1. Algeria’s Aging Leader Bouteflika Expected to Win Reelection

    While the elections are mostly a ceremonial affair, it is quite likely that a majority of Algerians wants Abdelaziz Bouteflika to stay.

    Algeria's septuagenarian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika is widely expected to win an election on Thursday that would allow him to start a fifth presidential term. While elections in the North African country are more a…
  1. Saudi Spy Chief, Architect of Kingdom’s Syria Policy, Replaced

    Prince Bandar bin Sultan is removed from his post as Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief just two years after he was appointed.

    Saudi Arabian spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan was removed from his post, state media reported on Tuesday. According to the Saudi Press Agency, Bandar, who was appointed in 2012 mainly to oversee the kingdom's…
  1. Assad Hails “Turning Point” in War as Rebels Advance on Latakia

    While opposition fighters advance on his Alawite homeland, the Syrian leader nevertheless claims victory is within reach.

    Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that the civil war in his country was at a "turning point." At the same time, opposition fighters were advancing on his Alawite homeland in the northwest of Syria. Speaking at Damascus University, Assad "pointed out that there…
  1. Turkish Officials Recorded Discussing Military Action in Syria

    Turkey’s security chiefs are allegedly overheard discussing creating a pretext for military intervention in Syria.

    An anonymous YouTube account on Thursday posted what it claimed were audio recordings of Turkey's security chiefs discussing a military incursion into neighboring Syria. The Foreign Ministry launched an investigation to find out how and by…
  1. Egyptian Army Chief Sisi Declares Presidential Candidacy

    The field marshal finally makes official that he intends to lead the Arab world’s most populous nation.

    Egyptian army chief Abdul Fatah Sisi on Wednesday declared his candidacy for a presidential election he is expected to win easily. "I am here before you humbly stating my intention to…
  1. Maliki Accuses Arab Gulf States of Supporting “War” Against Iraq

    The Iraqi prime minister says Qatar and Saudi Arabia are inciting and encouraging terrorism in his country.

    Iraq's prime minister Nouri al-Maliki accused Qatar and Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorist movements in the country and in effect waging a war against his government. In an interview with…
  1. Saudi Arabia, Gulf States Withdraw Diplomats in Rift with Qatar

    Saudi Arabia and its allies seem to have had enough of their neighbor’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday they were withdrawing their ambassadors from nearby Qatar…
  1. Syrian Factions Fight Proxy War in Neighboring Lebanon

    Radical Sunni groups target Hezbollah, which supports the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad, in Beirut.

    If one needed any evidence that the violence engulfing Syria was seriously affecting its neighbors, Wednesday's double suicide attack in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, would be enough to support the theory. The small country meshed between Israel, Syria and the Mediterranean…