove

How is the international press responding to the Democratic National Convention and the formalization of Hillary Clinton’s status as the party’s standard-bearer in the presidential campaign?

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE



Are These Muslim Parents Better Americans Than Donald Trump?

Trump lashed out Saturday against Ghazala and Khizr Khan, whose son was killed in action in Iraq, over their speech Thursday night at the Democratic convention in which they criticized the GOP’s presidential nominee for his unconstitutional tirades.

Posted on Jul 31, 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



Arab Street Shocked as Saudi Delegation Visits Israel (Video)

The visit to Israel of a former Saudi military intelligence officer, Gen. Anwar Eshki, came as a body blow to the Arab in the street.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



Is Russia Deepening Cooperation With U.S. in Syria, or Is It Hitting Bases Used by U.S.? (Video)

Russian warplanes recently bombed a Syrian base used by the U.S. and the U.K. At the same time, the Arabic press commented on a Washington Post report that the U.S. and Russia are jointly striking al-Qaida in Syria.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



Arab Nationalist Press Reacts to Erdogan’s Crackdown With Cries of ‘Dictator!’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s firing of some 50,000 educators, bureaucrats, police and military personnel in the wake of the failed July 15 coup attempt has provoked sharp criticism in Egypt, Jordan and other Arab countries.

Posted on Jul 24, 2016 READ MORE



Long Knives in Ankara: Victorious Erdogan Begins Purge of Judiciary and Army (Video)

Turkey’s president is taking advantage of the failed coup against him to oust those who are critical of him.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE



Without a Serious Middle East Peace Effort, Hatred Will Only Grow

I am convinced that it is in the vital interest of Israel to make peace with the Palestinian people, and with the Arab world at large, before the dangerous infection of extreme ideology engulfs the entire region.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE



A Story of Two Syrian Sieges: Manbij and East Aleppo

On Wednesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (a mixed Kurdish and Arab group) advanced further into the city of Manbij, a major outpost for Islamic State in northern Syria.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE



Is John Kerry Right? Are the Freemen of Syria and Army of Islam Radical Terrorists?

Josh Rogin of The Washington Post has caused a stir by noticing something that Secretary of State John Kerry said at Aspen last month.

Posted on Jul 13, 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



Is Religion Really Driving Middle East Violence?

Pew Research has released a report saying, “As a whole, the region continued to have the highest levels of religious hostilities in the world. In 2014, the median level of religious hostilities in the Middle East and North Africa reached a level four times that of the global median.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE



If East Aleppo Falls to Regime, Is the Syrian War Over?

It seems to me that if the Syrian regime can retake and keep East Aleppo, the war will have been decided in its favor.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 READ MORE



Clintonites in Democratic Party Support Settler Colonialism (Not a 1905 Headline)

The Clinton loyalists debating the Democratic Party platform have defeated an amendment that would have called for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and condemned Israeli squatter settlements as illegal.

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE



The Real Problem With the Iraq War: It Was Illegal

I won’t disguise my impatience with the release of the Chilcot Report on Britain’s involvement in the 2003-2016 Iraq War.

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Delays U.S. Withdrawal From ‘Precarious’ Afghanistan (Video)

The president surprised observers Wednesday when he announced a plan for 8,400 U.S. troops to remain in the country when he leaves office in January.

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



Obama Will Finally Release Information on Civilians Killed by Drone Strikes—Will It Be Accurate?

The administration is reportedly prepared to disclose that 100 civilians have been killed in the strikes, but critics argue that the number is much higher.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



We Live in an Age of Disintegration

Nowhere is the process of destabilization more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa, in places where it is possible to doubt that civilization will ever return.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian War Spills Over: Radical Salafis Attack Christian Village in Lebanon

A wave of suicide bombings launched by four radical attackers struck al-Qaa, a largely Christian Lebanese village on the border with Syria on Monday, killing five locals and wounding 15.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE



Fallujah Falls: The Slow Death of Islamic State and the Future of Iraq

As Shakir Jawdat, Chief of the Iraqi Federal Police, announced the complete liberation of the last, northern neighborhoods of Fallujah from Islamic State, Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi came to the city on Sunday to plant the Iraqi flag right downtown.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Greater Middle East Reacts to Britain’s Exit From the EU (Video)

The oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council may see additional buying opportunities in the British market in the wake of Brexit.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE



2008 All Over Again

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union presages perhaps another global financial meltdown. Banks will again demand massive bailouts. We will be forced to again swallow austerity measures, and there will be a continued decline in living standards.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 READ MORE



Dominating the Skies—and Losing the Wars

U.S. pilots have total mastery of the fabled “high ground” of war. And yet throughout the Greater Middle East, America’s conflicts rage on with no endgame in sight.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Despite Terrorism Fears, 59 Percent of Americans Welcome Syrian and Iraqi Refugees (Videos)

Despite the raft of Republican mayors who have pledged to keep Syrian refugees out of their states (that isn’t actually a thing) and the sewage that has spilled from the mouth of Donald Trump, a majority of Americans supports helping Syrian and Iraqi immigrants and letting them into the U.S.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



The End of the Beginning: The Fall of Islamic State in Fallujah

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi announced on Friday that Iraqi troops had captured the governmental complex in the center of Fallujah.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



World More Violent in Past Year, but Middle East Drives Deterioration (Video)

The 2016 Global Peace Index has been released, with the bad news that the world is slightly more violent this year than last. But if you subtracted the Middle East, in most of the world there was more peace, not less.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Army on Collision Course With Kurds in Race to Raqqa (Video)

With Islamic State ‘capital’ as the prize, Russian-backed Syrian forces have vowed to put down the U.S.-backed YPG (People’s Protection Units).

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



Welcome to the Party, America! Here Are 11 Muslim Women Who Have Already Been National Leaders

Hillary Clinton gave a victory speech Tuesday night positioning her achievement as the logical outcome of the first women’s rights meeting at Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848. But the U.S. is late to the party.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Government Troops Enter Islamic State-Held Raqqa Province, Racing Against U.S. Allies

Syrian troops, aided by a Homs-based pro-government militia, the ‘Falcons of the Desert,’ and with Russian air support, entered Raqqa province from Hama for the first time in two years on Saturday.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE



Israel-First McCarthyism: Andrew Cuomo’s Vow to Spy On and Punish BDS Activists (Video)

After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order directing the state to monitor activists in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, critics called the order McCarthyism.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE


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