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U.S.-Saudi Relations Face Difficult Questions

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Despite Washington's efforts to persuade its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allies that a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran would serve their long-term interests, most Gulf Arab monarchs remain far from sold.

Selfish Gulf States Demand Special Privileges, Undermine U.S. Interests

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Washington's determination to defend much of the globe has made the U.S. an international sucker, especially vulnerable to manipulation by supposed friends.

Syria's Al Qaeda Branch Kills Druze Villagers

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2015 | World

BEIRUT, June 11 (Reuters) - Members of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front Sunni militant group have killed 20 Druze villagers in northwestern Syria, a gr...

Allies to US: ISIS is Not Our Problem

David Paul | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Seymour Hersh may be making his stories up out of whole cloth, but they ring true. We may think we are leading the fight against ISIS today, but none of our allies seem to be following.

Sophia Jones

This Russian Teen May Have Gone To Join ISIS. Her Dad Is Desperate To Bring Her Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.05.2015 | World

An undated photograph of Varvara Karaulova, provided by her father. ISTANBUL -- It’s been a week since Pavel Karaulov has heard from his daugh...

An Internal Struggle: Al Qaeda's Syrian Affiliate Is Grappling With Its Identity

Charles Lister | Posted 05.31.2015 | World
Charles Lister

In taking control of Ariha, the largely Islamist Jaish al-Fateh coalition and its allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions have successfully imposed a near-total province-wide strategic defeat upon the Bashar al-Assad regime.

The Young Dictator Problem

John Feffer | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
John Feffer

Bashar al-Assad is not going to age out of office any time soon. He refuses to be ignored. One way or the other, we're going to have to deal with the young dictator.

New Syrian Rebel Alliance Puts Hezbollah in Operational Dilemma

Daniel Nisman | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Daniel Nisman

In a new video posted online, Nusra Front militants announced the formation of a 'Jaish al-Fateh' branch in the Qalamoun region. Jaish al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) is the same rebel alliance which has scored numerous victories in recent weeks against the Assad regime in northern Syria's Idlib Province.

Libya's Descent to a Failed State

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.07.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.

America Immobilized as Iran-Saudi Arabia Proxy War Turns Bloody

Alastair Crooke | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Amidst all this flexing of muscles, America is effectively disempowered by its stand-off policy, but also from its political investment in the war on ISIS, with its many contradictions and tensions.

The Top Laughably Wrong Military and Veterans Talking Points From GOP Candidates

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Jon Soltz

It occurred to us at VoteVets.org that there will be a lot of statements from conservative candidates for president that range from "fudged" to "completely wrong." Most of these statements are easy to predict. So, as a public service, here's a cheat sheet for you, so when you hear those statements, you know why they're just not right.

Follies of Denial: Jihad and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Western leaders who deny the religious foundation of the jihadist group Islamic State are blind to its raison d'être, which is firmly grounded in Islamic texts and the concept of offensive jihad. Furthermore, models for militias can be found in historic and contemporary jihads.

Lebanon Needs a President

Aaron Balshan | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Aaron Balshan

Lebanon is a dissected country. Religious and ideological divides long ago metastasized into politics and territory.

An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America's Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Few issues require as urgent attention as America's ISIS strategy. America's multi-year strategy against ISIS lies on the cusp of collapse. The Obama Administration needs to understand that its train-and-equip program is simply too piecemeal and too slow. To remain viable, moderate Syrian rebels need weapons now.

Barack Obama and the Will to Fight

John Feffer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

President Obama is no less committed to military action than any of his predecessors. He might personally have a less gung-ho disposition than, say, George W. Bush. But Obama's personality is only a small part of the equation. Despite the putative end of the Cold War, the United States has remained on a war footing. The national security apparatus is programed for intervention. What we see now taking place in the skies above Syria and Iraq is not an exception to the Obama-as-pacifist rule. It is a summation of a particular evolution in U.S. militarism toward the asymmetrical warfare of dispensing death at a distance.

Lebanon: The Forgotten Front

James Zogby | Posted 11.27.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

While the world's attention has been focused on the combined efforts of Arab and U.S. forces attacking the Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria, there is unfolding in Lebanon, a third front in the war against this violent extremist group. The threat of IS poses an existential challenge that must not be ignored.

ISIS and the Kosovar Albanians

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

U.S. air strikes continue against the terrorists of the so-called "Islamic State" -- formerly the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" or ISIS -- in the borderlands of Iraqi Kurdistan. American military action has been impelled by the genocidal ISIS threat to Christians and various small Kurdish and other religious minorities.

Not Just Iraq: The Islamic State Is Also on the March in Syria

Charles Lister | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Charles Lister

After approximately a year of extremely minimal confrontation with the Syrian government, the Islamic State is now also in the midst of a major offensive against Syrian Arab Army (SAA) facilities in northeastern Syria.

The 'Real' Jabhat al-Nusra Appears to Be Emerging

Charles Lister | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Charles Lister

For the past two years, Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra has, to all intents and purposes, adopted a surprisingly pragmatic strategy in Syria, focused on maintaining at least tacitly cooperative relationships with opposition actors of all stripes.

Sophia Jones

Turkey Blacklists Al Qaeda-Linked Syrian Rebel Group

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.03.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- A year and a half after the United States designated the al Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra a terrorist organization, Turk...

Reading Between the Lines: Syria's Shifting Dynamics or More of the Same?

Charles Lister | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Charles Lister

Syrian opposition forces have won a number of significant military victories in Idlib governorate in recent days. Practically speaking, this string of victories will advance a long-term opposition military strategy aimed at posing an increased threat to the government's control of Idlib city and Hama governorate.

The Importance of Vision

James Zogby | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Looking 100 years down the road, I can see an Arab boy from Amman marrying an Israeli girl from Tel Aviv and taking a job and settling down in the suburbs of Damascus. What I mean is that I envision a region at peace with itself.

Assad and the Palestinians

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.

Increasing Military Assistance to the Syrian Opposition? Some Ground Truths...

Charles Lister | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Charles Lister

The U.S. and its allies must expand their support to Syria's opposition. But in so doing, the inherent complexity of the situation needs to be grasped and not simply brushed over.

The Geneva II Tragic Charade

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.07.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Time is running out and every day we continue to embrace the illusion of a political solution. Without first changing the balance of forces on the ground, scores of Syrian men, women and children will die and millions of Syrian refugees will have no home to return to.