The U.S., which remains mired in wars in the Greater Middle East, would do well to remember that today’s convenient friend is too often tomorrow’s sworn enemy.
Militant Islamists have attacked Iraq's largest oil refinery in the city of Baiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad.
Islamist militants from Russia's Caucases region released a video taking credit for a previous attack (unconfirmed) and promising to give a "present" if Russia goes ahead with the Winter Games next month.
Supporters of Egypt's recent military coup from America's left and right are performing "intellectual contortions" to justify "the mass killings of Islamists in the name of democracy," Ken Silverstein writes at Harper's Magazine. And "[t]he common denominator is that the killers were seen as pro-Western."
The Guardian reports that Islamist groups, including at least one illegal organization linked to the Mumbai terror attacks, are going to the aid of Pakistan's flood victims while the government scrambles to cope with the disaster.