1. Don’t Blame Turkey for “Dragging Its Feet” in Syria

    Expecting Turkey to come to the aid of Kurdish separatists without a plan to remove Bashar Assad is unreasonable.

    Turkey's reluctance to be drawn into the war against the Islamic State should hardly surprise American policymakers. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made it plain just last month that his country can only support such a strategy if it simultaneously seeks to dislodge the regime…
  1. Bashar Assad: Root of Islamic State’s Evil

    A strategy to defeat the Islamic State would be incomplete without a plan to remove its sponsor in Damascus.

    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an interview with America's PBS earlier this week he still considers his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, as much a threat to the Middle East as the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State. It was…
  1. As Allies Battle Islamists, Turkey Still Focused on Defeating Assad

    Turkey supports the campaign against the Islamic State but insists Bashar Assad is part of the problem.

    Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday his country "will do whatever it needs to do" to help defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But it seems his priority is still to dislodge the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. In an…
  1. Arab-American Alliance Launches Strikes Against Islamic State

    Bringing America’s Arab allies into the fold is no small feat. But airstrikes alone are unlikely to defeat the Islamic State.

    Convincing Arab allies to join in airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria is a political and strategic victory for American president Barack Obama. But it might not be enough to…
  1. Iran, Syria Are No Allies in Defeating the Islamic State

    Enemies of America that enabled the Islamic State in the first place can hardly be expected to help defeat it.

    The governments of Iran and Syria may be opposed the Levantine militant group that calls itself the Islamic State but they are hardly allies in the fight against it. Rather, they helped create…
  1. Iraq Installs New Government as Sectarian Divisions Deepen

    Iraq has a more inclusive government but Kurdish and Shia militants are carrying out reprisals against Sunnis.

    Iraq's parliament approved a new government with Kurdish and Sunni deputy prime ministers on Monday, ending weeks of gridlock that enabled the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State to rout the Iraqi army and conquer large…
  1. Obama: Will Defeat Iraqi Militants, No Ground Troops

    President Barack Obama calls on Sunni allies in the Middle East to help defeat the Islamic State in Iraq.

    President Barack Obama said on Saturday the United States and allies will "defeat" Islamic State militants in Iraq although he cautioned that no American ground troops would return to the country. In an interview with NBC News' Meet the Press that was…
  1. Egypt, Emirates Carry Out Airstrikes Against Islamists in Libya

    Without informing their American allies, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates carry out airstrikes near Tripoli.

    Acting independently of their American allies, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates twice carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias in Libya in the last week, officials told The New York Times. The United Arab…
  1. Iraq’s Maliki Refuses to Stand Down After Successor Named

    Iraq’s president asks Haider al-Abadi to form a new government but Nouri al-Maliki refuses to stand down.

    Forces loyal to Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki took to Baghdad's streets on Monday after the prime minister refused to make way for his designated successor. Earlier in the day, President Fuad Masum -- a veteran Kurdish politician who was appointed…