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U.S. military intelligence director pessimistic on Mideast peace

Aspen - Israel might face an even greater threat from the Gaza Strip if the ruling Hamas terrorist group was destroyed, a top U.S. intelligence official said Saturday.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Op-Ed: More deadly horrors in store for Syria's future

In light of the death of some 700 people in a single 48-hour period the situation on the ground in Syria demands to be reevaluated.
In the Media by Paul Iddon

ISIS seizes gas field in Syria defeats Iraq forces near Tikrit

Tikrit - After a fierce battle with Assad forces ISIS managed to capture the Shaar gas field east of the city of Homs. Iraqi forces attempting to recapture the Iraqi city of Tikrit were routed from a former US military base.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Op-Ed: West may face charge of hypocrisy in blaming Russia for Flight 17

The U.S. is suggesting that Russia bears some responsibility for the alleged Ukrainian separatist missile strike that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. But when it comes to debates over who provided which weapons to whom, hypocrisy abounds...
In the Media by Calvin Wolf - 1 comment

Syria's newly sworn-in Assad warns West of backfire

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in Wednesday for a new term, warning Western and Arab governments of the backfire they face for their support of the armed revolt in Syria.
In the Media by Roueida Mabardi (AFP)

Op-Ed: Assad is no antidote to Islamism

The Syrian regime is trying to re-brand itself as a useful force for security when it comes to confronting the threat Islamists, who have taken root in Iraq and Syria, now pose to western countries.
In the Media by Paul Iddon - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Will 2016 be 1940 Part II? GOP angry over executive orders

President Barack Obama is challenging congressional Republicans to craft meaningful legislation rather than simply try to oppose him. Will 2016 be a redux of the 1940 presidential election?
In the Media by Calvin Wolf - 3 comments

Islamists surround Iraq refinery and already ship oil from Syria

Baghdad - The Islamic State in Syria(ISIS) has surrounded Iraqi troops in the Baiji oil refinery, Iraq's largest refinery. They are also already shipping oil from oil fields they control in Syria.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 2 comments

Police arresting British Muslims before they travel to Turkey

London - On Wednesday, a British man made his way to London Luton Airport to board a flight to Turkey. Before the 22-year old could even board his flight to Istanbul, he was arrested by terror chiefs.
In the Media by Kev Hedges

One thousand Syrian Islamic Front fighters join ISIS

Damascus - Fighters from the Dawud Brigade who were formerly allied with the Islamic Front Syrian rebel group left its positions in Idlib province and went to Raqqa, the main city held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria, and their headquarters.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

U.S. Cape Ray is neutralizing part of Syrian chemical weapons

Pentagon spokesperson Colonel Steve Warren said Monday (July 7) that the processing of the chemicals has begun on the ship that is located in the Mediterranean in international waters.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Anonymous' Operation Syria Aid attempts to save Syrian hospital

Aleppo - The hacktivist group Anonymous is turning to Twitter and other social media outlets in an attempt to save a hospital just outside the war torn city of Aleppo which is scheduled to close within the next few weeks.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

FBI arrests home grown terrorist woman at Denver airport

Denver - A 19-year-old resident of the northern Denver suburb of Arvada has been arrested on charges of helping the jihadist ISIS guerrillas sweeping Iraq.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Obama wants half a billion to aid Syrian rebels, but why?

Washington, D. C. - Unfortunately, it's far too early to tell whether U.S. President Barack Obama's recent proposal to spend $500 million in support of Syrian rebels will accomplish anything.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 2 comments

Op-Ed: ISIS declares Islamic State. What does it mean?

ISIS has chosen an interesting time to declare it is now simply called “Islamic State”, covering the territory it holds in Syria and Iraq. Its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been declared Caliph of the new Islamic Caliphate. What does this mean?
In the Media by Russell Chapman - 4 comments

How Islamic State of Iraq and Syria(ISIS) is funded

Baghdad - The International Business Times has described ISIS as the "world's best-resourced terror organization." Some funds come from donors but they also smuggle antiquities, and sell oil, and collect taxes in areas they control.
In the Media by Ken Hanly - 1 comment

World has newest nation: ISIS caliphate

Tikrit - The world now has 197 nations after the breakaway al-Qaeda faction in Iraq fulfilled its pledge and created a caliphate.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 8 comments

Op-Ed: ISIS declares Caliphate in Iraq — PR exercise or call to arms?

Baghdad - ISIS have declared themselves a Caliphate, a move which experts say could redefine jihadism. It could also be a signal to Al Qaeda that ISIS is now the leading jihad faction. The declaration appears to be as much a PR move as an ideological statement.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 4 comments

Obama's moderate Syrian rebels outnumbered by Islamic militants

Damascus - Moderate rebels such as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are the ones backed by the US. However, moderates are diminishing as rebels of consequence in the ongoing battle against Assad forces.
In the Media by Ken Hanly

Sunni insurgents overrun oilfields in Iraq as US advisers arrive

Tikrit - Islamic insurgents seized several small oilfields and attacked an airbase in northern Iraq on Wednesday as US military advisers dispatched to keep the Baghdad government in power began to arrive.
In the Media by Nathan Salant
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