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 the…
  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…
  1. America Intervenes in Iraqi Civil War, Reluctantly

    President Barack Obama orders airstrikes but is reluctant to get deeply involved in Iraq’s sectarian conflicts.

    Almost three years after withdrawing all American troops from Iraq, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered targeted airstrikes against militants in the north of the country and said in an interview the United…
  1. Supported by Iraqi Air Force, Kurds Battle Islamists

    In a remarkable turnaround, Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki supports a Kurdish offensive against radical Islamists insurgents.

    Kurdish militia attacked Islamist fighters southwest of their regional capital, Irbil, in the north of Iraq of Wednesday, backed, for the first time, by central government forces. Thousands of Kurdish insurgents from neighboring Turkey and Syria attacked troops from…
  1. Protective Edge and Israel’s Security Doctrine: A Change in Principle?

    Although the current operation in Gaza differs from previous wars, the principle of taking the offensive still has merit for Israel.

    Although it may be premature to judge whether Israel or its enemies in Gaza have gained the most from the recent fighting there, some preliminary conclusions can be drawn as the conflict appears to be winding down. These conclusion pertain mainly to the military aspects of the operation…